TOMMY BARNETT MINISTRIES
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Pastor Barnett of Tommy Barnett Ministries has guided First Assembly into an era of phenomenal revival. At the altar calls, scores of people of all ages and backgrounds come forward to commit their lives to Christ. In addition to thousands of people saved every year, hundreds are baptized in water.
Barnett is pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, Phoenix First Assembly of God in Phoenix, Arizona. The church is known as "the church with a heart" because of its over 245 outreach ministries.
Phoenix First Assembly of Tommy Barnett Ministries boasts an average weekly attendance of over 15,000 worshipers.
Phoenix First is a soul-winning church, committed to reaching the city, country, and world for God. The Church moved into a multi-million-dollar complex in 1985, occupying 75 acres on Shadow Mountain. The first building constructed was the 6,500-seat auditorium, one of the largest sanctuaries in America.
...administration, education, and gymnasium. Completed in 2001 is the exciting SMALL WORLD VILLAGE. This state of the art facility is 33,800 square feet of early childhood education. Thirty classrooms are used for a variety of church services and ministry activities.
Two other buildings have been completed in recent years. One is the world-class YOUTH MINISTRY PAVILION! It has been designed to serve as a “magnet” for thousands of local teenagers – one of the most critical “mission fields” of our community.
Also – CITY LITES CHILDREN’S COMPLEX, this beautiful ultra-modern all-glass facility not only serves as a children’s church facility, but also for weddings and other events. The newest addition to Tommy Barnett Ministries a building - the PRAYER PAVILION of LIGHT was completed February, 2007!
On many occasions, attendance at special services has soared including an outdoor event of 25,000. Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday in multiple services has reached over 150,000.
several outstanding assets introduced by Tommy Barnett Ministries:
Spectacular events at Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A great soul-winning Bus Ministry.
Strong discipleship training.
Hundreds of lay people overseeing the follow-up and care of attendees, visitors, and new converts.
Tommy Barnett Ministries to reaching out to the homeless and hurting with the founding of the LA Dream Center in 1994, and then in 2006 – the Phoenix Dream Center!
First Assembly under the leadership of Pastor Tommy Barnett. When the Church called him as pastor in December 1979, the average attendance was 250. Within three weeks, a Christmas rally drew 2,700. Attendance in 1980 climbed to 4,800 at Easter, over 6,500 at Thanksgiving, and over 8,000 at Christmas.
Attendance continued to spiral upward spurred by these major events. In 1981, and again in 1982, the magnificent SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE services at Phoenix Symphony Hall brought turn-away crowds to the 3,000-seat Hall.
In 1982, more than 18,000 attended Easter services and the giant Independence Day rally moved to a city stadium. The 1983 Easter services broke all records for the denomination, attracting 25,000; the Living Flag on July 4th filled the stadium with 15,000 spectators; and the Thanksgiving Dinner was the largest in the City, serving almost 12,000.
Breaking records again – Easter, 1989, saw crowds of 100,000 in one weekend. This included four Easter Splendor musical drama productions at the new large church auditorium as well as the 14 outdoor children’s rallies that were held all over the city.
Easter Splendor presentations were repeated 12 different times throughout Easter Week. A total of 150,000 people in attendance were a part of that phenomenal week at Phoenix First Assembly. The annual Christmas Production attracts over 130,000 in a ten day long schedule.
He preached in city-wide meetings, camps, churches, seminars, and to as many as 30,000 in an outdoor meeting in India. Pastor Barnett celebrated 50 years in ministry in 2003. The minister grew up in the home of an Assemblies of God minister (H. W. Barnett).
Pastor Tommy Barnett is married to his wife Marja. He has three children: Matthew, Luke, and Kristie.
Tommy Barnett has received honorary doctorates from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Southern California Theological Seminary (Stanton, California), and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Waxahachie, Texas). In 1999, the Religious Heritage of America Foundation conferred him Brotherhood of Man Award.
Tommy Barnett Ministries consists of a staff of 16 pastors who minister in such areas as counseling, music, hospital visitation, youth, college and career, elderly, bus ministry, Spanish outreach, home visits, church administration, and much more.
The Church now operates over 200 individual ministries to the hurting.