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
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The Church of God group represented at the conference.
By Carron Odokara
The Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy (WHWC) organization held its biennial conference in April at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Amid the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, over 300 women and men gathered to worship, learn, and be revived. The conference welcomed the Church of God (Anderson), Brethren in Christ, the Free Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene, the Wesleyan Church, and other groups. These faith groups came together under the banner of Jesus Christ to celebrate the biblical foundations of gender equality being fully lived out across the church as women and men lead together, following their holy callings. Continue reading
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Tagged Alanna Story, Carron Odokara, CO, Colorado, denominations, ecumenical, Jesus Is the Subject, Jim Lyon, renewal, retreat, Rocky Mountains, unity, Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, WHWC, woman pastor, women clergy, women in ministry
Back row: Carron Odokara, Deidra Johnson, Joy Sherman, Randee Doe, and Rebecca New-Edson. Front row: Ann Brandon, Melissa Pratt, MaryAnn Hawkins, and Cheryl Sanders. Ron Duncan was also in attendance as executive director for the Global Wesleyan Alliance.
By Carron Odokara and staff
The Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy (WHWC) organization held a “think tank” Congress on February 23–24, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Forty representatives, both women and men, from five member-church groups, came together to discuss the state and mission of the twenty-five-year-old organization. The Congress welcomed representatives from the Church of God (Anderson), Brethren in Christ, Free Methodist Church, Church of the Nazarene, and the Wesleyan Church. These faith groups came together not only under the banner of Jesus, but also because they’ve each taken a stand in support for women in ministry. Continue reading
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Tagged Atlanta, Carron Odokara, congress, cross-denominational, Deidra Johnson, ecumenical, Georgia, Global Wesleyan Alliance, Jesus Is the Subject, Jo Anne Lyon, Joy Sherman, Rebecca New-Edson, Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, WHWC, women in ministry
By Emily Ploetz
God. Dios. Gott. It does not matter what language or tongue is used to call on the name of the Lord, because he is still the same. In a world where accents, clothing, and skin color are used to divide those whom God created, there are still people willing to come together in unity to serve the God they love. Take for instance the Farmington Hills Church of God located in southeast Michigan in a suburb of Detroit. This area has been witness to an ever-changing population due to the many industries around it. Farmington Hills was created from a merger between a Greek church and a Caucasian church in the 1970s. In the late 1980s, Farmington Hills hired a German Canadian pastor who served the church for twenty-five years. This may sound like a pretty unique background for a church to have, but no one could have predicted how God would bring people together through this church. Continue reading
By Joanne Maliszewski
On Oct. 21, 2006, 22-year-old Nicholas Manoukian lost his life in Iraq. Three years earlier, Damian Bushart, who would have been 32 on Memorial Day this year, lost his life during Iraqi Freedom. Continue reading