What is the Purpose of a Convocation?

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Leonard Lovett, Ph. D

Numbers 29:1 “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation…”

It is a tradition in the Church of God in Christ to convene annual Convocations within a State Jurisdiction (usually during late Spring and Summer), and the late Fall (November) for our International meeting). My path to COGIC was through an Annual Jurisdictional Convocation held in Miami at Cohen Temple COGIC. There was something attractive about the Sanctified Church that got my attention at age twelve. The late Mother Laura Barber Hall from Black’s Memorial COGIC would talk to us as neighborhood children and invite us to worship at the Sanctified Church. On special days the women wore white and looked sanctified (cleansed and purified). With permission I soon left Big Bethel AME and made the mistake of hanging out with people from the Sanctified Church. There was the usual precaution from the haters to “be careful those people may put goober dust on you and you may come under their spell.” But at the Convocation as a lad, I noticed that the meetings were dominated by focused worship and a deep sense of spirituality and purpose.
Children were not wandering alone as people entered the meetings with a sense of elation as they literally rushed for seats. They were filled with expectation and hope. In those days we were rarely disappointed as various Districts were in charge and the Word of God was preached as though the end times were near.

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2 comments

  • David W Stokes on August 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm said:

    Did you get my request regarding the NIV bible translation? I would like to know your opinion regarding it’s orthodoxy in terms of textual interpretations.

    • Dr. Leonard Lovett on August 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm said:

      Hi, The NIV translation appears reliable. I use Life Application Bible a great deal. I usually don’t respond to this kind of question online. It is in the realm of biblical studies. Thanks for visiting the site.

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