The World Wide (Religious) Web for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This summer, the General Council of the Assemblies of God will vote on a proposal to consolidate the three nationally owned schools in Springfield, Missouri: AG Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University. Dr. George O. Wood, who serves as AG general superintendent (and is my dad) outlines the proposal in the video below:

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Consolidation Proposal for Springfield Resident…, posted with vodpod

More information on the proposed consolidation is available here.


In “Anthony Weiner and the National Adultery Ritual,” Kay Hymowitz writes: “Far from a vestige of American prudery, then, the National Adultery Ritual is best understood as a modern protest in behalf of women against the persistence of male infidelity in an age of equality.” Read the whole thing.


“Nigeria’s violence political, not religious, says Muslim leader.” If you’re on the wrong end of the stick, does it matter what the stick-wielder’s motivation is?


Make sure to read Scott Yenor on “The Family’s End” and “The Family: What Is To Be Done?” in which he battles against the notion that marriage is merely a contract between two individuals.

Marriage has contractual moments, but it ultimately, as Hegel writes, supersedes the point of view of contract as the individuals lose their identity by becoming members of the family. A healthy culture recognizes this and laws create a fertile space for such mutual self-giving. It is difficult to see how a healthy marriage culture can exist until we recover the language of self-giving to reflect its continuing reality in our lives. The language of contract is not sufficient to that experience.


“Demonize the opposition, chapter 666”: about how the media portrays opponents of same-sex marriage, of course.


“Can Government Get Out of the Marriage Business?” Contra Ron Paul, evidently not.


“I Am Second.” Inspiring videos from people who have decided to live for God and others rather than for themselves.


“The Perennial Brain-Mind Gap.” In which Raymond Tallis argues that “neuroscience cannot–not just has not yet, but cannot–explain consciousness itself.”


“Jesus for Jews”: on the resurgence of Jewish interest in Jesus.


“Too Late for Apologies: Three Steps the U.S. Bishops Should Take to Prevent Another Sexual Abuse Scandal.” Good advice!


Don Carson, Tim Keller, and John Piper on pastoral succession plans.

Consolidation Proposal for Springfield Resident Schools

General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood [who’s my dad] shares an update on the Task Force Report regarding the consolidation of the Springfield resident schools: AG Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University. A transcript of the video is available here, along with other resources.

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Task Force for Consolidation of Springfield Schools Adopts Mission Statement, Core Values, and Considers Institutional Structure and Governance*

During its April meeting, the Task Force for the consolidation of the three resident Springfield schools (AG Theological Seminary, Central Bible College and Evangel University) made significant progress by unanimously adopting the mission statement and core values for the new institution. “All other considerations of the Task Force will be based on this foundation,” states General Superintendent George O. Wood who chairs the Task Force.

The adopted mission statement says: “Evangel University is a comprehensive Pentecostal educational institution fully committed to the authority of Scripture and to shaping Spirit-empowered servant-leaders spiritually, emotionally, culturally and intellectually for impact in the global church and society.”

The subcommittee on Institutional Structure offered its recommendations, following the meeting of focus groups  comprised of school faculties and administrators. The Task Force approved the recommendations that the new university have five schools: Arts and Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Education, Business and Communication, Fine Arts, and Theology and Church Ministry. Each of these schools would contain a number of departments.

The group spent considerable time discussing the place of ministerial preparation as a priority for the university. Noting that one of the major reasons for proposing consolidation was to strengthen and enhance ministerial training, Wood reminded the group the Assemblies of God is planning and working for a net growth of 4,000 churches over the next 10 years,  requiring the training of an unprecedented number of young people, called of God to lead and staff these churches as well as serve in lay leadership in these congregations.

The subcommittee then offered proposed structures for administrative Operations. The Task Force asked that this be taken to focus groups of staff and administrators, with a report back to its May meeting.

The Governance subcommittee reported its recommendations that cover the formation of a Board of Trustees for the new school, and the process for selecting presidential and administrative leadership who will in turn lead the faculties through the process of consolidation. Their recommendations will assist the Bylaws subcommittee in shaping the rules that will govern the university through four authority structures: The General Council of the Assemblies of God, the Board of Trustees, the Office of the President, and the faculty. The Bylaws subcommittee will report to the May meeting of the Task Force.

The governance and structure will provide the basic   framework for the narrative which is to be submitted to the Boards of Directors of the three institutions for consideration at their meetings scheduled for June 8, and then to the Executive Presbytery in its June 9 and 10 meeting.

The work of the Task Force will culminate in presenting a resolution on consolidation to the 54th General Council of the Assemblies of God in August in Phoenix, Arizona.


