Category Archives: All Church of God

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

Growing Churches Take Giant Steps Forward with Christ-Centered Lender

Catalyst Church ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By Carl Stagner

Two Church of God congregations, one in West Virginia, and one in Indiana. Both healthy, strong churches, but both facing “good” problems. Surges in attendance, coupled with distinct, significant transitions in each church, meant ministry momentum might no longer be sustainable without an outside voice and trusted partner. It wasn’t long before they discovered in Mark Senseman and CDF Capital an inside voice with experience not only in financial capital, but also spiritual capital. Southridge and Catalyst Churches had reached within the Church of God and found the crucial knowledge and outside perspective to take giant steps toward greater kingdom impact. Continue reading

Taking the Plunge: Couple Chooses Life, Gains Life

Nick and Sidney Truax embrace after he baptized her.

By Carl Stagner

Young adults. Unplanned pregnancy. One, a wandering believer; the other, lost. The cards were certainly stacked against them. Nick and Sidney knew they had options—separation was on the table, and abortion wasn’t out of the question. A baby’s heartbeat, a wedding ceremony, a church that loved them, and a half-decade of patient prayer culminated this past fall when, accompanied by joyous applause, Nick performed the baptism of his own bride. Continue reading

NIYC 2019: Year Ends with Preaching, Prayer, and Praise in Pittsburgh

Photo: Kevin Earley celebrating at NIYC 2019.

By Carl Stagner

Every year, while others are recovering from Christmas and preparing for New Year’s Eve, teens and adults from across the Church of God meet up for one of the most important events in the life of the movement. December 27–31 may seem like an unusual time* for a church convention, but those who make the effort to travel to the host city of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC) of the Church of God for the last few days of the year are never disappointed. NIYC 2019 was no different; souls were refreshed, leaders were developed, and lives were forever changed. The ball may have dropped for a tightly packed crowd of partiers in Times Square, but the year ended with preaching, prayer, and praise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Anxiety and Depression: Influential Church Tackles Tough Topics

Cornwall seminar ad (photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash)

By Carl Stagner

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from—anxiety and depression are real issues that affect real people all around you—perhaps including you. As a trusted partner to the Bellingham, Washington, community, Cornwall Church has long been in a position of influence to address the weighty matters that really matter to society, including mental health. Recognizing the massive need and the responsibility they have as salt and light, Cornwall Church recently welcomed a panel of three mental health professionals to their campus. During a seminar designed especially to inform and resource parents, Cornwall Church demonstrated once again that, among a cacophony of voices in the culture clamoring for attention and allegiance, they will not remain silent. Continue reading

Students Remind Us That “The Dream” Still Matters

Participants march past Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Anderson University will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service projects and opportunities for reflection and hands-on learning. Classes will be suspended for the day. Monday, January 20, will include the traditional Anderson University participation in the citywide MLK Jr. Day celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Students can take advantage of the shuttle service from Olt Student Center every fifteen minutes between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM. The citywide celebration will conclude with the annual Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium. Continue reading

Former Harlem Globetrotter a Slam Dunk for Convention Lineup

Derick “Dizzy” Grant as a Globetrotter.

By Carl Stagner

At the age of seven, his parents took him and his brother to see the Harlem Globetrotters. Little did they know the impact that experience, coupled with a brand-new mini-basketball, would have on Derick Grant’s life. The New Jersey boy’s passion for the game had been ignited, and several years later the “All-American” athlete would secure his college’s number-two spot for all-time-high scoring. Expectations were dashed more than a few times, however, and he ended up on a team that regularly played against, and lost to, the Harlem Globetrotters. Things turned around when, after a year, the Globetrotters recruited Derick, launching an incredible eight-year journey and building a platform that God would later use in ways Derick could have never imagined. His testimony and knack for delivery on and off the court position him perfectly to address the Church of God at all three Regional Conventions this year. Continue reading

“A God Thing” Leads Oklahoma Soldier, Father to College Success

Matthew Holata

By Whitney Knight

Many can attest to the old saying that “God moves in mysterious ways.” As Matthew Holata learned, sometimes that can even mean through the radio waves. A native of Morris, Oklahoma, in the eastern half of the state, Holata grew up as a competitive kid with a love of sports and teamwork. He planned to pursue the path of a student-athlete after graduating high school, but came up just short—literally. Continue reading

Chuck Myricks Jr.: Anointed Hands Join Hands with Servant Solutions

Chuck Myricks Jr.

