From the Archives: Resources of Faith

By James L. Edwards

The Christian—sensitive, caring, hard-working—is susceptible to anxiety as is the person living in a world without God. Our problem is further compounded by the guilt we feel when we know we are living life without the resources of faith so very available to us. Our concern is that we mature to the point that our faith becomes ever more operative, available, and apparent in our lives. Continue reading

Risk and Reward: Churches Partner to Help County’s Homeless

Entrance to the Hope House homeless shelter.

By Carl Stagner

A woman approached the pastor of the local Church of God, asking if she could pitch her tent behind the building. She needed a place to stay and the church leadership had already been in discussion about how they could more intentionally be the hands and feet of Jesus. Though she stayed a little longer than expected, and one day abruptly left her tent and a mess behind, the church’s conclusion was: “Mess or not, we did the right thing.” Little did Pastor Nathan Workman and First Church of God in St. Louis, Michigan, realize that this experience would set into motion a trailblazing effort to address the needs of the county’s homeless. Continue reading

Preach Like a Girl: Church of God Celebrates Women’s History Month

CWC staff wearing the new Preach Like a Girl T-shirts.

By Jim Lyon

February has long been recognized as Black History Month in the United States—an important focus to help all Americans discover, appreciate, and understand the terrific impact and contribution of Americans of African descent to our culture, advancement, and history. Such observations are important because history books tend to highlight the achievements of those who write them (principally white men); overcoming that limited lens strengthens all of us and honors the diverse family of humanity God designed.

Similarly, women are often under-represented in the narrative of our past. And yet, all of us know that women are half the world and indispensable players in a nation’s development and success. Women are, again by God’s design, life-givers. All of us arrived on the scene only after a mother’s journey through pregnancy and delivery. And, there’s so much more. Continue reading

Black History Month Marked by Movement-wide Reflection, Celebration

Black History Month musical celebration at New Covenant Church.

By Carl Stagner

If you’ve never worshiped at a church culturally and ethnically different than your own, you’re really missing out. The various expressions of worship among God’s people—within the Church of God movement and beyond—broaden our kingdom perspective, enhance our appreciation for the beautiful diversity in the body of Christ, and enrich our own spiritual journeys. This is especially the case during the month of February each year, when Church of God congregations from southern California to New England observe Black History Month. Continue reading

WPU Student Discovers Opportunity on the Road Less Traveled

Marcos Turner Romero

First-generation college student Marcos Romero Turner has overcome many obstacles to enroll at Warner Pacific University to begin his bachelor’s degree in social entrepreneurship this fall. Abandoned by his parents at the age of three, Marcos bravely chose the road less traveled and is cultivating a brighter future. Continue reading

The Way of Jesus: Daughter of Shooting Victim Waves Flag of Forgiveness

Rose Simmons spreading the “forgiveness revolution.”

By Carl Stagner

To most in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015, probably started out like any other day, but the tragic events that unfolded shortly after 9:00 PM would set this day apart forever. When a white supremacist opened fire at the historic Emanuel AME Church, murdering nine African Americans, it may have seemed like evil had triumphed. In the days that followed, however, the world watched as hell learned it would not have the final say. Instead, a “forgiveness revolution” gained traction and could not be stopped. Rose Simmons, who lost her father in the massacre, has since become an ambassador of forgiveness, sharing her story of pain and hope wherever doors of opportunity open. This year, the doors will open for her at Center of Hope LA, Madison Park Church of God, and the Church of God of East New York as the Church of God welcomes her to all three Regional Conventions. Continue reading

Prayerful Perspective on Hong Kong and China

Patrick, Jamie, and Marco reunite with the Hong Kong Church of God.

By Patrick Nachtigall

As most of you know, we started our missionary career in Hong Kong and China, where we lived and worked for just under ten years. Marco was born there, and we worked closely with the very young and fast-growing Hong Kong Church of God. It was a magical time filled with tremendous memories, wonderful friendships, and great ministry. We loved Hong Kong and our friends there and have missed it greatly. As a family, we made a commitment that we would return to Hong Kong before Marco graduates from high school. So, in December, we packed our bags and returned to see our old friends and our old home. Continue reading

Earthquake Update: Prayers Urged as Puerto Rico Continues to Shake

Earthquake-caused home damage in Puerto Rico.

