The meeting will be moderated by General Overseer Stephen E. Smith. This will be the 107th general assembly since the original group was organized.
Prior to the convening of the assembly, the International Youth Camp will be held at Lutheridge Conference Center, near Asheville, Aug. 17-21. Several representatives and staff members from Cleveland will attend the five-day youth-training event.
The Tuesday evening service will officially open the assembly with flag and Bible pledges in the English and Spanish languages. An hour of prayer will follow a message by Delbert Bock of South Dakota before adjournment for the evening.
Wednesday’s program will include a message by Ted Cogburn, of Alabama, Brandon Allen of Mississippi, and Mike Grobe of Louisiana. Missions director Robert F. Strong will give an update from the churches in North America and the Caribbean Islands and E. Roger Ammons of Cleveland will direct the evangelism program on Wednesday afternoon. Melvin Byers Jr. of North Carolina will direct the Church of Prophecy Marker Association program Wednesday evening.
Ray Dupree, assistant editor of the church magazine “The Evening Light” and director of Bible Training Institute, will be in charge of the BTI program Thursday morning, followed by a message by David Risch of Cleveland on “There is One Body.” On Thursday afternoon, the delegates will hear reports from Mexico, Central and South America and Puerto Rico by Donaldo Acosta, general field secretary. The World Mission Program, which will include the traditional Parade of Nations, will be directored by General Director Robert J. Hawkins Jr. Thursday evening.
On Friday morning, the general overseer will give his annual address followed by “At The Battle’s Front,” led by Vicki Smith of Cleveland. The various committees will offer their reports on Friday afternoon. The Women’s Missionary Band ladies will have fellowship during the break between sessions.
More mission reports from Africa, Asia and Europe will be given in the Friday evening service followed by the healing service.The healing message, “The Prayer of Faith,” will be preached by Colin Shuler of Arkansas.
The ordination of newly licensed deacons and bishops will be the focus of the Saturday morning program. The general treasurer’s report will be given, also, by Kevin D. Werkheiser of Cleveland. During the afternoon session, Betty Bishop of Alabama, general coordinator for the Women’s Missionary Band, will direct the program. The young people will be featured on Saturday evening in the Victory Leaders Band program directed by Dustin T. Hays of Colorado.
On Sunday morning, Doris Leist of Mississippi will be the speaker using the subject, “The Old Paths of True Sanctification.” The Sunday school and children’s programs will complete the morning session. Business and committee reports will be given during the closing session of the assembly followed by a message by Billy Cox of Virginia.
General Overseer Smith will give closing comments and appointments for the next year before the official closing of the assembly. The tentative date for the 2013 assembly will be Aug. 20-25.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Assembly can be viewed online by visiting www.thechurchofgod.org (English) or www.laiglesiadedios.org (Spanish).