About AG

ABOUT_AG_BANNERThe Assemblies of God is the result of one of the longest-running revivals in church history.

In the summer of 1906, revival erupted at the small Apostolic Faith Mission at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles, Calif. African-American Holiness preacher, William J. Seymour, preached racial reconciliation and the restoration of biblical spiritual gifts. The revival soon became a local sensation, then attracted thousands of curiosity seekers and pilgrims from around the world.

Seymour had been a student of Charles Parham,who provided the doctrinal framework for the young Pentecostal movement. Parham’s identification in scripture of speaking in tongues as the “Bible evidence” of Spirit baptism became a defining mark of the emerging Pentecostal movement. The revival at Azusa Street catapulted Pentecostalism before a worldwide audience.

A number of organized religious groups were affected by the Holiness revival and some were even spawned, including The Assemblies of God, which began as a Fellowship in 1914 when 300 representatives gathered in Hot Springs, Ark. Today’s it’s considered the largest Pentecostal group in the world, with some 65 million adherents worldwide and 3 million in the United States.

Doctrinally, the church emphasizes personal salvation, water baptism, divine healing, the baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by the evidence of speaking in tongues, and the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible is recognized as the inspired word of God and provides the rule for faith and practice. First_General_Council_of_Assemblies_of_God

The church’s four-fold mission is expressed through

  1. Evangelism
  2. Discipleship
  3. Worship
  4. Compassion

From the beginning, evangelism and missions have been central to the identity of the Assemblies of God and have resulted in a continuing growth at home and abroad. In 2011, the Assemblies of God claimed a constituency in the United States of 3,041,957 adherents; 12,595 churches; and 35,483 ministers. The General Council supported 2,699 foreign missionaries and associates working with the broader World Assemblies of God Fellowship, whose adherents numbered more than 65 million.

The aggressive missions programs of the church are designed to establish self-supporting and self-propagating national church bodies in every country. Ministers and leaders are trained in 1,976 foreign Bible schools. The Assemblies of God has 18 endorsed Bible colleges, universities and a seminary in the United States.

Church planting has revitalized the church in recent years. In 2012 alone, 391 churches were planted for the Assemblies of God. It’s the second highest growth rate since 1982, when 400 were opened or assimilated into the Assemblies of God.

The new face of the movement is young and ethnically diverse. At a time when church attendance in America is falling rapidly, Assemblies of God numbers have risen every year for 22 years, with 39% growth in adherents since 1990. And most of that growth comes from those under 40 and minorities. In 2011 40.4% of the Assemblies’ constituents were minority (up from 29.4% in 2001). More than half (54%) of AG constituents are 35 years old and younger.

The U.S. Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., house the denomination’s executive and administrative offices, service divisions and departments, and a publishing house.

The Assemblies of God belongs to the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), and the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF).

The General Council is the biennial business meeting of the U.S. Assemblies of God. General Council is held to conduct important church business, elect top church officials, and to convene ministries and activities of the church. Voting membership at the General Council consists of all licensed and ordained ministers and a lay delegate elected from each local church. The next General Council meeting will convene in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 5-11, 2013.

One Response to “About AG”

  1. Steve DeOrlowMay 17, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Dr. Wood, Your very excellent, thoughtful and measured response to John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire, caused me to learn more about you by visiting your website. Thank you for being the man you are and your willingness to boldly speak your faith cogently. I had a positive view of John MacArthur because of some of his other writings such as ‘Leadership 101’ (which obviously did not give me a clear total picture of his faith) and then tonight while visiting Barnes and Noble, I scanned ‘Strange Fire’ having heard something of it some time ago. What I read really bothered me. So much so that when I got home I decided to order a copy for deeper analysis and there much to my relief was your response in the review section of Amazon. Your rational and detailed words were a great comfort to me as much to read a reasonable detailed endorsement of the faith that I know, as it was a portrayal of the heart in you that the Lord has placed in all of us who asked Him that enables it to shine forth to others even in times when hiding under a basket might cause less controversy. You loved John even if he made ‘turning your cheek’ not an easy task. If it were possible to do over I would hope to have lived my whole life similarly to the way you have lived yours. I have been walking down the dusty road with Jesus since a ‘Paul on the road to Damascus’ encounter with Him on January 18th 2001 at about 9:20 am in Houston. After checking out several churches from the back row, I ended up at First Assembly San Diego because it expressed the faith that I had come to know in scripture and in my heart where Jesus/Holy Spirit of God is actively in residence. Then moved to Pastor Jeff Brawner’s Bonita Valley Community Church (AG) where I now am with my family. So thank you also for your diligence in service to the Assembly of God as well as for your willingness to take on tough issues with a well-directed cogent public response. Keep up the Good Works! Best regards, IHS Steve DeOrlow

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