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The 55th General Council

by Office of Marketing | August 30, 2013
During the first week of August, over 30,000 church members gathered in Orlando, Fla. for the 55th General Council of the Assemblies of God (AG). For five days, attendees celebrated the 99th birthday of the AG with worship, reflection, teaching and fellowship. Simultaneously, AG students (of middle and high school grade levels) gathered at the same site for the annual National Fine Arts Festival, a discipleship tool of National Youth Ministries designed to "help students discover, develop and deploy their ministry gifts.”
 
VFCC occupied two spaces — a main booth and a mobile Media Command Center (mMCC). The main booth was centrally located near the main entrance of the convention hall, giving VFCC prominent exposure to the AG attendees. The vibrant colors, pictures and large screen TVs, along with an excited and energetic team, made the booth a huge, and very attractive, success. As a result, it drew prospective students, parents, alumni and friends who were able to easily connect with VFCC. The booth space was designed and built by select dedicated staff, faculty, retired volunteers (MAPS RV Volunteers), students and special friends. 

The 48-foot mMCC allowed students interested in music and digital media to enter and record their own music in a sound proof studio, lay a track and walk away with a CD in-hand. 

Over 2,000 potential students completed inquiry cards. Whether interested in learning more about the variety of opportunities of our 57 majors, the renewable and stackable fine arts scholarships or reconnecting with old friends, curious teenagers, parents, alumni and friends stopped by in large numbers.
 
In addition to the music and digital media draw because of the mMCC, the main booth made it easy for prospective students looking for a diversity of programs to express interest in VFCC. According to Dr. Don Meyer, VFCC President, “This was the busiest year at our booths. This year reminded us just how far-reaching General Council is and what a great opportunity it gives us to connect with students who are interested in a college education that embraces God.”
 
“We were very blessed to have the energetic faculty, staff and student volunteers. They were inspirational recruiters for VFCC,” said Dr. Meyer, “and to see the hard efforts in the design and building process of the booth and the wonderful efforts of all of those involved with the mMCC, shows the commitment and dedication of our team and our mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.”