During the business sessions at the 54th General Council held in Phoenix in August, the recommendation to consolidate the three Springfield (Missouri) resident Assemblies of God schools AG Theological Seminary, Central Bible College and Evangel University was overwhelmingly approved.
However, with the decision approved, the delicate and time-consuming work of combining the three institutions now begins.
John Maempa, director of the Office of Prayer and Spiritual Care for the AG, believes that for the very best outcome in the consolidation process, prayer must be a key component.
"There are a multitude of decisions to make and recommendations to consider," Maempa says. "If we desire the best for the Assemblies of God and the students who will attend this institution in the coming years, we must seek God and ask for His divine guidance throughout the process and on into the future."
To help encourage prayer and involve those concerned with the consolidation, the Consolidation Prayer Task Force, of which Maempa is a member, has facilitated monthly prayer gatherings, which will focus on praying for God's direction and blessing. The first prayer gathering was a local event held at Evangel University on September 19. However, the remainder of the prayer gatherings, also to be held in Springfield, will be live-streamed so individuals across the nation and around the world may join in.
"There are thousands and thousands of alumni from these three institutions scattered across our nation and throughout the world,"
Maempa says. "By live-streaming these prayer gatherings, anyone can join with us to seek the Lord's favor in the consolidation process."
According to Maempa, the next two prayer gatherings will be held Thursday, October 20, at Central Bible College and Tuesday, November 15, at AG Theological Seminary. "There will be no gathering in December," Maempa says, "however, meetings will be scheduled and held January through April 2012."