Sunday, May 28, 2023

"Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" Offers Comprehensive Coverage of Pentecostal Theology

Universal Life Church (ULC) ministers come from a wide array of perspectives, as diverse as the human population itself. For those with a Pentecostal background (or an interest in Pentecostal theology), it's important to stay informed and grounded in the doctrines that shape your faith. The Foursquare Church has recently released an extensively revised and updated edition of its esteemed textbook, "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology." This influential book, first published in 1983, has undergone significant revisions to address the evolving needs and challenges faced by Pentecostal leaders and students. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of this book, its new features, and how you can obtain your copy.

Unifying Pentecostal Theology

The updated edition of "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" serves as a unifying force for Foursquare leaders in the U.S. and beyond. Ted Vail, Foursquare's vice president of global operations, emphasizes the book's importance in documenting the global theology of the Pentecostal movement. In an era where various doctrines and teachings vie for attention, having a reliable and comprehensive resource becomes crucial. Vail affirms that the revised edition clarifies significant points of doctrine and provides a baseline theology for Foursquare ministers. By ensuring that this text reaches the shelves of pastors and missionaries worldwide, Foursquare aims to counteract the influence of misleading doctrines and provide a solid foundation for believers.

Key Updates and Enhancements

The new edition of "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" boasts several updates and enhancements that make it an invaluable resource for ULC ministers. One notable change is the shift from the King James Version to the New King James Version as the lead translation, ensuring a contemporary and accessible language for readers. Moreover, the doctrine committee, led by Steve Schell, D.Min., has revised and expanded topics such as healing and baptism with the Holy Spirit. The committee's intention was to imbue the book with a pastoral tone, acknowledging that people's experiences of healing and faith can vary. These revisions aim to offer a balanced perspective while providing guidance and encouragement to believers.

Availability and Distribution

Foursquare is committed to making "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" readily available to ministers and students alike. The book is available for purchase on starting May 29, 2023. Additionally, an e-book version is already available for free download at

The Significance of Good Theology

The availability of "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" to a global audience holds significant importance. Foursquare recognizes the necessity of providing sound theological resources to growing movements, offering a strong foundation for believers worldwide. Ted Vail emphasizes how good theology helps new believers avoid doctrinal errors and ensures a healthier spiritual journey. By sharing this valuable resource, Foursquare hopes to alleviate the heartaches caused by misinformation and poor doctrine.


As a ULC minister with a Pentecostal background or an interest in Pentecostal theology, the revised and updated edition of "Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" is a must-have resource for your library. Its comprehensive coverage, theological insights, and recent revisions make it an invaluable tool for your ministry and personal growth. I encourage you to order your copy today!

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