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AG Update

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Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God shares in the Wisconsin/No. Michigan Minister's Renewal

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AG Update

  1. 1. The Assemblies of God Significant Milestones • 1958 – 20,000 churches 1.5 million adherents • 1993 – 150,000 churches 25 million adherents • Today – Over 300,000 churches 61 million adherents
  2. 2. The Assemblies of God Total Worldwide Adherents 2003 – 50,718,028 2008 – 61,546,617 17.6%, 5-year increase U.S. – 2,863,265 Outside U.S. – 58,683,352
  3. 3. The Assemblies of God World & U.S. 1929 - 1939 Adherents 1929 1939 U.S. - 91,981 184,022 +100% Outside U.S. - 32,621 75,575 +132% World Total - 124,602 259,995 +108%
  4. 4. The Assemblies of God World & U.S. 1929 – 1939 Churches 1929 1939 U.S. – 1,612 3,496 This represents an 117% increase.
  5. 5. The Assemblies of God World & U.S. 1929 – 1939 Missionaries 1929 1939 World Totals – 279 350 This represents an 25% increase.
  6. 6. The Assemblies of God World & U.S. 1929 – 1939 World Missions Giving 1929 1939 World Totals $265,605 $391,281 This represents an 47% increase.
  7. 7. The Assemblies of God Last 5 years (2003 – 2007) • 2,282,247 Conversions • 594,319 Water Baptisms • 450,844 Holy Spirit Baptisms
  8. 8. The Assemblies of God Total Worldwide Ministers – 320,186 • United States – 33,871 • Outside U.S. – 286,315
  9. 9. The Assemblies of God Worldwide Churches – 312,048 • United States – 12,362 • Outside U.S. – 299,686 212 Countries & Territories - 98 in unreached or least- reached countries and territories - 57 in 10/40 window
  10. 10. The Assemblies of God Assemblies of God Trust • General Superintendent’s Cabinet – 268 • Trust Memberships – 2,341 • Trust Monthly Commitments – $193,560 • Church Planting Commitments – $659,500
  11. 11. The Assemblies of God CMN Matching Fund • Matching Funded Churches – 50 • Launched Churches – 35 • Average Weekly Attendance – 73 • Total Unchurched Contacts – 80,330
  12. 12. The Assemblies of God CMN Matching Fund • Total Water Baptism – 273 • Total Confessions of Faith – 1,495 • Total Undesignated Income – $2,431,232.25 • Avg. Undesignated Income – $8,439.09
  13. 13. The Assemblies of God CMN Matching Fund • Total Missions Giving – $256,236.49 • Total Matching Funds Return – $121,621.33
  14. 14. The Assemblies of God Assemblies of God Trust Three Primary Initiatives • Church Planting • Higher Education • Research and Development
  15. 15. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •AG churches in the Northeast have significantly lower levels of growth in average worship attendance than churches in the South (South Central, Gulf, and Southeast regions combined)
  16. 16. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •AG churches in the Midwest (North Central and Great Lakes regions combined) have significantly lower levels of growth in average worship attendance than churches in the South (South Central, Gulf, and Southeast regions combined)
  17. 17. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •Pastors who agree that most of those who attend their church have developed significant relationships with people at their church are in churches with significantly lower levels of growth in average worship attendance.
  18. 18. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •While research among Protestants show that laity’s weakest area of spiritual formation is in building relationships, it appears that AG churches that have achieved it have done so at the expense of any new relationships.
  19. 19. The Assemblies of God Resource and Development •Newer churches exhibit significantly higher numbers of conversions per attendee.
  20. 20. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •Pastors who are consistently hearing reports of changed lives at their church exhibit significantly higher numbers of conversions per attendee. •This reflects that making disciples includes both making new disciples and “teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”
  21. 21. The Assemblies of God Resource and Development •Churches with higher percentages of adults who attend their church at least once a month who are personally involved in outreach achieve significantly higher numbers of conversions per attendee.
  22. 22. The Assemblies of God Research and Development •Research to learn from churches who have achieved high participation rates would help other churches emulate this effort. •Churches with an adult mentoring program who exhibit significantly higher numbers of conversions per attendee.
  23. 23. The age of AG churches highlights a history of consistent church planting Research & survey provided by Q1. In what year was your church established?
