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Churches Share Youth Pastor, Maximize Kingdom Impact

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Photo: Pastor Matt Derby and family.

By Carl Stagner

For two years, the two Church of God congregations of Ithaca, Michigan, have shared a youth pastor. The radical arrangement simply makes it possible for one to have a youth pastor, while the other church now has resources it didn’t have before. Ithaca Church of God and Edgewood Church of God have discovered that competition crumbles when it’s all about the common mission. That mission isn’t to outdo one another, see who can fill more pews, or beat each other to the buffet! While churches in America have been known to act like they’re on different teams, the truth is we’re on the same team when we seek God’s kingdom first. Not only do Ithaca and Edgewood share a youth pastor and various activities through the year, but they also team up with churches of a variety of denominations to meet the community’s needs. Perhaps that’s why the recent joint fundraiser for the local food pantry brought in record crowds and dollars. Continue reading

Fresh Vision, Lasting Legacy: Two Missouri Churches Pursue Future as One

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By Samantha Brown

“We will just have to start praying for God to give us a building.” These are the words that pastor’s wife, Amanda Simmonds, spoke to The Table’s leadership team in July 2014 before moving to St. Charles, Missouri on their church planting journey. And so they began to pray. One year later, they never expected that the facility God would provide would come with a group of amazing people who desire to leave a lasting legacy for the kingdom. Continue reading