Former Assemblies of God Leader Praises Increased Inclusion of Racial Minorities in Church

George O. Wood speaks at Monday’s interfaith lecture in the Varsity Theater.

George O. Wood, former general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told the National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson in a podcast on Sunday that his denomination “saw significant progress of inclusion” during his time in leadership.

“We mended a lot of racial bridges,” explained Wood. “I worked hard especially with my fellow Pentecostal denominational leaders to be inclusive.”

Wood talked about trying to bring in more young people and racial minorities into leadership roles, telling Anderson that “minority inclusion” was a “process” that “took a number of years.”

“The argument at the beginning was we don’t want to establish quotas,” said Wood. “My response was ‘we already have a quota: you must be white, over 50, and that’s our quota. Everybody kind of laughed but realized that was true.”

Another example of racial reconciliation efforts championed by Wood was in 2014 when he had the Assemblies of God partner with the predominantly African-American Pentecostal denomination the Church of God in Christ to observe Dec. 14 of that year as “Black Lives Matter” Sunday.

COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake said in a statement released at the time that he was “grateful” for the support given by Wood as superintendent.

“Wood and the AG demonstrate the love and healing power of Christ by standing with the Church of God in Christ to categorically say, black lives matter,” said Bishop Blake.

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Source: Christian Post