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 PCCNACommissionRace Relations Commission Launched at 2017 Meeting
These leaders visited the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for a time of prayer. The church was the center of the 'Charleston Church Massacre' in 2015. (Left to right): President Randall Bach, Open Bible Churches; Dan Coleman, General Secretary, Pentecostal Church of God; Dr. Tim Hill, General Overseer of Church of God; Samuel Clements, International Overseer of Church of God of Prophecy; Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of Assemblies of God; Rev. Eric Manning, Senior Pastor; Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Church of God in Christ; President Glenn Burris, The Foursquare Church; Dr. Doug Beacham, General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

The 2017 REACH annual meeting hosted by the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America launched a Race Relations Commission, among other commissions, in Charleston, S.C., a city historically known as the first slave trade center in America and the site of the 2015 'Charleston church massacre.' Nine people, including senior pastor State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney were killed by gunman Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist on June 17, 2015 at at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Three other victims survived that shooting designated as a hate crime.

Leaders from eight major Pentecostal denominations visited the church for a time of prayer: Rev. Randall A. Bach, president, Open Bible Churches; Bishop Doug Beacham, Jr., presiding bishop, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.; Dr. Glenn Burris, Jr., president, The Foursquare Church; Bishop Sam Clements, general overseer, Church of God of Prophecy; Bishop Dan Coleman; general secretary, Pentecostal Church of God; Dr. Tim Hill, general overseer, Church of God; Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Bishop Harry Cohen, United Holy Church of America, had planned to join the group but was prevented by a death in his family.

According to Dr. Wood, the leaders "prayed in the place below the sanctuary where these dear ones died," describing the gathering as a "sobering experience, reminding us of the need for genuine racial reconciliation." This gathering preceded the annual meeting that attracted leaders of major Pentecostal / Charismatic denominations, ministries and organizations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The meeting experienced record-breaking attendance. "Glorious worship, passionate prayer, bold preaching and moving testimonies caused rivers of tears for many," says PCCNA President Jeff Farmer, "One participant commented, 'I counted eight different times I broke out in tears...just on Thursday.'  A heavy anointing and conviction of the Spirit marked several sessions."

PCCNA Memphis Chapter President Aaron Campbell launched the Race Relations Commission. Campbell's father-in-law, Andrew Jackson Sr. was at the historic 'Memphis Miracle' meeting in October 1994 that broke down walls between African-American and white Pentecostals to launch the PCCNA. Other commissions launched include Women in Ministry and Discipleship. Kay Horner, director of the Helper Connection is chairperson of the Women in Ministry Commission and Dr. Lewis Alexander is leading the Discipleship Commission. The NextGen Commission introduced by Pastor Luis Reyes of "Reach A Generation" is also being formed and Pastor Fermin Garcia of Grupo Unidad in Tijuana, Mexico is spearheading a PCCNA chapter in Mexico.

The meeting included a pre-screen of "The Case for Christ" hosted by Franklin Santagate, Vice-President of Strategic Alliances for Pure Flix Entertainment. The 2017 REACH meeting was sponsored by CityReach Network, Broadstreet Publishing, Pure Flix Entertainment, Infinity Concepts, Vision America, KLM International, Global Outreach Day, Israel Advantage Tours, Charisma Media, and Jack Hayford Ministries - Digital Library.
 PastorFerminPastor Fermin Garcia Speaks at Prayer Rally in Mexico
Mega-church Pastor Fermin Garcia of Grupo Unidad led in prayer over 5,000 people at the San Agustin Convent built in 1500. Pastor Fermin spoke to the crowd at the Guanjato 2017 Prayer Gathering about humbling themselves before God and repenting. "That is the only way to heal a nation," says Garcia. "Change in governments and new laws won't change Mexico; only when the people of God repent."

The mayor sent his chief of staff to the prayer meeting. Garcia asked the chief of staff to relay this message to the mayor: "You are part of the history of this city, but you have the opportunity to make history by governing with righteousness. The difference between being part of history and making history will be decided by you."

Garcia added, "The pastors of the state came together in a unity not seen before. Pastor Felipe del Castillo was instrumental in putting the organization together. There will be more rallies, and we and the NHCLC have been invited to be there next year. Also this month will be at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Baja California, held in Tijuana. The Governor is anxiously awaiting this event with denominational leaders and mega-churches."
PrayerCommissionPrayer Commission Visits Site of Historic Revival
Commission members praying in front of  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Commission members praying in front of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

On February 22, 2017, the PCCNA Prayer Commission gathered in North Charleston, SC. Among a number of items discussed, commission chairman Doug Small presented three prayer resolutions for consideration that focus on the need for revival and awakening, collaborative prayer training, and praying for unreached people groups in our world.The PCCNA Board of Administration unanimously approved the resolutions. 

The commission also visited the site of the Anson Street Revival in Charleston where God moved sovereignly upon the mixed black and white congregation in the 1850s. This revival was a catalyst for our nation's Third Great Awakening. From Anson Street, the delegation walked to Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where, on June 17, 2015, shooter Dylann Roof took the lives of nine parishioners attending a Bible study, a stark reminder of the need for spiritual awakening in our land. Following a time of prayer at the church site, the commission was hosted for lunch by the New Covenant Church of God in Charleston.

