George O. Wood was the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God USA for 10 years. He continued to serve as chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship after his retirement. He’s held many different roles, including a college director of student life, a pastor, and author of several books, and he served as general secretary of the Assemblies of God for 14 years before becoming general superintendent. Wood received a doctoral degree in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California.
In Today’s Conversation, Leith Anderson and George O. Wood discuss denominational leadership, including setting goals, inspiring growth from the top down, and speaking on behalf of a diverse constituency.
In this podcast, you’ll be inspired in your place of leadership as George shares:
- What leadership examples in Scripture were particularly meaningful to him;
- How he developed core values for his tenure;
- How God led him to this unique ministry calling; and
- The challenges and joys of leadership.
Read a Portion of the Transcript
Leith: We live in a time when there are a lot of non-denominational churches. And while most churches in America are denominational churches, what’s your best case for why we should have denominations and what denominations offer to churches, pastors, and to culture at large?
George: Denominations offer resources. They offer accountability. For example, with our credential ministers, they must go through a preparation and examination, but I think more importantly I compare the association of churches banning together to local Christians banning together. When I’m with the congregation explaining what the Assemblies of God is I’ll say, “Just as you have found that you cannot live the Christian life by yourself; you need others; and by banning together you do the work of Jesus better in your community than you could do it if you were trying to be alone and a singular Christian.” So it is with churches, when we ban together, we better advance the work of the Lord, and the primary support for this is just simply the empirical data of what’s happened in the Assemblies of God.
Right from the get go, when our churches were very small, we said we’re going to do missions globally at the same time we’re doing it locally. So in the early days, they developed a very strong methodology. Today that has resulted in a worldwide network of the Assemblies of God of over 370, 000 churches and 68 million believers. That could not have happened by an individual, independent church working by itself to advance world mission. There was a need for churches to band together to accomplish the mission of Jesus. I think that’s the great asset of a denomination that it provides forward movement to make possible what could not be done by a singular church acting by itself alone.
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