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5 Important Things I’ve Learned from Anthony Mangun

Anthony Mangun and I are not big buddies. I’m not sure either of us has time or temperament for many “big buddies.” Bro.A. is someone I admire, and from whom I have learned a lot. It has come via observation and paying attention to the principles he uses rather than duplicating his application. For those who wish to learn – much can be gained by watching, listening and thinking, “How can I apply that concept in my life.”

Before following his parents as pastor in Alexandria, Bro. Mangun had been an effective evangelist and pastor. Anthony Mangun created an identity distinct from his father and mother but which has been a continuation of their ministry.  It has always interested me that Bro. A. created a clear ministerial identity away from Alexandria before he returned to Alexandria to pastor.  The last observation may be insightful as we consider generational transitions in local church leadership.

Anthony Mangun for blog Since what I’ve learned from Bro. A. comes from observation.  I’ve seen only the broad strokes.

Be passionate – His message whether to the local church or to a conference is always about a topic that he can speak about with passion. There is a fire in his preaching and you sense the need to rush to the cause he communicates. His passion is not worked up; his passion is lived out!  A. Mangun passionately cares about the people he pastors and the lost in the city of Alexandria. His greatest preaching is done right there at the Pentecostals of Alexandria.

Be prepared – The man delivers a good meal every time he preaches or teaches. This is a result of reading, study, preparation and prayer. I’ve noted times when he was surreptitiously reading a book on his IPad while we were in a “dry place” of a General Board meeting. Prepared people never stop reading and  studying. Take advantage of every moment available to keep preparing yourself.

Do church right – One of the most compelling things I took away from Because of the Times was a session where Bro. A. and his wife showed us how to do church wrong.  The musicians and singers were all in a different key, the soloist was not on the platform when it was time to sing and the church service was just a mess.  I’ve never been to a service in Alexandria where church was not done right. I’m not talking about stilted or constrained, the Holy Ghost can interrupt and does, there is an exuberance of worship; but there is no dead time, no confusion . . . a flow.  When Bro. A. shared that I pastored no more than 60 people, but went home to start using the pattern they shared for planning a service and having everything in place for it to flow.  Plan every service as though 2x the usual crowd was going to be there.  Write out the plan and meet with those participating in the service. A simple service planning form can be found here.

Being systematic is not sinful – A major impact came at another conference when Bro. A. shared that he had 20 topics he tried to preach on 2 times each year.  Not only did he try but he had a grid on which he recorded when he preached on those topics.  I went home and using almost the same 20 topics he used developed my own grid. It kept me preaching/teaching a well-rounded diet to those I pastored. Preaching/teaching in series strengthens what you do and having specific targets forces one to preach outside their comfort zone.  My 20 topics are similar to Bro. A.  

Work ethic – The man works – works hard, works too hard. A church of 3k attendees will result in many counseling appointments. If you look behind the scenes, Bro. A., his wife, mother and other pastoral team members spend a lot of time preaching funerals, doing wedding ceremonies . . . but they still make at least one Christmas visit to the shut-ins and those in retirement homes. Some would imagine that having a church of 3k means an abundance of leisure time. It just isn’t so. From this guy I learned that I needed to keep regular office hours and to be consistent in availability. Work ethic – he does better returning phone calls than I do. If you are a full-time pastor give God and the people you lead at least 50 hours each week!  Work hard!

To read my observations on things I learned from the late G.A. Mangun you may want to visit here:

I know some of you have had the privilege of working closer to Bro. Mangun.  I’m interested in your “take aways!”  Will you share them as a comment.

UPDATED 12/25/2016 ———————————————————–

Something else I learned from the Pentecostal of Alexandria was the value of an intentional effort for making disciples. It evolved into a consistent and concentrated effort. I don’t know that our church in Springfield will ever lead the nation in conversions; it is my goal to be effective in retaining those we convert.  Much of my experience with disciple-making is reflected in my “Not an Ostrich” Disciple-maker’s packet available at CarltonCoonSr.Com.