  24. 24. Over half of AG churches have 5 year Avg. Worship Attendance growth of 10%+ Growing: 5 Yr Percent Change =10% or more Declining: 5 Yr Percent Change =-10% or less Stable/Plateaued: 5 Yr Percent Change between -10% and +10% Research & survey Q3. What is your church’s average worship attendance on a typical weekend (including all ages from provided by babies to adults but not counting anyone twice)? Q4. Five years ago (Fall 2003) what was your church’s average worship attendance on a typical weekend (including all ages from babies to adults but not counting anyone twice)?
  25. 25. The majority of individuals who attend our church consider the Bible authoritative and turn to it as the source of truth and wisdom for daily living Research & survey 0% Don’t Know provided by Q17a. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  26. 26. We are consistently hearing reports of changed lives at our church Research & survey 1% Don’t Know provided by Q20b. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
  27. 27. I regularly teach our congregation about the concept of being baptized in the Holy Spirit Research & survey 0% Don’t Know provided by Q20d. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
  28. 28. I regularly teach our congregation that speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit Research & survey 0% Don’t Know provided by Q20h. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
  29. 29. Within worship services, our church regularly prays for people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit Research & survey 0% Don’t Know provided by Q20e. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
  30. 30. Percentage of adults that attend at least once a month and claim to be baptized in the Holy Spirit The median known percentage is 50% Research & survey The mean known percentage is 52% provided by Q19. Approximately what percentage of adults who attend your church at least once a month claim to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?
  31. 31. Our church typically has the financial resources to fund each ministry as is needed 0% Don’t Know Research & survey provided by Q17i. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  32. 32. Our congregation understands it is every Christian’s responsibility to share the Gospel with non-Christians Research & survey 1% Don’t Know provided by Q17f. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  33. 33. Most of those who attend our church feel comfortable that they can share their belief in Christ to someone else effectively Research & survey 3% Don’t Know provided by Q17g. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  34. 34. Percentage of adults who attend at least once a month who are personally involved in outreach The median known percentage is 15% Research & survey The mean known percentage is 23% provided by Q16. Approximately what percentage of adults who attend your church at least once a month are personally involved in outreach?
  35. 35. Percentage of adults who volunteer varies widely The median known percentage is 35% Research & survey The mean known percentage is 40% provided by Q8. What percentage of adults who attend your church at least once a month have regular responsibilities at your church (e.g., greeter, teacher, child care, etc.)?
  36. 36. Percentage of adults who serve in their church’s community is lower The median known percentage is 10% Research & survey The mean known percentage is 18% provided by Q9. What percentage of adults who attend your church at least once a month are involved in ministries or projects that serve people in your community not affiliated with your church?
  37. 37. Most of those who attend our church have developed significant relationships with people at our church 1% Don’t Know Research & survey provided by Q17l. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  38. 38. Very few people in our church participate in formal outreach activities 1% Don’t Know Research & survey provided by Q17k. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements about your congregation.
  39. 39. Percentage of current worship attendance involved in a small group or Sunday School class The median known percentage is 50% Research & survey The mean known percentage is 48% provided by Q15. What percentage of your current weekend worship attendance is involved in some small group, Sunday School class or similar group?
  40. 40. Percent of churches regularly evaluating congregation’s discipleship progress Research & survey provided by Q18. Does your church regularly evaluate discipleship progress among your congregation?
  41. 41. I am completely satisfied with the state of discipleship within our church Research & survey 0% Don’t Know provided by Q20c. As pastor, please provide your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
  42. 42. Level of biblical knowledge among each age group within your church Research & survey provided by Q21. In your opinion, what is the level of biblical knowledge among each age group within your church?
  43. 43. Age Assembly of God Pastors Research & survey provided by Q35. What is your age?

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