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Synergize — for Souls

By Ken Horn
June 3, 2012

Put the leader of the Assemblies of God with Methodist and Nazarene megachurch pastors, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, plus Church of God leaders, as well as leaders from many other denominational and nondenominational churches and organizations together in one place and what do you have? Harmony ... and Synergize3!

Synergize3! in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year, was the fifth such international meeting — on the 10th anniversary of the founding of a unique organization.

Billion Soul Network was born in 2002, the vision of one of the world’s most famous evangelical Christians and the well-known Assemblies of God minister who called him mentor.

Bill Bright, late founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, formed a bond with AG evangelist James O. Davis. And the two worked together closely in Bright’s latter years.

Davis himself has turned his seemingly boundless energy to the primary drive of his life — winning souls. Along the way, Davis has met and befriended many of the world’s top evangelical Christian men and women with the same passion for winning the souls of the lost.

And he has found strategic ways to network them, and to bring them into synergy — working effectively together for common causes.

Though the cofounder of Billion Soul Network (www.billion.tv) with Dr. Bright, Davis bills himself as one of the more than 200 co-chairs of the soul-driven organization. There are more than 1,300 denominations and organizations involved, representing more than 400,000 churches.

In the Billion Soul Network — and at Synergize3! — denominations that seldom enter each other’s worlds find themselves rubbing shoulders in worship and prayer, and strategizing together for their common goal — winning souls.

“The goal of the network,” says Davis, “is to help plant 5 million new churches for a billion-soul harvest. … The Great Commission is getting harder every day to fulfill. We’re to be Great Commission people.”

If winning souls and planting churches are Davis’ main goals in life, synergy is his main method. Both are his passions. “We’ve got to get ahead of population growth and synergize to the best of our ability,” he says.

Davis sees his role as “tying knots” to connect people to better facilitate the Great Commission. Synergize3! was about “tying a big knot.”

“We believe we can truly add value, not infringe upon anybody’s Christian uniqueness, and finish the Great Commission all at the same time,” he says.

To that end, the conference featured 43 speakers in three days, all presenting in plenary sessions. Day one focused on networking, day two on synergizing, and day three on mobilizing.

Davis has been an Assemblies of God evangelist since 1984, and served for 12 years as the national evangelists representative for the Fellowship. While he draws deeply from the Assemblies of God well, there are many other denominations that contribute major leaders to this conference and to his network.

At Synergize3!, dozens of denominations were represented by some 1,200 attendees from 60 nations. They included significant Pentecostal representation — Church of God, Church of God in Christ, Foursquare, Pentecostal Holiness, Open Bible and many more. But also included were Anglican, Evangelical Free, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, United Methodist and many others from the non-Pentecostal realm.

The Assemblies of God was well represented. Several AG leaders served as speakers, including General Superintendent George O. Wood; All India Superintendent and Pastor David Mohan; Dick Eastman, international president of Every Home for Christ; and AG U.S. Missions Executive Director Zollie Smith.

At one session, Anglican scholar Philip Jenkins discussed rapidly growing churches in the old Soviet Union, and the fact that some of them have been utilizing large venues previously used for communist rallies. He said, “If you ever wondered what the historic purpose of communism was, it was to build churches large enough for Pentecostal congregations.”

The conference also debuted and demonstrated the world’s first solar-powered printing press that is Internet ready, an amazing breakthrough that will greatly increase the ability to reach difficult or remote portions of the world with Bibles and resources.

A rich supply of resources is also available in the Global Church Learning Center and Global Church Library, announced at the conference.

The Learning Center houses interactive training curriculum courses by Christian leaders from every major world region and a Global Church Library designed to augment the courses.

The international participation at the conference, and the fact that some 100,000 accessed the conference via the Internet, “demonstrated the power of networking in the body of Christ,” says Davis. “The more we learn to synergize together the more we can evangelize together.”

James Hudson Taylor IV of OMF International, and descendent of legendary pioneer missionary Hudson Taylor, summed it up well: “We are better when we are together.”


KEN HORN is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel.

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