A “family reunion” of sorts is forming to celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest revivals in Christendom this week in Los Angeles.
As a group of people hungry for a new religious awakening gathered 100 years ago in April 1906, no one could have foretold the worldwide effect the series of meetings would have a century later. The Azusa Street Revival, which spawned more than a dozen mainline denominations, started as a radical conglomeration of different races, cultures and economic backgrounds. The meetings were held in a former stable and attracted worshipers from all over the globe.
On April 25-29, thousands from around the world will converge on four venues in Los Angeles, California for what is being touted as, “The Spiritual Experience of A Lifetime.” “What began at Azusa Street spread around the globe quickly and ignited a movement that has not abated since,” stated Rev. William Wilson, executive officer for the Azusa Street Centennial. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for people of the many streams of Charismatic/Pentecostal faith to come to one place – a historic place for a historic reason – and celebrate the commonality of our spiritual heritage. The Centennial represents a truly golden opportunity for thousands of believers to come together like never before.”
The more than 75 countries and variety of denominations and para-church organizations represented in pre-registration figures demonstrates the diversity that is already in place for the event. That diversity will be celebrated all week long in more than 125 “ministry tracks,” conferences, breakout sessions and in four evening services which will be held simultaneously each evening Tuesday through Friday that week, including the Los Angeles Convention Center. Some of the most recognized names in evangelical and charismatic circles will be featured such as T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Juanita Bynum, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Frederick Price, Charles Blake and Paula White.
The week will climax on Saturday, April 29 with three major events in the city starting with a benevolent city-wide outreach called Reach LA, followed by back-to-back celebrations at the Centennial Assembly and the Centennial Youth Convocation.
Almost every Pentecostal or Charismatic denomination traces some part of its spiritual root system to the revival that took place at 312 Azusa Street. Many of the most prolific organizations were directly affected by the revival, including the Assembly of God, Church of God in Christ, the Church of the Foursquare Gospel and the United Pentecostal Church. In addition, many of the major charismatic congregations in the greater Los Angeles area have signed on to be part of the Centennial. These churches have offered facilities, volunteers and financial backing to this unique “once in a lifetime” spiritual homecoming.
To learn more about the Azusa Street Centennial, obtain detailed schedule information, read past articles related to the Centennial or to register, visit www.azusastreet.com . For those unable to attend, streaming media is available of most of the evening sessions by loging on to the Azusa Street Centennial website.
Loralee Douglass will be covering the Azusa Street Centennial for ChristianActivities.com. Stay tuned for more coverage!
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