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March 16-18, 2012 ….Southeast Conference in Ridgecrest N.C.
The Sidewalk Prophets are an unlikely group of poets, musicians, and fun-lovers who have been brought together by the blood of Jesus Christ to share the hope, faith, tragedy, and love that is the reality of Christianity. For over seven years the Sidewalk Prophets have been traveling across the United States and overseas sharing the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. They are a dynamic songwriting duo comprised of college dorm-mates-turned-best-friends, David Frey and Ben McDonald. Frey is equipped with an amazing vocal range and a distinct, soulful voice that is full of engaging passion. McDonald brings an undeniable drive and passion for writing songs that will engage both churched and unchurched listeners.
The band has been on the road for the past four years playing more than 125 shows a year worldwide. They’ve been making thousands of friends and fans in the process. Along the way, the band has achieved some longtime goals of playing with bands they admired as teenagers. The band has had the honor of sharing the stage with acts like Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Stellar Kart, Building 429, and Ginny Owens, as well as many others.
The Sidewalk Prophets main focus is to make people feel comfortable being who God has created them to be. Young people today, more than ever, have the task of living in a world that places so much value on fitting in and achieving the perfect image. The band travels with the slogan “Image is nothing…love is everything.” Dave from the Sidewalk Prophets explains the bands vision like this, “We have traveled all over the United States working with young people and there is one resounding problem we see. The problem is that our young people are being pressured to live up to the world’s standard of success. The world is selling the idea that image is everything but we know that the only way this can be true is by helping God’s children, young and old, realize that an image molded after Christ is the only image worth striving for.”
The Sidewalk Prophets have had appeal not only to young people but to their parents and grandparents as well. Their musical palette includes an eclectic group of influences from past to present, which allows the band to connect with almost anyone who listens. Their sound is a melting pot which culminates into an original blend of acoustic rock music. Their shows bring the depth of a singer/songwriter and the energy of a rock & roll band.
In June 2007, the band packed their bags and headed south to Nashville, Tennessee, in hopes of expanding their platform to do other types of ministry.
This week, the General Presbyters and Assembly Committees gathered at the International Offices in Cleveland for their annual Fall Meetings. This time of prayer, dialogue, and planning helps set the course for ministry throughout the year and provides opportunity for leadership to address the urgent needs of our global movement.
On Wednesday, October 19, General Overseer Randall Howard presented his “State of the Offices” address to the General Presbyters, Assembly Committees, and International Office staff. “This time of sharing has developed as a way to let leadership in the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) know where my mind and heart are so that they would better understand my actions and directives,” said Bishop Howard during his opening statements. He continued, “It has evolved into a benchmark moment each year where we ask ourselves ‘where have we come from, where are we, and where are we going?’ It is good to keep these things in view as we walk along, otherwise we may find we are only taking a walk and in time we may find we have compassed this mountain long enough..
Bishop Howard shared four “dreams” that he and the General Presbyters have identified as they continue to pray about the church’s future and implement Vision 2020 into their respective areas. These dreams, as outlined in the presentation were:
- We dream of the financial polity of this network being implemented in every nation of ministry.
- We dream of Leadership Development, building an integrated model to develop spiritually inspired ministerial leadership throughout the COGOP so that the International Offices will one day arrive to the place that our main product is Leadership Development
- We dream that our Vision/Mission/Core Values will become a matrix for the calling, identity, leadership and strategic action of this movement in the next ten years.
- We dream that this movement will become a mighty movement of prayer.
“Today is the day to dream the dreams of God and to walk toward the realization of those dreams by faith.” said Bishop Howard. “This church has stepped out to declare that God is still giving dreams and visions. We have stepped out to proclaim that we are willing to move in faith to be dream chasers, Running after the glory of God at the end of everyone of His dreams and visions. Remember, eye has not seen nor ear heard neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love him, but God has revealed them unto us by his spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God. Our former General Overseer Brother Murray spoke His dream and God’s heart into this body when he said the greatest days of the Church of God of Prophecy are yet to come. We join that dream declaration. God’s glory will ever increase on earth and we his people will move with Him to see that day come.”