Church of God News
2016 Church of God General Assembly in Nashville, Tennessee
The 2016 Church of God General Assembly (GA16) will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on July 19-22, 2016. Dr Mark L. Williams, General Overseer of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), has announced that the theme for the 2016 International General Assembly will be a single word: “Go!” As always, General Assembly will be full of heartfelt worship, insightful teaching, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The 76th Assembly (GA2016) will be conducted on July 19-22, 2016, at the brand new Music City Center (MCC) in the heart of downtown Nashville. The Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) is so excited to bring the sound of community to Music City, Nashville,Tennessee.
The gleaming new convention venue has 1.2 million square feet of floor space on three levels, with two major ballrooms and more than 60 breakout areas that can be converted to accommodate all sizes of events—all under one roof.
The choice of Nashville as the venue for GA2016 was decided before the MCC was even completed in May of 2013. Kevin Brooks is coordinator of public relations and conference management for the Church of God, but is also a Tennessee state representative for the 24th district, which includes Cleveland. Brooks tells the story of observing the MCC “rise out of the ground” while attending House meetings.
“From above, the Music City Center is in the shape of a guitar, and it was exciting to see it come to life over the two years I watched it outside my hotel window,” Brooks said. “It is now one of the most sought-after venues in the country. If we had waited until it opened last year to negotiate for GA2016, we would not be going there. Contracts are being signed by organizations for events all the way into 2020.”
Church of God General Overseer, Dr. Mark L. Williams, has announced that the theme for the 2016 International General Assembly will be a single word: “Go!” He cited Matthew 28:19-20 as the foundational scripture for the theme where Christ speaks saying, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“We stand at a crossroads in time where certain things are clearer than they’ve ever been before,” Williams stated. “He has chosen us to carry His gospel into the world and we need to take seriously the responsibility we have been given.”
“Jesus gives us a command,” Williams continued. “That command is called the Great Commission, and it resonates throughout history as the singular driving force behind our mission… individually and together as a church.”
This theme follows the 2014 General Assembly emphasis of “ONE,” coupled with the tag line of “One Faith, One Lord, One Mission.” The theme has been adopted by many local churches, carrying over into the 2014-2016 assembly period, with the ONE logo being sported on coffee mugs, shirts, and lapel pins.
Planning for the 2016 General Assembly is well underway. The Music City Center in downtown Nashville will be the location, which will feature several preliminary events leading up to the official launch on Tuesday, July 19 with the gathering of the General Council of ordained bishops.
Williams stated that further development of the theme is forthcoming, but in the meantime, issued a challenge to ministers and laypersons as we approach the Assembly period.
“Think about it,” Williams concluded. “He (Jesus) didn’t say ,’If you have time.’ He didn’t say, ‘If it’s not too much trouble.’ Jesus simply said… ‘Go.’”