General Council Convenes in Orlando
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The General Council is the biennial business meeting for the church, which is part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, with over 69 million members. There are more than 3 million adherents in the U.S.
Business sessions at which delegates will elect officers, hear reports of church ministries, and adopt resolutions begin at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) Thursday, Aug. 5, and continue through Friday, Aug. 6. Delegates are comprised of licensed and ordained AG ministers who are present and registered for the convention. In addition, every General Council congregation may send one delegate to participate in business sessions.
Doug Clay, general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, will deliver the keynote address at the first service of the General Council on Wednesday evening. Other highlights include J.J. Vasquez speaking on Friday evening, with a Night of Miracles prayer service Thursday evening.
Even before the biennial gathering officially opens Wednesday night (Aug. 4), attendees will meet for pre-General Council sessions and a leadership conference that begins Tuesday, Aug. 3. General sessions speakers for the two-day Influence Conference include Greg Ford, pastor of One Church in Columbus, Ohio, plus Aaron Burke, pastor of Radiant Church in Tampa, Florida.
Students, parents, and sponsors will participate in the National Youth Convention this week at the Orange County Convention Center. Youth will be involved in numerous activities, including National Fine Arts Festival, community outreach, and nightly services. The week culminates with the Fine Arts presentations and awards, Friday, Aug. 6, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Online viewers may follow the Influence sessions, GC business, and GC and National Youth Convention services via livestream at GeneralCouncil.org. A full backstage experience will begin 30 minutes prior to each service in English and Spanish. Archived videos will be posted following the event.