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2009 Conversations


2008 Conversations


Nancy Gibbs
12.30.07

Bruce Barry
12.23.07

Zollie L. Smith Jr.
12.16.07

Arlyn Pember
12.9.07

Gaylon Wampler
11.25.07

Nichole Nordeman
11.18.07

George O. Wood
11.11.07

Mandisa
10.21.07

David Aikman
10.14.07

Thomas Trask
9.30.07

Charles Crabtree
9.30.07

Russ Taff
9.23.07

Earl Creps
9.16.07

Tri Robinson
9.9.07

Ted Baehr
8.26.07

Thomas A. Grey
8.19.07

Charles Marshall
8.12.07

Steve Pike
7.29.07

Thomas E. Trask
7.22.07

Margaret Becker
7.15.07

Michael G. Spielman
7.8.07

John Ashcroft
6.24.07

Michael Landon, Jr.
6.17.07

Jerry Jenkins
6.10.07

Bear Rinehart
5.20.07

Beverly Lewis
5.13.07

John Rowland
4.29.07

David Barton
4.22.07

David Crowder
4.15.07

Randy Singer
4.8.07

Thomas E. Trask and Juleen Turnage
3.25.07

Chris Rice
3.18.07

Richard Dobbins
3.11.07

Patty Byrd Keating
2.25.07

David Gough
2.18.07

Ed Stetzer
2.11.07

Troy Polamalu
1.28.07

Ron Dicianni
1.21.07

Roundtable: Wilkerson, Smith, Canales
1.14.07


2006 Conversations


Conversation: Zollie L. Smith Jr.

Called to serve the United States

Zollie L. Smith Jr. was elected executive director of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions at the 52nd General Council in August. Prior to taking the reins of U.S. Missions, Smith served as the executive presbyter representing the AG’s Ethnic Fellowships and as president of the National Black Fellowship. Smith fought in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and also served as a police officer and a U.S. Postal Service inspector. Recently, Smith shared his greatest passion and what he thinks is the nation’s greatest need with Managing Editor Kirk Noonan. 

tpe: What is the spiritual climate in the United States?

SMITH: Having been extremely successful on so many fronts including economically, academically and in industry, we have come to rely on our humanity and intellect rather than on God. In other words, we are spiritually disconnected from God, and because of that there has been a spiritual decline throughout our country.

tpe: Many countries in Europe have slid from their spiritual moorings. What can American Christians learn from such a situation?

SMITH: Mainline denominations in Europe and America are dying because they have held onto their traditions and have refused to change their ministry methods as society has changed. We can’t compromise our theology, but we have to alter our methods so we can keep reaching people for Jesus.

tpe: What are some of the missteps the Church makes when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission?

SMITH: It seems that some people in the Church have forgotten about salvation, the great work of the Cross, and that Jesus is our Savior and Lord. As a result, they’ve become complacent and entangled in the affairs of the world to the point they don’t see the suffering, pain and anguish of people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior and are on their way to hell.

tpe: A commonly held misconception is that if a person lives in the United States he or she has heard a clear presentation of the gospel at least once — but you don’t think that is always the case?

SMITH: The founding fathers of the Assemblies of God knew that as Pentecostals we had — and have — to be evangelistic. Unfortunately, many followers of Christ today, including some Pentecostal believers, have not been as intense about proclaiming the gospel as they should be. That needs to change.  

America is one of the greatest mission fields in the world. Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy. We must realize this and not become complacent. We have to be ready to fight the good fight.

The best way to do this is with the gospel message because that is the only good news for humanity. There is no other salvation than through Jesus Christ, and Christians must proclaim this gospel.

tpe: Will part of your portfolio as executive director be to help embolden people to share their faith?

SMITH: God has burdened me to make sure our missionaries and chaplains spread the gospel with intensity and fervency. Not one person in the United States should die without having been presented with the gospel.

tpe: You’ve said when someone commits their life to Jesus, followers of Christ should get excited.

SMITH: We need to celebrate each person who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The Scriptures teach that heaven rejoices when a human being leads another to Christ. The number one thing we must do is lead people to the Lord.

tpe: Is discipleship also a priority for you?

SMITH: Winning souls and making disciples are the Church’s mandates, and they must be fulfilled. We can’t let facilities, money, music and status distract us. Those are all peripheral things that will pass away someday. Our primary reason for existing is to win and disciple souls for the Kingdom.

tpe: Your new position is very demanding and time-consuming; how will you keep your focus on sharing your faith?

SMITH: My life’s mission is to share Christ. Anything that does not line up with that mission will not be a priority of mine. I enjoy my family, friends, work and recreational activities, but my greatest joy is knowing and sharing Jesus.

tpe: Who are your heroes?

SMITH: The apostle Paul is a hero of mine. But my greatest hero is Jesus Christ. He is everything to me and that is why I want to tell everyone about Him.

E-mail your comments to tpe@ag.org.

 

 

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