Matt Anderson uses the Journal with the Bible for a daily devotion.
By Carl Stagner
The Phoenix Collective was born out of a desire between Arizona Church of God congregations McDowell Mountain, Arcadia City, and Desert City—each with similar missional DNA and past working relationships—to be stronger together. While no legal binding exists, the three churches have formed an LLC to strategically share administrative services, payroll services, and health insurance. Beyond the practical nuts and bolts, there was a desire to be more creative in each church’s discipleship strategy. What if they united to produce a tool that would boost the effectiveness of discipleship among their three congregations? And what if other churches wanted to get involved? Last year, these what-ifs became reality as the first Journal was released. Since then, the results have been perhaps beyond anyone’s expectations. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged Arcadia City Church, Bible study, collaboration, curriculum, Desert City Church, devotional, devotions, discipleship, Matt Anderson, McDowell Church, McDowell Mountain Community Church, resources, small groups, The Journal
Volunteers from local churches help sustain the ministry.
By Carl Stagner
Another title of this article could have appropriately been, “Local Churches Set Aside Differences, Discover They Can Do More Together.” That’s because this is exactly what happened when Operation Love Ministries was formed in Anderson, Indiana. The collaboration and unity among churches representing multiple denominations and cultures make this yet another Jesus-is-the-subject story, and a potential model for other communities. Today, twenty-seven area churches prayerfully and financially support the parachurch organization, also giving governance to the work. As a result, these local churches have access to a tried-and-tested resource to more effectively help neighbors in need. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Great Lakes
Tagged Anderson, Andrea Baker, better together, collaboration, community, cooperative, IN, Indiana, Jesus Is the Subject, needy, neighbors, Operation Love Ministries, poverty, unity, urban, Volunteers
By Carl Stagner
Harvey Edge was a young evangelist in the Church of God who once spoke at a series of revivals in northern Virginia. Out of his work, the Fairfax church was born. It was his preaching at another revival in Maryland that led to the birth of the Church of God congregation in Rockville, Maryland. That Rockville congregation ultimately became Lakewood Church of God in Clarksburg, Maryland. Now, eighty-five years later, Fairfax and Clarksburg join a common heritage with a common ministry. Continue reading
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Tagged Clarksburg Church, collaboration, David Bullock, Fairfax Community Church, Healthy Growing Churches, Maryland, merge, partnership, Rod Stafford, unity, Virginia
Leaders of 18 faith groups convened for meetings of the Global Wesleyan Alliance (GWA) on Friday, November 30, 2012, and Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the headquarters of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union in Circleville, Ohio. The GWA partnership was formed in December 2011 to amplify the prophetic voice of Wesleyan-Arminian holiness ministries and to increase their effectiveness in spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world. Continue reading