In April 1906, a revival broke out on Azusa Street, Los Angeles, CA. It was in a small building that a minister named William Seymore and his congregation sought God for His Presence. The Holy Spirit was poured out and they all began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance. Since those early days, the “Pentecostal” movement has flourished throughout the world.
In the 1960’s the Charismatic movement began. In many ways it was similar to the Pentecostal movement in that people were receiving the “Day of Pentecost Experience” by speaking in other tongues; however, it differed in a few key points. The Charismatic movement was trans-denominational. Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, etc. were all beginning to speak with other tongues, and they were staying within their denominations. This caused some disruption because many Pentecostals believed people should leave their denominations, while the Charismatic movement was emphasizing the outpouring on all the people of God.
The purpose of the Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements were primarily this – “The outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the people of God with the demonstration of speaking in tongues and the restoration of power, signs, gifts, supernatural encounters with God, and miracles.”
The CN holds to our spiritual DNA from both the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions. We believe any differences between the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements were simply misunderstandings. We believe that both movements carry benefits that have deeply impacted who we are as a movement. A major distinctive in our work is that we are Charismatic and Pentecostal.