My “Not an Ostrich” Disciple-Maker’s Packet – will give you everything you need to take care of spiritual newborns –


30 thoughts on “5 Important Things I’ve Learned from Anthony Mangun

  1. Thanks for the article, Bro Coon. Having grown up at the POA and spending my first 25 years there, i saw the Mangun’s passion lived out consistently. Bro GA Mangun, having a POA membership directory in hand, prayed one night for 6 hours for everyone in the church. 6 hours! That’s what i call passion, and that’s what i call love! I miss his gentle spirit.

    1. Thank you for the testimony!The Manguns have affected the world with their passion for prayer and souls!

  2. Louisiana loves the Mangun’s!! ❤️🙏

    1. Across the globe, people love the Mangun family. They have impacted so many.

  3. My wife and I was at a critical place in our walk with God. No steady word or direction in our lives we had a big decision to make on how we are going to walk this road.
    I found and old BOTT video of Bro. Mangun, back in the 90’s and I watched it over and over again. His voice and passion kept us from going the wrong road.
    I now Pastor and am in the UPC. I still look to hear what the Lord will have to say through the voice of Pastor Anthony Mangun.

    1. Thanks for your testimony of the impact of these folks on your life.

  4. Thank you, excelent article …I watch His services on regular basis…total amazing ministry

    1. Many people benefit from the POA. Thanks for reading.

  5. Excellent article!

    1. Bro. Lichtle . . . I overlooked your response. Be blessed. Minnesota is on a good course!

  6. This is how great men become great men. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Bro. Zook . . . we all learn from each other.

  7. Thanks for sharing Elder. I’m reviewing our ‘flow’ right now and will be applying these principles at once!

    1. Having a flow and plan for your service will make a different. Your response actually inspired me to begin thinking about another blog post about correcting the places where a service gets “stuck.” Keep me posted as you explore what works for you and what did not.

  8. Thanks for sharing Bro. Coon. I have gleaned a lot from all the Manguns.

    1. Thanks . . . I overlooked your response from a while back. Come see me.

  9. Reading your fantastic article here in Malaysia. Great!

    1. Bro. Poitras, Enjoy Malaysia . . . I look forward to getting to visit there with you someday. Of course, we’ll have to figure a way for Global to cover costs. Malaysia is a bit outside the North American Missions bailiwick.

  10. My husband and I had been to several churches in different parts of the country and was blessed to sit under the ministries of the Manguns for over 4 years. There are not enough words to describe them, and our lives are forever changed because of his servant leadership!

    1. You are right. Thanks for weighing in. The POA is really one of those “healing places.”

  11. Well said, Bro. Coon! I have followed and have lead under Pastor Anthony ‘s and Bishop GA Mabgun’s ministries for over 40 years. I have never heard a sermon, wedding ceremony, funeral service, introductory comments, or even public prayer that lacked evidence of both physical and spiritual preparation! Pastor. Anthony is aubmitted to someone, and actively pursues the influence of those who can help on any area he knows can be improved.

    1. Great input. The preparation is obvious, but often is overlooked as though something that is natural. The preparation level is a bit like Churchill telling his driver, “Stop here, I need time to plan my extemporaneous comment.” The observation regarding submission is also important.

  12. Great information Bro Coon. Is it possible that the basic forms you refer to in points 3 & 4 could be posted or obtained somehow? I don’t have time to reinvent a working wheel but will gladly and cheerfully steal someone’s good, working ideas!

    1. Bro. Brown, I can do so. As a matter of fact I’ll post the couple of things here. They are both in my book Questions Pentecostal Preachers Ask which is also available at this website.

  13. Thanks Bro Coon, Very Powerful… A true man of God and compassionate Pastor/Leader

    1. Compassion is a defining mark. love you – come see me!

  14. Great article Bro. Coon! As a graduate of their Training Center, I can say with confidence that Bro. Mangun is an incredible leader, hard worker, and a compassionate Pastor. Thanks for bringing out these great points. Very helpful!

    1. Love you, bro. You need to see if you can learn to “do” Bro. A.

  15. awesome!!! Thank you for posting!

  16. Keen insight and well written, thanks for sharing!

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