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California Pastor Operates ‘Hospital’ for Those Hurt by the Church

By Serena Ellens “Everyone who comes to the center is a broken believer. Most of them quit the church, caught in one church fight or another, and hurt by the results. This was their church, and was supposed to be … Continue reading

Spiritually-Dying Church in Texas Receives a Breath of Life

By Serena Ellens In a town small enough to spit across, a church was dying. Growing stale after years of spiritual drought and disconnectedness among the congregation, the church was tired and desperately needed a miracle to turn its dry … Continue reading

Urban Missions: Ohio Church Buys Two Inner-City Homes, Commissions Residents

By Serena Ellens What does it mean to be a missionary on the home front—on our very own American soil? The church often hears about missionaries that travel to exotic locations and third-world countries to spread the gospel. While their … Continue reading

Joy Comes in the Mourning: Houston Church Finds Hope Amid Loss

By Serena Ellens “…The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21 NKJV). Often cited in times of trial or difficulty, these famous words perfectly embody the attitude of Houston First Church of … Continue reading

The ‘Art’ of Reconciliation: Church on the Street Gives Garbage a Second Chance

By Serena Ellens “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” or so the ancient saying goes. But realistically speaking, how often is trash literally collected, repurposed, and beautified into a stunning new creation? Meet “The Art of Reconciliation,” a new … Continue reading

The Empty Pew Project

By Serena Ellens The Empty Pew Project, a new ministry opportunity developed by North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek, Michigan, was created to give members the opportunity to serve in their community instead of simply sitting in church … Continue reading

Total Body Unity: Florida Church Intentionally Integrates Cultures

By Serena Ellens In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul illustrates unity between Christ-followers as a body with many parts. Equating each part of the church to a part of the body, he emphasizes the importance of appreciating the unique talents and … Continue reading