The Restored Church of God Ministerial Conference 2017

Posted By on December 6, 2019

The Ministerial Conference is an annual week-long
event held by The Restored Church of God at its World Headquarters Campus. The field ministry looks forward to it all
year long, for the opportunities it offers to receive focused training, hear updates
on the Work, and to spend time with one another. It provides a “refresher” for those with
experience, and for others just beginning to be used in this role, it is a springboard
to the many rewarding experiences that follow. Well ahead of attendees arriving, much time
is spent by Headquarters staff planning the event. Church Administration spearheads these efforts,
with other departments assisting, such as Editorial and Art/Graphics. One facet of this is the preparation of information
packets for all attendees, which help keep everyone on the same page. A concerted “push” is also made by the
Landscaping department to ensure that the campus is in peak condition for Conference
guests to enjoy. Local members volunteer for several Sundays
beforehand to help complete all necessary maintenance projects. As always, attendees were enthused to see
one another upon arriving at Headquarters. After a year in their respective pastorates,
they were eager to share with each other some of the experiences they had during the past
12 months. Pastor General David C. Pack’s Keynote and
State of the Work lectures set the tone for the rest of the week to follow. One theme of this year’s Conference was
becoming better “fishers of men.” Many of the lectures, given by Mr. Pack and
other senior leaders, expanded on this concept with practical “take-home” points and
principles. Other messages offered insight into developments
in various departments. Several ladies’ lectures were also given,
geared toward helping wives more effectively serve as half of their husband’s ministry. Other activities included speaking workshops,
where men present a sermonette and receive helpful feedback; hands-on technology seminars;
and an evening of entertainment and dessert. A major element of the Conference appreciated
by members worldwide is the chance to hear regional update messages from field pastors
on the Sabbath. These open a window into what life is like
for God’s people in other parts of the world, and offer the opportunity to see and hear
ministers whom brethren may not have yet met. Special music performances also enhanced these
special Sabbaths. While the majority of ministers and ministerial
assistants are able to attend in person, those unable to do so do not miss out on the experience. Each day of the Conference is streamed over
the internet to remote attendees, harnessing the power of technology. Media Production Services, Website Services,
and the Information Technology department work together closely to facilitate this. The Ministerial Conference is a truly unique
occasion. It is an invaluable time for ministers to
fellowship together, growing in harmony and brotherly love. The pastoral instruction they receive helps
them become more effective shepherds. And this promotes unity, joy, and peace in
the Church’s many local congregations. To learn more about the congregations of The Restored Church of God, contact us.

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