The Church of God, based in Anderson, has an exceptional reputation worldwide. The mission of the faith movement has reached into cultures far removed from our own yet its influence and message appeals to people around the world.
That’s why the church’s “Global Gathering 2013” has importance locally and across the world. The gathering, with headquarters here in Anderson, is this year’s version of the old camp meetings that drew thousands to the area. With advances in social media and networking, the convention has adapted to the point where it is more common for the faithful to watch a worship service via Internet streaming than travel around the world to camp at Anderson.
That familiar format — where Church of God members journey to Anderson — will return in part when the North American Convention of the Church of God resumes in 2014, although the church’s General Assembly has had discussions on holding the conference every other year or sharing it with other venues.
Any way that it turns out, the convention is always welcome in this community.
And it is a boost that Anderson, as home to the Church of God, gets a grand worldwide promotional push when a congregation in Zambia or Brazil hears of our city. The Global Gathering runs Saturday through Tuesday so look for visitors at local restaurants and shops.
Besides Anderson showing support for the Global Gathering, it is heartening to know that the body of Christ stands together as part of this mission — whether it’s someone standing in Anderson at a worship service or someone praying in Russia while watching that service on a screen.
If you’re interested in attending, or watching through the Internet, check out schedules at www.chog.org.
The Global Gathering is a living example that Church of God members have found a way to stand together, whether it’s praying together in person or through the Internet.
In summary The Church of God has found a way to serve its members globally.