The world's largest Pentecostal denomination have convened in Orlando, Florida, this week, with thousands of anticipated attendees and a range of subjects.
The Assemblies of God is hosting its biennial General Council this week in Florida.
A spokesman from the Assemblies told Religion News Service prior to the gathering that an estimated 18,000 were expected to attend the gathering from 2nd August to 6th August.
One of the more essential elements of the event is the expected resolutions. The General Council will vote on an assortment of resolutions that will affect the particular doctrines and policies that AoG churches must adhere to in the future.
As of 5th August, several resolutions have been adopted, including the approval of electronic meetings, establishing basic qualifications for ministry, and redefining the particular causes that might require disciplinary action. The council also defined how it districts its church organizations, allowing for language and ethnic identities to play a part in how they are organized. Attendees also received the chance to vote for general superintendent, treasurer, and executive director of U.S. Missions.
The Assemblies is considered one of the largest Pentecostal denominations globally, with more than 69 million members worldwide and 3 million in the United States alone. There are an estimated 13,000 Assemblies of God churches in the United States. The Assemblies of God spokesperson estimates that of the 3.2 million adherents in the United States, 44 percent are ethnic minorities, 22 percent are Latino, and 11 percent are Black.