Powerful Outcomes Emerged from Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress Setting the Stage for 2020 and Beyond
Tulsa, OK – Three years ago, nearly 5,000 Spirit-empowered Christians from more than 70 nations converged on Pais Arena Jerusalem in response to the call to celebrate Pentecost in the land of Pentecost. The event was broadcast live by multiple networks including GodTv, TBN Australia, TBN Russia, and TBN Pacific and streamed live to another 180,000 people in 127 countries. Some 130 noted leaders from the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement such as Jack Hayford, Christine Caine, and Samuel Rodriguez challenged and inspired believers to reach the world through an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Reflecting on the outcome of the first Empowered21 Global Congress, Oral Roberts University President and Empowered21 Global Co-Chair Dr. Billy Wilson said, “We believe that the fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit on us in Jerusalem will create ripples around the world for advancing the cause of Christ. The best days for the Spirit-empowered movement are still ahead. We can’t and won’t rest until everyone has an opportunity to experience Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.”
The effect of this landmark event is visible and growing as thousands more have attended regional Congress events in Singapore and London with upcoming events to be held in 2018-2019 in Riga, Latvia; Dublin, Ireland; Johannesburg, South Africa; Athens, Greece; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Guatemala City, Guatemala—all setting the stage for the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress, June 1-3, 2020 at Pais Arena Jerusalem and for 2033, the 2,000th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.
The five-day event in 2015 was marked by general sessions of worship, prayer, and preaching complemented by a variety of ministry tracks from some of the most notable leaders around the world. From topics like Business Leadership God’s Way” to “Values and Ministry” to “Prophecy and the End Times”, believers were equipped to take the Spirit-empowered message of Christ to their respective parts of the world.
On Pentecost Sunday, thousands gathered once again for a day of prayer and worship culminating that evening in a time of honoring Reinhard Bonnke, Morris Cerullo, Jack Hayford, Marilyn Hickey, David Maines, and Vinson Synan with the first Lifetime Global Impact Award. The service concluded with a special time where every attendee was anointed with oil and given their own bottle of olive oil from the Holy Land. This oil was given to remind them to share God’s power through all the earth.
A highlight of the week was when approximately 500 people were baptized at The Pentecost Unity Celebration and Baptism Service held at the Jordan River, near Jericho, at the spot where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of what God is doing in these days,” stated Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, Dr. George O. Wood. “We truly believe that the Jerusalem 2020 Empowered21 Global Congress will be instrumental in uniting believers and preparing the next generation to reach others throughout the world with the Spirit-empowered message of Christ.”
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.