Photo: Pastors’ Fellowship 2017
By Carl Stagner
Another Pastors’ Fellowship has come and gone, yet its impact on those who attended, the movement, and the culture remains. As it always does, this year’s gathering of pastors and laypeople at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky, featured dynamic doctrinal preaching and wholehearted singing of heritage hymns. The fellowship was as sweet as the iced tea, and the moments of prayer were powerful and potent. What really left a lasting impression, however, was the way these men and women of God responded to the Spirit. When word got out about the devastating floods wreaking havoc across Missouri, directly affecting Church of God brothers and sisters, God’s love turned into action. Continue reading
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Tagged 2017, Bill Konstantopoulos, Bob Neace, Charlie Heater, Danny Goins, doctrine, First Church of God, generosity, Gerald Rudd, Giving, Handel Smith, heritage, Jessica Hall, Kentucky, Nathan Leasure, offering, Pastors' Fellowship, preaching, Winchester
More than three decades passed before the new movement known as the Church of God established the General Assembly. The engine of the movement then was the Gospel Trumpet Company. As the movement grew, competing agendas and dysfunctional operations became too much for even the catalytic Gospel Trumpet to handle. In 1917, it had become apparent to Church of God pastors that some recalibration of the movement was needed to keep it going and simultaneously breathe new life into its sails. Since 1917, the General Assembly has been the voice for the movement—not Church of God Ministries, not the various agencies and schools, not the general director. The voice of the General Assembly is the strongest, however, when its shepherds and lay delegates participate. In a new video released by Church of God Ministries, Jim Lyon, general director, urges pastors and lay delegates to make this historic year—one hundred since the GA’s inception—a priority.
View or download the video on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/209904704.
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You’ve been waiting and wondering. Now you don’t have to wait any longer! We’ve learned the locations and dates for the 2016 regional conventions and Church of God Convention 2017. After two years of historic gatherings in Oklahoma City, and following a historic decision in June 2015, the Church of God Convention begins a new chapter featuring multiple locations across the country. You’ll want to mark your calendars and save these important dates!
Your Ministries Council and your team at Church of God Ministries urge you to attend one of the 2016 regional conventions, which will also feature the CHOG Table—a setting where we will grapple with important issues facing the church in our generation. These inspirational gatherings will feed your soul and connect you with friends and ministry colleagues. You won’t want to miss being a part of these meaningful events. See the announcement from Jim Lyon and the Ministries Council.
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Tagged 2016, 2017, announcement, Church of God Convention, dates, gathering, Jim Lyon, locations, Ministries Council, regional convention