CGOM helps scattered individuals and churches
By Renee Steel
TULSA, Okla.--Churches of God Outreach Ministries, which had its eighth annual conference in Tulsa during the last weekend of March, continues its mission of providing literature and services to brethren and other interested people across the United States and in several foreign countries.
CGOM, which began in 1996, capitalizes on common beliefs and goals to inspire people to work together to promote the gospel. Its affiliated congregations also function as a support network, providing opportunity for encouragement and communication among brethren from independent congregations.
During the conference in March, delegates had the chance to share ideas through plenary and breakout sessions. Conference accomplishments included the creation of sound bites for the CGOM Web site to help promote Internet-based teaching.
The delegates named new committee chairmen to the following positions: Julian Cruz of San Antonio, Texas, committee coordinator; Steve Kieler of Fort Dodge, Iowa, who will now answer the 800 number at his home; Lawrence Gregory of Tulsa, chairman of member services; Rick Gawith of Tulsa, chairman of financial oversight (formerly budget); Jeff Henderson of Half Moon Bay, Calif., chairman of outreach; Renee Steel, chairman of marketing; Matthew Steel, master of the CGOM's Web site; and James McBride of Lincoln, England, chairman of the publication committee.
Why independent churches?
CGOM takes its organizational formula from the example of churches in the New Testament era. Those congregations were independent, say CGOM leaders, yet they communicated and cooperated with each other.
The independent churches cooperating through CGOM are not responsible to any hierarchical headquarters, nor are they dependent upon a dynamic personality or spokesman to serve as leader.
The motto of CGOM is "People working together to proclaim the gospel." This is one purpose of the Christian life, to share the good news with others. To that end, CGOM provides resources for use in personal studies and for sharing with others.
What have been the results of this eight-year endeavor thus far? Nearly 250,000 pieces of literature have been mailed to people around the world seeking the truth about the Word of God.
Many resources available
The resources available through CGOM include: Bible-correspondence-course lessons, online sermons, articles on Christian living, booklets, educational information for youths, the magazine New Horizons, a list of churches to visit, and much more. To learn more, visit www.cgom.org or phone (800) 611-8080.
Ministers associated with CGOM are often willing to travel to other congregations for speaking engagements, counseling, baptisms and other means of serving outlying or isolated brethren.
Festival fellowship opportunities
Several Feast of Tabernacles sites are planned for 2004 that are either sponsored by or recommended by CGOM. They include the following, listed here with coordinator, accommodation and contact information.
Sites CGOM recommends:
© The Journal: News of the Churches of God