By Carl Stagner

It had been more than a century since the island of Puerto Rico had suffered a strong earthquake. On December 28, the US territory was caught by surprise with what has been called a “swarm,” beginning with a 4.7-magnitude earthquake that day and a 5.0-magnitude quake early the following day. Numerous earthquakes have struck the land in the weeks since, including a powerful 6.4-magnitude on January 7 and a recent one that measured at 5.0 on February 4. Mary Ann Martinez, Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano) representative to the Ministries Council of the Church of God, and local/regional pastor in Puerto Rico, offers the Church of God movement an update on the ongoing critical situation. Continue reading

Hard Work, Dedication Culminate in Launch of Satellite Campus

Kevin and Misty Gillian

By Kevin and Misty Gillian

Editor’s note—The following article, originally published by Indiana Ministries, highlights the incredible happenings at the Auburn, Indiana, satellite campus of the healthy, growing County Line Church of God.

God is doing amazing things at County Line Auburn Campus! Since July of last year, we’ve held church in the basement while the main floor was being renovated. Starting with just 10 core team leaders and 50 launch team volunteers, we’ve grown to an average of 175 people. We never imagined the lives that would be changed right before our eyes. Continue reading

Philippines Volcano Update: Effects Linger from January 12 Eruption

Volcanic eruption (stock image)

By Carl Stagner

On January 12, a prominent volcano, known as Taal, erupted south of Manila. Somewhat eclipsed by major headlines since the new year, the eruption nevertheless wreaked havoc on parts of the Philippines. Even as the weeks pass and government lowers the level of alert, the harmful effects of the eruption on daily life linger. While 376,000 displaced residents were recently allowed to return home, the ash and smoke left behind remain a serious problem. Ivy Jean So, contact on the ground for the Church of God in the area, offers a brief update on the ongoing disaster and recommendations for how the broader movement can best keep them in prayer. Continue reading

From the Archives: When “One” was “One”

By Douglas E. Welch

In the morning time of the Church of God reformation movement—when it was confined largely to the Midwest—the issue of race was no issue at all among the “saints in evening light.” We have several old photographs and camp-meeting posters indicating that blacks were not only invited to attend public meetings, but were part of the community, as well. To be sure, their numbers were probably quite small, but whether few or many, they were as welcome as anyone else. Continue reading

Evangelism the Focus of Mid-Year Leadership Conference 2020

Worship at a Mid-Year Leadership Conference.

By Carl Stagner

Even the most dedicated leaders in the church recognize the vitality of rest and renewal. When sunshine and warmth cloak the country from coast to coast during the summer months, opportunities for rest and renewal commonly come in the form of Church of God conferences and camp meetings. But often the most trying times in ministry arise in the midst of those long winters, and not just the kind that bring snow and ice. The Mid-Year Leadership Conference has faithfully served the Church of God movement as a respite for pastors and lay leaders needing a boost; sometimes, for instance, you simply can’t wait until Camp Meeting at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. This year’s Mid-Year, which annually moves to different winter-havens, will take place in Charleston, South Carolina. Not only can attendees expect rest for body and soul, but also the chance to take a closer look at the role of evangelism in the church today. Continue reading

Anticipation Builds for the E2020 Women Clergy Conference

By Carron Odokara and Carl Stagner

Women in ministry have a strong heritage in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition. History continues to be made as women in ministry from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds come together in unity under the banner of Jesus Christ. The Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy are excited to present E2020, a premier conference approaching fast with great anticipation. March 12–15 will be here before you know it, so those going from the Church of God urge you to make plans soon for an unforgettable experience of anointed preaching, Spirit-filled prayer and worship, and powerful workshops for refreshment and renewal. Continue reading

From the Archives: Knowing God Personally

By Ronald J. Fowler

So much of human existence is filled with indirect relationships. There is a certain distance people maintain either for good or bad reasons. However, the fact remains that many people prefer the pain of distance to the fulfilment of fellowship. Too many people are more thing-oriented than people-oriented. It is no wonder that the information gap gets smaller while the people gap gets wider. Continue reading

Johnsons Announced as Regional Coordinators for Africa

John and Gwen Johnson

By Stephen Lewis

Regional coordinators are thoroughly integrated into the structure of Global Strategy and the way that we work with national leaders and missionaries around the globe. These people are critical to the mission of Global Strategy. So, it is always with trepidation and a sense of uncertainty that we approach a transition in regional coordinators. It was with grief that we saw Mike and Heather Webb step out of the role of regional coordinators for Africa at the end of July 2019, yet we were excited to see them assume new roles as executive directors of Children of Promise in August 2019. Continue reading