WAGF

Fellowship

The nature of this Fellowship is a cooperative body of worldwide Assemblies of God national councils of equal standing.  It is not a legislative organ to any national entity, but it is rather a coalition of commitment for the furtherance of the Gospel to the ends of the world and thus shall function as a service agent.

OBJECTIVES

  • To support and encourage one another in the task of missions and evangelism.
  • To promote Christian fellowship and cooperation among Pentecostal and Assemblies of God people throughout the world.
  • To affirm commitment to the Bible as God’s complete and authoritative written revelation to humanity.
  • To bear testimony to the distinctive truths of the full gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To provide non-legislative means of consultation and cooperation among the member churches, regional councils, and related agencies.
  • To share mutual concerns and insights relating to the various crucial, spiritual, and temporal issues of the Church.
  • To promote ministerial and missionary education with special emphasis on world evangelization.
  • To uphold one another in prayer and administer relief in times of crises.
  • To advance biblical, theological, and moral standards among the members.
  • To promote exchange of personnel in special areas of ministry.

More information: http://worldagfellowship.org

History

A life-transforming encounter with God, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, has always been central to the missional identity of the Assemblies of God.

The General Council of the Assemblies of God was formed in 1914. Rather than creating a new denomination with complex hierarchical structures and creeds, its founders intended to form a grassroots Pentecostal organization designed to effectively fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28).

The WAGF was established on August 15, 1989, at the International Decade of Harvest Conference. Founding delegates represented various national Pentecostal churches that were historically and theologically connected to the AG and in fraternal relationship with each other.

What was the purpose of the WAGF? The first constitution of the WAGF stated:

“The purpose of this Fellowship shall be to pursue the fulfillment of our Lord’s command to evangelize the lost in the shortest possible time, providing them the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in all of its fullness, by encouraging and assisting one another, promoting harmonious relationships, and seeking the most effective means of its accomplishment under the dynamic leadership of the Holy Spirit.”

Since its formation in 1989, the WAGF has attempted to bring greater unity among the various AG national churches for the purpose of world evangelization. In the years following the formation of the WAGF, the AG has experienced unprecedented growth. From 1989 to 2009, the AG family expanded from 16 million to 63 million adherents, and from 117,450 to 346,108 churches and preaching points. The WAGF has brought greater unity and a sense of structural identity to the broader AG family.

(Extract from: “The World Assemblies of God Fellowship: United in the Missionary Spirit”, by William Molenaar. Full text: http://worldagfellowship.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/History_of_World_-AG_Fellowship.pdf)

WAGC

WAGC World Congress

The World Assemblies of God Fellowship normally holds its World Congress every three years in various locations. The previous congresses have been: Seoul, Korea (1993), Sao Paulo, Brazil (1996), Indianapolis, IN, USA (2000), Sydney (2005), Lisbon (2008), Chennai, India (2011), Springfield, MO, USA (2014), and Singapore (2017).

Unlimited 2020 will be the 9th WAGF World Congress, held in Madrid, Spain, under the theme “Unlimited: Unleashing Our Potential”.