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This chapter explores the contours of women’s labor at the altar as they (re-)produce a culture of bringing people fully into the body of the church through the conversion experience of Spirit baptism, evidenced by speaking in tongues. It views altar work through the lens of intimate labor, an approach that joins together and expands studies of women’s emotional, caring, and reproductive labor. An analysis of altar work highlights the pivotal work of bringing new followers into the church, carried out by networks of women who pass along intimate practices through an apprenticeship model, cultivating new generations to take up...

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