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1948 – Healing crusades begin under William Branham and Oral Roberts.  Oral has Methodist roots and eventually returns to the Methodist church.

1951 – Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International begun by Demos Shakarian in Los Angeles, California.  FGBMFI crosses all denominational lines.

1953 – Oral Roberts begins a television ministry in Oklahoma.

1959 – Pat Robertson (a Baptist) begins the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

1959 – Episcopalian Priest, Dennis Bennett, receives the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaks in tongues in Van Nuys, California.  The “Neo-Pentecostal movement” begins.

1960 – Lay Witness movement begins with Ben Johnson, a Methodist clergyman in Alabama.

1965 – Oral Roberts University is chartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1967 – The Catholic Charismatic Renewal begins in the “Duquesne weekend” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1970 – The General Board of Discipleship begins oversight of the Lay Witness Mission Program.

1972 – A request is made of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to develop a position paper on the charismatic renewal and the Methodist Church.

1973-74 – The GBOD of the UMC schedules 2,400 Lay Witness Missions a year from its Nashville office.

1975 – Charisma magazine begins publication.

1976 – The General Conference of the UMC adopts Guidelines: The United Methodist Church and the Charismatic Movement, as its official position paper.

1977 – The Kansas City General Ecumenical Charismatic Conference is held with over 50,000 participants.

1978 – From the Catholic cursillo, the Emmaus Walk program is initiated in the United Methodist Church as one of The Upper Room (GBOD) ministries.

1978 – The United Methodist Renewal Services Fellowship, Inc., later operating under the name of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, is organized as an affiliate ministry of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.

1978 – The Upper Room prayer center (GBOD) is initiated in Nashville.

1979 – The first Aldersgate Conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky.

1981 – A “Third Wave” of the Holy Spirit begins (1st wave being Pentecostalism, 2nd wave being charismatic movement) at Fuller Theological Seminary in California under John Wimber.

1987 – The New Orleans Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization sponsored by the North American Renewal Services Committee (NARSC).  Aldersgate ’87 was part of this gathering.

1990 – The Indianapolis Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization sponsored by NARSC.  Aldersgate ’90 was part of this gathering.

1993 – The “Toronto Blessing” begins in the Toronto Vineyard under Pastor John Arnott.

1995 – Pensacola, Florida, revival begins at Brownsville Assembly of God with Pastor John Kilpatrick and evangelist Steve Hill.

2000 – Celebrate Jesus 2000 Charismatic Congress convened in St. Louis, Missouri sponsored by NARSC.  Aldersgate 2000 was part of this gathering.

Although there were no clearly recognizable national charismatic leaders and no organization or “charismatic renewal fellowship” among United Methodists (as there was among the Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mennonites, etc.), until 1977, another phenomenon was occurring, primarily in Methodism, called the Lay Witness Movement.

The Lay Witness Movement

The Lay Witness Mission (LWM) began in 1960 under the leadership of a UM clergyman named Ben Johnson operating the Institute of Lay Renewal under the aegis of Emory University.  As an

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