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Concerning Clergy Compensation: Concilio Connects with CARE

Concilio pastors pray together at the CARE seminar in Houston.

By Joseph Cookston

¡Buen trabajo! ¡Excelente! ¡Muchas gracias! We want to contextualize the information to our culture—thank you for the great desire to help us!

Openness and expectancy abounded throughout the CARE Seminar that opened the convention of the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano) of the Church of God in Houston, Texas, near the end of July. Pastors and spouses gathered and processed together for the three-and-a-half hour dialogue regarding pastoral compensation and financial planning. Again and again, participants expressed their gratitude for the intentional reach into the world of Spanish-speaking congregations of the Church of God. Continue reading

ONE Gives Students Glimpse of Heaven, Desire to Change the World Together

By Carl Stagner

Some had likely never worshiped in Spanish before. Others had probably never experienced firsthand the high-octane energy of urban gospel. History suggests that few had likely ever been in a setting where three cultures converged in the name of Christ. But that’s exactly what happened at the first-ever ONE event, which took place at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 21 and 22. The result was a glimpse of heaven and a renewed desire to change the world together. Continue reading

Youth to Participate in Historic Unity Event this April

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By Carl Stagner

It’s at the core of who we are. We preach about it. We sing about it. We read books about it by pioneers of our movement. But we don’t have a flawless record of living it out. The perfect love which unites us all in Jesus must translate to how we function as individual churches and as a movement. A new generation is rising up in the Church of God less connected to “the way we’ve always done it.” They are challenging the status quo; they are daring to do things differently. They’re setting the example for the rest of us as they come together in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 21–22 to worship under one roof. No, it’s not the International Youth Convention. No, it’s not NIYC. And no, it’s also not a youth convention of the Concilio Hispano. It’s ONE gathering, hosted by all three groups, that your church’s youth group won’t want to miss. Continue reading

Reclaim 2016 Philadelphia Wednesday: When God’s People Come Together

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Photo: When God’s people come together…

By Carl Stagner

Incredible things happen when God’s people come together. The presence of God is powerful when God’s people come together. When God’s people come together, regardless of ethnicity or culture, differences diminish and Jesus Christ is magnified. Hope shines bright, the body of Christ is strong, and the kingdom advances when God’s people come together. In a world so strongly divided by race and politics, Jesus Christ was the clearly the unifying subject on Wednesday at the Regional Convention of the Church of God at New Covenant Church in Philadelphia. In a culture exemplified by competing aspirations and agendas, Church of God pastors and lay leaders came together Wednesday to embrace a common mission: to reclaim our neighborhoods in Jesus’ name. Continue reading

IYC, NIYC and Concilio Hispano Youth to Hold Unity Event in 2017

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By Carl Stagner

Two of our partners in ministry celebrate vibrant youth ministry outside of involvement in the International Youth Convention, including the National Association’s NIYC (National Inspirational Youth Convention) and the student ministries of the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano). For many youth in the Church of God, IYC is not the pinnacle of their year; NIYC or the youth events of the Hispanic Council take that description. It is with great anticipation then, that in 2017, students of IYC, NIYC, and the Hispanic Council will come together for a groundbreaking unity event. ONE will gather youth across ethnic and cultural lines together under the banner of Christ to worship and serve together. When unity becomes more than just talk, incredible things begin to happen. Continue reading

Anderson Regional Day 1: Returning to Our Reclamation Roots

By Carl Stagner

In 1881, it had become painfully obvious that hell had stolen heaven’s ideal of God’s one, holy church. Where culture and government built dividing walls, the Church of God had the audacity to build bridges. Walking by faith and not by sight, our pioneers worked together to deposit into others the truth which had been deposited into them. They didn’t always see the results of their labor, and they could not have imagined the global movement that is the Church of God today. But they faithfully invested in the kingdom, and knew that unity meant working together—not just agreeing together. At the kickoff session of the Church of God Regional Convention in Anderson, the visible results of past investments into the kingdom were celebrated, offering the crowd of nearly 1,000 a blueprint for reclamation. Continue reading

Reclaim 2016: Welcome Back to Anderson, Church of God!

