THE CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN PENTECOSTALISM AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
African American Pentecostal movements have made rich and significant contributions to American church history and offer a legacy of personal and communal transformation. The Center will identify, examine, communicate and preserve the prophetic witness and work of African Pentecostalism. The Center will also explore the power and purpose of Pentecost in the life and work of the church and provide educational and networking opportunities to Pentecostal leaders, assemblies and the larger body of Christ.
The purpose of the Center for African-American Pentecostalism and Leadership Institute purpose is to:
- Enlighten all concerning the rich heritage of the African-American Pentecostal heritage and theological traditions.
- Empower African-American Pentecostal assemblies and local churches to more efficiently and effectively address the needs of the people and communities served through attention to creative ministry models, best practices, theological study, leadership development, and networking for solutions.
- Equip church leaders in Pentecostal traditions through educational programs that honor the Spirit, develop the mind, and promote excellence in ministry.
- Effect Change by cultivating a shared vision and facilitating the integrated efforts of congregations, leaders, civic organizations, and governmental agencies for the engagement of prophetic witness and practice that effects social change.