Dear PVA Church Family:
 
RE: THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD’S RECENT STATEMENT ON RACISM & INJUSTICE
 
I wanted to share with you the June 3, 2020, statement from the Executive Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblies of God on the issues of racism and injustice that have surfaced in our society following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. The statement as well as a link to a message on racism, injustice and reconciliation given by our General Superintendent Rev. Doug Clay can be found below my remarks.
 
Pastor Robin and I have now pastored two multi-cultural and ethnically diverse Assemblies of God churches.  We have been honored and privileged to pastor these churches as we know it is the heart of Christ to create and build inclusive churches of precious believers, chosen by Christ “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).  Further, the magnificence of His Church is with such diversity of people there is the manifest and divine “unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).  We believe that perhaps Christ’s Church is the only place on earth where a diversity of people regularly assembles themselves together united in love, purpose, mission and equality. For in the His Church “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:27).     
 
The pastors and Board of Elders at PVA Church are in full agreement to the statement of the Executive Presbytery. We agree to oppose and deplore the sin of racism in any form; to call to repentance any and all who have participated in racism through thoughts, actions or inactions as individuals or as a church; to pray for the courage to confront the sin of racism whenever and wherever it may be found; and to cooperate in the work of the Holy Spirit to work against racism and seek reconciliation of the people of God to one another.
 
We are reviewing several current Bible study series on the topic of racism and racial reconciliation and will be offering one to our Church family in the near future. We have much to learn as we respond and make the most of the opportunities the Lord sets before us to love, bless and serve others.
 
Your pastors are available to discuss these issues, pray together and grow and learn together if you so desire. We are most confident that what has been meant for evil through these awful incidents of racism and injustice, the Lord will now powerfully work together for good!
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this and the AG Statement.
In Christ’s love,
Pastors David & Robin Conboy