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Leaders Call for 'Prophetic Activism' Read more

COGIC Presiding Bishop Joins Executive Committee Read more
 
Commissions Launched for Prayer, Christian Unity, Communications & Media Read more

New Members Read more

PCCNA Joins Global Outreach Day Read more
  PropheticActivismLeaders Call for 'Prophetic Activism'

Lee Grady, IPHC Executive Editor, led a time of repentance for how the Church has treated women, African-Americans and immigrants.
"Culture: Surrender or Subdue" was the theme of the annual Pentecostal / Charismatic leadership meeting in Dallas TX. Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris shared his testimony how teaching his church to give has dramatically increased their giving to missions. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, "Washington will follow the course that the church has charted."

The 2016 U.S.A. elections were at the top of everyone's minds with a panel of leaders including Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Superintendent David Wells, Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez and Assemblies of God General Superintendent George Wood. The panel, moderated by The King's University President Dr. John Spurling, discussed how Christians should respond during the elections.

Christians Impacting Elections
"The church is the only thing in society that brings people together," Dr. Wood said. "We have to be careful that we don't let political issues drown out the redemptive work of Christ. I'm distressed with how many people who claim to have a personal relationship with Christ are being led by propaganda and they have no clue as to how to live by the Bible."

Dr. Wood is an attorney and advised Christians to be aware of what's happening on the Supreme Court with the departure of Antonio Scalia. "I'm concerned about the marginalization of evangelicals," he said. Bishop Blake said it was impossible to legislate morality. He was the only Christian leader to take a stand against abortion during a Democratic National Committee meeting to which President Barak Obama invited him. "Mine was the only voice opposing abortion," he said.

Rodriguez encouraged Christians to take up "prophetic activism." "The difference between 'political activism' and 'prophetic activism' is that life, marriage and religious liberty aren't political issues," he said. "When you enter the voting booth, don't vote by the color of your skin. Vote for a candidate aligned with what you believe about life, marriage and religious liberty."

Wells added he has taught his children they are 'dual citizens.' "They are a citizen of Canada and a citizen of the kingdom," he said. "We don't allow ourselves to get into a fixed identity but we stay ahead of the curve of culture. We're not accountable for the type of government we elect but for the type of church we become." From Syrian refugees, to Muslims and homosexuals, Wells has worked closely with them as a chaplain for the Canadian-version of the Olympics - the Pan American Games.

Christians Impacting Culture
Lee Grady, executive editor for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and founder of the Mordecai Project, led an afternoon session about quenching the Holy Spirit. Grady said, "The way we treat each other affects the flow of the Holy Spirit, based on Ephesians 4:30." Grady led the leaders into a time of repentance for how the church has treated women and minorities.

Attendees pre-screened God's Not Dead 2 during a dinner hosted by Franklin Santagate, PureFlix Entertainment Vice President for Strategic Alliance. "PureFlix isn't in the movie business but the kingdom business," says Santagate. Santagate gave a presentation showing the impact on culture of Christians abdicating their influence.
People of the Cross Traveling Exhibit
Crossroad Outreach, Pace Assembly of God















A Crossroad Outreach exhibit featuring modern-day martyrs was parked outside The King's University for PCCNA meeting attendees to view. Many of the leaders walked through the exhibit with tears streaming down their faces as they were reminded of Christians who have died for Christ. Joey Rogers, senior pastor of Pace Assembly of God, Pace, FL, and creator of the exhibit, shared his heart at a Thursday night dinner that brought everyone to their knees in prayer for persecuted Christians. A holy hush hovered over the group as leaders cried in prayer on their behalf.

The three-day meeting ended with Perkins' observation that the reason the Evangelical vote is "all over the place is because of fear and frustration. The fear in the pew is a reflection of the fear in the pulpit." He encouraged the leaders to make sure everyone in their church votes.  
 COGICBishopCOGIC Presiding Bishop Joins Executive Committee
Bishop Charles Blake
Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles Blake was elected to serve as Co-Chairperson for the Executive Committee of the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America. Bishop Blake joins Chairperson Assemblies of God Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison; President Jeff Farmer; Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Superintendent David Wells, Treasurer, and Foursquare Church Vice-President and COO Sterling Bracket serving as Secretary. The Executive Committee also includes the following as Members-At-Large: Church of God General Overseer Bishop Mark Williams; Assemblies of God USA General Superintendent George Wood; United Holy Church of America Bishop Elijah Williams (Dennis Ball, proxy) National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez; International Pentecostal Holiness Church General Overseer Bishop Doug Beacham (Chris Thompson, proxy) and Grupo Unidad President Fermin Garcia.

"The PCCNA Board of Administration was honored to elect Bishop Blake unanimously to serve as their new co-chairperson for a three year term effective February 2016," says Farmer. "Bishop Blake is a statesman and community transformer. We're honored he is carving time out of his busy schedule to partner with us in our vision to demonstrate unity in the power of the Spirit." PCCNA represents over 40,000 Pentecostal / Charismatic Christian congregations in Canada, the U.S.A and Mexico.

Bishop Blake replaces Bishop Jerry E. Macklin who stepped down after 10 years of service. "We're thankful for the years of service Bishop Macklin gave towards leading PCCNA," says Farmer.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."   Acts 1:8 (NIV) 
 
Jeff Farmer, President

Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America 

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Commissions Launched for Prayer, Christian Unity, Communications & Media

Prayer Commission Members

PCCNA has launched three commissions to promote prayer,  unity in the church, and to provide networking and support for Pentecostal / Charismatic Christians in Communications and Media.


