From the beginning of time, humanity has been locked in a fight to be seen, to be heard, to be known, to be loved. Yes, even in the Garden, the first human beings weighed the options presented them by the serpent only to reveal underlying uncertainties about who they were and whose they were. The Creator had formed Adam and Eve from the dust, yet their perceptions of reality had been utterly distorted by competing voices clamoring for their attention.
Without a clear sense of who they were, the first man and woman drifted from God’s best. Could they be gods themselves? Were the opening arguments of the enemy of our souls that persuasive?
Still today, the imago Dei is overlooked and ignored, and the rights and privileges thereof traded for cheap imitation. For what hell says we are. For what popular culture says we ought to be.
Identity. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How does Jesus see us? And, who is he calling us to be? What are our foundation stones?
Answers to these and other questions are the very building blocks of who we are and why we exist. Our chief ambition during each of the three Church of God Regional Conventions, from coast to coast in the year 2022, is to wrestle with the questions all of us have asked at some point along life’s journey, those questions which frame our understanding of where we’re headed as a Movement of God’s own. These, too, are the questions with which the culture at large has already wrestled to the ground, contesting the central tenets the church has unwittingly thought fixed in time and space. And, these are the questions falling on the doorsteps of our local churches with increasing regularity.
What, then, are we as the people of the Church of God movement, to do? How are we to respond in such a manner that is both true and loving? Real and redemptive? Substantive, yet practical?
We aim to explore what have become known as our five non-negotiables—1) Jesus is the subject, Lord of all, Son of God and Son of Man; 2) the Holy Spirit and his empowerment to holiness; 3) that we have been called to be a catalyst for Christian unity; 4) the Great Commandments; and 5) the supremacy of Scripture.
But wait, there’s more. Additionally, there are sixteen doctrinal statements outlined in the Credentials Manual of the Church of God, approved by the General Assembly in 2019, which capture an exegesis of the Word embedded in our history and identity. How do these GA-approved assertions espouse our identity as individuals, local churches, the Church of God movement, and broader body of Christ?
Join us. Dig in with us. Dialogue with us. Dare to dive into a family discussion as we come face to face, once again, with our IDENTITY.
SAVE THE DATES
APRIL 26-28, 2022
Destiny Christian Fellowship
Destiny Christian Fellowship
JUNE 21-23, 2022
Madison Park Church of God
Madison Park Church of God
L O C A T I O N S
Speakers & Special Guests
Hosanna Wong is an author, Bible teacher, and spoken-word artist, sharing captivating stories of a powerful God with churches, conferences, prisons, and other venues around the country, year-round. She is passionate about empowering this
James Hume serves as worship arts pastor for Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, where he oversees a large multifaceted team of paid staff and volunteers. In addition to leading worship each week, James has found he has
a gifting in walking alongside others, patiently encouraging them to grow into the calling God has placed on their lives. James is known for leading through humility and taking a team approach while being open to, and welcoming, new thoughts and ideas. His greatest desire is for the worship experience to connect people to God, where they can experience the life-changing power of Jesus.
James and his wife Gretchen (Dreger) of 21 years, have four children, ages 10 to 19. His love of music seeps into every aspect of his life and, in his free time, you will often find him listening to other artists, not only for the enjoyment of it, but to challenge himself and hone his craft. With so many things moving online during the last year, James started a YouTube channel comprised of music and messages intended to bring encouragement and hope to others. James also loves to watch medical shows, try out new restaurants (mostly for the desserts!), and spend time with his family.
Convention 2021 in the News
By Carl Stagner Comfort is not the church’s mission; the advancement of the kingdom of God is its mission, and the kingdom of God is not comfortable. Sentiment shared by Erin Taylor at the opening of the first General Assembly session this year set the stage for the Spirit’s work throughout Convention 2021. Participating in […]
By Carl Stagner The General Assembly had already conducted its last business meeting of the 2021 session. Five main worship sessions had already taken place, featuring five impassioned speakers. Multiple electives, luncheons, and receptions had come and gone, as well, but there was one more gathering. Tuesday morning at Convention 2021 in Denver, Colorado, was […]
By Carl Stagner One of the first things God commanded when Joshua assumed leadership of the Israelites was, “Be strong and courageous.” On the third day of Convention 2021 and General Assembly, it seems the Lord was saying the same thing to the Church of God. Be strong and courageous! Or, in the familiar words […]
By Carl Stagner When Jesus shows up, tables will be overturned. Those who participated in person or online for Day 2 of Convention 2021 and General Assembly testify to this truth that transcends time and space to this very day. Sure, such tables today may not be literal, but they are no less troubling and […]
By Carl Stagner They came from Colorado, they came from the Carolinas. They came from this country, they came from beyond these borders. They arrived via automobile, plane, and train. And when they saw each other—sisters and brothers in Christ, following extended separation since the dawn of the pandemic—they smiled! They shook hands and embraced, […]
By Carl Stagner After a year of cancellations of camp meetings, conferences, and conventions across the Movement, June 2021 is already proving a welcome sight on the calendar. To participate in the long-awaited Convention 2021 and General Assembly, Church of God people from across the United States, Canada, and beyond have descended upon Denver, Colorado […]
By Carl Stagner “The Church of God is my family, and justice is my song.” The words of Kimberly Majeski ring true for many as the Movement gears up for Convention 2021 and General Assembly. When approached to fill an open slot in the Denver lineup, Kimberly jumped at the chance, already resonating with the […]