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International Pentecostal Leaders Meet

Empowered21 Global Council convenes in Singapore.

The Empowered21 Global Council wrapped up two days of discussions Wednesday in Singapore, focusing on the state and the future of the Global Spirit-empowered movement. The council consists of international denominational and ministry leaders representing the Spirit-empowered Church.

“In all of Christendom, this gathering of leaders is critical as together we strategically chart the course of the Global Spirit-empowered movement through prayer, discussion, relationship, and seeking the Holy Spirit,” said Billy M. Wilson, who is global co-chair along with U.S. Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood.

On Tuesday, council members heard updates from regional leaders and were reminded of the purpose, mission, and vision of E21. Wilson, who is president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, identified five needs and challenges for E21: increasing meaningful engagement in each region; embracing newer and older expressions of Spirit-empowered ministry; identifying and addressing the relevant issues presently in the movement; facilitating the emergence of next generation leaders; and measuring and quantifying the process of Spirit-empowered ministry in the 21st century.

One Hope President Rob Hoskins gave a report on the NextGen Youth Movement while Christ for All Nations President Daniel Kolenda gave an update from the Evangelism Commission. Kolenda’s report led to a spirited discussion about the urgency of empowering the upcoming generation of leaders.

The Global Council 2017 concluded Wednesday with a report on studies on “The Gift of Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit.” The report included studies on sexuality and gender that emphasize biblical-theological foundations, grasp theories shaping public discourse, and exemplify Spirit-empowered ministry. Presenters represented Nepal, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Zambia, and the United States.

Assemblies of God Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison, chairman of the E21 USA Cabinet, reported that body would focus in the future on revitalizing existing churches and had adopted the Acts 2 Journey model as its primary church health model.   

Among others attending on the E21 Global Council were Burkina Faso AG President Michel Ouédraogo; Plantershakers Church Senior Pastor Russell Evans of Melbourne, Australia; New Life Assembly of God Lead Pastor Chadwick Mohan of Chennai, India; Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Superintendent David Wells; and Pentecostal World Fellowship Chairman Prince Guneratnam, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.