On Sunday June 5th the active voting membership of Live Church voted overwhelmingly to depart from our affiliation with the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
This meeting was an open meeting for all Live Church attendees. The vote was open to members who had been standing members at least 30 days prior to the vote. (according to our bylaws this is required) The special business meeting followed an informational meeting, also open to the entirety of the Live Church congregants on Sunday, May 22nd following the morning church service. This informational meeting described the purpose of the special business meeting and prepared members to vote.
Live Church started as an Assembly of God church. In order to be an Assembly of God church, the lead pastor must be a credentialed minister within the denomination. I was a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God. However, I found myself at odds with their highest level of doctrinal stances called “The 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.” I was at odds with three Truth’s specifically. Their doctrinal statement can be found here: https://ag.org/Beliefs/Statement-of-Fundamental-Truths . I am in disagreement with #8, part of #7, and the wording use and how it’s applied in the denomination of #12.
I explained my position and offered Scriptural support for my stance on the issues of the three doctrinal elements I now disagree with it in the informational meeting.
Due to my disagreements, I willingly surrendered my ministry credentials. However, still feeling called to pastor Live Church, I offered the leadership an opportunity to leave the fellowship with me, or stay and hire another pastor. The decision was made to move forward with submitting the decision to the body for an official vote per our bylaws and that of the Assemblies of God.
At the special business meeting, two district officers from the Assemblies of God were in attendance to make their case on Live Church remaining with the denomination. I reiterated my case. The meeting was cordial and respectful. Ultimately the acting voting membership voted overwhelmingly to depart from our affiliation.
What does this mean going forward?
– Not much will change at all. We have some semantics that must be addressed due to our affiliation change. That will require us to hold a second special business meeting to modify our bylaws to remove our affiliation with the Assemblies of God. The church itself will be unchanged to almost all attendees. Leadership will be tasked with filing the proper paperwork to incorporate as a non-denominational non-profit organization. The elders are working on establishing a doctrinal statement to bring to the body.
If you have any further questions, we are available to speak with you. We recognize this is a big decision for this body and we appreciate everyone’s investment in time and prayer to making this important decision for the church.
– Pastor Josh Troester