Thousands Prepare for Azusa Street Centennial

Around the world delegates are looking forward to the “Spiritual Experience of a Lifetime” in Los Angles, California, USA this 25-29 April 2006.

It was in 1906 that William Seymour, a nearly blind African-American preacher, came to Los Angeles and started a revival meeting in a small home. It wasn't long until the crowds were in the street and the move was made to an abandoned stable on 312 Azusa Street. No one could have imagined that those initial meetings would spawn a worldwide movement that today numbers over six hundred million adherents. Today, Azusa Street is synonymous with revival and dozens of denominations can trace their roots to the events of 1906.

To commemorate the Azusa Street revival, a five-day celebration is scheduled which will feature informative sessions, tours and lectures on historic sites, conferences and 125 “ministry tracks.” From Tuesday, 25 April through Friday 28 April, nightly events will be held simultaneously at four different venues in Los Angeles, including the West Angeles Cathedral, Crenshaw Christian Center, the historic Angelus Temple and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The climax to Centennial week will be a day of celebration at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as thousands will gather for the Centennial Assembly, followed by a youth convocation where the next generation will be commissioned for a lifetime of ministry. The day will be preceded by “Reach L.A.,” an event that is being billed as the largest one-day benevolent outreach in US history.

For more about the Azusa Street Centennial, visit See also Dr. Grant McClung revised edition of Azusa Street and Beyond: 100 Years of Commentary on the Global Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement—Azusa Street Centennial Edition at

This article was originally written for the Assemblies of God.