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SOurce: Assemblies of God (AG) is the world's largest Pentecostal Christian denomination.

With over 312,048 churches and outstations in over 110 countries and approximately 57 to 60 million adherents worldwide,[1][2][3] it is the fourth largest international body of Christians.[4] It prefers to be referred to as a cooperative fellowship instead of a denomination.[5] The Assemblies of God has missions programs that are designed to establish selfpropagating, self-supporting, and self-governing national church bodies in every country. As of late 2006, the Assemblies of God World Missions Research Office reported constituencies in 110 countries and territories, with over 5,000 adherents added per day. As of 2005, the fellowship operated 859 Bible schools, 1,131 extension programs and 39 seminaries outside of the United States. Origins The Assemblies of God has its roots in the Pentecostal revival of the early 20th century. This revival is generally traced to a prayer meeting held under the leadership of Charles Parham, at Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas, on January 1, 1901. The “awakening” or “revival” spread rapidly to Missouri, Texas, California and elsewhere. In 1906, a three-year revival meeting under the leadership of William Seymour began at Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles that attracted believers from around the world. Reports of the revival were carried far and wide by periodicals and other publications that sprang up along with the movement. Independent revivals also began to break out during this time in other parts of the world. The Pentecostal aspects of the revival were not generally welcomed by established churches, and participants in the movement soon found themselves forced outside existing religious bodies. These people sought out their own places of worship and founded hundreds of distinctly Pentecostal congregations. Assemblies of God church in Apia, Western SamoaMany of these congregations sought to partner with existing religious movements, such as the Christian and Missionary Alliance, but many Pentecostals left following controversy over the doctrine of the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. These early leaders were licensed as ministers by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, founder of the Church of God in Christ, a predominately African-American denomination. The Church of God in Christ provided initial credentials to the mostly white Pentecostals who would later form the Assemblies of God.[8] Jim Crow laws of the South and other cultural norms of early 20th century America contributed to the early demise of racial unity between the white Pentecostal leaders and the predominately African-American Church of God in Christ denomination. By 1914, many ministers and laymen alike began to realize just how far-reaching the spread of the revival and of Pentecostalism had become. Many evangelistic outreaches birthed by the new movement created a number of practical problems— formal recognition of ministers, approval and support of missionaries, doctrinal unity, gospel literature, a permanent Bible training school, and full accounting of funds were all issues that needed to be dealt with. [edit] Formation and development Concerned leaders felt the desire to protect and preserve the results of the revival - these thousands of newly Spirit-baptized believers - by uniting through cooperative fellowship. In April 1914 about 300 preachers and laymen were invited from 20 states and several foreign countries for a “General Council” in Hot

Springs, Arkansas, to discuss and take action on these and other pressing needs. Bishop Mason of the Church of God in Christ attended this first General Council along with his Saints Industrial Singers to giving support to the white leaders in their endeavors. A cooperative fellowship emerged from the meeting and was incorporated under the name General Council of the Assemblies of God of the United States. In time, selfgoverning and self-supporting general councils broke off from the original fellowship or were formed independently in several nations throughout the world, originating either from indigenous Pentecostal movements or as a direct result of the indigenous missions strategy of the General Council.[9] The Assemblies of God experienced a schism early in their history when they adopted the Statement of Fundamental Truths, affirming their belief in the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity at their Fourth General Council in October 1916 at St. Louis, Missouri. Those that withdrew from the fellowship were known as Oneness or "Jesus Only" Pentecostals because they denied the existence of the Trinity and believed in baptizing "in the name of Jesus Christ" and not "in the name of The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit". This schism caused the loss of approximately one-fourth of recognized AG ministers, including all but one minister in the state of Louisiana.[citation needed] Prior to 1967, the Assemblies of God, along with the majority of other Pentecostal denominations, officially opposed Christian participation in war and considered itself a peace church.[10] It continues to give full doctrinal support to members who are lead by religious conscience to pacifism. In 1988, the loose body of cooperative councils joined under the name World Pentecostal Assemblies of God Fellowship as result of an initiative by Dr. J. Philip Hogan, then executive director of the Division of Foreign Missions of the General Council of the Assemblies of God of the United States. The initial purpose was to coordinate evangelism, but soon developed into a more permanent organism of inter-relation. Dr. Hogan was elected the first chairman of the Fellowship and served until 1992 when Rev. David Yonggi Cho was elected chairman. In 1993, the name of the Fellowship was changed to the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.[11] In 2000, Thomas E. Trask was elected to succeed Cho.[12] At the 2008 World Congress at Lisbon, Portugal, George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God of the United States, was elected chairman Source: