WHEREAS the local church has been commissioned by God as the primary agency for communicating the gospel and establishing communities of the Kingdom; and
WHEREAS the urgent need of today’s troubled cities cries out for the transforming influence of local congregations in every neighborhood; and
WHEREAS the Church of God in this 64th General Assembly has endorsed visionary and far-reaching plans for evangelistic expansion; and
WHEREAS the Church of God has demonstrated a commitment to the aggressive establishment of new congregations through- out its history, and our periods of greatest numerical growth have coincided with concentrated efforts in church planting;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God dedicate its efforts in prayer to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest (Matthew 9:38), concentrate its attention upon the identification of fertile fields (Acts 18:9-11), and commit itself to a determined plan of establishing churches (Matthew 28:19, 20); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we seek creative ways of celebrating successes and breakthroughs in church planting (64th A.,1992, pp. 78, 79).
For over 125 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 7 million with a presence in nearly 180 countries.