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“Regifting Jesus” Generates Excellent Response

December 31, 2012

Beyond Today Program, “Regifting Jesus,” Strikes Chord With Audience

A new Beyond Today program, “Regifting Jesus” hosted by Gary Petty, aired the week of December 23-29, 2012. We are pleased to report that this episode, featuring the subject of Christmas, produced an excellent 1,154 responses.

These results place this program in third overall place out of the 25 new and repeat programs aired so far this fiscal year. Please see the chart below that shows the current top ten programs.

BT Top 10

As always, we are very appreciative of your continuing prayers and support and pray that God will bless our ongoing United Church of God efforts to preach the gospel of His Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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December 31, 2012 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 2 Comments

New: Jelly Learns the Books of the Bible!

December 22, 2012

View this new short film from the United Church of God and the producers of Beyond Today television: “Jelly Learns the Books of the Bible.”

This catchy song will help our young ones memorize the books of the Bible in order! Teach your children this fun sing-along song as we study God’s Word.

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Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services.

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 5 Comments

KOG Bible Seminars Report

December 17, 2012

KINGDOM OF GOD BIBLE SEMINARS

FIRST SERIES REPORT

kingdom-of-god-seminarA report on the first series of our Kingdom of God Bible Seminars was delivered to the Council of Elders on December 12. Peter Eddington gave the Council a handout that showed a total of 5,680 seminar guests were in attendance at more than 200 locations around the globe.

Here is a breakdown on guest attendance for each round of the series:

September 2011 Round 1 176 Locations 1,514
January 2012 Round 2 190 Locations 1,653
May 2012 Round 3 206 Locations 1,258
September 2012 Round 4 181 Locations 1,255
TOTAL 5,680 

Below is a listing of cities with the top five guest attendance figures for each round. As you will note, the developing areas of the world most often showed the highest interest in the gospel of the Kingdom of God:

Round 1

  1. 52     San Antonio, TX
  2. 50     Santiago, Chile
  3. 35     Davao City, Philippines
  4. 33     Got Kachola, Kenya
  5. 33     Ogembo-Rianyamwamu, Kenya

Round 2

  1. 110    Manila, Philippines
  2. 57     Davao City, Philippines
  3. 42     Bacolod, Philippines
  4. 42     Melbourne, Australia
  5. 40     Sydney, Australia

Round 3

  1. 117    Manila, Philippines
  2. 58     Bacolod City, Philippines
  3. 43     Mexico City, Mexico
  4. 34     San Carlos City, Philippines
  5. 32     Bolivia

Round 4

  1. 125    San Carlos City, Philippines
  2. 108   Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. 96     Manila, Philippines
  4. 76     Capetown, South Africa
  5. 49     Davao City, Philippines

We have people now regularly attending Sabbath services with us as a result of the seminars, and a number of baptisms have stemmed from the seminars too. It can be considered a success if even just one or two guests graced our congregation’s doorstep who otherwise would not have attended. We were successful in getting them out of their homes to come and hear the gospel of the Kingdom. note taking bible computer

Jesus Christ, as the Head of His Church, has a plan for each person. While numbers are not everything, results do help us measure our efforts. And, while God’s Church will be a small flock (Luke 12:32), there was a very encouraging number of guests in many cities.

Recommendations for Next Series

Dennis Luker, president of the United Church of God, an International Association, gave his support to the Kingdom of God Bible Seminars program moving forward. The Council of Elders agreed with the approach put forth. Here are a few details on the next series:

