Words of Encouragement

ORLANDO, Florida — A trio of speakers encouraged ministry leaders to be innovative, take risks, and stay positive as the two-day Influence conference wrapped up Aug. 1. Jeremy DeWeerdt recounted the early difficult years of pastoring City First Church in Rockford, Illinois. Although City First and its four other locations now have 6,900 weekly attendees, … [Read more…]

Back from a Traumatic Experience

ORLANDO, Florida — Amy Farley developed a heart for compassion for overseas ministry as a child, attending the missions-focused Seminary South Assemblies of God (now Harvest Assembly of God) in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Farley spent two years as children’s pastor at Bethel Temple in Cleburne. … [Read more…]

General Council Prayer Experience is Powerful

ORLANDO, Florida — The 58th General Council Prayer Experience is far more than a quiet place to pray, it is truly an interactive, walk-through prayer experience. As guests enter the Prayer Experience, located in room 205 of the Orange County Convention Center, there’s an immediate sense of God’s presence. A self-guided prayer tour, the Prayer … [Read more…]

Lindell, Madu Inspire in Influence Opening Session

ORLANDO, Florida – In a powerful and revealing opening general session of the Influence Conference held Wednesday night at the Orange County Convention Center, John Lindell and Robert Madu captivated the attention of the thousands of pastors, missionaries, and their family members with convicting messages that concluded with hundreds flooding the altar. Lindell, who serves … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Aug. 3, 1969

Fifty years ago the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), was commemorating its 50th anniversary with a “Jubilee Celebration.” This actually involved several different Jubilee rallies throughout Canada held during the spring of 1969. The closing events included a rally at the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Ottawa, Canada, on May 17, which started with a large … [Read more…]

Reaching Millennials and Gen Xers

ORLANDO, Florida — Reaching millennials and Generation Xers should be a priority for congregations because if these two age groups continue to stay away in droves, the Church faces a bleak future, according to Preston T. Ulmer, the recently appointed Church Multiplication Network director of network development. Ulmer spoke to a crowd of around 125 … [Read more…]

Not God’s Second Choice

ORLANDO, Florida — Assemblies of God ministry leader Beth Backes urged women to mentor, converse with, and spur others on to higher goals in a talk on the opening day of the two-day Influence conference that kicked off July 31. Around 250 people, overwhelmingly female, attended the meeting, one of three dozen breakout sessions that … [Read more…]

Influence Conference Launches General Council

ORLANDO, Florida – The 58th General Council Influence Conference got underway at the Rosen Centre Wednesday where 33 breakout sessions throughout the afternoon were offered. Topics varied widely, covering everything from Managing Transition and How to Build a Leadership Pipeline to Creating a Multiethnic Church and Multicultural Children’s Ministry Dynamics. In the We Don’t Do … [Read more…]