Kingdom of God Seminars
February 11, 2011
[The following financial update from Media and Communications Services is excerpted from the Ministerial Newsletter of February 10, 2011]
As reported during the ministerial conference on Feb. 1, a joint project between Ministerial and Member Services and Media and Communications Services is being planned in the form of public Kingdom of God Bible Seminars.
Starting during the summer of 2011, the Church will schedule public seminars in 50 U.S. cities where we have a healthy Good News magazine subscriber list and an established United Church of God congregation.
Here is an outline for how these will most likely be rolled out. We are still in the planning stages, and so some elements may change, but this is the overall plan at this point.
The Good News Kingdom of God Bible Seminars will:
- Be held every four months simultaneously in 50 U.S. locations. (In addition, international offices may be able to “piggy back” off the U.S. media and advertising effort, especially since the Sabbath seminar will be advertised in the Good News magazine and on our Web site.)
- Be advertised through The Good News, the Internet and our Beyond Today television program.
- Consist of three 50-minute segments in a seminar format to be held on the Sabbath, with members serving a light lunch and interacting with the public. This format was used successfully in 2008 in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, with 200 nonmembers in attendance.
- The content will adhere closely to Jesus Christ’s gospel of the Kingdom message as outlined in Mark 1:14-15: “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”
- The time is fulfilled (Campaign 1, three 50-minute seminars).
- The Kingdom is at hand (Campaign 2, three 50-minute seminars).
- Repent (Campaign 3, three 50-minute seminars).
- Believe the gospel (Campaign 4, three 50-minute seminars).
- The speakers will be qualified, experienced pastors, elders and deacons who are capable presenters.
- The home office will provide the seminar outlines and PowerPoint presentations for the presenters to use throughout the 12 seminars. The outlines may be customized, provided they still adhere to the Mark 1 theme.
- The public will never be invited to “join the church” or give money during the lectures. Any desire to attend will be initiated by the attendees.
- The pastor and/or local presenter will follow up with an e-mail message to attendees the following Monday morning.
- The process will repeat with the next seminar four months later.
These seminars will be a way in which our most highly motivated readers and viewers will be able to learn the truths of the Kingdom of God in face-toface meetings with an authorized representative of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the success of this seminar campaign, and for the work being done at this stage to create the outlines and lecture material. It promises to be a very good program to combine the efforts of the whole Church—the media department, our ministerial leadership, our pastors and elders, and all of our membership.
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services