* From a broadcast email sent to employees of the Assemblies of God General Council.

Consolidation Task Force Considers Assignments; Discusses Tasks, Core Values

Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, sent the following letter to ministers this morning:

The 16-member Task Force for the Consolidation of the three Springfield Assemblies of God residential schools met for the first time last week, under the leadership of Chairman George O. Wood.  He opened the session with a discussion of the group’s five-part assignment and reviewed desirable outcomes, namely, that the work of the Task Force:

  • Pleases the Lord both in terms of how it works and the result arrived at;
  • Advances God’s Kingdom
  • Invests strategically in generations of present and future students, equipping them for a life of service to Christ and His Kingdom, in the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • Serves the needs of the Assemblies of God, the Pentecostal Movement, and the larger Christian world for well-educated and well-trained ministers and laity;
  • Conserves the best values and DNA of each institution;
  • Accomplishes the assignments given the Task Force  to (1) draft a resolution for consolidation to present to the 2011 General council; (2) create a bylaw framework for the consolidated school; (3) provide for the initial narrative of a statement of core values and mission of the consolidated school, ensuring clear promotion of the mission statements of each school; and (4) design the organizational framework of the consolidated school—all being done in conformity to the requirements of the accrediting bodies and in a process of candid discussion and ultimate unanimous agreement;
  • Fosters unity through the respective stakeholders in each institution;
  • Deepens relationships and trust among Task Force members

Dr. Wood led the group as it discussed common language to use in this process.  A variety of possibilities was mentioned on how collaborations come into being, and rationale was given on why the church’s Executive Presbytery chose the consolidation model for this venture.
“The word ‘consolidation’ was chosen carefully since it means ‘to unite’ in higher education,” Wood explained.  “It is used to describe the uniting of two or more institutions that will result in a new one.”

Considerable time was given for each institution’s stakeholder group to discuss their understanding of the mission and core values of their institution.  This resulted in a discussion of the many commonalities in shared values of the three schools the complementary missions of the three. The Task Force expressed the hope that the consolidation will address a Biblical understanding of spiritual and character formation to ensure that a Biblical position on ministry is an integral part of the consolidated university.

The Task Force organized itself around four working groups:
Mission: This assignment is to evaluate the current statements of mission and core values, giving consideration to the discussions of the Task Force, and propose a statement of mission and articulation of core values for the consolidated schools.  Members: James Bradford, chair; Charles Self (AGTS) Fred Frank (CBC) and Arnold “Bud” Greve (EU)

Institutional Structure: To design a plan for the structure of the university in terms of its educational system and academic programs.  These structures may be colleges, schools, divisions, departments, programs, centers, branch campus, extension programs, virtual campus, library, learning centers, etc.  Further, to determine the nature of campus configuration in relationship to these structures.  Members: Robert Rhoden, chair; Byron Klaus (AGTS); David Arnett (CBC); Robert Spence (EU).

Governance: To propose a plan for the consolidation of the three boards, including a plan for board organization and board work; the consolidation of the three administrations to provide management and operational effectiveness; and for the consolidation of the current faculties into a unified faculty with authority for educational policies and planning.  Finally, to undertake a legal audit to determine if there are legal liabilities, restrictive obligations, government/professional regulations and if fund erosions result through consolidation.  Members: George O. Wood, chair; Richard Dresselhaus (AGTS); Gary Denbow (CBC); John Lindell (EU).

Bylaws: To provide a draft of bylaws, to be authorized by the new board of trustees (directors) for ratification by the Executive Presbytery, reflecting the proposed statement of mission, proposed governance system, and institutional structures and any other matter that represents mandated authority.  Members: Doug Clay, chair; Don Judkins (AGTS); Betty Johnson (CBC); Ted Pappit (EU).

Name of New University

Subject to the approval of external governmental and accrediting agencies, a motion prevailed unanimously to recommend to the respective Boards of Directors of the three schools that the name Evangel University be the name for the consolidated university and that the consolidated university embody structural elements that will honor the legacies and fulfill the missions of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University.

The Task Force is comprised of the general superintendent as chair; 3 members of the Executive Presbytery; the board chairs of CBC and EU and vice-chair of AGTS board; the presidents of the three schools, one faculty member from each (chosen by vote of the faculty); and one non-credentialed donor from each.

George O. Wood

General Superintendent

Ask the Super about the Proposed Consolidation of AGTS, CBC, and Evangel

Yesterday, my boss (Jim Bradford) interviewed my dad (George O. Wood) about the proposed consolidation of the Assemblies of God’s national residential schools: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University.

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