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From Superintendent St. John


Thank you for stopping by the Minnesota District Council of the Assemblies of God website. We are a fellowship of approximately 244 Minnesota Assemblies of God churches, 1113 credentialed ministers, and over 113,000 adherents. We are affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, a nationwide fellowship of churches consisting of 12,897 churches, 37,000 credentialed ministers and over 3 million adherents.

Our office in Minneapolis serves as a resource center for the ministers and churches of this state seeking to provide tools to enable them to better reach and serve their churches and communities. To this end, our office provides networking opportunities, leadership training, events and support for the development of quality Christian leadership and the nurturing and establishment of healthy faith communities around this state.


Our 230 Minnesota Assemblies of God churches (83 of them located in the seven-county metro area with 140 additional churches located in various communities across our state) are here to serve you. There is one close to you to help you on your spiritual journey.


Clarence St John
District Superintendent




Our Mission


We are a cooperative fellowship of churches and a district office that seek to reach unchurched people and make them disciples of Jesus Christ through a threefold focus:

    * The worship of God
    * Evangelism of the world
    * The edification and fellowship of believers

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Our Vision


The Vision of the District Office is therefore one of assisting, serving and challenging the Churches of our state to carry out our mission through:

    * Development of a strategy for evangelism that will take the church outside of it's walls as well as create "points of entry" for the unbeliever to come into the church.
    * Providing continuing education and a network of prayer and fellowship for pastors and their families, helping them toward greater personal and professional satisfaction and productivity.
    * Service to our churches and assistance in the training of lay leaders to enhance their ministry effectiveness.
    * Development and implementation of comprehensive church planting and revitalization strategies.
    * Provision of professional assistance for legal, financial, construction and strategic planning matters.
    * Assistance in the recruitment of qualified clergy to match the ministerial leadership needs of our churches.
    * Providing excellence in Christ-centered camping and retreats in order to evangelize and spiritually renew individuals, families and churches.
    * Promoting awareness, prayer and financial support for district, national and foreign ministries of the Assemblies of God.


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Our History


You may be wondering where we came from, and you'll be glad to know we’ve been around a while. The Assemblies of God has its roots in a religious revival that began in the late 1800’s and swept into this century with widespread repetition of biblical spiritual experiences.

During that time, many Christians in the United States and other parts of the world began to feel a need for more of God’s power operating in their lives. Individually and in groups, they began earnestly to pray and to seek to conform their commitments and experiences to what they believed was the New Testament pattern.

In response, the Holy Spirit came on large numbers of them, prompting a joyous, spontaneous worship and an intense desire to spread the gospel. As in the Bible in the Book of Acts, this experience, called the “baptism in the Holy Spirit,” was universally accompanied by speaking in unknown languages. It was associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost (Acts 2), and participants in the movement were called “Pentecostals.”

The beginning of the modern Pentecostal revival is generally traced to a prayer meeting at Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas, on January 1, 1901. While many others had spoken in tongues previously during almost every period of spiritual revival, most researchers agree it was here that recipients of the experience, through study of the Scriptures, came to believe speaking in tongues is the biblical evidence for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The revival spread rapidly to Missouri and Texas, then to California and elsewhere. A 3-year revival meeting at Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles attracted believers from across the nation and overseas and served as a springboard to send the Pentecostal message around the world.

Reports of what was taking place were carried in scores of periodicals and other publications that sprang up with the movement. Spontaneous revivals also began to break out about that time in other parts of the world and on various mission fields.

The Pentecostal aspects of the revival were not generally welcomed by the established churches and participants in the movement soon found themselves outside existing religious bodies. They were forced to seek their own places of worship, and soon there were hundreds of distinctly Pentecostal congregations.

By 1914, many ministers and laymen alike had begun to realize the rapid spread of the revival, and the many evangelistic outreaches it spawned had created a number of practical problems. The need arose for formal recognition of ministers as well as approval and support of missionaries, with full accounting of funds. In addition, there was a growing demand for doctrinal unity, gospel literature, and a permanent Bible training school.

These concerned leaders realized that to protect and preserve the results of the revival the thousands of newly Spirit-baptized believers should be united in a cooperative fellowship. In 1914 about 300 preachers and laymen gathered from 20 states and several foreign countries for a “general council” in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to discuss and take action on the growing need.

The five reasons they listed for calling the meeting were: doctrinal unity, conservation of the work, foreign missions interests, chartering churches under a common name for legal purposes, and the need for a Bible training school.

A cooperative fellowship emerged from the meeting and was incorporated under the name “The General Council of the Assemblies of God.” Most of the delegates had little desire to form a new denomination or sect, and they structured their organization to unite the assemblies in ministry and legal identity while leaving each congregation self-governing and self-supporting. This structure continues to the present.

In 1916 the General Council added a Statement of Fundamental Truths to its constitution. A simple statement, it remains virtually unchanged and continues to provide a sound basis for the Fellowship, giving a firm position on vital doctrines.

From the beginning, Assemblies of God ministries have focused on evangelism and missions and have resulted in a continuing growth at home and abroad. Our constituency has climbed from the founding convention attendance of 300 to more than 3 million in the United States and over 60 million overseas.

Today, Assemblies of God people worship in more than 12,300 churches with an adherence of 2,914,669 in the U.S. The AG also has 19 endorsed Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and a seminary in the U.S. Recent statistics place it as the 9th largest religious body in the United States.

The aggressive missions programs of the church are designed to establish self-supporting and self-propagating national church bodies in every country. The Assemblies of God is now in 217 other nations with a worldwide adherence of 63,090,251. Ministers and leaders are trained in over 1,200 foreign Bible schools - more than any other U.S. based denomination.

The national headquarters of the Assemblies of God is located in Springfield, Missouri. For more information please see the General Council of the Assemblies of God website. Additional statistics can be found here.


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What We Believe


To read more on any of the items below, follow this link to the Assemblies of God Online

... the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.

... there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

... in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal, future return to this earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.

... that man was created good and upright....but man by voluntary transgression fell.

... the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.

... water baptism by immersion

... communion 

... the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.

...baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.

... in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.

... that the Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission.

... that a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided.

... the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to prevailing prayer.

... in the blessed hope the rapture of the Church at Christ's coming.

... in the second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ.

... in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.

... that we are looking "for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness."

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