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					                        APOSTOLIC FELLOWSHIP SUMMIT
                                      October 16-17, 2006

   At the invitation of Urshan Graduate School of Theology, the six largest Apostolic (Oneness
Pentecostal) organizations in the United States sent leaders to meet in St. Louis, Missouri, on
March 30-31, 2006, and October 16-17, 2006. These organizations are:

      The Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus
      The Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ
      The Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ International
      The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
      The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
      The United Pentecostal Church International

    These six organizations are the ones that have in excess of 400 churches in the U.S. Four of
the organizations were represented by their presiding bishop or general superintendent in one or
both meetings, and all were represented by one or more members of their presiding board.
    The primary purpose of the March meeting was to get acquainted and to discuss ways to
work together in promoting the Apostolic faith. (See previous report.) The present report covers
the October meeting, at which the following decisions were made:

1. The organizations will work together in an endeavor known as the Apostolic Fellowship.
2. They shall hold an annual meeting of top officials, known as the Apostolic Fellowship
   Summit. Each organization may send two delegates, preferably including the presiding
   bishop or general superintendent. Each organization shall be responsible for the travel
   arrangements and expenses of its delegates. It is suggested that the organizations contribute
   an offering to the graduate school to cover the costs of advertising and hosting the meeting.
3. The next meeting is scheduled for October 22-23, 2007, in St. Louis at Urshan Graduate
   School of Theology, 704 Howdershell Road, Florissant, MO, phone 314-921-9290. The
   recommended hotel is Hampton Inn Northwest, 55 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO, phone 314-
   839-2200. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 22, 7:00-10:00 PM, and Tuesday,
   9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
4. In conjunction with the Summit, workshops will be offered on October 22-24, 2007, Monday
   evening through Wednesday noon. Each organization is welcome to send any number of
   members to the workshops. Proposed workshop subjects are Historians Meeting, Librarians
   Meeting, Website Development, Ministerial Retirement Fund, Stewardship (Fundraising),
   Church Planting, Church Financing, and Foreign Missions Coordination.
5. All Apostolic organizations will be invited to participate in the Summit and the associated
   workshops. The six largest organizations will serve as the Steering Committee for the
   Summit. UGST will collect information on as many Oneness organizations as possible and
   invite them to the 2007 Summit. The six organizations are encouraged to send to UGST any
   contact information they may have for other organizations.
6. Each organization will operate according to its own doctrinal statement. As discussed in the
   previous meeting, participation in the Apostolic Fellowship is based on the foundational
   biblical doctrines as proclaimed by Apostolic pioneers such as G. T. Haywood, Frank Ewart,
   and Andrew Urshan—the authority of Scripture; the oneness of God; the identity of Jesus
    Christ as the one true God manifested in flesh; the New Testament plan of salvation as
    consisting of faith, repentance, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the
    baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking in tongues; and the necessity of a
    holy, separated life. There is no intent to change the historic, fundamental doctrine of the
    Apostolic movement.
7. At the same time, there is a need to provide practical tools that will reinforce, communicate,
    and explain the Apostolic doctrine in terms that the average pastor can understand and use
    effectively. Dr. Robert Spellman will make a presentation on this subject on Monday evening
    of the 2007 Summit.
8. Robin Johnston, Curator of the Center for the Study of Oneness Pentecostalism, will organize
    a committee of historians of the various organizations to discuss ways to assist one another
    and share resources. He may be contacted at 314-838-8858 or
    rjohnston@gatewaycollege.net. The designated purpose of the committee is: (a) to gather
    information about resources and accessibility and (b) to make recommendations for the
    preservation of current records.
9. Gerald Truman, director of the UGST library, will organize a committee of librarians from
    the various organizations to discuss ways to assist one another and share resources. He may
    be contacted at 314-921-9290 or gtruman@ugst.org. The purpose of the committee is to
    explore the possibilities of (a) developing an online union catalogue, (b) sharing resources,
    and (c) digitizing resources.
10. Stephen Drury, director of the Stewardship Department of the UPCI, has offered to assist
    representatives of other organizations by providing information on fundraising and the
    setting up of foundations. He is willing to send email updates, inform them of seminars and
    workshops, include them in mentoring sessions, and help them with professional networking.
    He may be contacted at 314-837-7300, smdrury@upci.org.
11. The UPCI has offered to assist local churches in setting up websites. Interested persons may
    contact Keith Braswell, Information Technology Department, 314-837-7300,
12. The UPCI has offered to share information regarding Foreign Missions so that efforts may be
    coordinated. The directors of Foreign Missions of Apostolic organizations may contact Bruce
    Howell, director of Foreign Missions for the UPCI, at 314-837-7300 or bhowell@upci.org.
13. The Pentecostal Publishing House has offered to assist local churches in setting up an online
    bookstore. The Pentecostal Publishing House has also offered to partner with organizations
    in the sale of Apostolic books, tracts, and Sunday school literature, with a rebate on sales
    being provided to these organizations. Interested persons may contact Mark Christian,
    director of marketing, at 314-837-7304 ext. 440 or mchristian@upci.org.
14. The Apostolic Fellowship Summit voted to oppose a ballot initiative in Missouri, known as
    Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, because it would permit human embryonic stem cell
    research and thus would result in the destruction of created human life.
15. The Summit authorized the creation of a website that would provide a brief introduction and
    explanation of the Apostolic Fellowship and would include the history of each organization.
    This website can be used for the exchange of information and the networking of Apostolic
    professionals. For example, the website can list the names of doctors, lawyers, architects,
    counselors, and other professionals as submitted by each organization.
16. The administrative assistant who coordinates the arrangements for the Summit is Jennie
    Russell, UGST, 314-921-9290, jrussell@ugst.org.

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