By Carl Stagner
Great news! We’ve just added the Tuesday evening worship to the list of sessions that will be streamed live over the Internet! This means that we’re now able to offer the 7:00 PM CDT session of Church of God Convention 2015 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 22–24)! Of course, all General Assembly sessions (Monday–Wednesday, 8:30–10:30 AM CDT) will also be streamed live online. Nearly a year of preparation is about to culminate in an experience certain to make a profound impact on the Church of God. Here are just a few things to remember:
CHOG TraffickLight. We’ll be celebrating the global impact of the Church of God initiative to fight against human trafficking and proclaim freedom for the captives. As we highlight the extensive reach of this effort that garnered support and participation from churches across the country and beyond, we’ll also provide churches and individuals the opportunity to bring in offerings collected through the year. If you haven’t turned in TraffickLight offerings, please bring them with you to CHOG Convention!
Rollouts of New Initiatives. You’ve heard just a bit about the revolutionary resource portal coming to the Church of God—Be Bold Academy. We’ve only scratched the surface of what this value-added toolkit will provide. Additionally, we’ll be rolling out an innovative movement-wide credentialing strategy designed to enhance and focus the way we ordain our ministers. Anticipate exciting news regarding the Church of God Yearbook and minister registration. Look forward to something bold and new coming from Church of God missions. So come expecting!
Change the World. You were introduced to the initiative last year at the convention. You heard the funds had been provided for grants to underwrite creative and innovative ministry ideas in the Church of God. After months of prayerful consideration and examination of submitted proposals, we’ll be happy to announce Change the World awardees. Plan to hear some of the stories and celebrate with those whose ministry ideas are truly changing the world!
General Assembly Packets. We encourage ministers and lay delegates to print General Assembly materials in advance of the event. To improve stewardship, both fiscally and ecologically, printed GA packets will be available by request only. We will be happy to mail printed copies to you if needed (please note such copies will not arrive at this point by the convention). Contact us at 800-848-2464 or JBurnett@chog.org with any questions you may have.
Pre- and Post-Convention Electives. A wide variety of conferences, workshops, and seminars are schedule before and after Church of God Convention 2015. From the Town Hall Meeting with Jim Lyon in the early afternoon on Monday, June 22, to the workshop with Attorney Steve Justice regarding church legal issues, be sure to check the Extra Events page (www.jesusisthesubject.org/extraevents) and plan accordingly. Work these opportunities into your travel schedule and allow sufficient time to arrive.
Our convention website is www.chogconvention.org. Church of God Convention 2015 is June 22–25 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. You can still purchase full registrations and single-session tickets at the door. We’ll see you in Oklahoma City!