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Member Letter From President

June 18, 2010

A member letter from UCG’s interim president, Roy Holladay, was completed today. It is available on our member’s Web site, and a PDF version can be obtained from this blog right now.

The letter contains important updates on the Church’s media outreach to preach the gospel, news on the selection of the next United Church of God, an International Association, president, plus more.

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June 18, 2010 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Council of Elders, Home Office, Media and Communications, President's Office |

12 Comments »

  1. What were the results of the programs to date from the other stations? What were the key learnings? If the test results were good then the jump seems logical, but if they were bad, would it be better to wait until a program would test well before this commitment is made?

    Comment by Rhonda Waddle | June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Rhonda–

      Your concern and prudence are commendable. However, let me suggest that the biggest test that the Beyond Today telecast airing on WGN (or anywhere else for that matter)will need to pass is not with the viewers (most of whom are zombied out on whatever video content is running as a kind of video-enhanced soundtrack for their living space) but rather with God and Jesus Christ.

      If the presenters and their supporting staffs are intent on serving God and not just building their own or some corporate resume. (Mar 9:33-37)

      If the entire credentialed ministry and their elected Council are truly yearning to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and repentance from sin to the world. (Matt 4:17, Mar 1:15, Mar 6:7-12, Ac 3:12-21, Ac 20:21)

      Most importantly of all, if the collective brethren who make up the base of participatory and financial support for the UCGIA Inc as well as its ordained ministry corporate members turn to God and ask Him to convict them of their own sins and grant them repentance from such sins as God shows them (II Cor. 7:9-12, Phil 3:7-15, Heb 12:6-10, Rev 2:5, 2:16, 2:22,3:3, 3:19)

      Then these programs on this channel will be blessed of God regardless of the improbability of such an occurrance. Otherwise, its just so much striving after wind.

      This new development gives God a teachable moment to communicate with everybody involved more exactly what He thinks of the UCGIA Inc. and its supporting brethren. (Ps 139:23-24)

      Who will listen to such instruction as God might see fit to communicate is still the most important unanswered question of this entire venture.

      Tim McCaulley
      Jacksonville FL

      Comment by Tim McCaulley | June 18, 2010 | Reply

      • Tim,

        I appreciate your thoughts, but isn’t the purpose of the TV to connect with viewers and not because the presenters are trying hard – there may be more effective methods of “trying hard.”

        The Bible is replete with examples of being prudent yet stepping out in faith. The tests would illustrate whether this is the correct path to take versus some other paths that could be taken.

        I am sure like every other member we pray for people to learn the truth. In our church area our pool is used for the baptism and it is exciting and truly moving when we get the opportunity to participate.

        I am looking forward to seeing the results.

        Rhonda

        Comment by Rhonda Waddle | June 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Rhonda–

      Thanks for your reply to my reply. Let me say something that might seem shocking at first. I disagree with your coclusions–

      The purpose of our work is not to “connect with people”, though we certainly should strive to be all things to all people that by such efforts some might be won. (I Cor 9:19-23).

      Whether the presenters or everybody else for that matter “tries hard” will not be the critical determining factor of the success of the UCGIA Inc. in proclaming the Gospel to the world, though whatever thing we do ought to be with all our might and with the wise counsel that enables us to work smart and not just hard. (Eccl 9:10, Prov 11:14, 15:22, 24:6)

      Our prayers for more people to “learn the truth” are also of minimal importance though we are instructed to pray for God’s Work and that without ceasing. (Lu 10:1-2, Lu 18:1-8)

      I believe our biggest job as supporting brethren or ordained ministry corporate members is to model repentance in our dealings with each other as well as to our individual and collective world at large. Without this all the rest–glitzy web sites, well-written literature, or cutting-edge broadcasting is all superfluous.

      We cannot effectively teach that which we do not know AND model in our individual and collective lives. On the evidence of the past 15 years we of the UCGIA Inc. have a lot of repenting and spiritual growing left to do before we can be entrusted with both the honor and responsibility of caring for God’s “little ones”.

      If you have them, look over back issues of our periodicals and search our published literature and look for all the examples where we have warned our nation of the consequences of their sins. (Ezek 33:1-8)

      For even more embarassment, search the voluminous sermon libraries of our many internet sites and see how many messages the minstry have preached to the brethren doing the same. (Isa 58:1-2)

      Until we get much more serious about repentance in our own lives, how can God use us to assist Him in bringing repentance to the lives of others?

