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Kingdom of God Bible Seminars Receive Support from Church Media Relations

September 13, 2011

As some may have already noticed on Facebook links and in search engines, the United Church of God supported the recent first round of the Kingdom of God Bible Seminars with proactive media relations. The Church used both a commercial news service and traditional mailings to strategically distribute a general media release about the seminars, which achieved remarkably good results. As our tracking shows, the release achieved an international impact, with appearances in online and traditional media in more than 14 countries.

The commercial distribution service reported that the release was actively downloaded nearly 1,400 times with nearly 500 interactions (where a visitor clicks through at least one of the online links to Church Web sites). The service recorded more than 127,000 impressions.

More than 200 news and religious information sites ranging from Yahoo News to Christian, prophecy and Judaism-related information portals in the United States and abroad carried the release. International news and information portals in China, Europe, India, Australia, the Ukraine, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Indonesian and Canada downloaded and distributed the electronic version. More than 100 physical copies of the release were mailed to newspapers across the United States as a test, and a number of newspapers and traditional media subsequently carried it.

Plans to expand these media relations efforts for the next round of the Kingdom of God Seminars are already in development, including the opportunity for ministers and members to localize direct media relations with area media.

September 10 Post-seminar Reports

Our first round of seminars was held this past Sabbath, September 10. So far, 106 congregations have reported back to us about their event. The number of guests recorded so far stands at 938, with 65 more congregations yet to report in or hold their seminar. The remaining seminars will be held on September 17 and 24, plus a few more after that.

Initial results are very encouraging, with our UCG membership very excited about the opportunity to have “hands on” in doing their part to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Some brethren tested each other ahead of time on “tough questions” and key doctrines in order to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

As of this writing, the following 24 congregations have the highest guest attendance. Some congregations have not yet reported their September 10 figures to us, so the list may change, but here are their KOG Bible Seminar guest numbers:

  • 52            San Antonio, TX
  • 35            Davao City, Philippines
  • 33            Ogembo-Rianyamwamu, Kenya
  • 33            Got Kachola, Kenya
  • 30            Brisbane, Qld., Australia
  • 28            Senta-Magenche, Kenya
  • 27            Bar Ober, Kenya
  • 25            Garden Grove, CA
  • 25            North Canton, OH
  • 24            Jacksonville, FL
  • 23            Ochuna, Kenya
  • 22            Denver, CO
  • 21            Meru, Kenya
  • 21            San Jose, CA
  • 19            Fort Worth/Dallas/Sherman, TX
  • 18            Phoenix East, AZ
  • 16            Indianapolis, IN
  • 15            Kitchener, ON, Canada
  • 15            Kansas City, KS
  • 14            Cincinnati East, OH
  • 14            Canton, IL
  • 14            Tampa, FL
  • 13            Raleigh, NC
  • 13            Oklahoma City, OK

With two more Sabbaths of seminars yet to be completed by many congregations this month, please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this important project that reaches out to our readers and viewers.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

September 13, 2011 - Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. It was so exciting to see new faces coming through the door last Sabbath. We went through a whole box of booklets and other literature and some stayed after to enjoy snacks with us.

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. While we only had 4 people show up for the seminar at the New Jersey South congregation (Philadelphia congregation), the seminar was great! There were 41 registered to attend, so we are hoping that the rest will make it to the next one in the series. Everyone please remember to pray that God blesses this, and all other methods used to “preach the gospel to the world”!

    Comment by Thomas W. | September 13, 2011 | Reply

    • We had no one register, but one showed up (late). What a blessing!

      Comment by Hope | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. A very nice thank you card was received after one of our Kingdom of God Bible Seminars in Canada. Here is how it read:

    “Dear Pastor…;

    “Before retiring for the day I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Kingdom of God Bible seminar today. In these troubled times I was comforted by the assurance of your strong message, that through our faith we will one day realize the the promise that God have given us, that there will be a Kingdom of God here on earth.

    “Thanks you also for the warm welcome we received from everyone who was in attendance at the seminar. I look forward to attending your Sabbath services.

    “Thank you both for your devoted service,

    “CP”

    Comment by United Church of God | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. The Flint Michigan Church of God had 7 visitors who heard our pastor give a message about the comming Kingdom of God. Others attending with us since before last feast were surprised about what the Bible in detail has to say about the Kingdom of God. Such a message about the kingdom of God is refreshing considering what we all hear in the news about bad unbelievable political decisions. All worldly politicians and snake oil salesmen selling different ism’s do
    face future unemployment. Truth is, the Saints of the Most High will reign and rule with Christ into the ages of eternity.

    Comment by Jim Lapp | September 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. What an encouraging response. I look forward to seeing them expand as more people hear about them, and people return again and again.

    Comment by Lena | September 16, 2011 | Reply


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