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Kingdom of God Bible Seminars — Second Round Begins

January 18, 2012

The date for our second round of Kingdom of God Bible Seminars, January 21, is drawing very near. Most United Church of God congregations are holding their seminars on January 21 or very close to it.

As of this writing, there are just under 2,300 guests registered on our website at www.kogbibleseminars.org. Plus, a number of guests have contacted our pastors directly to sign up.

We have 198 congregations listed to give seminars, which is about 25 more than for the first round. Also, the registration numbers are higher than last time. You can view the full congregation listing at www.ucg.org/live-events/all. In addition to the United States, seminars are also being held in Australia (11 locations), Canada (14 locations), Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kenya (11 locations), New Zealand, Philippines (4 locations) and United Kingdom.

The cities currently with the highest registration numbers are:

  • New York, NY (87)
  • Charlotte, NC (57)
  • London, England (51)
  • Dallas, TX (48)
  • Manila, Philippines (44)
  • Chicago, IL (43)
  • Columbia, SC (39)
  • Jacksonville, FL (37)
  • Cincinnati, OH (36)
  • Winnipeg, Canada (36)
  • Memphis, TN (36)
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL (32)

The San Antonio, Texas, congregation already had their seminar last Sabbath, with three dozen new people attending. This is very encouraging.

Here at the home office we are praying diligently for the successful second round of this important endeavor.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 18, 2012 - Posted by | Home Office, Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , ,

17 Comments »

  1. I think you need to stop tracking the numbers.

    Comment by Laura Kent | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. The numbers are encouraging for a lot of people. Especially in areas where there are only a hand full of members. I have had the opportunity to be apart of both large and small congregations and it is very exciting for smaller areas to have the opportunity, or hope of growth through this program. The numbers can generate excitement and help serve as a motivational factor for all members.

    Comment by Matt Earles | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. I tend to agree with the previous comment. Didn’t God forbid a leader not to number his people?

    It seems that we are concentrating too much on numbers and not letting God call however many He chooses.

    Comment by mike | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  4. That’s awesome. Show’s what prayers can do!

    Comment by Hope | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  5. @Mike, yes God was displeased when David “numbered” the people, but in Numbers 26 God commanded Moses to number the people. I think there are probably a number of reasons for the counts in this case. One of the reasons they count is so that the congregations can be prepared for the amount of people that plan on attending (seating, snacks, etc.), and also so they can track the effectiveness of their advertising efforts. I think they share these numbers with us for the reason that Matt mentions above.

    Comment by Lena | January 19, 2012 | Reply

    • Numbers can be good. But I pray the quality of conversion far exceeds the quantity.

      Comment by Richard | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  6. The original notice I received said 3300 had registered. Which is correct?

    Comment by Gerald | January 19, 2012 | Reply

    • Gerald, the correct figure was 2,300. The 3,300 was a typo and has been corrected. We’re sorry for the error. The current guest signup total is 2,340.

      Comment by United Church of God | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  7. I am A Finacialal Advisor, numbers are a way we verify or quantify the managers return on an investment: The profitable servent with the talents that doubled comes to mind, yes? Jesus did count.

    Comment by Howard E | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  8. I find the numbers to be encouraging. Not in ‘keeping score’ way at all, but that we are reaching people and they are responding. The conversion part is between God and the individual and we pray for that also.

    Comment by Sharon | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  9. The saying they cite in business is “If you can track it you can manage it.” What if no one showed up anywhere? What if the response doubled? Shouldn’t we be aware of these things? When Jesus fed the masses, they knew how many were fed with the loves and fishes, both times. They knew how many loves the had. And how many fishes. Look at all the details they tracked in Leviticus. We are to be managers of what God grants us. Should not a manager know such details?

    Comment by Michael | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  10. Part 2
    I should have added that our real concern here should include that God is leading some to the source of his wonderful, life changing, inspiring truth. I hope we can all be the kind of witness to that power when they come through the door so that they recognize that our Father and Christ is really behind this work. Hopefully they will be motivated to explore what UCG has to offer.

    Comment by Michael | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  11. Pray for good weather. We’re looking at snow and ice for the Dayton seminar. Not sure about Cincy or others.

    Comment by Nick | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  12. Matthew 5:16 : Christ is instructing members of His Church to “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
    There is absolutely nothing more effective than to see this visibly, which these seminars allow co- workers and readers of our Church literature to do.

    Comment by Farris Bowen | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  13. I heard one pastor say he decided not to have a seminar this time, in part because it was “too close to the holiday season.” Do pastors have any flexibility in scheduling these things, besides apparently San Antonio?

    Comment by R.L. | January 21, 2012 | Reply

    • r.l. not ever city is having it on the 21st. i wasn’t aware of any doing it earlier, but a lot of pastors have multiple cities and they are doing then in separate weeks. for example–Portland had theirs on the 21st yet the sister cong. in hood river is doing it the 4th of February.

      Comment by Karin Halvorson | January 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi R.L.,

      Yes, the pastors have the flexibility to schedule the seminars reasonably around the time frame of January 21. Some are doing them in the following week or two, depending on how many congregations they are responsible for.

      Comment by United Church of God | January 23, 2012 | Reply


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