July 3-8, 2017

General Conference Convention

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A Personal Invitation

Registration is now open for the 2017 General Conference Convention! Help us spread the word that this is going to be a fantastic convention, and you don’t want to miss it. We are excited!

Join us July 3-8 in Springfield, Illinois, at the Crowne Plaza Springfield as we fellowship, catch up with old friends, make new ones, receive inspiration from dynamic worship services, and conduct the business of the Church.

“Worthy is the Lamb” is our theme. Imagine a convention of believers giving glory, honor, and praise to Jesus in all we do — whether in business sessions, worship gatherings, interaction with local businesses, or visiting and fellowship. Please start praying now that Jesus will shine in our lives and that we will return home energized to be about our Father’s business.

Convention 2017 offers a unique opportunity within our church history to catch the Vision of a Vibrant 21st Century Church and to examine ways to make that vision a reality in our General Conference, our local churches, and our individual lives. We will also revise the General Conference bylaws to create the infrastructure to support that vibrant church. Don’t miss this opportunity to be challenged and involved!

On this site you will find lots of good information to help you plan for our time in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and home of President Abraham Lincoln.

  • Begin exploring this website by reviewing the information in the "Overview" section.
  • Register for Convention 2017 by following the instructions in the "Register" section.
  • All the information you need to register at the convention hotel is described in the "Lodging" section. The Crowne Plaza has created a special convention link and phone number for registering, so be sure to read those instructions carefully.

Please be aware that by staying at the convention hotel, you are helping to defray the costs of meeting rooms needed for our activities. Those costs are based on our reserved rooms and a food and beverage contract.

Remember, by registering early, you assist the committee in preparing convention activities, and you receive a discounted rate. We look forward to seeing you in Springfield!

In the meantime, your prayers for a successful convention and for convention staff would be greatly appreciated.

Worthy is the Lamb!

 

Ken and Mary Jean Knoll

Convention 2017 Program Co-Chairs

General Event Information

Here is your quick reference guide to Convention 2017. Information about the location, hotel, registration costs, meals, schedule, and speakers are summarized for your convenience.

Places and Dates

  • Location
    Springfield, Illinois
  • Dates
    July 3-8, 2017
  • Theme
    Worthy is the Lamb
  • Information
    cog.org/convention

Registration Fees

Pre-Convention Leadership Forum
Transforming Vision into Reality - Progress and Processes


This special event is available to all who wish to attend and register in advance. Topics will include Vision; Transforming Vision into Reality Past, Present and Future; and Leadership Strategies.

  • ∙ Monday, July 3, 2017
  • ∙ 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
  • ∙ $25 per attendee
  • ∙ Lunch provided

Full Program
Registration
(Tuesday through Saturday)

Early Registration

ends April 30

Regular Price

starts May 1
Adult
$90
$120
Youth
(12–18*)
$60
$90
Child
(4–11*)
$45
$60

Weekend
Registration
(Saturday)

Early Registration

ends April 30

Regular Price

starts May 1
Adult
$25
$30
Youth
(12–18*)
$15
$25
Child
(4–11*)
$10
$20

Facility Fee
(for those staying at area hotels or RV's)


Negotiations with hotels for our national conventions require that we contract for a given number of rooms each night. Fulfilling that contract significantly reduces the rental fees for meeting rooms in the hotel. By staying at the convention hotel, attendees help reduce the overall cost of convention.

The facility fee allows those not staying at the convention hotel to pay their share of the hotel rental fee.

  • Adults $25
  • Youth $15
  • Children $10

There is no registration fee for children 3 and under. The online registration system will be available up to and throughout the convention, and personnel will be available at the registration desk during the convention to assist with changes or new registrations. Early registration discount ends on April 30, 2017.

It is important that you read the GC Convention Refund Policy before registering.

Food and Lodging

(See "Lodging" info tab for instructions on making reservation)

Convention Hotel
Name
Crowne Plaza Springfield
Address
3000 South Dirksen Parkway / Springfield, Illinois 62703
Phone
General Information: (217) 529-7777
CoG7 Registration: (217) 585-2871
Website
Crown Plaza
Rate
$110/night + taxes (single, double, triple, quad)
Rate includes complimentary shuttle and parking. Hotel rooms are equipped with refrigerators, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, and hair dryers.
This rate is guaranteed until June 11, 2017, and is available two days prior and post-convention.
Meals

Meal tickets must be purchased in advance for both general meals and special ministry meals. Meal tickets include taxes and gratuity.

  • ∙Breakfast $11/$10 kids
  • ∙Lunch $16/$11.95 kids
  • ∙Dinner $23/$15 kids
RV’s
Location
Riverside Park Campground
Phone
November to Memorial Day: (217) 544-1751
Memorial Day to October: (217) 753-0630
Website
www.springfieldparks.org

Schedule

(See the "Schedule" info tab for more details as they become available.)

