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2009 Conversations


Sara Groves
12.21.08

Keith and Kristyn Getty
12.14.08

Jesse Miranda
11.30.08

Heather Bland
11.23.08

Cathleen Lewis
11.16.08

Robert Leathers
11.9.08

Ravi Zacharias
10.26.08

Scotty Gibbons
10.19.08

George O. Wood
9.28.08

George O. Wood
9.21.08

G. Robert Cook Jr.
9.14.08

Michelle LaRowe Conover
8.31.08

Janet Boynes
8.24.08

Kirk Cameron
8.17.08

Laura Wilkinson
8.10.08

Melody Rossi
7.27.08

Randy Travis
7.20.08

Maylo Upton-Aames
7.13.08

Chuck Norris
6.29.08

Francis Xavier 'Chip' Flaherty Jr.
6.22.08

Ben Carson
6.15.08

Robert H. Spence
6.8.08

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser
5.25.08

R. Albert Mohler Jr.
5.18.08

James K. Bridges
5.11.08

Manny Mill
4.27.08

Brock Gill
4.20.08

Robert Burt
4.13.08

Gerry Hindy
3.30.08

J.I. Packer
3.23.08

Stanley Horton
3.16.08

Linda Mintle
3.9.08

Joanna Weaver
2.24.08

Buck Taylor
2.17.08

Debra Risner
2.10.08

Bill Glass
1.27.08

Edward Gilbreath
1.20.08

Rob Seagears and Andy Casper
1.13.08


2007 Conversations


2006 Conversations


Conversation: George O. Wood

Building tomorrow’s church

During his first year in office, General Superintendent George O. Wood has worked with departmental leadership at Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, Mo., to identify strategies for church growth and ministry revitalization across the Fellowship. He spoke recently with Evangel Editor Ken Horn about these initiatives.

tpe: What do you sense God is doing in our Fellowship?

WOOD: He is bringing revival. It’s phenomenal what God is doing. Conservatively, we’re growing by 3 million a year worldwide. There’s actually more than that coming to the Lord, because many people transition to other fellowships.

When I look specifically at the U.S. church, I’m concerned. During the first half of 2008, we opened 103 churches and closed 136, with a net loss of 33 churches in the first six months. We’ll probably make that up by year’s end, but we need to be opening far more churches than that and we need to be focusing on church revitalization issues as well.

To that end, we’ve formed both the Church Multiplication Network and a Church Transformation Network that are working on the dual issues of church planting and church transformation. We want to resource districts and churches to dramatically increase both church planting and church transformation.

tpe: Could you talk about how those goals will be accomplished?

WOOD: It all boils down to the local level, really; that’s how the Assemblies of God is formed. The national office can only do so much. What we can do is resource, motivate and set out broad goals and give people the tools to work with. But locally we need people called and qualified to plant churches. We also have to have churches that will take on, as a passion, the responsibility to plant additional churches. Church growth is directly associated with church planting.

tpe: Do we have churches in the Fellowship now that are proactive in planting churches?

WOOD: A number of churches are doing this. In fact, under Brother Thomas Trask’s leadership, a lot of churches joined in that effort as church planting partners. But we need to see the pace of church planting increase from 270-280 new churches a year to 500 new churches a year at a minimum. With the formation of the Church Multiplication Network, we’ve adopted an aggressive plan to expand our ability to resource church planters and church planting churches and also to raise matching funds so we can get new churches started.

tpe: The Assemblies of God Trust has been established to support these efforts.

WOOD: We developed the matching fund program, and it has been wonderfully successful on the pilot runs. We’ve had some churches open with several hundred people the first Sunday.

But the fund will do more than plant churches. We want to make it possible for more of our 60,000 high school seniors every year to enroll in one of our Assemblies of God schools. Funds can also be applied to research and development of new ministry tools.

In many ways, we’re using the same literature tools today we used 40 years ago. We’ll always have print, because people will always read; but we’re also in this massive technological change where we’re into the digital era, the Internet era, the downloadable era.

So we have created the AG Trust as the development arm of the Assemblies of God, and we’re asking our people and our churches to help us fund these major initiatives. There will be other initiatives as time goes along, but these three are at the very top of our priority list right now.

tpe: How can our readers be involved?

WOOD: We’re asking individuals to make a personal commitment. Many of our churches have already made commitments of as large as $1,000 a month to the AG Trust as part of their total missions giving. We’re asking people to give on an individual level a minimum of $16 a month. Why $16? Because we have 16 fundamental truths and we want to pass on this treasure of apostolic doctrine to the next generation. The need is absolutely massive, but together we can do this.

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

 

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