Welcome to the Global Gathering!
On behalf of the Global Gathering Planning Committee, we welcome you to this very special time in the life of the Church of God. Members of the Planning Committee first met in June 2010 and began to dream of the exciting possibilities that a gathering of our global brothers and sisters would mean to the future of the church. This week we are rejoicing in this dream come to pass.
The Global Gathering promises to be a tremendous time in the life of the church. We are “Standing Together” to meet the needs of a changing world longing for Christ’s love. My life has been personally expanded beyond belief because my life with God has been woven together with dear brothers and sisters from a great variety of cultures. I rejoice in my global friendships. Many of you can also testify to the power of this strong connection.
Over the next few days, you will continue, or begin, your journey of global friendships. “Standing Together: Being the Body of Christ in a Changing World” is the theme around which three major worship experiences, one plenary session, and one planned opportunity to connect with global friends will be offered each day. There will be many other opportunities to form friendships—over a bit of food shared, a prayer time together, or a conversation about your family, how God is at work in your community, and where he is leading us, as the Church of God in the coming years.
Please join us for as many activities as you can. You will have many opportunities to fellowship with our global family. Check your program book each day to maximize your experience with your family this week. Above all, please pray for God’s Spirit to manifest in such a way that all hearts would be receptive to the transformational work of the Lord in our church and in our world.