At the 2009 General Council in Orlando, Florida, a resolution was passed that would make big difference in the church planting world. This resolution empowers local General Council churches to expand their ministry by establishing new worshiping communities, known as Parent-Affiliated Churches (PACs), with a congregational life that is distinct from the parent congregation.

Parent-Affiliated Churches have previously been known as satellites, extension campuses, sites, and video venues, among other names. PACs accommodate a great diversity of methodologies for expanding ministry to bring the gospel to people far from God.

What is a PAC?

A Parent-Affiliated Church is an extension of an existing General Council Affiliated Church or duly authorized District Council Affiliated Church resulting in a worshiping community distinct from the Parent Church. A PAC is subject to the ecclesial supervision and authority of the Parent Church, in such a manner, and upon such terms and conditions as are determined by the Parent Church.

How do I start a PAC?

1. Find a Parent Church

  • Parent must be an Assemblies of God USA church

  • Parent must be a General Council Church or District-Affiliated Church

2. Create a PAC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Parent Church and Parent-Affiliated Church

3. Communicate intent to open a PAC to AG District(s)

  • Include MOU

  • Include anticipated timeline of launch + eventual affiliation [if applicable]

  • If PAC/Parent relationship is across districts:

    • Communicate intent with host district (both Parent + PAC Pastors)

    • Have home district (district of Parent Church) communicate intent with host district (district of new PAC)

4. Complete and Submit PAC Open Form to Parent Church’s district

  • Complete the PAC form linked below

  • If PAC/Parent relationship is across districts:

    • Submit all communication between Parent and PAC with home and host districts

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