  • We will keep the “Kingdom of God Bible Seminars” brand and theme, but offer a specific topic under the title. For example: “The Sabbath: A Key to the Kingdom of God.”
  • Rather than produce a detailed script for each new seminar, we may choose a relevant UCG booklet to use as core material. For example, Sunset to Sunset: God’s Sabbath Rest. The presenters can choose which section or chapter of the booklet they’d like to focus on. The ucg.org website also provides a valuable resource for presenters to use in developing their presentations.
  • Have two seminars per year, instead of three.
  • Choose the months of June and November each year for seminars, with pastors having the flexibility to work as they see best within this timeline.
  • Due to budget constraints, use regular Sabbath service halls to avoid additional hall rental. And use local funding for seminar advertising (letters, postcards, etc.) that is not part of the home office budget subsidy.
  • Proposed Topics:
  • Format:
    • Opening Prayer
    • 1 Seminar (60 min.)
    • Closing Prayer

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    • If desired, abbreviated 60-minute Sabbath service either before or afterwards with hymns, prayers and one sermon or split sermon.

We are looking forward very much to our next round of seminars and are asking pastors to choose their seminar dates as soon as possible and get them listed on our website. A number of our readers and viewers are already looking for the next seminar to be held in their city—and they check our website regularly hoping to sign up to attend. So the sooner our presenters get their seminar dates listed the better.

Thank you for your prayers for the ongoing success and God’s blessing on this part of our work to preach the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

December 17, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, President's Office | , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

145,000 Responses To “Beyond Today” TV

December 12, 2012

Beyond Today Television Results

Since the inception of the United Church of God’s Beyond Today television program, we have received more than 145,00 direct responses asking for the literature offered. This figure does not include the many website visitors that go online immediately upon viewing the program to read more about the topic.

The chart below shows results for each year since 2006. We are experiencing a very encouraging increase year-to-year. In addition, we are pleased to report that dozens of baptisms and new attendees have resulted from those who first found out about the gospel of the Kingdom of God from our television effort.

Please see the rise in responses year-to-year from 2006 through 2012 in the following chart:

Beyond Today Results

Beyond Today TV Results
2006-2012

  • Beyond Today television airs nationwide on WGN America  and the WORD Network. (We end our contract with World Harvest Network, METV and FETV on December 31 due to budget cuts.) We are on an additional two dozen cable-access stations sponsored by members. Please visit our station listing page for times and channels that include the United States, Canada and Australia.
  • In addition, Beyond Today has it’s own YouTube channel and we have had 2.4 million views of our programs and video blogs.
  • We are now in the process of creating a public Roku channel for Beyond Today.

The top response program so far this fiscal year is “Middle East Family Feud” by Darris McNeely that aired the week of November 11-17; followed by “You Are What You Eat” by Steve Myers that aired the week of September 16-12.

In years past, the Church of God always capitalized on the emerging media of the time—whether it was the printed word, radio or television. Today it is no different, and so areas that we are tapping into more effectively include television and streaming and on-demand video.

Television is an important part of our three-fold media mix that includes our printed literature and our website. Please continue to remember the work of preaching the gospel of God’s Kingdom in your daily prayers.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

December 12, 2012 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Millions Visit United Church of God Website

4 Million Visits for 2012!

December 11, 2012

The United Church of God, an International Association’s, primary website at www.ucg.org is on track to complete the calendar year with an average of 1 million unique visitors per quarter, for a total of 4 million visits in 2012.

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UCG.ORG Unique Visitors
Per Quarter and TOTAL 2006-2012

As the above graph shows, since the combining of our websites under ucg.org in May of 2011, we are seeing a very dramatic and continual climb in visitors to our site. The month of November, 2012, saw the highest number of visitors on record! (December 2012 visitors are projected into the 4Q figure above.)

As we continue to enhance the online visit experience for our users, we expect to see this positive trend continue into 2013. Thank you for your support and prayers for this very important aspect of our work in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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December 11, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Bible Study: A Place Called Armageddon

December 10, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, December 12. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

The series on the book of Revelation continues with chapters 15 and 16. Hear about the seven angels having the seven last plagues as they pour out their bowls, and learn about the “place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”

Join us for in-depth study into these topics and more on Wednesday. Presenters will be Steve Myers and Randy Stiver.

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

December 10, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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