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UCG-Germany Holds Three Successful “Kingdom of God Bible Seminars”

November 15, 2011

During the last three weeks, United Church of God–Germany held three Kingdom of God Bible Seminars: in Dormagen (near Cologne), Moerfelden (near Frankfurt) and Hamburg.

Paul Kieffer Delivers "Kingdom of God Bible Seminar" in Dormagen, Germany.

The Bible seminars were announced in the September-October 2011 issue of the Gute Nachrichten magazine. The German office also invited every reader living within a 50 km radius to the seminar venue with a personal letter.

We didn’t know what to expect because a few years ago only one reader responded to an invitation to a public lecture. But this time we were quite overwhelmed by the positive response. We had 18 new visitors in Dormagen (average attendance in Dormagen is 35 people). Three gentlemen came all the way from Antwerp, Belgium. They had seen the advertising on the UCG website. 15 people came to Moerfelden (average attendance is 25) and 7 visitors to Hamburg (average attendance is 15). We had a 4 percent response to the letters we had sent out.

Two PowerPoint presentations were given by Paul Kieffer on the topics: “What was the message of Jesus Christ?” and “How up-to-date were Jesus’ predictions?” They were both well received. Mr. Kieffer explained how Christianity has lost sight of the message about the coming Kingdom of God, and he outlined the signs that will precede the return of Christ as given by Jesus Himself. The visitors commented frequently and enthusiastically how much they appreciated the messages.

Paul Kieffer with guest in Dormagen.

The fellowship was enhanced by an abundant potluck meal and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. The visitors participated in the fellowship and also stayed long after the seminar ended. Among the audience were readers who have read Church of God literature for 30 years and others who just started reading the Gute Nachrichten magazine only a few months ago.

One visitor who is pastor of a Sunday keeping church realized during the seminar that the Sabbath is very important and still valid for the followers of Christ. When he realized what that meant for him and his church he cried out: “Oh Lord, help us!”

Seminar Attendees in Dormagen.

Every guest received a seminar folder containing the booklet “The Kingdom of God,” an 12-page reprint of articles on the subject of the gospel message, a handout of the PowerPoint presentations and an order form with all the literature available in German. The visitors could leave the order form with us if they wanted to order literature or leave their contact information to be contacted for the second round of seminars. Quite a few people want to come back for the second round and a few people mentioned their interest in visiting church services.

After the seminar in Hamburg one visitor sent the following email: “Thank you very much for your hospitality and your presentations. I drove home with much joy in my heart!”

Overall, the three seminars exceeded our expectations very much and were very encouraging to the congregations.

UCG-Germany Office

November 15, 2011 - Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. What wonderful news!

    Comment by SarahB | November 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Regarding the Sunday-keeping pastor, your point about prayer is well taken. It will take much courage for this man to proceed with Sabbath-keeping and educating his flock in the seventh-day Sabbath.

      Comment by Michelle | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. This news is so very encouraging. Thank you for sharing it with us. I don’t want to forget to give thanks and on going prayers for the success of these exciting seminars, also prayers for the Pastor, who cried out, “Lord help us”.

    Comment by Val | November 16, 2011 | Reply

    • My above comment was meant for Val. We must remember to pray for the pastor of the Sunday-keeping church.

      Comment by Michelle | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. What an exciting result! May God continue to bless efforts to preach the gospel to all the world

    Comment by Kim | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  4. How exciting! It’s wonderful the hear that the gospel is being preached in such a powerful way!

    Comment by Lena V | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  5. What wonderful news from Germany on the Kingdom of God seminars! God is blessing our undertaking.

    Comment by Michelle | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  6. i want to attend your seminar haven’t gone through ur ministry write ups

    Comment by amanda eguavon | June 30, 2013 | Reply


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