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In an interview with SBJ Editor Eric Olson, Doug Clay, left, says one of his roles is CEO of the 700-employee world headquarters in Springfield.
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In an interview with SBJ Editor Eric Olson, Doug Clay, left, says one of his roles is CEO of the 700-employee world headquarters in Springfield.

Assemblies of God leader charts course for $20B organization

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Doug Clay, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, has his sights set on key goals he’d like to accomplish following the 10-year tenure of his predecessor George Wood.

It’s a big job, considering his position. He’s the leader of a global congregation with 370,000 churches, 397,000 ministers and 69 million adherents. Factoring all of its affiliates, including Evangel University and Convoy of Hope, Clay said Assemblies of God is a $20 billion organization in terms of assets and monies under management.

“At the very onset, it was embedded in the DNA of Assemblies of God that we were going to have a global footprint,” Clay said, speaking this morning as Springfield Business Journal’s guest for the 12 People You Need to Know live interview series.

In the elected role since 2017, Clay said his three focus areas are “Bible engagement, spiritual empowerment and missions participation.”

“After that, I don’t really care about the governance structure, the worship style, if you tuck your shirt in,” he said, noting 53% of U.S. adherents are under age 35. “I have a deep, deep concern that our children and grandchildren have a real working understanding of the word of God and have a great answer for their faith.”

At its global headquarters, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Clay said he essentially serves in a CEO role overseeing some 700 employees. He’s also the leader of a corporate structure that, in addition to his role, comprises an assistant general superintendent, general secretary, general treasurer, U.S. missions director, world missions director and executive presbytery.

Clay’s administration sets the tone for the organization, which is comprised of 67 districts. He said 95% of the organization’s members are outside the United States.

“The World Assemblies of God still looks to AG USA as mama,” he said.

Additionally, Clay said one in five people living in Greene County are affiliated with Assemblies of God, and in the United States, the denomination has over 13,000 churches, 38,000 ministers and 3.2 million adherents.

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