By Carl Stagner
On June 21, 2011, Jim Lyon released a groundbreaking book audaciously titled Go Ahead, Ask Anything. In response to a poll that captured both local and national data, Go Ahead, Ask Anything sought to biblically answer the top ten answers to the tough questions of life. Since his selection for general director of Church of God Ministries, Jim held a town hall meeting at the Global Gathering, embarked on a listening tour to hear from the Church of God in the United States and around the world, contributed to several articles and publications, and issued an open letter on Facebook and CHOGnews.org in which he reflected on the first one hundred days in office. At this year’s Church of God Convention in Oklahoma City, Jim continues to encourage dialogue and open exchange in another town hall meeting.
Our heavenly Father declares in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (NIV). Church of God Ministries wants you, too, to perceive God’s vision for the church. In this transition period of leadership in the Church of God, much has changed as a new day is dawning. The Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for 3:00 PM CDT on Monday, June 23, is designed to further enhance communication and keep ministers and laypeople informed. While there may not be sufficient time in the business sessions of the General Assembly for every question, the Town Hall Meeting offers additional opportunity.
Do you have questions about the future of the Church of God? Would you like to better understand God’s vision given to Jim for the movement? Perhaps you’d like to hear more about what Jim has learned on his listening tour.
“Many years ago, in what now seems like a previous lifetime,” Jim recounts, “I imagined myself pursuing a career in politics. I stood for election to public office in the early 1980s. I once even served as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. During those days, I would find myself peppered with questions from my constituents. People in crowds large and small want to know what their legislators think, why they voted in this way or that, and whether or not things will be done differently in the future. I quickly discovered that the process required me to hone my own perspectives and values; every question was like a scrub, forcing me to decide who I was, what I believed, and how I would solve problems.” As Jim underscored in a CBH release regarding the book, “Go ahead. Ask anything. Really!”
Would you like to order a copy of Jim’s book? It covers a range of topics, including homosexuality, illegal immigration, death, and sexual temptation. Order your copy today by contacting CBH at 800-757-8439 or ASuer@chog.org.
It’s not too late to register for the Church of God Convention 2014, June 23–26 in Oklahoma City. Visit www.chogconvention.org today!