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IMC Annual Sabbath 2018

Celebrating God's grace among our international fellowship in Christ.

The International Ministerial Congress (IMC) is the worldwide organization of the Church of God (Seventh Day).

It was established in 1978 with the purpose of uniting the international church, supporting doctrinal unity, and coordinating its evangelistic mission. It now has members in 44 nations and contacts in 100+ countries. 

The IMC Annual Sabbath takes place on the first Sabbath of each November. Participants learn about the progress of the international church, have opportunity to pray for specific needs, and understand how they can be regularly involved. Congregations in every country are encouraged to generously take up an offering in order to support the IMC's work providing leadership training, mobilising missionaries, development of evangelism and discipleship materials for use in diverse cultures, church planting in regions of the world where we have opportunities, and of judiciously developing the infrastructure needed for a vibrant 21st century church in Christ.

Letter from our Executive Director
November 2018

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

It is an honor to celebrate together on this IMC Annual Sabbath. This event will be a great opportunity for us to encourage one another to press on toward the prize for which God has called us.

While the mission of the Church is to go and make disciples, we must understand that we are first and foremost called to Jesus Christ. We did not choose Him; He chose us. In all things Jesus is supreme, and that must be evident in our lives. When Christ is at the center of who we are, both individually and as a church, only then do the questions of who we are and what we do find their proper resolution and focus. These and many other insights are why the theme of "A Christ-Centered Church," is so important.

With Christ at the center, actively working in us and sending us as His ambassadors, all we do is for His glory and according to His purpose, not our own. We do not work or act in our own strength and wisdom, but in His. In this way, we declare Christ’s works, because He is the one who motivates what we do and the one who defines who we are. Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing. With Christ at the center, we have everything we need to live a holy life and be His faithful witnesses.

As we celebrate around the world in unison, we will talk about the centrality of Jesus Christ to everything we are and everything we do. He is our paradigm, setting the example for us to follow as His disciples.

May we be a church that puts Christ and His mission first so that in all things, Christ might have the supremacy (Colossians 1:18).

Ramon Ruiz, IMC President

        In Christ


        Bryan Cleeton
        IMC Executive Director

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The International Ministerial Congress throughout the world is growing. Pictured here are the faces of families, youth and elderly representing God's good work in Africa.

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Praise God for His good work among us, in growth not only in numbers but also in moving closer to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. In this celebration we acknowledge His grace and providence.

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IMC Annual Sabbath 2018

Ramon Ruiz introduces the IMC Annual Sabbath for 2018, explaining the work and mission of the International Ministerial Congress. 5 min.

As family partnering together and defined in Christ alone, the International Ministerial Congress of the Church of God (Seventh Day) celebrates this distinctiveness on the first Sabbath every November.

Thus every year the IMC Annual Sabbath in November is a day dedicated to the blessing and the work of the International Ministerial Congress of the Church of God (Seventh Day) throughout the world. It's a time of refection and reviewing all God has been doing in our midst, sharing photos and videos of baptisms, new church plants, commissioning of faithful men into service, retirement, different missions and ministries, as well as looking forward, upward and outward.

An offering is also taken up in each fellowship throughout the world in a spirit of partnership and stewardship, so that the IMC may be further and better equipped to minister among us all.

It's also a time of the year when annual reports are submitted, giving greater detail and insight into the everyday walk of faith of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Days remaining until the next IMC Annual Sabbath

2 November 2019

Send us your photos or videos of church life in your area (baptisms, anniversaries, celebrations, evangelism and mission opportunities) from the past year and we would be honoured to feature them in this section of the IMC website.

Share your Dropbox folder with john(at)classicit.net or use WhatsApp contact of +61 417 177 683 for photos and videos.
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