      Tim McCaulley,
      JAcksonville FL

      Comment by Tim McCaulley | June 21, 2010 | Reply

      • Hello Tim,

        I would agree with whole heartedly with your thoughts on repentance and moving forward. We should be as a “light set upon a hill.”

        When I thought about your message, I was trying to think of examples/scriptures where we are to pray that others know the truth. It isn’t in the model prayer and I could not think of any other examples. The one that you gave is praying is for laborers – not the harvest that God produces!! (This warrants more study on my part).

        But the purpose of TV – is to connect with viewers or why would we be doing that tactic? The Council should be authorizing this in the wisest most prudent manner. That is why it is important that the program to have tested well in smaller areas before a large financial commitment is made.

        I am anxiously awaiting the results.
        In case I sound like a broken record I spent 7 years at The Coca-Cola Company doing many things including analysis of focus groups and the effectiveness of marketing plans (which almost always included media).

        Rhonda

        Comment by Rhonda Waddle | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thank you for this encouraging and uplifting letter. It is indeed sobering when a well respected publication uses similar phrasing as we in the Church of God have used for many years. As to the WGN America! news, let’s go through this open door with a high hand.

    I’d also like to thank the Council for making such good progress in the search for a new president. I will pray for all four of these very fine gentlemen. Keep up the good work.

    Now it is my turn to be steadfast in prayer and supplication which I fully intent to do.

    Comment by Deborah Barr | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. I believe the decision to air “Beyond Today” on WGN and its many affliates is a good sound decision. In the past “Beyond Today” was aired on [pittiful] local cable in many areas which was a “Good experiment in utter-Futility” to say that we were doing something.I do remember the former “World Tomorrow” programs which were a constant barrage of the air waves when you could listen to HWA in the sixties from 6PM until 11PM daily which had good results.That era was like the time of “Solomons Temple” in-its-glory.The decision by the Elders is a good one going “Big Time” This is a little like a “Bill Board” in the face WHICH WILL BE NOTICED! The “Work of the Ministry” must ultimately go beyond the innernet to preach the Gospel beyond the trenches of the innernet [or armchairs inc!] and then “Over the Top” [in WW1 lingo]. If this does not produce fruit… then do something else! As also the “Middle East in prophesy’ booklet in Arabic is the way to go.

    Comment by Jim Lapp | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. After reading that letter from Mr. Holliday and noting that we would soon be having the “Beyond Today” program on the WGN America superstation, I had to turn on my Dish Network onscreen program guide to see what program on Sunday mornings it would be replacing.

    Needless to say, I was tickled pink when I saw that the Sunday 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time slot on that station is one they are currently airing half-hour “infomercials” on! (The one they have scheduled for June 21, 2010, is for the “Rosetta Stone” foreign-language program course.)

    You see, back in the “glory days” of our former affiliation, we had “The World Tomorrow” TV program on 382 stations, including two broadcast stations in my local area of that time. Then, in efforts to “improve business efficiency” in the organization, the program was dropped from first one station, and then the other — and in both cases, the affected stations filled “The World Tomorrow’s” former time period with half-hour “infomercials”!

    So, with this announcement, I say “PRAISE THE LORD — WE’VE COME FULL CIRCLE!!!”

    Comment by Michael Brandenburg | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. Why would Mr. Holladay even be on this list when the general council of elders voted him off?

    Comment by Betty Lynch | June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • I could make an argument about all the big things that have happened in UCG since he became Interim President (Arabic booklet, WGN, etc.). But I’m not really taking sides for one finalist or another.

      At least Betty and I both have something to pray about over the next few days — don’t we?🙂

      Comment by Richard | June 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Betty Mr Holladay was not voted off, his term was up. He was in the hat for re-election to the council and others were chosen. Many have not been re-elected, voted off is a negative spin on it. His term was up, he is serving out the term he was last elected for. His name is on the list as he has been selected by the GCE and also by a council member as someone they would like to see as President. I think his name has been in the hat for a seat on the council 5 times and 4 times he has been selected and on one occasion when his term ended and he was selected as President he didn’t go for re-election due to conflict of interest.

      Comment by paul spenser | June 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. I for one am thrilled that we will be on WGN in the very near future and am looking forward to seeing how the programs will look at that point. I was able to recently tour the remodeled backdrop in the studio and am very excited about the future studio setup where I understand they will have a separate sound booth to improve audio quality among other things. I’m praying for the success of the programs and can hardly wait to see how everything turns out!

    Comment by Ray Prater | June 19, 2010 | Reply


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