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Church of God Leaders Gather in Atlanta for the bi-ennial Leadership Conference

State and regional overseers, youth and discipleship directors and international offices leaders are gathered this week at the Waverly Hotel in Atlanta for the bi-ennial Leadership Conference.

The event carries the theme, “Integrity: Values for Our Future” and opened this morning with an orientation session for new overseers, which included a session for new women’s discipleship leaders. The sessions were facilitated respectively by First Assistant General Overseer David Griffis and International Women’s Discipleship Director Sandra Kay Williams.

An opening general session on Monday night will feature a keynote address by Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. General Overseer Mark Williams will moderate the session as well as introduce the core value concept for the conference. Following the general session, newly-appointed youth and discipleship directors will attend an orientation meeting.

On Tuesday the theme is broken out with “core values” during sessions starting with a 9:00 a.m. general session. “We Exemplify Integrity” will include personal spiritual commitments, as well as commitments to the family. Griffis will serve as moderator. The second half of the morning continues with scriptural fidelity and ministerial ethics.

Two afternoon sessions for state/regional overseers will focus around the core value “We serve the Local Church,” and will address pastoral placements, nurturing of congregations, conflict resolution, and real estate and banking issues. Secretary General M. Thomas Propes will facilitate the sessions.
State/regional youth and discipleship directors will participate in separate sessions facilitated by International Director of Youth and Discipleship Gary Lewis and Assistant Director David C. Blair.

The core value for the Tuesday evening general session is “We Shepherd and Equip Shepherds” and will deal with the sub-topics, “We Model,” “We Train,” “We Credential,” and “We Require Accountability.” Second Assistant General Overseer J. David Stephens will moderate.

On the final day of the conference, moderated by Third Assistant General Overseer Wallace Sibley, state/regional overseers will gather for two morning sessions with the Core Value, “We Commission and Empower Kingdom Expansion.” The primary topics will be church amalgamation, church affiliation, a USA Ministries overview, and Global/Urban church planting. The afternoon for the overseers will be moderated by Williams who will lead two sessions of “Issues and Answers.” Throughout the day, separate sessions will be held for women’s discipleship, youth and discipleship, and girl’s ministries.

The 2012 Leadership Conference will close with a general session moderated by Griffis and a commissioning service, led by Williams.

(Cameron Fisher, Church of God Communications)

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