Tag Archives: Bob Moss

Bored Meetings No More! Moss Authors Book to Save Churches Lost in Logistics

By Carl Stagner

Bob Moss has again added lead pastor to the hats he wears in the Church of God, shepherding the flock at Hope Community Church in Niles, Michigan, while he continues his work as executive liaison for Project Imagine. But he’s also spent six years total in state and national Church of God offices and thirty-five in pastoral ministry. Over those years, it’s safe to say he’s experienced (endured?) more than a few board meetings. Indeed, he’s witnessed firsthand churches get lost in logistics, bogged down under the constant pressure of the next decision that must be made—or tabled for another day. In his new book Lost in Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Your Board and Get Your Ministry Moving, Bob offers tested tools to help churches stop gridlock and jumpstart ministry. Board meetings don’t have to be bored meetings! Continue reading

Moss Expands His Service in the Church of God

Bob Moss will soon become an off-site employee with Church of God Ministries. As he assumes the lead pastor role at Hope Community Church in Niles, Michigan, he will continue his responsibilities with Project Imagine and serve as a field representative and cabinet-level leader of Church of God Ministries, working to achieve functional unity within the Movement. Continue reading

Pointing West: Reflections on Project Imagine

By Bob Moss

A frequent inquiry about Project Imagine is in regard to its objective. “What is the desired outcome?” we are asked. Simply said, we are seeking to recommend new systems of collaboration and cooperation among our wide-ranging group of ministries. We want to see the Church of God function as a movement. Continue reading

Longtime Missionary Turns 100

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Photo: Bob Moss and Ernest LaFont

By Carl Stagner

1916. That was the year former missionary Ernest LaFont was born. Well-known across the movement throughout the 20th century, he and his wife Grace were regarded by both pastors and laypeople, at home and abroad, as exemplary pillars of the faith. Chances are pretty good that either you are someone who was blessed by the ministry of the LaFonts, or you know someone who was. From Panama to Egypt, to Lebanon and finally Washington State, the widespread reach of this Pacific Bible College (now Warner Pacific) graduate over the span of a lifetime has not ceased, but continues to this day. Family member and friend Bob Moss of Church of God Ministries knows firsthand the incredible impact of Ernest LaFont on the movement, and is honored to offer just a glimpse of the harrowing circumstances that shaped this man of God. Continue reading

Our Sad Secret in the Church of God

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Photo: Lillie McCutcheon

By Bob Moss

Long before I ever heard the word egalitarianism, I saw it being lived out in the church of my childhood. For me it was completely normal and natural to see men and women serving and working together in the church. There was no subjugation of women in the Church of God—or so I thought.

Normal, in my childhood, meant a woman stood in the pulpit. Our pastor, Lillie McCutcheon, a.k.a. “Sister Lillie,” was an iconic figure. My grandparents accepted Christ under her preaching. She presided at my parents’ wedding. She launched my grandfather as a church planter and, as a result of her preaching ministry, I heard God’s call to ministry. Continue reading

It Takes a Team: An Interview with CHOG Ministries’ Carl Stagner

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By Bob Moss

In our ongoing series of articles titled “It Takes a Team,” Carl Stagner, editor of CHOGnews, has helped our readers to become acquainted with many of the faithful servants of Church of God Ministries. In this article, it’s my privilege to share this interview with Carl. I deeply appreciate his sincerity, his strong work ethic, and the quality of his writing. Our movement is blessed to have a young minister of Carl’s caliber serving as a staff writer to keep us informed and inspired with the happenings across the Church of God. Continue reading

Faith Promise: Embark on a Spiritual Adventure

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By Carl Stagner

Money unusually attained, deliberately retained, surprisingly regained, or intentionally maintained. For some it might be a tax refund or a holiday bonus. For others it might be an unexpected gift or a time of fasting from eating out. All are just a few of the ways Church of God people have met and surpassed pledges to give back to the Lord through a spiritual adventure known as Faith Promise. Beyond regular tithes and offerings, Faith Promise offers the chance to exercise faith’s muscle and walk with God into the unknown, believing he will provide. As you help your church reach its goal, the Lord might lead you to step out of the boat, but rest assured! On this adventure, participants find themselves walking on water. Continue reading

Church and Minister Registration 2015: Patience and Grace Requested

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By Bob Moss

At Church of God Ministries, we are mindful that there have been some frustrations with minister and church registrations this year. Perhaps the following words will give needed perspective:

In 1965 my parents took our family on a big adventure. We left Warren, Ohio, in our new Ford station wagon with a pop-up tent camper in tow. Our destination was California via Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, and other sites of interest.   Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Welcomes Chief Advancement Officer

By Mary Baker-Boudissa

Over the last several months, anticipation has been building, not only among the staff at Church of God Ministries (CGM), but in the larger Church of God movement. Who will serve alongside general director Jim Lyon to support a new day and new vision for the church? The individual called to serve as Chief Advancement Officer at CGM will play a key role in the future of the movement. After a thorough search, supported by prayers from around the world, CGM is pleased to welcome Robert L. Moss as chief advancement officer. Continue reading