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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

Leadership center launched

(December 30, 2001)

Ron McManus is president of the new Assemblies of God Center for Leadership and Church Development. He spoke recently with Hal Donaldson, editor in chief.

Evangel: Where will this center be located?

McManus: It is going to be a center without walls. There will be a phone number where pastors and districts can call to access resources. There will be a Web site. It will not be a building. We exist to serve entities that are already in place.

Evangel: Why does the Assemblies of God need this?

McManus: Our pastors need more tools to effectively lead our churches and move forward. The center will also provide resources and opportunities for lay ministry in the local church.

Evangel: Describe what the center will offer.

McManus: First, we want to be a clearinghouse for resources that pastors need. We will not create all of those resources, but we will be a place where pastors can come. We will be able to help them to know what is the best material on the market in what they need.

Second, we will continue to offer conferences and seminars for leaders and pastors in our Fellowship, including district leaders and Headquarters leadership growth and development.

Third, we will exist as a catalyst to the vision process for the Assemblies of God in the next 10 years and as a resource to districts to help them lay out a game plan for growth and development of their pastors and churches over a five- or 10-year plan.

Fourth, we will focus on church health and growth. We want to take plateaued and declining churches and help to turn them around.

Evangel: What is happening now?

McManus: We have been working with districts with the "Foundations of Leadership" program for four years. We plan to expand from what we’ve already done. We also want to connect the various ministries from Headquarters going to our districts and churches – from church planting to revitalization to leadership development. The center will be a catalyst for what everyone is doing, forming an umbrella for everything related to church health, church growth and church leadership development.

Evangel: How do you think this center will affect this Fellowship?

McManus: We recognize that we have to prepare pastors to lead churches. If we’re going to grow churches, we have to grow pastors. We also want to put tools in the hands of pastors to grow and develop lay leadership to mobilize believers in communities across this country to touch people with the power of Jesus Christ.

Evangel: Could you summarize what led you to this ministry?

McManus: I served at Headquarters leading the workers training program for the Assemblies of God and that is where my passion for leadership training began. In 1981 I accepted a pastorate in Winston-Salem, N.C., with about 250 people and began to implement what I believe are the biblical principles for church growth and development. For 16 years we worked that plan and learned a great deal about church health and growth and left a congregation of about 3,000 four years ago. I then ministered full-time with Equip, begun by Dr. John Maxwell, and came alongside pastors and churches to help them effectively do what God has called them to do. Last year I left that position to work in partnership with denominations to revitalize and turn churches around.

Evangel: If someone wants more information about the center, what should they do?

McManus: They can call my office here at Headquarters. In the next couple of months we will have a link on the Assemblies of God Web site called "". Next year we will be sponsoring regional leadership conferences around the country. The Web site will give information about that.


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