By Miriam Testasecca, editorial coordinator for AGWM U.S. Relations
Nearly 250 people, including the Assemblies of God Executive Leadership Team, the AGWM Executive Committee, past AGWM leaders, missions directors from 44 districts, and Women’s Ministries leaders, gathered June 28 for the District Missions Leaders luncheon in Springfield. The event was part of a two-day seminar for district missions directors held each year during the week of Missionary Renewal.
In his address to the group, General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood noted that every 45 minutes, an Assemblies of God church is birthed somewhere in the world. He emphasized that world evangelism was one of five reasons Pentecostal believers formed the Assemblies of God. Individual churches could not accomplish the task, but together, the Fellowship could fulfill the Great Commission.
According to Wood, the phenomenal growth in the past 98 years substantiates the AGWM biblical principle that the strategic development of indigenous churches has been “the most effective missionary venture in the history of the world.”
Wood encouraged district leaders and pastors in attendance to foster “collective collaboration.” This calls for setting aside individualization and joining AGWM efforts rather than supporting parachurch or independent programs that work apart from national churches. He noted that it is counterproductive to the propagation of the gospel for a church to develop its own missions program.
Other luncheon speakers included AGWM Executive Director Greg Mundis, who introduced new AGWM executive committee members, and AGWM Director of Communications Randy Hurst, who introduced the 2012 AGWM musical. Scott Martin, Chi Alpha student missions director, presented information on the December 2012 World Missions Summit and encouraged district directors to promote the event.
|David & Jimmie Ruth Lee|
Attendees also honored David Lee and his wife, Jimmie Ruth. David has been AGWM U.S. Relations director for nearly 12 years. He and his wife will serve in special assignments in Latin America and Africa.
As AGWM executive director, Mundis reaffirmed the cooperative spirit and passion for the lost that exists among AGWM leaders. “God has given us a wonderful sense of his leading and presence, and we are doing everything possible to do our part to fulfill the Great Commission.”
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