A WEEK OF PENTECOST
The Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) church is a Pentecostal church. Our source of power in a victorious, holy living, and effective preaching of the gospel of Christ is the Holy Spirit. Two of the 16 pillars of our faith are about the Holy Spirit. Firstly, we believe that every believer who has received the Lord Jesus as his or her personal saviour and Lord, must be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:38 -39). Secondly, we believe that the evidence of this baptism is by speaking in a new tongue as the Spirit gives utterance. This is confirmed by the experience of the early church in that each occurance of Spirit's baptism was accompanied by speaking in new tongues (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-47; 19:1-6).
The church believes that we ca not serve the Lord effectively, or fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus, or even achieve our goal of winning Tanzania for Jesus without the power from the baptism in the Holy Spirit. So in this week of Pentecost, together with remembering the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost empowering them to serve the Lord boldly, the Archbishop and the entire leadership of TAG expects that the churches will be steered to desire the Holy Spirit baptism and pray for members to receive the Holy Spirit.
Let us remind ourself of an article on the Holy Spirit workshops in the TAG
WORKSHOPS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Courtesy of Ian Richardson - http://penews.org/Article/Tanzanian-Assemblies-of-God-Sets-Goals-for-Spi...)
The Tanzanian Assemblies of God (TAG) plans to hold 2,000 Acts 1:8 conferences in the next three years, with the goal of leading 90 percent of church members to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
These goals resulted from a four-day Acts 1:8 Conference in December 2014 in which more than 100 Tanzanian national evangelists and church leaders convened in Morogoro to learn how to conduct Acts 1:8 conferences, with the purpose of empowering the church to win souls.
Denny Miller, AG missionary and director of the Acts in Africa Initiative, led the December conference. He says Acts 1:8 conferences typically consist of a week of intercessory prayer, teaching on God’s mission, and lessons on strategy. Night and Sunday services welcome the public, and the Holy Spirit often moves in powerful ways. Miller and his Acts in Africa team have conducted Acts 1:8 conferences in Tanzania and in 25 other countries across Africa.
“The Tanzania Assemblies of God are possibly the most aggressive and notable church in Africa today,” Miller says.
Charles Porter of the AG Africa Communications Office says the TAG already encourages each Christian to lead one person per year to an opportunity to accept Christ as Savior. He says Spirit-empowered witnessing is the basis of the church’s mission.
“They feel like it’s critical to grow a church that’s not just numerically growing, but spiritually growing, and empowering witnesses through the baptism in the Holy Spirit,” Porter says.
These goals come in the middle of what the African Assemblies of God Alliance has declared a Decade of Pentecost. The effort’s goals include 10 million new Christians to be baptized in the Holy Spirit for empowered witnessing across the continent and engaging the more than 900 unreached people groups in sub-Saharan Africa.
Under the leadership of General Superintendent Barnabas Mtokambali, the TAG has set other measurable goals in recent years. In 2008, it launched a “Tanzania for Jesus” campaign to plant 10,000 new churches by 2018. So far, the TAG has established about 30 permanent church planting schools and, according to Miller, has started nearly 4,000 new congregations in the past seven years, bringing the country’s total to about 6,000.
While the TAG has set lofty objectives, Porter says its strategic and Spirit-led approach makes the goals feasible. He says the leadership is highly strategic in the way it establishes vision and criteria to measure progress.
“It’s less of a revival and more of a whole church getting behind a single mission,” Porter says, “It’s grabbing hold of a Spirit-led vision to reach their nation for the gospel.”
Miller says he is excited for the future of the church not only in Tanzania but also throughout Africa, where there are now nearly 18 million AG adherents in more than 71,000 churches.