World Assemblies of God Fellowship Leaders Meet, Cast Visit, Plan Congress
|David Mohan and George O. Wood|
The Executive Council of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF) concluded two days of meeting August 8 and 9 in Orlando, Florida, by casting vision for the church and planning the next AG World Congress. WAGF represents 213 countries. A world congress convenes triennially. The next one will meet February 2-4, 2011, in Chennai, India.
Dr. George O. Wood, chairman of WAGF and general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, reported today there are over 60 million believers and 300,000 Assemblies of God churches in the world. The Executive Council set goals that by 2020 there will be 100 million believers and 500,000 churches in the World Assemblies of God. Much of their meeting was spent in planning for the next triennial AG World Congress. Dr. David Mohan, pastor of New Life Assembly in Chennai and superintendent of the All India General Council, will host this meeting. Theme for the congress will be VisionAG2020.
The AG World Congress will serve as the launch for the goals leading up to 2020. Each member country will be asked to bring goals they have set for their individual country to the congress to combine for the worldwide goals.
Mohan states, “The whole world is focusing on India because of its great potential and the vast harvest field. I invite Assemblies of God leaders and members around the world to come and see what God is doing in our nation.” Mohan’s church of 40,000 has planted over 200 churches in the Chennai area and has sent 100 missionaries to Northern India.
Wood said the conference will have a variety of breakout sessions on topics such as prayer, church planting, evangelism, women in ministry, mentoring, small groups and the suffering church. He noted that church tradition reports Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, went to India about 52 AD and established seven Christian churches in the area of Chennai. He later was martyred by fanatics. One of Thomas’ churches was on the property where New Life Assembly is currently located.
Final details for the congress, together with registration, housing and other information will be determined when the Executive Council meets in Amsterdam in March 2010. A congress Web site will contain all of the information, together with tours of India from the U.S. These tours will visit not only tourist sites, but also significant places where God is moving by His Spirit in this nation.
“I urge our U.S. Assemblies of God superintendents, pastors and leaders to mark these dates of February 2-4, 2011 on your calendars,” says Wood. “I am asking leaders to take younger leaders to this conference with them as we invest and involve the next generation in this worldwide fellowship.”
A video discussion featuring Wood and Mohan is currently available
on AGTV at http://agtv.ag.org/#Interview-with-David-Mohan.
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