The Assemblies of God is the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination, with over 67 million adherents and members worldwide.
Founding a movement
In the early 1900s, a religious revival swept the world. Men and women seeking authentic Christianity, renewed faith, commitment to Christ, and the vibrancy exhibited by New Testament churches began gathering together for worship and fellowship.
As the emerging Pentecostal revival spread, leaders in the movement recognized the need for organization. In April 1914, around 300 ministry leaders and laypeople met in Hot Springs, Arkansas to promote unity and discuss pressing issues. The fellowship that emerged formed the General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America.
The Assemblies of God now comprises 12,000 churches and around 3 million members in the U.S., and 67 million members worldwide.
Doctrine and mission
Assemblies of God adherents focus on the personal experience of the Holy Spirit in life.
From the Assemblies of God website:
“Doctrinally, the church emphasizes personal salvation, water baptism, divine healing, the baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by the evidence of speaking in tongues, and the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible is recognized as the inspired word of God and provides the rule for faith and practice.
The church’s four-fold mission is expressed through
North Central is an accredited Christian University owned and operated by 11 Assemblies of God districts in the upper midwest.
Visit the official Assemblies of God website for more information about the denomination’s beliefs, background, and missions work.