Afterward, a panel of pastors and chaplains who responded to the Emmanuel Church crisis shared their experiences and perspectives on that tragic event. Because of the level of prayer and partnership within the city across racial and denominational lines, as well as the amazing demonstration of love and forgiveness by Emmanuel Church, demonstrations and violence were averted. There is power in prayer and unity. - John Maempa
NextGenCommissionNext Gen Commission Being Formed
Reach a Generation Pastor Luis Reyes Forming Next Gen Commission 
Reach A Generation Pastor Luis Reyes Forming
Next Gen Commission
Pastor Luis Reyes of New Church of Joy and Reach
A Generation has ministered to children and teenagers for over 20 years. Reyes is forming the Next Gen Commission. If you're interested in serving on the commission, reach out to Pastor Reyes at info@thenewchurchofjoy.com and PCCNA President Jeff Farmer at info@pccna.org 

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."   Acts 1:8 (NIV) 
 
Jeff Farmer, President

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The membership of the PCCNA extends their love and prayers to Dr. Jack Hayford and his family on the occasion of Anna Hayford's promotion to heaven. We express our appreciation to Dr. Glenn Burris for providing this tribute to Anna Hayford's life.

BroadStreetBroadstreet Publishing to Partner With PCCNA on New Book
PCCNA signed an agreement with Broadstreet Publishing for the writing of a new book focusing on miracle stories and demonstrations of the gifts of the Spirit. Dean Merrill, an award-winning author and editor, will curate and edit the stories contributed by members of PCCNA. Merrill is a former magazine editor (Campus Life, Leadership Journal, Christian Herald) and editorial director (David C. Cook, Focus on the Family) who has written 10 books and coauthored 35 others. His works have twice been honored by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association with Gold Medallion awards, while another was named Christian Book of the Year.
 
"There are stories of miracles, healings and demonstrations of the gifts of the Spirit that need to be told," says Jeff Farmer, President of PCCNA. "God sent Dean Merrill as a gift to capture these stories from our member denominations, organizations and ministries. We want to proclaim the great things God is doing."

Merrill added, "I've met more than a few Christians for whom spiritual gifts are merely theoretical, not actual. To others, the gifts are part of their past legacy, but not their present reality. This book will show that the Spirit is alive and active here (in North America, not just in faraway lands) and now, in our time."

The book is slated to be available at the February 2018 PCCNA conference.  David Sluka, project manager for Broadstreet Publishing says, "God will use these stories to give hope, build faith, and bring supernatural change in people's lives. We are excited to partner with PCCNA on this project." This will be the second book developed by PCCNA. The first book published in 2010, Servants of the Spirit by Jeff Farmer. 
Click here for pictures of the 2017 PCCNA REACH meeting. Thank you Barbara Bach for sharing these photos!
 MovieEndorsementPCCNA Leaders Endorse "The Case for Christ" Movie
PCCNA conference attendees pre-screened "The Case for Christ" in Charleston, S.C. Here are some of their comments about the movie produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, due to be released in theaters April 7, 2017.

"In retracing Lee Strobel's journey from skepticism to faith, The Case for Christ presents a compelling defense for the reliability of the gospel story. It will inspire nonbelievers and Christians alike with its heartfelt, emotional authenticity." - Bishop Sam N. Clements, General Overseer, Church of God of Prophecy

"The Case For Christ is not only a strong apologetic for the truth of the crucifixion and resurrection but has the potential to impact lives in many ways." - Kay Horner, Executive Director, Awakening American Alliance

"The acting is excellent. The research of facts is superb. The Case For Christ is an excellent tool for evangelism." - Sterling Brackett, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Foursquare Church

"A compelling movie that lights the darkness with an honest pursuit of truth, showing the power of love." - Tim Coalter, General Presbyter, North America Ministries of the Church of God of Prophecy

"The Case for Christ is a most effective, powerful tool of evangelism and wonderful presentation of a believing wife's faithfulness." - Dennis Kutzner, General Overseer, CMI Global

"Outstanding - phenomenal! Very believable!" - Bishop Chris Thompson, International Pentecostal Holiness Church

"The Case for Christ film is very powerful!"  - Reverend Paul McDaniel, General Secretary of the Independent Assemblies of God International

"A compelling story of a real journey of finding faith in Christ." - Herb Flint, Executive Director of CMI Global

"A compelling and moving story that clearly presents the evidence of Christ's love to those who may have missed it. Bring a tissue!" - David Koop, Senior Pastor, Coastal Church

"A compelling movie that lights the darkness with an honest pursuit of truth, showing the power of love." - Tim Coalter, General Presbyter, North America Ministries of the Church of God of Prophecy
May2020PCCNA Announces Miracle in May 2020 Evangelism Outreach
 
  The PCCNA Board of Administration approved an evangelistic outreach initiative, Miracle in May 2020. "This is not a program or an event," says Jeff Farmer, PCCNA President. "It is a call to faith and obedience...a call to seek lost sheep...a call to harvest!"

PCCNA said in a statement, "Recognizing believers in the North American church are not sharing their faith, and confessing openly that we as leaders fall short in modeling one-on-one witnessing, we mutually covenant in a spirit of repentance and faith, to boldly mobilize ourselves, our leadership and our churches toward a continent-wide, three-year, evangelistic outreach concluding in May 2020."

Evangelism and outreach have been the themes of the meetings for the past 4 years with the most recent, "REACH" in Charleston, S.C. The emphasis kicked off in 2014 with 'Good News' in Cancun, Mexico, then 'Lost in the City' in Vancouver, Canada in 2015; Culture: Surrender or Subdue in Dallas TX. in 2016.

"The Holy Spirit is calling PCCNA members back to our bylaw purpose: 'to foster the evangelization of the world,'" says Farmer. "In uniting and acting in mutual agreement, we model the action of the first century church in Acts 2:1: 'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord."

Farmer added the Greek word for 'one accord' is 'homothumadon,' which means being unanimous, having mutual consent or group unity.
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