By Carl Stagner
For more than a century, Church of God people have gathered together on an annual basis to worship, connect with one another, and seek the Lord to propel the movement forward. Last year Church of God Convention and General Assembly participation showed significant signs of revitalization. Attendance numbers were up, geographic representation peaked, and representation of the total Church of God population in North America dramatically increased. Renewed hope for the present and future of God’s church was also evident among the gathered saints. This wave of momentum did not happen by accident, however. Prayer was vital to the Holy Spirit making last year’s event so pivotal in the movement’s history. CHOG Convention 2015 will be no different. The role of prayer will be paramount. So we’ve developed a free downloadable prayer guide to help you and your church undergird the before, the during, and the after of CHOG Convention 2015: Be Bold. Reclaim.
Conveniently divided into weekly prayer focuses, the Church of God Convention 2015 prayer guide features weekly scriptures, an invocation, personal prayers, prayers for the church, and suggested hymns for worship. Each individual and/or congregation is free to determine how best to incorporate these prayer emphases into weekly worship, small groups, and prayer meetings. However utilized, Church of God Ministries humbly asks for your commitment to pray for the convention and all of the activities which surround it. We look forward to seeing what God will do when his people humbly gather in his name from June 22 to June 25 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.
“These are extraordinary times in our country and worldwide, as well as in the life of many of our congregations,” Leroy Quashie explains. Leroy has proved instrumental in the development and promotion of this year’s convention prayer guide. He continues: “We face many challenges, and are presented with unprecedented opportunities for kingdom work and growth as a community of faith. But as we prepare for Church of God Convention 2015 in Oklahoma City, we extend an invitation to each of our congregations to imagine with us a Pentecost-like invasion and impact of the Holy Spirit upon the gathered body of believers and upon the entire Church of God family.”
Beginning this week, and continuing through the week of June 14, please consider joining this movement-wide prayer effort to undergird the planning of, and the carrying out of, Church of God Convention 2015. We encourage prayer and fasting for your congregation’s needs, as well.
Get your free download of the Church of God Convention 2015 prayer guide today!
Register for Church of God Convention 2015 at www.chogconvention.org!