Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | November 18, 2008

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Moves Ahead with ‘Apostolic Manifesto’

This month, Bishop Horace Smith, presiding prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., the oldest Oneness Pentecostal organization, reports on the progress of his ‘Apostolic Manifesto’ initiative, which aims to chart a course for the future of the organization.

Bishop Smith introduced his plan in March 2008, identifying several systemic problems in the organization, including:

1)  The lack of ‘corporate’ vision in the fellowship. 
2)  Strong regionalism that limits organization-wide decision making and hurts the PAW as a whole.
3)  Antiquated and ineffective leadership structure with deficient accountability
4)  The development of “separate, disconnected, siparate, almost antagonistic organizations” that work without national guidelines.
5)  The lack of executive oversight for the separate diocese of the fellowship
6)  Substandard organizational communication and cooperation resulting in lack of consistency and professionalism for the entire constituency.

The manifesto ultimately seeks to revitalize the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World through a stronger, centralized organization and to improve the quality, caliber, and accountability of the fellowship’s international leadership through optimized communication, fiscal responsibility and unified vision and effort.

According to the November update, six committees have been formed:

1)  Structure & Vision
2) Diocese
3) International Missions
4) Critical Issues
5) Finances
6) Leadership

Bishop Smith sees the manifesto as an essential part of rehabilitating the organization and correcting problems that are presently “destablizing the organization at best and is [sic] killing the organization at worst.”

Click here to visit the PAW web site.


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