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Victor Kubik: Ministerial Services News

May 13, 2010

We trust this update will find you having a good work week so far. Life can be hectic, and so thankfully, the Sabbath is approaching once again. Here are some brief highlights of our work in Ministerial Services of late:

Feast of Tabernacles Planning:

Over the past few weeks we have been compiling data on where our local church elders are going for the Feast. Some of our Feast sites are well-staffed, while others are not. We hope to encourage some to fill in where there are needs.

We also notified our elders that there are international sites with special needs that can be filled by elders who may want to make a challenging trip to such a site. It will be challenging as there will be plenty of opportunities to speak and take care of other Feast duties. We have noticed a marked decline in transfer requests overseas, both for ministers and members alike.

We are looking to fill requests for ministers in the following countries:

  1. Australia
  2. France
  3. India
  4. Kenya
  5. Malaysia
  6. New Zealand
  7. South Africa

Leadership Workshop September 2-6, 2010

One of the most valuable ministerial educational programs has been the Leadership Workshop held over the Labor Day Weekend. The workshop will start September 2 and continue through Labor Day, September 6.  This year we anticipate 15 men in addition to their wives to come to the home office for these classes. Subjects for this workshop will include:

  • Leadership in the Church
  • Importance of Sound Doctrine
  • The Heart of a Leader
  • Pride and Humility
  • History of the United Church of God
  • Appreciating Differences—Understanding Yourself and Others
  • Being All Things to All People
  • Various Speaking instructions
  • And more….

Over the life of this program 50 men have been ultimately ordained and 24 hired full-time into the Work of God. It has been very successful.

Upcoming Travel

After Pentecost I plan to visit  in two areas. I would like to visit recently widowed Leroy Neff in Big Sandy, Texas. Then I plan to visit with Harold Rhodes in Pensacola, Florida, who has been hospitalized the past four months.

All the best for the upcoming Sabbath,

Victor Kubik—Interim Operation Manager, Ministerial Services

May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office, Ministerial Services |


  1. Leadership is a comody the Church needs urgently the longer we exist and when we experience ultimate growth.
    I would like to ask a question about procedures and official policy of the “United Church of God.

    #1. What happened to “Servant Leadership”? I now longer hear it mentioned. What we do hear in the field is the target of 35 year olds which is understandable as who would like to train an old horse? I don’t know many 35 year olds in the church since 1995 era when the youth then were lead away either by ignorance, deception or bad decisions.I am well beyond 35 years old… actually 65! Many brethren do serve the brethren and don’t desire a title which from experience and observations [since 1995] can cause pride and sorrow for God the Fathers heritage… The Church.

    #2 We have also heard recently the old put down “If you have been in the Church a long time and not giving Sermonettes… You are not serving”.”True Lies from the pulpet”?

    #3 Some say the the ABC programe is a preacher training school. I believe it to be a resource for the youth to become bonded with the Church.Having a preacher mill is most dangerous. Anyone can learn the doctrine, develope speaking skills and be smooth as milk shake and even have all the leader ship traits except character which cements it together.Leaders can be credentialed.A leader who is a shepherd is a rare and valuable comody to be noted.The mold for the “Shepherd “is often discarded after a single use of if saved… “Despised as not being Authorative enough” to be of any use in the Church.It all goes back to James and John and the pleading mother who wanted a choice place at the rite hand of Jesus in the Kingdom for her sons.Character is a topic I believe we don’t yet get!The lack of character makes all else futility in persuit of hot air.

    I believe Leadership training is necessary and hope and pray for your success.
    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Jim, I don’t know where you heard #2. But there are some ministers (I have no idea how many) who use their discernment in determining who speaks during services and who does not.

      It could be based on speaking skills — or whom the Pastor trusts to “stay on message” in a sermonette, as opposed to saying things the Pastor has to clarify later.

      Comment by R.L. | May 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hello Mr. Kubik,
    I am glad to hear that you will be visiting Mr. Leroy Neff and Mr. Herold Rhodes after Pentecost.

    Comment by Reggie Warren | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. I am sorry to say this, but I will not be at McCormicks Creek Park for Pentecost. My son and his wife have decided to return to South Carolina on Sunday (They were going to bring me over to the park). Please tell Beverly “Hello” for me and let Linda Bushert know (in the event that I do not get a chance to speak to her. Thank you.

    Comment by Beverly Rockwell | May 21, 2010 | Reply

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