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Convention 2019: An International Affair

Convention guests from Mexico and Ghana together in 2013.

By Carl Stagner

In 2015, the General Assembly passed a resolution directing the Church of God Convention to “encourage broad participation” by the Church of God around the world every fourth year. The first of these gatherings with an international emphasis is Convention 2019 in Orlando, Florida, June 27–30 (www.chogconvention.org). With Church of God speakers from outside the United States and Canada, approximately 170 international registrants to date, and a variety of missions conferences and events, Convention 2019 and General Assembly is gearing up to be one of the most international experiences of the Church of God in North America. Continue reading

Midnight Ministries, Missions, and Cowboys


Photo: A mission worker from Fairview The Grace Place prays with a girl in Guatemala.

By Carl Stagner

Fairview The Grace Place is a thriving Church of God congregation nestled in rural Falkville, Alabama. Though not in the heart of any one community, the church is centrally located among several communities. As a result of an emphasis on reaching these communities, The Grace Place now celebrates the fruit of their labor. The congregation gives thanks to God for several victories in recent years, but a few stand out: more than a hundred children have been sponsored in Guatemala, local and foreign missions have been supported by a 5K race at midnight, and a cowboy church has launched. Continue reading