Empowered21 Global Council Convenes in Singapore
May 31, 2017 – Singapore – The Empowered21 Global Council wrapped up two days of discussions on the state and the future of the Global Spirit-Empowered movement. The Council consists of international denominational and ministry leaders that includes 14 regional cabinets from around the world helping to bring resources to bear on crucial issues faced by the Spirit- empowered Church.
“In all of Christendom, this gathering of leaders is critical as together we strategically chart the course of the Global Spirit-empowered movement through prayer, discussion, relationship and seeking the Holy Spirit,” said E21 Global Co-chair Dr. Billy Wilson.
On Tuesday, Council members heard updates from regional leaders and were reminded of the purpose, mission, and vision of E21. Dr. Wilson identified five “needs and challenges” which include increasing meaningful engagement in each region; embracing newer and older expressions of Spirit-empowered ministry; identifying and addressing the relevant issues presently in the movement; facilitating the emergence of next generation leaders; and measuring and quantifying the process of Spirit-empowered ministry in the 21st century.
Rob Hoskins, president of OneHope and Global Council NGN liaison, gave a report on the NextGen Youth Movement while Christ for All Nations President Daniel Kolenda gave an update from the Evangelism Commission. Kolenda’s report led to a spirited discussion about the urgency of empowering the upcoming generation of leaders.
“This is the work of the Holy Spirit,” said Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA and a member of the Global Council. “Authority comes in the commission. We want them (young leaders) to take risks; we celebrate that. Even though there is a certain level of failure, we try to create a safe setting where they can hear from the Lord before sending them out.”
The Tuesday Global Council evening service was led by Pastor Lawrence Khong, Co-chair of E21 Asia, who reported on revival fires already stirring in Asian nations. Council members also spent time interceding for the upcoming Congress.
The Global Council 2017 concluded Wednesday morning with a report from the E21 Scholars Consultation presented by Co-Chair Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, E21 Scholars Co-Chair and Dr. Wonsuk Ma, ORU Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity. They reported the Consultation yielded eleven studies on “The Gift of Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit”. Those include studies on sexuality and gender that emphasize biblical-theological foundations, grasp theories shaping public discourse, and exemplify Spirit-empowered ministry. Presenters came with experience in academia and ministry and from nations representing four continents—Nepal, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Zambia, and the United States.
Cindy Jacobs, founder of Generals International, summarized the meeting by saying, “I felt like this group of leaders was more unified than ever. Although we lead multiple organizations, we have coalesced into a body of like-minded individuals with a burden to empower the generations through E21.”
Taking place simultaneously with the Global Council was Generation GO!—a conference designed to equip 13 to 25 year olds in the Spirit-empowered movement.
The E21 Asia Congress, themed “Wind & Fire”, opens Wednesday evening, May 31, and will conclude on June 2. Each session and service will give focus to the celebration of the Holy Spirit during this week of Pentecost, and will feature Spirit‐empowered speakers and worship leaders from the 45 Asian nations.
For additional information visit http://www.empowered21asia.com.
Empowered21 aims to help shape the future of the global Spirit‐empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and connecting generations for intergenerational blessing and impartation. Their vision is that every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033. Get more information at www.empowered21.com. Empowered21 is a Kingdom initiative served by Oral Roberts University, www.oru.edu.
(Members of the Empowered 21 Global Council on the concluding day of their gathering in Singapore, May 31, 2017.)
BACK ROW/LEFT TO RIGHT
Michel Ouédraogo, President Assemblies of God, Burkina Faso; Tom Hess, President Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations; Chady El Aouad, Senior Pastor Abundant Life Church, Lebanon; Russell Evans, Senior Pastor Planetshakers Church, Australia; Henry Madava, Senior Pastor Victory Church, Ukraine; Ron Luce, President, Generation Next; Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor Bethel Church, California; Nick Park, National Bishop Church of God, Ireland; Ishmael Charles, Caribbean Field Director, Church of God; Daniel Kolenda, President and CEO, Christ for All Nations
MIDDLE ROW/LEFT TO RIGHT
Ossie Mills, Executive Director, Empowered21 & Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Oral Roberts University; Wayne Hilsden, Founder and President, Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries (FIRM); Gilberto Velez, Pastor and founder Iglesia Cristiana Misercordia, Texas; Alton Garrison, Assistant Superintendent, Assemblies of God; Sam Clements, General Overseer, Church of God of Prophecy; Opoku Onyinah, President Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council; Arto Hämäläinen, Chairman European Mission (PEM); Gordon McDonald, General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church Canada; Alexis Lukombo, Azusa Leader for the DRC; Omar Cabrera, Senior Pastor, Vision De Futuro, Argentina
FRONT ROW/LEFT TO RIGHT
Chadwick Mohan, Lead Pastor, New Life Assemby of God, India; Frank Chikane, President
Apostolic Faith Mission International; Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer, Green Family Businesses; Niko Njotorahardjo, Senior Pastor, Greja Bethel, Indonesia; Billy Wilson, Global Co-Chair, Empowered21 and President, Oral Roberts University; David Wells, General Superintendent, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada; Lawrence Khong, Senior Pastor
Faith Community Baptist Church, Singapore; Prince Guneratnam, Chairman, Pentecostal World Fellowship; Cindy Jacobs; Co-Founder, Generals International; Kenneth Ulmer, Senior pastor
Faithful Central Bible Church, California