By Carl Stagner
Oklahoma City’s Crossings Community Church has taken prison ministry to another level. For the influential capital city congregation, it’s not just about visitation, prayer, and preaching the gospel to the incarcerated. Earlier this year, Crossings celebrated the first anniversary of its satellite campus location altogether housed within the confines of Joseph Harp Correctional Center. The medium-security prison for men down the road in Lexington, Oklahoma, is not considered a mission site, a location for service projects, or even a local partner in ministry. Crossings Joseph Harp is a full-fledged campus of Crossings Community Church, and the effect of this unique arrangement on inmates and volunteers from the outside has been nothing short of life-changing. Continue reading
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Tagged campus, campus ministry, community, Crossings Community Church, Crossings Joseph Harp, Global Leadership Summit, GLS, Grace, incarceration, inmates, innovation, innovative, jail, Jeremiah Braudrick, Lexington, Marty Grubbs, OK, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, outreach, prison ministry, satellite campus
Samir Salibi with wife Joanna, sons Maxim and Liam.
By Carl Stagner
The Church of God in Paris, France, is relatively new. It wasn’t until 1989 that the Church of God came to Paris, and not by way of the Church of God in the United States and Canada. The Church of God in Lebanon planted the Church of God in Paris. So when the refugee crisis of 2015 resulted in more than a million Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe, the Church of God in Paris was uniquely qualified to respond. Samir Salibi, leader of the Church of God ministry in Paris known as @home, was once an immigrant, himself, also from Lebanon. As you might imagine, the Church of God is especially looking forward to what God has placed on his heart for Convention 2019 & General Assembly. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, assimilation, AtHome, camp meeting, Campmeeting, campus, CHOG Convention, Church of God Convention 2019, Convention 2019, Convention 2019 & General Assembly, Convention 2019 and General Assembly, culture, discipleship, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, evangelism, featured speaker, FL, Florida, France, French, Global Strategy, home, humanitarian, immigrants, immigration, Lebanese, Lebanon, migrants, missional, missions, multi-site, multisite, NAC, nontraditional, Orlando, outreach, Paris, Patrick Nachtigall, profile, refugee, refugee crisis, refugees, Samir Salibi, speaker, World Center Marriott
Tri County Church celebrates one of many baptisms.
By Carl Stagner
January 23, 2016. A day Tri County Church of God in DuBois, Pennsylvania, will never forget. A day that could have dismantled much of the good that had been accomplished since the dawn of the congregation in 1995. Dave Bish, founding pastor, died suddenly and unexpectedly that day while out on a trail run. Devastation swept across the community, but hell would not prevail. Instead of a downward spiral, the church rallied together in an outpouring of love like they’d never seen before. God had a clear mission for Tri County Church, and neither the remaining leadership nor the new lead pastor would be deterred. As they relate the timeless story of Jesus Christ to the stories of those near and far from God, Tri County Church is inviting everyone into their own developing story in DuBois. Continue reading
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Tagged baptisms, baptized, blessings, campus, campuses, challenge, Chris Trethewey, Dan Smith, Dave Bish, DuBois, expansion, Great Commission, growth, hurdles, Jesus Is the Subject, leadership, multi-site, multisite, obstacle, PA, Pennsylvania, stories, story, tragedy, Tri County Church, victory
It is here!
Impact is a six-week curriculum and campaign that challenges your ministry to be world changers and to show Jesus to their friends at school.
Months ago the campus ministry team caught a vision of empowering students to impact their school for Christ. What if a few students got serious about impacting their school? What could God do in that school, community, or city?
This month we begin a campaign to get students across North America to be missionaries in their schools. Continue reading
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