Contact: Carl Pierce, 410-903-9207
For immediate release: 10/3/12
AIM LEADERS VISIT BALTIMORE TO PREPARE FOR AIM 2013
BALTIMORE – Preparing for a convention that is projected to draw tens of thousands of attendees to the city next year, leaders from the Church Of God In Christ’s Auxiliaries In Ministry (AIM) recently took a tour of Baltimore's hotels and convention center.
Bishop J. Drew Sheard, the chairman of the International AIM Convention, led a contingent of staff, departmental leaders, and the local steering committee on the initial site visit to the city on Sept. 10.
In addition to the tour, the group held planning sessions and a worship service (kickoff rally) at the Carter Memorial Church Of God In Christ, where local AIM Chairman Pastor Carl A. Pierce Sr. is the senior pastor.
“Enthusiasm is high and all indications are that Baltimore will set unprecedented attendance and registration records,” said Pastor Pierce, the Vice Chairman of the International AIM Convention.
Last year’s convention drew over 30,000 delegates to Birmingham where adults and youth attended training workshops, inspirational worship services, children and youth activities, scholastic motivation, drill team competition, praise and worship seminars, evangelism and missions motivational events, community outreach, Sunday School instruction, and Gospel concerts with nationally-known recording artists, psalmists, musicians and choirs.
Next year’s convention, which will be held July 1-5, will be hosted by the four Maryland/DC area Jurisdictional Prelates (Bishop Joel H. Lyles, Jr., Bishop Stanford Butts, Bishop Paul Harmon and Bishop Neavelle Coles). Virginia and Pennsylvania will serve as supporting jurisdictions.
The goal of AIM is effectiveness in ministry. Its primary goal is training for a more effective domestic and global outreach. The mission of AIM is to advance Kingdom work through training, worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship and service. The convention brings together five auxiliaries of the church: Music and Youth; Mission and Evangelism, and Sunday School.
AIM is part of the Church Of God In Christ, a Pentecostal denomination estimated to have a membership of seven million members worldwide.