Church of God state and regional leaders are gathered in Cleveland, Tennessee for a bi-ennial conference on leadership. The conference is being held at the Church of God International Offices campus, as well as North Cleveland Church of God.
Leadership 2010 is for state and regional administrative bishops (overseers), youth and discipleship directors and state evangelism directors whose appointments are effective for the 2010-2012 General Assembly period. Also included are sessions for leaders of women’s ministries and girls ministries at the state and regional level.
Breakout sessions began this morning with orientation for new or first time state/regional overseers, youth and discipleship directors, orientation for women’s ministries presidents and presidents of mission states. An afternoon session was held for all state presidents, as well as all directors of youth and discipleship. Tom Madden, director of Youth and Discipleship for the denomination, and Gary Lewis, assistant director, led the sessions for the youth and discipleship directors, while the women’s ministries sessions were conducted by newly-appointed women’s coordinator of adult discipleship, Lorna Gosnell. Gosnell was joined in the afternoon session by Peggy Culpepper, wife of General overseer Raymond Culpepper.
A dinner for state overseers and evangelism directors and spouses was being sponsored by Church of God USA Missions. Special guest will be Doug Small, liaison for prayer ministries of the Church of God. On the Lee University campus, the youth and discipleship and girls ministries leaders were being hosted at a dinner sponsored by Pathway Press. The dinner is to be followed by a general session for youth and discipleship in the Church of God Leadership and Communications Conference Center.
On Friday the schedule includes a general session for all leaders in the North Cleveland Church of God sanctuary. Special guest speaker will be Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. In addition, Garrison serves as the executive director of the Division of Church Ministries and Discipleship. Garrison will conduct a second morning session for overseers and evangelism directors, while the youth and discipleship directors will hold a separate general session.
Following lunch gatherings with Covenant Teams, afternoon general sessions will feature a message and Q&A time with Ed Stetzer, a popular author and church planter who will address the Great Commission Challenge. Stetzer will conclude his address to the leaders in an evening session on Church Planting.
On the final day, state overseers will break into three sessions to discuss church planting methods and resources. Sessions will be led by Mike Baker, Tom Gillum, and Wayne Dority, followed by a Q&A session with the Church of God Executive Committee.
Leadership 2010 will conclude at noon with a Commissioning Service led by General Overseer Culpepper.
Faith News Staff