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Agenda For Ministerial Conference Announced

January 24, 2011

Today, Dennis Luker provided the UCG ministry the latest draft of the agenda for the Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 ministerial conference to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there may still be some minor changes, this will help our ministry in their plans for the conference.

You may view it here. Click on the image below:

January 24, 2011 - Posted by | Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders, President's Office | , , ,


  1. It looks like a great conference agenda–it covers all the bases as well as where we go from here.

    Comment by nathanalbright | January 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. Will any of this be webcasted?

    Comment by John D Carmack | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • John, a webcast feed will be provided to those elders who cannot attend in person.

      Comment by United Church of God | January 26, 2011 | Reply

      • But will we (UCG members) be able to view the webcasts?

        Comment by Robert | January 29, 2011 | Reply

        • Some of the discussions will be archived for viewing by everyone later, but not live.

          Comment by United Church of God | January 29, 2011

  3. Almost all of the churches don’t use the new branding sites. Either they don’t know how to use them, don’t want to take the time to do it or don’t want to.

    Perhaps you should find out the reasons. If the ministers post their sermons it is easy to see if they are properly serving their congregations. If they won’t do it, what are they hiding?

    Comment by William D. May | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • i think part of the reason is they don’t have the technical know-how in the congregation to do it.
      I have found very few that doesn’t have the location of services listed–which is vital for a newcomer or traveler to know if they can come or not.

      Comment by karin | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • As the person in charge of my congregation’s website, I can tell you that it is not a hard thing to do to join in with the UCG branded system. And as one who regularly downloads sermons from other such sites, I can tell you that it is such a blessing to have access to such a treasure trove of sermons! But, I also know of congregations who have long established local websites that have not joined in to the branded system because the ones they have developed work so well to serve their local congregations. One such site is the UCGpdx site (Portland, OR) .. it is a beautiful site, and serves its members well. And I can assure you, the pastor has nothing to hide ..

      Comment by Robin W. | January 24, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you for sharing Mr.Lucker.

    Comment by giannina47 | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. we’re praying for the success of this conference.

    Comment by dave | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. Good agenda but I’d like to see added to the “9 a.m. – 12:30 •What happened and why? (Luker/Rhodes) & lessons learned”
    “How to prevent/curtail this incident from happening again”

    Comment by Daniel | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. I agree with Nathan, the agenda looks great.

    Please consider why you allow comments at these updates. In an earlier update concerning the conference you indicated there would be a webcast, but only for elders. At that time I asked if the webcast could be made available for members as well. The question was ignored. Above, John asks if any of the conference would be webcasted. Again, the question has been ignored.

    As I’m sure is known, the new church did webcast their conference to elders and members.

    When questions are asked and ignored it comes across to thinking people as rude.

    If you don’t want comments and questions of substance please say so. Especially questions that would only require a very short reply. Thanks!

    Comment by Jim Butler | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Jim,
      At the moment, the plan is still to provide the webcast only to those elders who cannot attend in person. Sorry for the delay in responding.

      Comment by United Church of God | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  8. I too would like to be able to listen via webcast.

    However, I realize there is a fundamental difference between the new group and UCG. The new group’s conference was primarily a planned sales event for those who were listening to them and were not yet convinced it was the right thing to do to follow them. Some went undecided to listen, became convinced and never realized the need to hear the other side before reaching a conclusion. The other group was successful with many in this catagory. In the aftermath of this conference they have added by trying to convince any that would go back and forth that somehow they are taking a risk to compare the two groups.

    UCG has a very different task and that is to educate the ministry, so we don’t make the same mistakes again, and plan how to recover from the blow that was delivered.

    But I would also point out that Acts 15 was open.

    Comment by Gary Jacques | January 27, 2011 | Reply

    • That is interesting as I listened and heard none of that. Sales event? It seems as Christians that we are being very judgmental when we make remarks like these. It is not our own opinion but that of Christ’s that matters. It did not sway me either way – it is my faith that leads me. We need to stop being critical of them – no one is blameless and we all have had to look inwards to see what we are made of.

      Comment by Carrie | January 31, 2011 | Reply

  9. Thank you for posting the agenda for the upcoming conference. We pray for God’s guidance in all that is said and done.

    Comment by Bill Dimovski | January 28, 2011 | Reply

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