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Brief Report: Second Day of Ministerial Conference

February 2, 2011

Monday, Feb. 1: Leadership and Advancing the Work

Victor Kubik addresses the conference

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.

Elders and wives, numbering 340, listen to Roy Holladay

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

February 2, 2011 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders, Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , ,


  1. Different subject, but in regard to the severe weather.. are the majority of the ministers staying in Cincinnati for the time being? Were they able to stay in the hotel accommodations?

    Comment by Jim Gillespie | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • About two-dozen elders and wives are staying an extra night or two at the hotel because of delayed flights or dangerous driving conditions north of Cincinnati. They have been graciously accommodated and have been invited to sit in on the Council of Elders meetings on Wednesday.

      Comment by United Church of God | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. May Almighty God bless every effort of the United Church of God International
    Association as it continues to preach the beloved gospel of our elder brother Jesus Christ all over the world.

    Comment by Ramon Soto | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  3. We must continue to CRY OUT LOUD, HE WILL PREPARE THE WAY THROUGH US AND OPEN THE GATES FOR US as the prophet Isaiah has said saying, “……But he who puts his TRUST in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain, and one shall say, “Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, take the stumbling block out of the way of My people (Isaiah 57:13-14).” And in another place he has proclaimed, saying, “Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people, build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a BANNER for the peoples………..(Isaiah 62:10-12).”

    “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise, your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies, your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp, from the prey, my son, you have gone up, he bows down, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who shall rouse him? The SCEPTER SHALL NOT DEPART FROM JUDAH, NOR A LAWGIVER FROM BETWEEN HIS FEET, UNTIL SHILOH (Y’SHUA) COMES, AND TO HIM SHALL BE THE OBEDIENCE OF THE PEOPLE, binding His donkey to the vine, and His donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed His garments in wine, and His clothes in the blood of grapes, His eyes are darker than wine, and His teeth whiter than milk (Genesis 49:8-12).” WE MUST BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF OUR FATHER AND OF HIS HOLY ONE.

    Comment by dwight stanley stewart | February 3, 2011 | Reply

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