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    Leonardo Marcondes Alves

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    First Online: 05 November 2018

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_581-1

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    The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), rendered in Spanish as Fraternidad Internacional de Hombres de Negocios del Evangelio Pleno (FIHNEC) or in Portuguese as Associação de Homens de Negócios do Evangelho Pleno (Adhonep), is a Christian nondenominational voluntary parachurch organization that congregates businessmen, high-ranking public servants, and professionals for fellowshipping and sharing of religious experiences.

    Origins and Practices

    The FGBMFI began in 1952 in Los Angeles with the efforts of Armenian-American agrobusiness entrepreneur Demos Shakarian (1913–1993). Despite its nondenominational and ecumenical character, the FGBMFI espouses and spreads Pentecostal and Charismatic practices and beliefs. Members and invitees gather together for lunches and conventions, in which they share testimony, sometimes prayers, and build business networks (Rolim 1987). The atmosphere is casual, without the formalities of an established church liturgy...

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    Charismatic Christianity ,

    Neo-Pentecostalism ,

    Parachurch organization ,

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