Soaking Prayer and the Mission of Catch the Fire

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Charismatics who practice soaking prayer claim that the experience of God’s love leads to loving others. In this article we offer a detailed description of soaking prayer as taught and practiced at Catch the Fire. Findings are based on three years of research that included participant observation, face-to-face interviews, and a survey of participants. Theoretically we draw upon theories of ritual and embodiment to explain how participants engage in acts of benevolence.


The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies




Ibid., 57–58.


For example, see Stephen Hunt, “The ‘Toronto Blessing’—A Lesson in Globalized Religion?” in Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation, ed. Michael Wilkinson (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 233–248.


Catch the Fire Ministries. 2009. Student Manual: Soaking Prayer Center Training School, 1.


Ibid., 12.


Ibid., 32–33.


Ibid., 47.


Thomas J. Csordas, Body/ Meaning/ Healing (New York: Palgrave, 2002). Also see Csordas, Language, Charisma, and Creativity: The Ritual Life of a Religious Movement (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997) for an earlier work on charismatic Christianity and an analysis of the use of ritual language and the prophetic for understanding creative ways in which charismatics construct cultural practices in relation to the body. Also see the following for further discussion on the implications of embodiment and theology for pentecostal studies: James B. Nelson, Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology, (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1979), Elizabeth Moltmann-Wendel, I Am My Body: A Theology of Embodiment (New York: Continuum, 1995); James K.A. Smith, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010), Daniel. E. Albrecht, Rites in the Spirit: A Ritual Approach to Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirituality (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield University Press, 1999); Sam Gill, “Embodied Theology,” in Religious Studies, Theology, and the University, ed. Linell E. Cady and Delwin Brown (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2002), 81–92; Amos Yong, Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007); Deborah Beth Creamer, Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009); Christopher A. Stephenson, Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).


Ibid., 13.


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