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2013 General Conference of Elders Meeting Begins

May 4, 2013

Question and Answer Session with the Council of Elders and Home Office Administration

Question and Answer Session with the Council of Elders and Home Office Administration

The annual General Conference of Elders meeting of the United Church of God began with a Sabbath service on May 4, 2013. This year’s focus is on developing spiritual gifts and providing an environment for spiritual growth in the Church.

Elders and their families from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, to worship and fellowship on God’s Sabbath day. The service included split sermons by Bob Berendt, pastor of UCG congregations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, and Gary Antion, an elder in Cincinnati and instructor at Ambassador Bible Center.

Mr. Berendt’s sermon focused on the need for the Church to have a strong vision of God’s coming Kingdom. His Kingdom will last forever, and it will span an eternity with no pain, suffering, grief or sin. Mr. Antion spoke about the fact that spiritual gifts flow from God’s Holy Spirit working in the life of a Christian. He stressed that any gift given through God’s Spirit must be used to serve God and other people, and never to serve oneself.

After a several hour recess for fellowship, the conference reconvened Saturday night. The chairman of UCG’s Council of Elders, Robin Webber, introduced the conference and spoke about the theme of spiritual gifts. He then led the entire conference in a question-and-answer session, which covered topics such as UCG’s gospel proclamation efforts, the presidential selection process, and how the Church facilitates parents in raising godly children.

The session ended shortly after 10 p.m. and will reconvene at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5.

Milan Bizic—Media and Communications Services

May 4, 2013 - Posted by | Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders | , , , , ,


  1. I notice that there seems to be a typographical error in the dates, i.e., the dates April 4 and April 5 in the text, should be changed to May 4 and May 5, respectively. Thank you. Gloria Lorenzo, Philippines

    Comment by Gloria H Lorenzo | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  2. The Sermons were great

    Comment by Jim Parkhill | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  3. Just fyi, I think these meetings that involve the entire membership, should be available online for the members who want to know what the leadership is doing. I can see that there are some in the breakoffs of UCG that lead others out because they are giving members more reason to leave

    Comment by Myra McQueen | May 5, 2013 | Reply

    • There are also people who continually have cynical attitudes about everything in the church, and lead themselves out the door.

      Comment by Hope | May 5, 2013 | Reply

      • Right Hope, but you don’t really want a continual drain. You have leaderships out there who will continue to tap into the membership unless you can involve members more in the system functions.
        I know because I was in Worldwide, and members were not aware of their part in it because they were not allowed any part. We were clueless as what was happening in the leadership. Paul said all the members in that Spiritual Body have a function -Rom.12:4-5

        Comment by Myra McQueen | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  4. Gary Antion’s message was most appreciated since his references to being called into the church, and of the church, were inclusive of all the Ekklesia rather than exclusively focusing solely on those in UCG. Too often references to the corporate body and the spiritual body are intermingled, yet they are two separate entities. I also appreciated his point by point structure within his message along with his emphasis on spiritual gifts being used for the benefit of the many instead of enhancing the prestige of a single person. .

    Comment by Larry | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  5. I found both sermons truly inspiring. Getting a clear vision of God’s Kingdom motivates us to press on to the Kingdom and to get there we need God’s Holy spirit. Excellent helpful sermons. I pray Jesus will provide us with a leader who is humble and will do God’s Will.

    Comment by Doris Penney | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  6. Although I was unable to be at services in person, I viewed it through the webcast. I really appreciated both Mr. Berendt’s and Mr. Antion’s split sermons. Messages were very informative and helpful and both men are humble servants who I really appreciate especially with all that has gone on in the past. They are true servants!

    Comment by Ray Prater | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  7. We are so glad for the openness of the Church that all the information is available to us! So glad to be in UCG!

    Comment by Dollie | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  8. Very well. John 9:31

    Comment by Peter | May 5, 2013 | Reply

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