PRE-CONVENTION 2019 ELECTIVES WORTH EARLY ARRIVAL

Exhausted from the Christmas season or sleep-deprived from staying awake until the ball dropped, you may have slept in until eight, nine, or noon on New Year’s Day. With the close of 2018, we enter the year of the highly anticipated international Church of God Convention and General Assembly. Though the event officially kicks off on Thursday evening, June 27, the life-giving activities are actually scheduled throughout the daytime hours. Get a good night’s rest the night before, because you won’t want to sleep in past the variety of pre-convention electives sure to make your #GiveLife2019 experience even more valuable. All this before Jim Lyon and Natalie Grant take the stage to welcome guests from across the country and around the world to Orlando, Florida.

Ever wondered if your congregation really understands why they exist or where they’re going? Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will lead a Thursday morning session about practical implementation of church transformation as described in the second chapter of Acts. Also on Thursday morning, Global Strategy will offer two electives: one, to advance missions education and provide mission-trip training; and, the other, to reveal how churches at home and abroad experienced a pilot program last year called Pentecost Life: The Spirit Still Speaks. At the same time, military chaplains are encouraged to attend a conference with retired Navy/Marine Corps chaplain and military endorser Gary Carr, which will last until 3:00 in the afternoon.

A second timeslot has been designated for pre-convention electives—1:30 in the afternoon. Following a break for lunch, plan to join Mark Bane, director of evangelism and new church development for the USA/Canada Region Church of the Nazarene, for a workshop with a provocative title: “Church Planting Made Easy!” Will you have missed Global Strategy’s Andrew Gale discussing missions education and mission trip readiness? No problem. At 1:30, he’ll lead the same conference he led in the morning. Also in the afternoon, a guest speaker will host a gathering all about pertinent missions issues facing the globe, including ideas about how the Church of God can continue to be “on the cutting edge” of global work.

Have you registered for CHOG Convention 2019 and General Assembly? Early-bird pricing is only available through March 1 at www.chogconvention.org. There you’ll also find a more detailed daily schedule, list of speakers, and information about children’s programming and lodging.

 

PRE-CONVENTION ELECTIVES • JUNE 27, 2019

10:00 AM  ELECTIVES


Understanding the World We Live In: Missions Education and Trip Training

Andrew Gale

Do you want to increase your church’s awareness of what’s happening in the world? Do you want to give your church tools to understand the global church? Recent research has shown that most people who go on mission trips do not experience life change. The one factor that affects this is whether the person has done pre- and post-trip training. In this session, you will be given FREE curriculum that can be used as trip training material for mission trips or simply as a class curriculum in missions education.

Pentecost Life: The Spirit Still Speaks

In 2019, the Church of God was given the opportunity to engage in Pentecost Life, a Global Strategy initiative to educate and involve the church in God’s work in the world. Pentecost was a singular day in the life of the disciples, yet Pentecost is so much more than a single event on a single day. The burst of Pentecost continues to ripple across history, transforming lives. The Spirit continues to fill, to call, and to send. Come and hear stories from both the global church and local churches involved in the Pentecost Life initiative.

Acts 2 Journey to Church Health

Alton Garrison

This session will explain how implementing the functions of the Acts 2 church (connect, grow, serve, go, worship) can strengthen a church to be fueled by vision, become outward-focused, and more missional. The Acts 2 Journey Cohort is a yearlong process of discovery, discernment, and development that builds on the strengths of the congregation to learn from the past and envision the future. A church experiencing the Acts 2 Journey Cohort can expect to have adequate answers to ten questions:

  • Why does this church exist?
  • Where are we going?
  • How should we behave?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we engage new people?
  • How will we treat them when they arrive?
  • How will we disciple them?
  • How will we train them to serve?
  • How will we inspire them to be missional (locally, globally)?
  • How will we help them encounter God?

Spiritual Leadership: Living Our Call, Loving Our Service Members

Gary Carr
Military Chaplains ONLY

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Sub-topics on this theme include:

The chaplain as pastor, as well as public theologian.
The chaplain discerning God’s leading in the midst of crisis and disaster.
The chaplain’s personal life, 24/6.
Armed forces chaplains are, at their core, ministers of the gospel. For ministers to grow, they need to engage in a time of spiritual reflection and insight to address the quality of ministry they are providing. Since the ministry setting is so vastly different than a congregation, their unique call to ministry involves a focus on multicultural/multi-faith awareness, operating in a fast-paced industrial workplace, responding frequently to pastoral crises, and imposing extensive demands on the family. Retired Navy/Marine Corps chaplain and military endorser Gary Carr will discuss the minister’s personal life and the lasting impact a minister has on a military unit as the resident theologian.

1:30 PM ELECTIVES


Understanding the World We Live In: Missions Education and Trip Training

Andrew Gale

Do you want to increase your church’s awareness of what’s happening in the world? Do you want to give your church tools to understand the global church? Recent research has shown that most people who go on mission trips do not experience life change. The one factor that affects this is whether the person has done pre- and post-trip training. In this session, you will be given FREE curriculum that can be used as trip training material for mission trips or simply as a class curriculum in missions education.

Church Planting Made Easy

Mark Bane

This presentation will give participants current effective tools, real life contemporary stories, and practical methods to assist the average judicatory, the average church, and the average Christian to plant churches of all kinds, in all places, for all kinds of people.

Missions Issues in the World

Join Global Strategy and their guest speaker in this session about missions issues in the world and how our movement can continue to be on the cutting edge of global work.

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