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NAR pioneer and chief theologian C. Peter Wagner dies

wagner-headshotC. Peter Wagner, one of the most influential leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), died Friday at age 86. Many people who are part of the global NAR movement have been deeply influenced by Wagner without knowing it. In short, he did the heavy lifting theologically for the movement.

Wagner was a professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he taught for 30 years (1971 to 2001). He first coined the term “New Apostolic Reformation” to refer to the growing number of churches in the 1990s that started to accept the idea of present-day apostles. He wrote six books on the topic of apostles. He was the presiding leader over the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders during its formative years, from 2001 to 2010.

Not all NAR leaders worked directly with Wagner or even agreed with all his teachings. Even so, there is significant overlap between the teachings of many NAR leaders and those of Wagner. To understand NAR, one must understand Wagner’s views.

Though Wagner is gone, his influence on the NAR movement is lasting as the baton of NAR teachings is carried on by others, including Bill Johnson, senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California.,  and Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri.


Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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6 Responses to “NAR pioneer and chief theologian C. Peter Wagner dies”

  1. kadri liisa Says:

    Thank you Holly for posting it! I watched livestream from GZI on 8th october 2016 where he suppose to be preach but could not make it so apostle Pierce did using climps of videos Peter Wagner preaching and also his son Chad Wagner from Mighican was commissioned to found church there…. Replay is still up about that service in middle about 0:44:00 or somewhere starts commissioning https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3F5BfcUakMw

  2. milinda Says:

    Do you know who will be taking his place?

  3. Claude Gagné Says:

    Well this man know the truth now, but it is to late.

  4. Byron Says:

    Peter Wager visited  Victory Bible School in about 2000.
     I went to a couple of semesters. at the time I sorta of agreed with what he taught not knowing fully what was being taught..
      at the end of the session he had laid hands on few people and i was trying to get him to pray for me but he was wanting to leave…
    I stood about 5 feet away from him as he prayed for another guy..I could feel some type of electrical type current would he prayed for him..
    I had a thought come to me that he want s to leave so I did not push to have him pray over me..

  5. Jaeson Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Che Ahn took his place.  I only say this because he was close to C. Peter Wagner, and recently stepped down from being Senior Pastor at “H-Rock” church in Pasadena (which his son Gabe Ahn now runs).  They are all closely tied with Wagner and Fuller Seminary.

  6. memama Says:

    Sadly, One church (conservative Baptist; renamed convenant community to be more Seeker Friendly)
    I attended had a Pastrix who had FaceBook + twitter accounts. That was “following” and FRIENDS with “Peter Wagner” web sites. The church began to crumble under this NAR nonsense. 
    It finally ended up with a split church. People trying to Stay? And ask Questions? Were considered THE PROBLEM. Happily this church may be rebuilding under a New Pastor. But most of the old elder board of false NAR and Dominionism Doctrines are still there. I got together with 11 other women who had been members of this church. And found most still had problems with The NAR false doctrines entering 
    Into The new churches They were attending! Finding a Pastor who is willing to listen and halt these 
    false Doctrines is almost impossible. I hope a few Pastor’s are willing to include the “False Doctrines” of the NAR….as a Good Subject for a Sunday Sermon. Or two. Or three.

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