‘The Gathering 2019’ to be held in paradiseEllis: GUF now has 1,112 churches and ministers in 40 countries
Global United Fellowship (GUF), presided over by Bishop Neil Ellis, has swelled to 1,112 churches and ministers in 40 countries as GUF came together for its fifth Gathering recently. The membership as it stands today is a far cry from the 41 churches they started out with in 2013.
“The Global United Fellowship is both healthy and hopeful [and] getting stronger and stronger as we advance our mandate to unite the Body of Christ; equip Christian believers; enhance marriages and families; resurrect the dying discipline of prayer; and build real, authentic and meaningful relationships,” said Ellis. “Anything connected to God is constantly growing – and anything that’s constantly growing is constantly changing. What a glorious 12 months it’s been for our Fellowship. We have seen God, we have seen growth, and we have seen change,” he said.
“Of course, the enemy is not very happy about this aggressive growth and you need to be aware that the forces of evil are at work to cause dissension among us to divide … to separate and to fragment us [but] we must arm ourselves for this conflict, anchor ourselves where we’ve been planted and stay on the wall,” said the bishop during his State of The Fellowship Address on the opening night of “The Gathering 2018” held in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Ellis told members at the convention that while they expect forces of evil at work from the outside, he reminded them that the enemy is subtle, and would use anyone who is available – even if they’re on the inside. He told them to not make themselves tools of the enemy to cause dissension among the brethren.
Coming off “The Gathering 2018”, which was said to be life-changing and empowering, with attendees stretched and their faith strengthened, the membership of GUF have begun preparations to attend “The Gathering 2019”, to be held July 9-12 at the Atlantis Hotel and Convention Center.
At the Greensboro Gathering, participants were empowered to take the concept of transformation beyond just theory.
“We want it to become active in your lives, your churches, your families and your communities,” said Ellis. He told participants that all plenary sessions were filled with information and resources to make sure they left the conference with the knowledge and tools to begin to put into practice many of the themes and trends they have been expounding upon over the past two years. He also urged delegates to attend the breakout workshops and seminars designed to educate, liberate and get them engaged in the transformative work of the kingdom.
It was a week Ellis urged participants to not take or treat casually, as he said it was prayerfully and meticulously designed to be yet another transformative week. He encouraged them to use the week to get to know God and each other better.
“Unite – fellowship, after all, this is who we are. But at the end of it all, it is my prayer that whatever you do, God alone would be glorified,” said the bishop.
“We are serious about our commitment to build this Fellowship into a culturally distinctive, globally influential, religious reformation that wields influence in every emerging trend and issue that affects God’s people.”
At the Greensboro convention, prior to their arrival in the city, they held a can food drive which they delivered to a local food pantry on behalf of the Fellowship.
They also invaded a local grocery store with a four-fold purpose – to introduce Christ to the shoppers; to share testimonies of his awesome power; to create a sanctuary in a public market; and to purchase groceries for unexpected shoppers who were not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The church’s respective “first ladies” were also able to avail themselves of a special event with a focus on “Ensuring the Financial Success of the First Family” with Dr. Catherine Eagan who has served as a financial coach to professional athletes from the NBA, NFL and MLB; Eagan is also called on by diplomats, CEOs and businesses owners from more than 50 nations for her for business and financial strategies and solutions.