Convention Daily Schedule

Monday, July 3

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Registration
Pre-convention Leadership Conference
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Tuesday, July 4 - Friday, July 7

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Children check-in for children’s program
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Convention Business
Children and Youth Programs
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Convention Business
Children and Youth Programs
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Evening Worship Service
Tuesday:
Jody McCoy
Wednesday:
Tim Steinhauser
Thursday:
Greg Lincoln
Friday:
Ismael Martinez
Sabbath Morning:
Whaid Rose
Sabbath Evening:
Loren Stacy
Special Meal Schedule

Tuesday, July 4

  • Breakfast
    Men’s Ministry
    Prayer

Wednesday, July 5

  • Breakfast
    Senior Adult
    Prayer Breakfast
  • Lunch
    Youth
    Friends of Youth Ministry
  • Dinner
    Pastors and Wives
    -

Thursday, July 6

  • Breakfast
    Publications
    -
  • Lunch
    Missions
    -
  • Dinner
    Young Adult
    Black and White Gala

Friday, July 7

  • Breakfast
    Artios Christian College
  • Lunch
    Women’s Ministry
    -
  • Dinner
    Spring Vale
    -

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Lodging

Convention Hotel Information

Name
Crowne Plaza Springfield
Address
3000 South Dirksen Parkway | Springfield, Illinois 62703
Telephone
General Information: (217) 529-7777
CoG7 Registration: (217) 585-2871
Website
Crown Plaza
Rate

$110/night + taxes (single, double, triple, quad) - Rate includes complimentary shuttle and parking

This rate is guaranteed until June 11, 2017, and is available two days prior and post-convention.

Reservations
Go to the dedicated CoG7 reservation website
Group Code
COG (see full reservation details below)

Description

The Crowne Plaza Springfield hotel is the perfect place to stay while enjoying Springfield’s history as it is conveniently located off I-72 near businesses, freeways, and historical sites. The newly renovated hotel offers conference attendees:

  • Newly renovated rooms
  • Business center
  • Fitness center
  • Pool
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • On-site restaurant and Starbucks
  • Refrigerators, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, and hair dryers in rooms

How to Make Reservations

To reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Springfield by Internet

  1. Click on this link:  Church of God
  2. On the first screen select dates for your hotel stay, number of adults and children, and number of rooms needed. Click “Book Now.” The group identification codes are pre-set for our convention.
  3. On the second page, confirm that you have the correct dates. Make your room choice (queen, king, etc.). At the bottom of the page, you will see an abbreviated organizational name. This will confirm that you are receiving the convention rate of $110/night.

To book your room by phone

Call (217) 585-2871 — a direct line to the Crowne Plaza Springfield’s in-house group reservationist. Please do not call the national reservation number.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle

Please make shuttle arrangements as early as possible. The hotel will contract vans based upon demand, so two weeks notice would be helpful. For shuttle arrangements call the hotel at (217) 529-7777.

RV’s

Location : Riverside Park Campground
Phone: November to Memorial Day (217) 544-1751 | Memorial Day to October (217) 753-0630
Website: www.springfieldparks.org

Daily Schedule

Lunch

Worship Service

“The Vision, the Theme, and What We Have Accomplished”

Lunch

Worship Service

“Jesus, the Sacrificial Savior”

Lunch

Worship Service

“Jesus as High Priest”

Lunch

Worship Service

“Jesus as Friend”

Lunch

Worship Service

“Jesus as Deity”

Speakers

The Vision, the Theme and What We Have Accomplished

Jody McCoy,
Conroe, Texas

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Jesus the Sacrificial Savior

Tim Steinhauser,
Stanberry, Missouri

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Jesus as High Priest

Greg Lincoln
Harrisburg, Oregon

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Jesus as Friend

Ismael Martinez
Norcross, Georgia

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Jesus as the Embodiment of Grace and Truth

Whaid Rose
Denver, Colorado

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Jesus as Deity

Loren Stacy,
Lodi, California

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Local Attractions

Things to See and Do

The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau describes Springfield as the place where the Land of Lincoln meets Route 66. Springfield is the state capital of Illinois and the home of Abraham Lincoln.

  • History buffs will enjoy visiting the Lincoln home (the only home he ever owned), the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln’s New Salem, and the new and old Illinois capital buildings.
  • Don’t miss the world-class Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Get your kicks on Route 66 as you visit Shea’s Gas Station Museum, Cozy Dog Drive-in, or Route 66 Drive-In.
  • Other activities include Knight’s Action Park Caribbean Water Adventure, botanical gardens, military sites, architectural sites, antique shops, shopping malls, and even the fastest dirt bike track in the country.

Go to www.Visitspringfieldillinois.Com to explore a Visitor’s Guide or order your own hard copy. Click on the links below for more detailed information.

Event Location

Crown Plaza Springfield
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: 217-529-7777
(Call 217-585-2871 for reservations)

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