EMPOWERED21 AFRICA CABINET IS ANNOUNCED AND CONVENES IN SOUTH AFRICA TO CONSULT AND SHAPE STRATEGIES FOR EMPOWERED21 AFRICA
Johannesburg, South Africa–A prominent group of African Christian leaders has formed an Empowered21 Africa cabinet and they have announced their preliminary focus. Empowered21 Africa, a unique, history-making movement which was part of the harvest from the Empowered21 Congress in Tulsa, OK April 2010, will assist in focusing select Spirit-filled, Christian leaders, next gen voices and leading scholars from across Africa on the future of Spirit-empowered Christianity.
The Empowered21 Africa cabinet met in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 29-31, 2011 to consult and shape Empowered21 strategies for Africa. An update on E21 global efforts was presented along with discussion on E21 Africa vision and purposes and discussion of the Spirit-empowered Church in Africa today with questions such as: what are the greatest positive developments, what are the greatest challenges at present and what are the most crucial issues in the African Movement?
Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Malawi, Africa, and Empowered21 Africa co-chair, Lazarus Chakwera, said, “What a powerful time of relationship building we had together this week in South Africa. I believe that Empowered21 has the potential to accelerate the move of God and the revival that is taking place here in Africa. What we accomplished this week is nothing less then historic for the future of the Spirit-empowered movement here in Africa.”
President of Apostolic Faith Mission in Gauteng, South Africa and co-chair of Empowered21 Africa, Isak Burger, said, “I am extremely excited and humbled to be a part of this journey with so many great leaders from across Africa. I feel like we are on the edge of a major outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Next Generation, and Empowered21 could be a major piece to this puzzle in Africa.”
Billy Wilson, Executive Director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal and Empowered21 and Co- Chair of the E21 Global Council, said, “Every continent is now developing an Empowered21 regional cabinet to form strategies for their area of the world. Empowered21 cabinets in Asia, Latin America, the USA, USA Hispanic, Canada and Europe are already formed. We are excited to bring together such an outstanding group of leaders for the Empowered21 Africa effort. This group will help bring unity between Pentecostals and Charismatic’s for the future of Spirit-empowered Christianity across Africa.”
Some of the purposes of Empowered21 Africa will be to unite the Spirit-filled movement across Africa in intergenerational gatherings for the purpose of seeking a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st Century. They also desire to provide a platform for addressing the crucial issues facing the Spirit- empowered church in Africa in the 21st Century and discover contemporary methods, vocabulary and ministry grace needed for engaging new generations in Spirit-empowered living. They will assist to focus the energy and resources of the Spirit-empowered African church, on the harvest and challenges before them with a desire to witness greater send a strong message to the younger Generation to renew and take care for the spiritual heritage.”
Esme Bowers, with the International Lausanne Commission for World Evangelism, Africa, said, “Leaders fellowshipping like we did this week is crucial for the Kingdom of God. It is so important that we as leaders put our focus and efforts toward equipping and partnering with the Next Generation in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“We want to encourage every Spirit-filled ministry across Africa to connect with Empowered21 Africa in the days ahead. Together we can realize a future that includes renewal, transformation and empowerment for new generations in Africa. God is not finished with Africa and we are expecting a fresh grace of renewal here in the days ahead,” Wilson concluded.
The Empowered21 Africa cabinet announced plans for their next meeting in Ghana in November 2011 and plans for a future Summit for Charismatic and Pentecostal leaders.
Empowered21 Africa is one of 11 global initiatives taking place during this decade that will involve the Spirit-filled movement in focusing on the future and engaging new generations in the power of the Holy Spirit.