Promoting Unity; Encouraging Growth
We just concluded the bi-annual General Council meeting of the Assemblies of God, Zimbabwe. Pastors and delegates from throughout the nation met in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, to transact the business of the organization. Proposals were discussed, adopted or rejected; elections held resulting in a new Assistant General Superintendent and confirmation of the acting General Secretary as the new full-term General Secretary; and services to inspire, motivate, and inform, plus enjoying the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Two dominant themes emerged from these meetings. First, unity. As a Spirit-empowered church planting movement in Zimbabwe, the General Council agreed there is need for unity; unity of vision, unity of purpose, unity of action. Second, growth. Our churches must grow in each local area, plus we must plant more churches throughout the nation. Unity encourages growth. Growth needs unity. Operating in unity the General Council will pursue the vision of planting 1,000 new churches by 2020. In fact, the growth has already begun. By the end of 2013, the 87 churches of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Zimbabwe will have added about 50 new churches! One province alone has a goal of adding 25 churches. It’s an exciting prospect.
One church plant will occur in Masvingo. Visiting evangelist, Greg Hubbard, will headline our effort as pastors and church members to establish a new church in this growing city of over 100,000 people. No Assemblies of God work exists there. New pastor, Tawanda Gasa, is laying the foundation for the upcoming evangelistic rallies, May 22 – 26. Working together, we believe the result of this effort will be a solid church that will become the flagship of church planting in the Masvingo province. Unity, growth – a winning formula!
You can help with both unity and growth. How? Pray for the success of this church planting effort. Pray for safety of the many church members and leaders traveling to Masvingo from various locations throughout the nation. Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare the way. Your participation will make a difference in the success of this effort!