By Carl Stagner
September is upon us, and so is the third-and-final 2016 Regional Convention of the Church of God. These historic gatherings have brought us to new places, fostered new relationships, and sparked new energy and excitement in the movement. Many who have never attended a convention in Anderson due to distance have seen or will see the experience brought to their own backyards. As New Covenant Church of God prepares to welcome the Church of God to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convention-goers are making arrangements to arrive early and take advantage of several bonus events and activities slated to make a great experience even better.
CARE (the Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort), made possible by a Lilly grant, is drawing pastors and their spouses early to the Philadelphia convention—for good reason! Not only are church board members and pastors seeking the benefits of the new initiative designed to improve pastoral compensation, but many have also taken advantage of free convention registration provided by CARE. Participation in the seminar, which begins at 9:00 on Tuesday morning, September 27, also means a voucher for full participants to assist with travel expenses. For more information, contact Cheryl Elff at CElff@chog.org or 800-848-2464, ext. 2464.
Prior to the kickoff worship service on Tuesday evening, Warner University will host a meet-and-greet reception for their new president, Dr. David A. Hoag and his wife Joanna. From 4:30 until 6:00, they will be available to meet with alumni and non-alumni alike. Whether you simply want to offer him a warm welcome or hear his vision for the future of Church of God higher education in Florida, be sure to stop by. Please RSVP in advance with Kareen Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anderson University will also host a reception for alumni on Tuesday, following the evening service (Contact Marissa Johnson at email@example.com).
Unique to the Philadelphia convention, an opportunity awaits all attending men that you won’t want to miss. Steve Arterburn, featured speaker for the convention, will be the guest speaker for a special men’s luncheon, hosted by the National Men’s Ministry of the National Association of the Church of God on Wednesday, September 28, beginning at noon. Arterburn, well-known for his book Every Man’s Battle, will no doubt speak candidly and redemptively about the challenges men face. The event is open to all men, and a boxed lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jerome Chisolm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happening again in Philadelphia—an informal conversation with convention speaker Ben Hardman about discipleship, based on his experience with the Missional Think Tank. That event will take place from 1:00 until 2:00 in the afternoon Wednesday, September 28. A luncheon for Church of God chaplains will take place on Wednesday (XRiggs@chog.org) and a special presentation by Children of Promise will take place at 3:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday the 27th (email@example.com).
See you there!
For convention information and to register, visit www.chogconvention.org.