Ministry Today 21: Empowered21

Empowered21 reaches those around the world, including this conference in Indonesia. (Facebook)

Holy Spirit Empowerment

With 2.9 billion unreached people in the world, Oral Roberts University President Billy Wilson says Empowered21's "big vision is bigger than all of us."

"That vision is that every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033," says Wilson, who co-chairs Empowered21. "And so as we head toward the 2,000-year anniversary of Acts 2, the Day of Pentecost, the question is: What could this movement do together around the world?"

An outgrowth of the Azusa Street Centennial, Empowered21 is a relational network functioning on all six inhabited continents that brings together charismatic and Pentecostal believers to help shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement.

Through Empowered21, Wilson says Spirit-empowered leaders and believers are working to connect the next generation to the power of the Holy Spirit and to take the gospel to every person on earth.

"We believe every person on earth should have the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ," Wilson says.

Ossie Mills, the executive vice president for University Advancement at Oral Roberts University, was named the global director of Empowered21 in January. It's an appointment he does not take lightly.

"I m honored to serve this important movement, which has become very important to the vibrancy of the Spirit-empowered community," Mills said.

Through Christian media, church planting and the global prayer movement, Wilson says he believes Empowered21's vision could become a reality by 2033.

"Amazingly, in our generation in 2014, every geopolitical nation on earth now has someone in it, as far as we know, who is filled with the Holy Spirit, prays in the Spirit and believes in the gifts of the Spirit," Wilson says. "This is unprecedented in the history of the world."     —Troy Anderson

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