Verse of the Day 2022-07-05

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, — Psalm 146:7 (NIV)



We are so excited to announce our 2022 Impact Conference at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. The conference theme is “Transforming Cities and Places” Luke 10:1-4. Registration is required for in-person attendance and strongly requested for virtual attendees. Please be prepared to make your hotel reservation during the check-out process. The hotel requires a one night reservation to secure your room. 
One of the most important task of the Executive Council is to keep conference attendees safe. Consequently, it is mandated that ALL IN-PERSON ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED or PRODUCE THE RESULTS OF YOUR COVID TEST THAT WAS TAKEN 5 DAYS OR LESS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CONVENTION. Children under age 5 are exempt. All attendees must be fully masked while at the convention and social distancing will be practiced at every meeting. 

Deacons/Deaconesses Retreat

We are excited to announce that this year’s retreat will be back in person! The past two years have been filled with a great deal of changes and adjustments to the way we do things. We are grateful to God that He has allowed us to once again meet together. Although the last two years we were still able to meet by way of virtual means, we are happy to be able to come together under one roof. We are looking for the Lord to bless us to have another great retreat this year. This year marks our 5th Anniversary, and our theme is “Allied with God for such a time as this.” If there was ever a time to draw close to God, the time is now. We are truly living in unprecedented times, and we need the Lord to shield us from the evil tactics of the enemy. Please click the link to the right for details. 

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The Church of God by Faith, Inc. Department of Global Missions is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. The endeavor of this church is to expand the Kingdom of God at home and abroad.
The United Nations has reported over 1.4 million Ukrainians have crossed the border into Poland over the last several days to flee the constant bombing of their homeland. Many American churches are raising funds to assist these refugees in their suffering and we’re asking as many ByFaith members as possible to help do our part. Please consider sending $22.00 to our Global Missions Department to help with this cause by clicking on the link to the right. Please type Ukraine in the memo.  All of your contributions will be use to support Ukrainian refugees. Thank you in advance for your support.
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As a part of Vision 2025, Bishop McKnight believes embarking upon a National Personal Financial Study program addresses three goals of the Vision. First, there are several ways to transform our churches and personal financial freedom lifts burdens to greater equip servers in the Body of Christ.
Consequently, we have partnered with Crown because they believe, “Godly stewardship not only lifts us out of debt, it also sets us on a new path where we can discover the freedom God wants for us and our loved ones.”
Please click on the link to the right for the full details. 

VISON 2025

There is a wide-open door for a great work here (1 Cor.16:9 NLT). The Church of God by Faith will move forward together in alignment with our mission and values to a better future. Five wide-open doors for great work are before us and will guide our focus for the next five years. This new emphasis shall be known as Vision 2025.  A growing number of Americans claim no commitment to a faith-community, and it is no secret that the church has lost its place in the culture; therefore, we must rediscover the “Ekklesia” and rethink how we do church.  We will focus on developing vibrant post-pandemic churches, providing strategies and assessments for success. Please click on the link to the right to get the details. 


Over the past few years, the support of ByFaith Partners has been the catalyst for the forward movement in the Church of God by Faith and the fulfillment of most of Vision 2020 goals. With those resources, the Burial League was strengthened, and our flagship Ocala Temple was renovated. We also launched Church of God by Faith Financial Solutions Extension Fund which  is a reliable investment option for members and churches and has become the key funding source for church building and new acquisitions. Still, there is much more to be done. The Presiding Bishop and Council of Elders are clear that this is the time the Church must move forward and focus on the broader mission identified in Vision 2025. Thus, we are asking all current partners to continue your support, and invite others to come aboard and be a part of this next move as a new Vision 2025 Partner.


We are so excited to introduce a brand new Church of God by Faith App.  Connect with all social media sites, review recorded messages, stay in touch with all things ByFaith. To download the app, please follow these instructions:
  1. Open the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play/Play Store (Android or compatible devices)
  2. Search for “COGBF”
  3. To check to ensure the COGBF crest, with a black background, is visible on the app that you select
  4. After you have confirmed that you selected the COGBF app, tap “Install”
  5. The app is also available in Roku and Apple TV.

COGBF Position on COVID-19 Vaccines

Here we are in a new year, and 2021 has already brought a lot of new challenges to our country politically, economically, socially, and the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus. COVID-19 has changed our world. It has disproportionately affected our communities and, unfortunately,  claimed far too many lives. Perhaps many of us feel like the Prophet Jeremiah who lamented, “I weep for the hurt of my people; I stand amazed, silent, dumb with grief. 22 Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why doesn’t God do something? Why doesn’t He help?” (Jer. 3:21-22 TLB). Please click on the link to the right for the full story. Please watch this message from Bishop McKnight on vaccines. 

BISHOP’S COVID RESPONSE                    


The Church of God by Faith (COGBF) Scholarship Program has been established to promote the continuing college/university education of graduating high school students. The scholarship program encourages students to pursue their higher education by supporting students financially and spiritually. 
  • A complete application form.
  • An essay (300-word minimum/500-word maximum) 
  • An official high school transcript. 
  • There will be two / or three scholarships awarded per year.
  • The deadline for submitting application requirements is April 30, 2021.

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