Their evangelistic endeavor was not well received at the beginning, receiving much ridicule and skepticism. It wasn’t until in 1903 that the Pentecostal movement gained traction as Parham began to perform faith healings.
This would become a distinguishing characteristic of the Pentecostal church to come. The popularity of these healings gave rise to a doctrine which believes that salvation brings with it healing of earthly illness should one have the required level of faith.
With an influx of fresh converts, Pentecostalism spread throughout Texas, Florida, and Alabama seeing 25,000 people converting to the Pentecostal tradition in the first two years.
Other places in the South and the Midwest such as Kansas and Missouri also saw a rapid rise in Pentecostal membership.
Pentecostalism broke out to the rest of the world largely due to the Azusa Street Revival led by William Seymour.
Today, the Assemblies of God represents the greatest Pentecostal collective in the world, boasting over 25 million members including organizations like Planet shakers and up until recently, Hillsong Church.