By Carl Stagner

The Church of God has a rich history of raising up outstanding musical talent. From Doug Oldham to Edward Cumberbatch, from Sandi Patty to Alanna Story and numerous others, musicians in the Church of God have faithfully expressed their joy in the Lord through song. No list of our Movement’s stellar musicians could be complete without the name of Chuck Myricks. The son of the highly-acclaimed Cleo Myricks needs little introduction as he has clearly established a name for himself in the music industry, in both Christian and secular business circles, and across the Church of God and beyond. Of course, Chuck’s mission isn’t to make a name for himself but to lift up the name of Jesus. In so doing, he already wears several ministry hats and won’t be removing any of them any time soon. Now he’s excited to announce he’s donning one more—as he joins the staff, part-time, of Servant Solutions. Continue reading

From the Archives: Christmas is Special

By Lois M. Saltsman

“I’m so sick of all of this, I’ll be glad when Christmas is over.” How often have you heard this or similar statements, even within the Christian community? Has Christmas degenerated into a major annoyance? Is there no longer any real significance to it? Could it be that Christmas has become much too familiar, too commonplace, and much too taken for granted? As a pastor preparing for the Christmas events, these questions, along with many others, come to mind. Continue reading

Beauty from Ashes Amid Loss of Historic CHOG Building in India

Flames engulf the historic Qualapatty church building on November 17.

By Don and Caroline Armstrong

In the early morning hours of November 17 in Shillong, India, a fire broke out in the historic Qualapatty Church of God. After having stood so prominently for more than a century, this beautiful, 117-year-old building became engulfed in the flames as a firetruck that was too big for the narrow road blocked the way for the smaller firetruck behind it. Continue reading

Christmas in Côte d’Ivoire

By Carl Stagner

“I’ll be home for Christmas” might be the popular refrain among families spread across North America this time of year, but often included among those who can’t be home for the holidays are our Church of God missionaries. While there are some aspects of the season they miss—family, friends, foods, and familiar sights and sounds—there are some things about Christmas in America that they’ve learned to live without. Looking past the rampant commercialization and materialism attached to the holiday here, Christmas celebrations in many other countries have their own appeal, and have much to teach us, too. The Church of God in Côte d’Ivoire offers one example. Continue reading

Big Apple is Mission Field for Regional 2020 Host Church

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

By Carl Stagner

Home to more than 8.6 million people, New York City is the most populous city in the United States. The “Big Apple,” as it’s commonly called, is also the mission field for the Church of God of East New York, a congregation which has had a growing influence on the borough of Brooklyn for ninety years. Before a portion of the Church of God descends on the “city that never sleeps” next September 18–20 for the third-and-final Regional Convention 2020, ministry leaders from across the city and places far beyond will return for an anniversary homecoming at the church pastored for the last thirty-eight years by Clifton McDowell. A recent interview with Pastor McDowell shed light on what healthy, enduring ministry looks like among millions of neighbors in such a diverse, fast-paced, and densely populated environment. Continue reading

Pink Door: Longing to Be Loved

Pink Door Country: a place of peace, grace, and abundance.

“Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.” —Fred Rogers

One day at Pink Door, we were talking about what we admire in others. One woman’s response was the ability to give and receive gnade (grace). She went on to explain that it is impossible for her to receive this from others. When asked why, she hung her head in silence. “Do you feel you don’t deserve it?” She broke her silence with the answer “No. I don’t deserve it.” Continue reading