The Church of God of Prophecy 56th Biennial National Convention | Conference 2019Thursday August 1, 2019 - Saturday August 3, 2019
“For I am not Ashamed of the Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work saving everyone who believes, the Jew first and also the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 NLT
CONFERENCE HOST AND GUEST SPEAKERS
Bishop Woodroe Thompson
National Administrative Overseer – Eastern Canada (Host Overseer)
Woodroe Thompson is the National Bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy – Eastern Canada, overseeing 32 churches. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto Ontario Canada.
Involved in ministry for more than 30 years, his experiences range from youth ministry to pastoral ministry. He served 18 years as senior pastor of North Park Worship Centre in Brampton, Ontario, and hosted the CTS television program, “Nite Lite Live” for several years. Among other awards, Bishop Thompson is the recipient of the inaugural “Men of Excellence” award from the Canada Glass Awards, Canada’s leading gospel awards show, which recognizes achievements in the Canadian Christian, Inspirational, Jazz, and Urban music market. He has also received the National Heroes Memorial Award, from the Canadian Jamaican Diaspora Christian Alliance. read more
Bishop Tim Coalter
General Presbyter North America (COGOP)
Bishop Tim Coalter serves as the General Presbyter of North America Ministries for the Church of God of Prophecy. He is a leader of leaders, giving oversight to twenty-six state/regional overseers who connect directly with more than 1700 local churches throughout the US and Canada.
He has given himself to full-time ministry since 1979, having served in the pastorate for 27 years before his appointment as state overseer of South Carolina where he served until his selection as North America General Presbyter in 2014. Bishop Coalter also serves on a number of boards and committees, most recently having been selected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for the PCCNA (Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America).
Tim and his wife Kelly have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.
Bishop Kirk Rising
International Youth Director (COGOP)
Kirk Rising serves as International Youth Director for the Church of God of Prophecy. In his 28-year ministry, he has served as state youth director of Hawaii and North Carolina. He has served as youth pastor and as missionary to the countries of Germany and French Polynesia (Tahiti) in the South Pacific.
Kirk studied business administration at the University of South Carolina. His business career includes owner of High Rise Sports and serving as head coach of the French Polynesia, Olympic-qualifying basketball program in Tahiti.
We live in culture that views Christians as extremist and irrelevant to society. In this workshop, we will look at some cultural engagement tools to use to share our faith in this hostile climate . read more
Social media has changed our world. There are currently approximately 1 billion active users on Facebook alone with other networks such as Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Pinterest, representing hundreds of millions of users. read more
What should be the Christian Response to Racism?
Stigma, inequalities and civil rights remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin colour plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued, and treated. We know that Racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of our nation. How do we address this issue?
Should Christians Advocate for Social Justice?
The term Social Justice first came into use in the late 1800s. In a general sense, it refers to the idea that every person, regardless of who they are, should be treated equally by society and given equal opportunity in regard to wealth, activity, and human rights. Over time the concept has transformed and acted as a launching pad for various political and civil rights movements. Should the church/Christians advocate for social justice and what does that look like?
Crime and Violence in the Black Community
The high rates of crime and Violence facing our young Black men sets them apart from nearly every other demographic group in our nation. Homicide is the leading cause of death for Black boys and men between 10 and 24. If current trends continue, one in three young black men will serve time in prison at some time in their lives. It must be understood that we can’t reduce violence by simply putting people behind bars. To achieve real progress, we need to address a broader range of problems that gives rise to Violence. What can we do to address crime and Violence in our communities?
The Christian’s Response to the Legalization of Pot
On October 17, 2018 Canada joined the ranks of Uruguay, Spain and other countries which have federally legalized recreational cannabis. While some states in the U.S.A. Have legalized cannabis, they still have laws on the federal level against such recreational use. Now that pot is legalized, how should we as a church respond? What do we say to our friends, families, co-workers, as weed pops up around us? Is it wrong? Is it ok? Should Christians use pot?
What is the Christian View on Abortion?
The Abortion debate is an ongoing controversy surrounding the moral, legal, and religious status of induced abortion. The sides involved in the debate are self-described “pro-choice” and “pro-life” movements. Pro-choice emphasizes the right of women to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy. Pro-life emphasizes the right of the embryo or fetus to gestate to term and be born. What should be the Christian view on this issue?
The Christian’s Response to Homosexuality and the LGBTQ Community
Few subjects have been as explosive as that of Homosexuality in recent years. Rapid social changes have brought about a degree of acceptance of Homosexuality that is unprecedented. This has led to a change in western perceptions of issues such as the nature of sexuality, the concept of the family, the education of our children and the nature of human rights. The LGBTQ community sees Christianity and the Church as one of the primary sources of resistance to their demands and lifestyle. How should we respond?
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