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General Council Minutes, Constitution and By-Laws General Council Minutes, Constitution and By-Laws
Assemblies of God USA (1914-present)

History:

The minutes, constitution and bylaws of the general council constitute one of the essential sources for the study of the Assemblies of God. These governing documents show how the Assemblies of God responded to debates on core doctrinal issues and challenges in world missions, how its national ministries developed, and how scores of other concerns impacted the Fellowship.

The first two general councils were held in 1914: Hot Springs, Arkansas (April) and Chicago (November). General councils were held on an annual basis from 1915 through 1921, and biennially starting in 1923.

The general council minutes were always published with the constitution and by-laws, except for the years 1943, 1945 and 1947 when they were published separately. The title of this publication read "Minutes," except for the years 1927 through 1941, when the publication was titled "Constitution and By-laws." In addition to the booklets published for each general council, a number of "Combined Minutes" were published in the early years, which combined minutes from two or more general councils into one publication.

General Council Session Places/Dates/Themes:
  • 1914 (1st: Hot Springs, AR, April 2-12)
  • 1914 (2nd: Chicago, IL, Nov. 15-29)
  • 1915 (3rd: St. Louis, MO, Oct. 1-10)
  • 1916 (4th: St. Louis, MO, Oct. 1-7)
  • 1917 (5th: St. Louis, MO, Sept. 9-14)
  • 1918 (6th: Springfield, MO, Sept. 4-11)
  • 1919 (7th: Chicago, IL, Sept. 25-30)
  • 1920 (8th: Springfield, MO, Sept. 21-27)
  • 1921 (9th: St. Louis, MO, Sept. 21-28)
  • 1923 (10th: St. Louis, MO, Sept. 13-18)
  • 1925 (11th: Eureka Springs, AR, Sept. 17-24)
  • 1927 (12th: Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-22)
  • 1929 (13th: Wichita, KS, Sept. 20-26)
  • 1931 (14th: San Francisco, Sept. 8-13)
  • 1933 (15th: Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 14-20)
  • 1935 (16th: Dallas, TX, Sept. 12-19)
  • 1937 (17th: Memphis, TN, Sept. 2-9)
  • 1939 (18th: Springfield, MO, Sept. 7-12)
  • 1941 (19th: Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 5-11)
  • 1943 Minutes (20th: Springfield, MO, Sept. 1-9)
  • 1943 Constitution
  • 1945 (21st: Springfield, MO, Sept. 13-18)
  • 1947 Minutes (22nd: Grand Rapids, MI, Sept. 4-11)
  • 1947 Constitution
  • 1949 (23rd: Seattle, WA, Sept. 8-14)
  • 1951 (24th: Atlanta, GA, Aug. 16-23)
  • 1953 (25th: Milwaukee, WI, Aug. 26-Sept. 2)
  • 1955 (26th: Oklahoma City, OK, Sept. 1-6)--By His Spirit
  • 1957 (27th: Cleveland, OH, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3)--By His Spirit
  • 1959 (28th: San Antonio, TX, Aug. 26 - Sept. 1)--Forward with Christ
  • 1961 (29th: Portland, OR, Aug. 23-29)--Fervent in Spirit
  • 1963 (30th: Memphis, TN, Aug. 21-26)--. . .Upon All Flesh
  • 1965 (31st: Des Moines, IA, Aug. 25-30)--. . .Looking Unto Jesus
  • 1967 (32nd: Long Beach, CA, Aug. 24-29)--Come, Lord Jesus
  • 1969 (33rd: Dallas, TX, Aug. 21-26)--Go and Tell. . .
  • 1971 (34th: Kansas City, MO, Aug. 19-24)--Take the Word
  • 1973 (35th: Miami Beach, FL, Aug. 16-21)--Calling Our World to Christ
  • 1975 (36th: Denver, CO, Aug. 14-19)--God is Moving . . . By His Spirit
  • 1977 (37th: Oklahoma City, OK, Aug. 18-23)--He is Worthy
  • 1979 (38th: Baltimore, MD, Aug. 16-21)--Together. . .In Mission
  • 1981 (39th: St. Louis, MO, Aug. 20-25)--God Omnipotent Reigns
  • 1983 (40th: Anaheim, CA, Aug. 11-16)--Preach the Word
  • 1985 (41st: San Antonio, TX, Aug. 8-13)--Stand Firm in the Faith
  • 1987 (42nd: Oklahoma City, OK, Aug. 6-11)--I Surrender All
  • 1989 (43rd: Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 8-13)--Review--Rejoice--Renew
  • 1991 (44th: Portland, OR, Aug. 6-11)--I Want to Know Christ
  • 1993 (45th: Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 10-14)--Live the Word
  • 1995 (46th: St. Louis, MO, Aug. 8-13)--Pentecost Now
  • 1997 (47th: Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 5-10)--Lord Send a Revival
  • 1999 (48th: Orlando, FL, Aug. 10-13)--Serving Our Generation
  • 2001 (49th: Kansas City, MO, Aug. 7-10)--Empowered by the Spirit
  • 2003 (50th: Washington, DC, Jul. 31-Aug 3)--Turn America, Pray the Way
  • 2005 (51st: Denver, CO, Aug. 2-5)--People of the Spirit
  • 2007 (52nd: Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 8-11)--Impact!
  • 2009 (53rd: Orlando, FL, Aug. 3-7)
  • 2009 Constitution (Spanish)
  • 2011 (54th: Phoenix, AR, Aug. 1-5)
  • 2011 Constitution (Spanish)
  • 2013 (55th: Orlando, FL, Aug. 5-9)
  • 2013 Constitution (Spanish)

PDF Collection Holdings:
  • Minutes & Constitution and By-laws: April 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919; 1927; 1929; 1931; 1933; 1935; 1937; 1939; 1941; 1949-2013
  • Combined Minutes: April & November 1914, 1914-1920, 1914-1921, 1914-1923, 1914-1925
  • Minutes: 1918, 1943, 1945, 1947
  • Constitution and By-laws: 1943, 1947, 2009 (Spanish), 2011 (Spanish), 2013 (Spanish)
NOTE: If you are aware of the location of Minutes/Constitution and By-laws missing from the above holdings, please contact the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center at archives@ag.org.
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