WFA adheres to the core doctrines of the Assemblies of God.
WFA is a part of the fellowship of the General Council of the Assemblies of God
and the Pennsylvania – Delaware District of the Assemblies of God.
WFA is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who covenant together to reach Wilmington, north Delaware and around the world in a culturally relevant manner, providing people the opportunity to experience God and live the experience.
Recognizing Christ's command to communicate His message, we purposefully seek to connect with others in north Delaware, create opportunity for them to commit their life to Christ, to grow in the community of Christ, and to continue in maturity by discovering, developing and using their God-given gifts and abilities.
"Experience God, Live the Experience"
Why We Plant Churches
WFA is in the business of "Expanding the Kingdom of God..."
So we recognize our responsibility to publicly proclaim God's Word, the Bible, and provide opportunity for people to learn it, receive training from it, and encouragement to apply it to their life.
So our gatherings will be marked by dynamic expression of love and adoration of our God. Further, we believe that each person's daily life should be conducted as a living expression of worship and devotion to God.
So we place a greater priority on current trends and methodology than on comfortable traditions and mechanisms. Our goal is neither to be contemporary nor traditional, but rather to be equipped to communicate the message of Christ in a relevant and effective manner.
So we embrace and encourage all aspects of multiculturalism in our community, being purposefully inclusive of people of all genders, nationalities, physical characteristics, and socio-economic positions.
Creativity in Ministry
So we will never be satisfied with merely maintaining the church. Nor will we tolerate boring or mediocre programs and ministries. God is a creative God, and we have been created in His image, so we strive to be fresh and creative in our approach to everything we do.
Relational community and accountability
So we believe each person should seek active involvement in small group ministry in addition to corporate gathering times. Small groups provide for necessary intimacy and interaction with others from WFA. Further, WFA and its pastoral staff organizationally maintain an active relational role with, and accountability to, the Assemblies of God.
Expecting each person to multiply themselves, passing on to others the truths that have been entrusted to them. Likewise WFA will multiply its own efforts by birthing new churches, to effectively reach people it otherwise would be unable to reach, and sending and supporting missionaries, for worldwide expansion of the church.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." — Acts 2:42-47
WFA was founded in 1916.
In 1998 a video was commissioned by Rev. Edward Jones. This video depicts that 75-year history of WFA. We hope that you will enjoy looking back to the beginning of WFA.
Constitution and By-laws
Available here is a copy of the Constitution and By-laws of Wilmington First Assembly of God.
Adopted April 14, 1936
Revised January 1960
Revised April 30, 1968
Revised January 29, 1969
Revised November 18, 1986