Brief Report: Second Day of Ministerial Conference
February 2, 2011
Monday, Feb. 1: Leadership and Advancing the Work
The second day of meetings began by tackling the subject of leadership by “Looking to Christ.” Dennis Luker (president), Roy Holladay, Gary Antion and Victor Kubik addressed various facets of the definition of Christ-centered servant leadership. Following the example of Jesus Christ as He led by serving, and cultivating the heart and character of a true servant, was greatly expounded upon. Discussion ensued on the traits needed as we identify and develop spiritual gifts among the elders and members for the service of the Body of Christ.
During regional breakout sessions elders and wives shared ways to promote service among the congregations in the United States and around the world. Stories of the ways in which God has provided leadership, speakers, translation skills, funds and other necessities in all of these regions were encouraging. The positive and spiritually energizing atmosphere of the first day of meetings was carried through to the second day. The unity of purpose at this conference was present and palpable.
The second part of the conference theme, “Advancing the Work,” filled the second half of the day. Melvin Rhodes, chairman, set the spiritual tone for proclamation efforts by drawing attention to Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”—emphasizing our commitment to do whatever it takes to proclaim God’s message to the world.
Following his address were presentations by Media and Communications Services operation manager Peter Eddington, and many of the department’s personnel—including Internet manager Aaron Booth and the editors of several United Church of God publications. The presentations covered our progress and future plans for television, the Internet and print. The redesigned UCG Web site was previewed, and an exciting plan to hold public lectures this year in church areas across the United States was discussed. The brethren are specifically asked to pray for this project and all proclamation efforts.
President Dennis Luker drew the day to a close with an admonition to look to Jesus Christ as the leader of the Church—focusing on the theme of Philippians 4:13, “that we may be able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
Peter Eddington and Amanda Stiver—Media and Communications Services