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Update From Victor Kubik

February 8, 2011

[The following update contains material from a report sent to the United Church of God ministry by Victor Kubik on February 4.]

What a wonderful and energized conference we just held in Cincinnati! Several of you commented about our new beginning, energy and enthusiasm to preach the gospel, as well as to serve the churches. More than 330 of you were present. Many elders who were not able to come listened to the conference via webcast. You can access much of what was covered in the meetings at coe.ucg.org/videos. Please encourage our members to visit this link, as well.

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Victor Kubik addresses the conference

The focus of the conference was not only on ministerial service in the churches but also continuing the momentum we’ve achieved in publicly proclaiming the gospel. Our media services department has come through this crisis virtually intact and their personnel made strong presentations on Tuesday afternoon.

The conference also provided important time for social interaction. We were able to meet with many of you to discuss your areas and future plans. We were also able to interview a few of our elders for further service as pastors. We were heartened by the optimistic spirit of moving on. We have come through a serious separation, yet we are optimistic for a strong recovery.

Here is a listing of our most recent hires to the ministry since December, in alphabetical order:

  • Roc Corbett (pastor): Salt Lake City, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Joe Horchak (associate): Sacramento, California and Reno, Nevada
  • Mike Joseph (pastor, half-time): Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Rick Shabi (pastor): Jacksonville, Orlando, Ocala, and Tallahassee, Florida
  • Greg Thomas (pastor, half-time): Cleveland, Ohio
  • Braden Veller (associate): St. Petersburg, Tampa, Ft. Myers, Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Herb Vierra (associate, half-time): Red Bluff, Eureka, California
  • Chuck Zimmerman (pastor): St. Petersburg, Tampa, Ft. Myers, Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida

We have also asked associate pastor Brian Shaw who has been working with Bob Fahey in Chicago to move to the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, area and become pastor there. We are all happy about this move for him and his wife RaNae and four daughters.

We still have quite a number of critical locations to fill and are working hard to fill the pastoral needs.

Melvin Rhodes discusses laying the right foundation, which is Jesus Christ.

For your information, in early 2010, there were 492 credentialed elders in the United Church of God, an International Association. Of that number, 323 (66%) are still with UCG. Of that total, we have retained 62 of 131 salaried field ministers (47%); 15 of 20 elders salaried by the home office (75%); 9 of 14 retired elders (64%); and 237 of 327 non-salaried elders (73%).

In the United States, we have retained 250 of 382 elders (65%). Of that total, we have retained 46 of 100 salaried field ministers and 180 of 248 non-salaried elders (73%).

In our breakout sessions at the ministerial conference we talked about various ways local churches can do more to serve. We will be sharing the results of those sessions with you soon.

For those asking, I have made a very good recovery from my accident in Zambia. Thank you so much for all the prayers and the many, many cards from individuals and churches around the world. I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of well-wishes that I know helped in the recovery process. May God bless you!

In Christ’s service,

Victor Kubik—Operation Manager, Ministerial and Member Services

February 8, 2011 - Posted by | General Conference of Elders, Ministerial Services | ,

9 Comments »

  1. Glad to know that you are doing better and thank you for those encouraging updates.

    Comment by giannina47 | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you so much for the update, and glad to hear you’re feeling much better!! 🙂

    Comment by Darla Moody | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. How exciting!!! We are moving forward with much vigor. I really liked the COE videos, it is so nice see all the hard work beig done to continue the work and taking care of the brethern.
    Thanks to all of you for not leaving the flocks God has assigned you to. Thanks Again!!!

    Comment by Gary Snyder | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you so much Mr. Kubik for the updates and details about the ones who are now servicing as pastors and associate pastors. I am really thrilled to see the ones in Florida who are now serving as pastors in that area since that is where we were for so many years.

    Comment by Reggie Warren | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  5. Thanks to you and all the ministers for showing that humility does exist among you and the blessings it brings from our Father and Betrothed. The work is being SO blessed, as is the entire Church. It paves the road ahead of us! This year will show many avenues of growth! Thanks to Our God!

    Comment by Barbara | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  6. Am so glad you’re healing. You’re in my prayers.
    Tina

    Comment by Tina Engelbart | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  7. While my spirit within me is still deeply saddened because of what has happened within our Father’s Church I know that He and His Holy One are ultimately in control of our salvation as they grant us light and true repentance to their glory and for ours as they desire that none of us should perish but that we should take up our lives again in the spirit from the resurrection from the dead. I love all of our brethren whom our Father has called and placed in His Church and my desire is for their everlasting glory in the Family and Kingdom of God as we all truly have been a high calling. Our Father and His Holy One knows the hearts, the thoughts, the intents of a man’s spirit as they search us out and know each of us. I pray that according to their will that they will put us all under the same umbrella of oneness of faith, having the same mind and establishing us with a ZEAL to finish the work which they indeed have given us to do – how unworthy I feel to be a part of this GREAT WORK but I am more saddened, that we, of all people on the face of this earth, could not walk together as ONE to achieve our Father’s purpose in being an effective witness unto all nations and in bringing and/or guiding many sons and daughters into glory whom He calls both now and in the time to come who will give heed to the message whereunto we have been allowed to be a witness of – the glorious Kingdom of God which will soon cover the whole earth. Just as our Father gave the Son of man the tongue of the learned that He would know how to speak a word in season to those who were weary and that He awakened His ear morning by morning to hear as the learned, and how that the Son of man was not rebellious nor turned away back, but pressed forward in the work which His and our Father had given to Him to accomplish – even so, I pray that our Father and His Holy One will accomplish their will in us to their and our glory and to the glory of those who our Father will call hereafter. WITH MUCH LOVE.

    Comment by dwight s stewart | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  8. Correction: line 4 show “…have been given a high calling…”

    Comment by dwight s stewart | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  9. So glad to learn all the positive and encouraging news of what is going on now, and the plans for the future. God will se us through! 😀

    Comment by Dollie Schuster | February 9, 2011 | Reply


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