Thirteen prayer coordinators and spouses representing eight PCCNA member denominations and organizations met for the inaugural meeting of the PCCNA Prayer Commission at the annual PCCNA meeting. The Commission began in 2014 with three denominational prayer leaders discussing the possibility of a Pentecostal pastor's prayer gathering.

The leaders were P. Douglas Small, Church of God - Cleveland; Lou Shirey, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; and John Maempa, Director of the Assemblies of God Office of Prayer and Spiritual Care. Out of those discussions a powerful prayer gathering, Encounter 2015, was held in January in Fayetteville, NC. During those meetings Small discussed with President Jeff Farmer the need to raise prayer consciousness across our churches. "Could PCCNA provide a covering?" Small inquired. The PCCNA Executive Committee recognized the Holy Spirit was at work over two decades earlier when bylaw framers created the concept of commissions. The commission was approved and Small, Shirey, and Maempa were appointed chairperson, vice-chairperson, and recording secretary respectively.

The mission of the PCCNA Prayer Commission is "to create a context for fellowship, dialogue, and cooperation between the prayer coordinators of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations, churches, and ministries in North America, under the auspices of the sponsoring organization. The Commission seeks to encourage intentional prayer leadership in member organizations and their congregations toward the goal of building houses of prayer for the nations with Great Awakening impact in view." Fourteen prayer coordinators have been named.  

The first meeting of the Christian Unity Commission (CUC) included:  David Cole (Open Bible Churches/Open Bible Faith Fellowship), Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. (Assemblies of God), Dr. Harold D. Hunter (International Pentecostal Holiness Church), Frank Patrick (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada), and Aaron and Patricia Campbell (PCCNA Memphis Chapter).  The group discussed the PCCNA vision and how the CUC can promote unity among churches and Christians. 

The CUC goal is to assist PCCNA member churches and organizations in appointing liaisons to represent them in participating in the work of the Commission and other initiatives in the Body of Christ. Currently, in addition to those who attended the meeting in February, there are four other liaisons appointed by their organizations.

"The CUC will focus on training and resourcing liaisons in serving their organizations and the PCCNA in matters  related to unity," says Dr. David Cole, chairperson of the CUC.

The CUC recognizes a need to engage the important issues related to racial reconciliation, a priority of the PCCNA since its founding. The Commission also hopes to provide a place for conversations about the nature of the unity we seek as members of the PCCNA.  The Commission's steering committee anticipates a growing number of Liaisons who will participate in next year's meeting.

The Communications & Media Commission (CMC) was kicked off by representatives of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Church of God of Prophecy, Elim Fellowship, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, International Pentecostal Church of Christ and Highways Ministries. The mission of the CMC is to facilitate communication, networking and support for PCCNA members' communication teams. By sharing best practices and exchanging Good News testimonies, stories and events from our various movements, our united proclamation via multiple mediums shall empower the church to advance God's kingdom.

The commission has created a private Facebook group page and plans to publish a directory of PCCNA communications and media professionals as well as a web page with links to our members' publications and YouTube channels. The PCCNA Executive Committee approved creation of the commission contingent upon a letter demonstrating commission guidelines are satisfied.

PCCNA anticipates the launch of two or three additional commissions in the coming year related to racial reconciliation and NextGen ministry. 
 NewMembersNew Members
PCCNA welcomes these new members approved by the Board of Administration:

Canadian Fellowship of Churches and Ministries, Prince Albert, SK, David McGrew, President

Love Joy Church, Buffalo, NY, Dr. Ronald Burgio, Pastor.

Christ Forever Church, Upper Marlborough, MD, Dr. Uche Johanan Nnamoko, Pastor
 
GlobalOutreachDayPCCNA Joins Global Outreach Day
On Global Outreach Day millions of Christians sharing the Good News on the same day unite every year on the last Saturday in May!

The idea is simple, but powerful: Every Christian sharing the Gospel with at least ONE other person on that day. All over the globe. In every possible way. This dynamic movement has spread to more than 100 nations in only three years. It is a great tool for the Body of Christ to activate millions of believers for evangelism.

Article III [Purposes] of the PCCNA bylaws state as an Association we will "foster the evangelization of the world." This mandate looms essential in spite of the reality most born-again Christians in the West rarely share their faith. That includes believers in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches. The Executive Committee and Board of Administration of PCCNA have adopted a bold, new initiative: to partner with G.O.D., the Love2020 Mission America Coalition initiative, and CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), in praying for, proclaiming, and training the believers in our constituent movements for a massive May 2020 outreach.

We dare to believe God will give us a holy dissatisfaction for the status quo in our churches. Join us in the vision to mobilize the church of Canada, USA, and Mexico to "demonstrate unity in the power of the Spirit" in May 2020! Every believer sharing the good news of Jesus with at least one unbeliever. Each denomination and church network will pray, plan, and prepare as their own leadership is led of the Spirit, but the harvest target is the same - until all have heard.

"Global Outreach Day is a simple idea for the biggest church mobilization in the third millennium of Christian history," said Rev.  Daniel Oscar, Dominican Republic

"The Global Outreach Day is a day of salvation!" 
proclaimed Reinhard Bonnke, Christ for all Nations.