The Assemblies of God began with a few hundred men and women in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who committed to do the greatest work of evangelism the world had ever seen.
One hundred years later, the Assemblies of God has grown to more than 67.5 million adherents and 366,000 churches worldwide, with about 3 million followers in the U.S. Every 25 seconds a new convert is added and every 39 minutes a new church is planted.
Last week, thousands from across America and 120 countries gathered in Springfield to celebrate the centennial of the world's largest Pentecostal Fellowship.
Though the convention in part focused on the church's accomplishments, the group that gathered in the JQH Arena on Thursday night for the kickoff service made it clear they are not resting on the past. "God is not done!", about 8,000 people said in unison, under the direction of Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God.
"We measure our success not by how many people we have, but by the tremendous task that still lies before us. There are a couple billion people who've never had an adequate presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," Dr. Wood said. "Let's finish the task."
Article by Dr. James O. Davis, Cofounder / Billion Soul Network