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2023 National Leadership Conference and Annual General Meeting

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On behalf of your PAOC executive officers—Dave Wells, Craig Burton, and Murray Cornelius, we welcome you to join us in-person or via live stream for a NATIONAL LEADERSHIP GATHERING and our 2023 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM). This is a biennial event of our PAOC International Office to gather leaders for vision casting around mission and ministry and to care for constitutional requirements and necessary voting. We were grateful to be able to host our hybrid General Conference last May 2022. We welcomed so many of you who travelled to Winnipeg to be face-to-face with other leaders in our PAOC family. We anticipate seeing many of you again if you live within a reasonable travelling distance and are able to join us in the Greater Toronto Area for this one-day event in March.

Our theme: Aligned for Mission. In many Christian circles, 2033 is being commemorated as the 2,000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus, His ascension, and His outpouring of the Spirit on His church to fulfil His mission. This has resulted in a unified understanding in many parts of the global church that the Lord of the harvest is calling His people to be “aligned for mission.” So there will be a decade-long, multi-component focus pointed towards a unified mission that would see the gospel of the kingdom preached in the whole world.

As a global Pentecostal Fellowship, we will be working with others towards fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation. We affirm the numerous 2033 initiatives focused on everyone hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will call upon our member congregations to mobilize prayer, leadership, compassion and resources to contact every unreached person. We believe the next 10 years will be the greatest decade of fulfilling the mandate of Jesus as together, empowered by the Spirit, we proclaim the Good News and establish new churches. What exciting times to be living in!

As we come together with intentionality of being “Aligned for Mission,” our emphasis as Pentecostal leaders will be on:
  • A fresh focus on personal witness and evangelism
  • Evangelists who are equippers of all believers, along with fulfilling their own distinct calling to reach everyone who has not heard the gospel
  • Aligned multiplication network endeavours for a kingdom increase of disciple-making communities
  • Enhanced prayer movements where every church in the nation is a “house of prayer”
  • Church movements and resource ministries aligned for mission—globally, nationally, regionally, and locally.

We look forward to seeing you, either onsite in Mississauga or online. You are an integral part of our PAOC family and our mission going forward as a Fellowship.

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ONE-DAY EVENT: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

LOCATION: PORTICO a community church
1814 Barbertown Road, Mississauga, ON, L5M 2M5

TO REGISTER: Registration will go live on our Whova App on Monday, February 6, 2023. Credential holders will receive an email prompt that day with registration particulars.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This day is open to all PAOC credential holders, church staff and leaders, boards, lay delegates, and visitors. Voting in the afternoon Annual General Meeting will be limited to those credential holders with voting privileges and those who are registered as lay delegates from their local church.


8:00 - 9:00 amREGISTRATION (coffee provided)
9:00 - 10:25 amPLENARY SESSION: “ALIGNED FOR MISSION” (held in main sanctuary and via live stream / French translation provided on Zoom)
Various members of our PAOC family from across the country will be sharing in this forum-style session around the themes of prayer, spiritual renewal, Spirit empowerment, unity and enhanced alignment, renewal of personal evangelism and equipping evangelists, and vital, multiplying churches.
10:25 - 10:45 amCOFFEE BREAK
10:45 -12:00 pmBREAKOUT SESSIONS You will have the choice of two breakout sessions, intentionally focused on constitutional decisions made at our 2022 General Conference:
 ESSENTIAL TRUTHS(held in main sanctuary and on live stream, French translation provided on Zoom)
The adoption of the PAOC Statement of Essential Truths (SOET) has led to the development of a companion piece being released entitled, Essential Truths – The PAOC Statement of Essential Truths Commentary. Dr. Van Johnson and members of the Theological Study Commission will highlight the use of this valuable resource for pastors, leaders and local churches.
 RIGHTFUL USE OF AUTHORITY (in chapel / off-site attendees can register in advance to join via Zoom /English only) 
The identification of “abuse of power” as a cause for disciplinary action for credential holders, the need for effective processes to identify and respond to such occurrences, and the resulting opportunity to re-emphasize the qualities of biblical authority, have led to a process of clarification of procedures and of resource development that is being overseen by PAOC’s executive officers and the General Executive. Ron Davis, who is serving as the ongoing co-ordinator of this process, will facilitate an in-person, interactive session.
12:00 - 1:30 pmLUNCH (included for those who register in advance on the Whova app – no cost)
1:30 - 3:00 pmPAOC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (in main sanctuary and on live stream)
Voting will be conducted through the Simply Voting platform. Voting delegates will be required to register for the AGM in order to participate in online voting. If attending in person, be sure to have a device with you which you can vote from (i.e., laptop, phone, iPad).
3:00 - 5:00 pmALIGNED IN ENGAGING NEWCOMERS (in main sanctuary and on live stream)
Hosted by Mission Canada, this interactive forum will provide insight, PAOC examples, and practical resources, as we align for mission in reaching those coming to Canada from other parts of the globe.