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2002 PE Report stories


Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001)

KingdomBuy.com caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)


2000 News Digest stories

Fellowship convenes conference for women

(April 29, 2001)

Thirteen hundred women gathered in March at the first-ever national Assemblies of God Women in Ministry Conference in Springfield, Mo., designed to encourage, motivate and strengthen women in their ministerial calling. A task force committee formed to organize the conference.

Attendees, including college students, missionaries, pastors, pastors’ wives and layworkers, came from 46 states and 22 countries.

"We find ourselves at a point in which the role of women in the church and ministry is being debated within the evangelical community and even within our own ranks in America," says conference coordinator Beth Grant. "This conference is a tangible expression of our executive leadership’s support for women in ministry."

Those who attended the conference availed themselves of a variety of growth opportunities that included five general sessions and two days of workshops, all focused on the importance and roles of women in ministry and on equipping women through a deeper relationship with God.

Attendees, including college students, missionaries, pastors, pastors’ wives and layworkers, came from 46 states and 22 countries. One hundred and forty college students attended the conference.

"The different speakers and sessions inspired and challenged me to let there be no limit to what I believe God can do through me," says Sarah Holmes, student at Central Bible College. "Jesus knows and loves who I am, and He makes no mistakes in His call."

For many attendees, meeting other women encouraged them that they were not alone. "What I appreciated most about the conference was seeing that there are women like me out there," says Jennifer Gale, associate pastor at Evangel Temple Christian Center (Springfield, Mo.). "Sometimes we don’t see many women ministers."

The conference focus was not on gender issues, but on God’s call for individuals. Grant believes that the future of the A/G depends on the faithfulness of individuals, both men and women, to what God has called and empowered them to do.

According to George O. Wood, general secretary of the A/G, the Board of Administration hoped to raise the visibility of women in ministry through the conference and to keep faith with the Pentecostal movement’s roots.

"In the Assemblies of God, we have always believed God is an equal opportunity employer," Wood says. "We want to do everything we can to encourage the development of women in ministry, and encourage young women who are in training for ministry in our schools."

— Katy Attanasi

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