Bill Neece: NAC 2012 Tuesday Evening Speaker

 In All Church of God, NAC: North American Convention


By Carl Stagner

From Sumter, South Carolina, comes a dynamic evangelist with sixty-six years of ministry experience. For thirty-eight years, Bill Neece served as Church of God pastor, and for an additional twenty-eight years, he’s traveled the length and breadth of the country communicating the truth of the gospel at revivals and camp meetings. His heart’s desire is to carry out the Great Commission with vigor and clarity as long as he has breath. On Tuesday, June 26, at 7:00 PM, Neece will deliver a message centered on refreshing our relationship with the community.

Neece was born into a Church of God family and gave his heart to Christ at age fifteen. Just three years later, he accepted God’s call to the ministry. A few months after that, he was drafted into the army during World War II. Following three years in the service, he enrolled at Anderson College and preached his way through, filling the pulpit at evangelistic meetings in several states. His ministry experience has been further enriched by speaking at the North American Convention ten times since 1953 and by serving as a trustee of Anderson University for fifteen years.

His enthusiasm for sharing Christ within and beyond our communities is powerful. “My heart’s concern has always been to pray, labor, and look to God for a true spiritual revival to be experienced again in the body of Christ,” Neece says, “resulting in a genuine spiritual awakening in our society. I believe this is the only hope for the church and for America.” Neece does not want to keep this enthusiasm to himself—he longs for the body of Christ to fully embrace evangelism. “I am praying that God will help me to challenge Christians to get a new fire burning in their hearts and that they will commit themselves to become soul-winners and get personally involved in helping to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord.”

True transformation of culture is possible when the Great Commission is emphasized, but revival must begin with individuals. “I believe that our culture will never be transformed until the hearts and lives of our people are transformed by the grace of God and the power of his Spirit. This must be the focus!”

Neece emphasizes the importance of renewing our individual and collective efforts toward relational connectivity. NAC is an opportunity to refresh our relationship with our Lord, our church, and our community. Carrying out the mission of the church is much more effective when the church is united in purpose. Neece explains, “We can do together what we could never do alone.”

If you’re not quite persuaded that NAC is worth the time and resources, read what Bill Neece has to say about this annual gathering of the Church of God: “I have been coming to the Anderson camp meeting since 1946, and here are some of the benefits—hearing and being challenged by godly men and women as they proclaim the word of God; meeting old friends and making new ones from many parts of the world; learning what God is doing in the lives of other believers and churches; praying with other believers for a mighty visitation of God in true revival and blessing.”

For more information and to register for NAC 2012, visit www.chog.org/NAC or call toll free 800-848-2464, ext. 2130.

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