Tuesday, March 4, 2008

CORE VALUES by Dr. George O. Wood

I just finished reading Core Values, the latest book by Dr. George O. Wood. Dr. Wood wrote this book last fall, shortly after he was elected General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God at the General Council in Indianapolis.

In this book, Dr. Wood expands on the five core values he has identified for his administration:
  1. Passionately proclaim, at home and abroad, by word and deed Jesus as Savior, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon Coming King.
  2. Strategically invest in the next generation
  3. Vigorously plant new churches
  4. Skillfully resource our Fellowship
  5. Fervently pray for God’s favor and help as we serve Him with pure hearts and noble purpose
I really enjoyed reading this book. Dr. Wood uses personal experiences, strong convictions, and practical ideas to call our fellowship to return to these fundamental values. The five core values might seem to imply more of the same (status quo) but really, Dr. Wood gives a fresh approach to our calling and our mission. I found myself moved and challenged in every one of these areas.

In the chapter on prayer, Dr. Wood tells the story of a time he asked former General Superintendent E.S. Williams what he saw as the greatest concern in the Assemblies of God. Brother Williams quickly responded, "Socialization". In other words, we can so enjoy each other's company that we make church a club where we get together to socialize, and forget about our mission. I think that's a legitimate concern today, just as it was when Brother Williams said it.

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