Central Assembly, located in Springfield, Missouri, is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. In June 2007 we celebrated our 100th anniversary. The beginning of our rich heritage can be traced to the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles that began with a meeting on April 14, 1906.
Over the past 100 years of ministry, Central Assembly has been blessed with many ordinary people who God used to build an extraordinary church. Yes, we greatly value our history. It has made us who we are—a church of people firmly committed to being relevant for today through our worship, our teaching, and our compassionate ministry beyond our church walls.
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV).
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NIV).
The mission of our church is that of its founder, Jesus Christ. We seek to do the work of Christ in this world.
This mission statement can be illustrated by three concentric circles. We GROW as we begin with the inner circle and move outward.
Central’s values, which serve as desired outcomes for us as a church, put action to the three circles. We GROW by being:
As stewards of our time, talents, and treasures, we seek to be people who serve wholeheartedly, give unselfishly, and care sacrificially. We want to be known for what we give away, not what we take for ourselves—and we want to do it with joy.
Recognizing the God-given need for loving relationships, we seek to be involved in committed friendships and families, supportive small group networks, and effective ministry teams. We want to be a place where people are more important than programs and relationships are more important than events.
Given the great need in our world for people to know Christ and experience His loving power, we seek to be the kind of church that does not exist for itself. We want to be a church whose direction is decided by our mission, not our personal preferences.
Because we were created by God’s hand to live for His glory, we seek lifestyles full of the Holy Spirit, honoring God in both purity and praise. We want to be people of faith for whom encountering God’s presence is more important than being entertained.