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By Carl Stagner

On the afternoon of Monday, June 20, a group of pastors, retired ministers, missionaries, Anderson University professors, and laypeople packed into a makeshift theater to watch a multimedia presentation of the early days of the Church of God in Anderson. They were reminded that since 1907, the Church of God has had a longstanding relationship with the city of Anderson. After a couple incredible conventions in Oklahoma City, and a historic gathering in Vancouver earlier this year, Church of God people are returning to a city with over a century of rich camp meeting history. More rich history will be made again this week as Church of God people once again reconvene in Anderson, Indiana. Continue reading

CHOG UK National Convention 2015 Largest in History

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By Zach Langford

The 2015 Church of God United Kingdom National Convention was held at Latimer Place, Buckinghamshire from May 22 to May 25. Every year members of Church of God Egan Rd., Birkenhead, and Community Church of God (London) gather together for a time of renewal, fellowship, and worship. The theme was “Partnership with Jesus in Ministry.” The main speaker was Rev. Benjamin Browne from Cayon Church of God in St. Kitts. With more than forty years of pastoral ministry experience, Rev. Browne was able to expound on this year’s theme with practical and spiritual application. Continue reading

Tuesday Evening Added to Live Streaming; Convention Reminders

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By Carl Stagner

Great news! We’ve just added the Tuesday evening worship to the list of sessions that will be streamed live over the Internet! This means that we’re now able to offer the 7:00 PM CDT session of Church of God Convention 2015 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 22–24)! Of course, all General Assembly sessions (Monday–Wednesday, 8:30–10:30 AM CDT) will also be streamed live online. Nearly a year of preparation is about to culminate in an experience certain to make a profound impact on the Church of God. Here are just a few things to remember: Continue reading

Church of God Convention 2015: Celebrating CHOG TraffickLight

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By Carl Stagner

It’s been nearly a year since the Church of God took a stand against human trafficking and for the cause of freedom. CHOG TraffickLight mobilized the movement in a way that many have observed as unprecedented. Since Church of God Convention 2014, congregations have collectively raised the banner of Jesus Christ and worked together as his hands and feet. The Church of God continues in the footsteps of Christ as his kingdom advances, reclaiming in Jesus’ name that which hell has stolen. At this year’s Church of God Convention, we’ll come together to celebrate what the Lord has accomplished through us. Continue reading

CHOG Universities, College Gear Up for Convention

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By Carl Stagner

Church of God Convention 2015—Royals, Knights, Evangels, and Ravens welcome! Of course, all others are welcome, too! We simply want alumni of Warner University, Warner Pacific College, Mid-America Christian University, and Anderson University to be aware of the celebrations, receptions, and other opportunities your alma mater is bringing to this year’s convention. Even if you didn’t attend one of these Church of God schools, some of these events still apply to you! But most of these events also require RSVP by Monday, June 1. Continue reading

Movement-wide Prayer for CHOG Convention Begins This Week

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By Carl Stagner

For more than a century, Church of God people have gathered together on an annual basis to worship, connect with one another, and seek the Lord to propel the movement forward. Last year Church of God Convention and General Assembly participation showed significant signs of revitalization. Attendance numbers were up, geographic representation peaked, and representation of the total Church of God population in North America dramatically increased. Renewed hope for the present and future of God’s church was also evident among the gathered saints. This wave of momentum did not happen by accident, however. Prayer was vital to the Holy Spirit making last year’s event so pivotal in the movement’s history. CHOG Convention 2015 will be no different. The role of prayer will be paramount. So we’ve developed a free downloadable prayer guide to help you and your church undergird the before, the during, and the after of CHOG Convention 2015: Be Bold. Reclaim. Continue reading

Waves of Grace Wash Over CHOG Women’s Convention

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Photo: Arnetta Bailey and Beatrice Abasoola share a hug of sisterhood and love at Waves of Grace.

By Michelle Hinshaw

The Church of God Women’s Convention, Waves of Grace, was held in October in Daytona Beach, Florida. Women came from around the world to attend, from countries such as Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, New Zealand, Uganda, Kenya, Micronesia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. As attendees entered the resort, we were greeted by God’s creation beautifully on display through ocean waves. As women gathered for the opening worship service, the National Council and National Board members were honored. Leslie Parker Barnes and the praise team led us in a meaningful worship experience. We were ushered into the presence of the Lord together, and began experiencing a great time of fellowship, worship, and inspiration. Continue reading

Church of God in Ukraine: Hope Unwavering, Resolve Unshaken

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Photo: Poltava Church of God leadership celebrates the congregation’s eighth anniversary at the the annual convention this November.

By Carl Stagner

You’ve seen the headlines. You’ve read the prayer requests on Church of God social media. You know we have a strong Church of God presence there. Now that Jim Lyon has returned from a trip to Ukraine, you can learn just how our brothers and sisters are faring through the ongoing conflict, politics, and constant threat of war. You can also discover the vigorous spirit behind their rapidly growing congregations that trace their roots back to Christians Broadcasting Hope. Continue reading

Jamaica Church of God Hosts First National Youth Convention

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Photo: Spread the Word team with Jamaican students who are sporting their STW shirts.

By Tami Byrd

At the end of September, the Church of God in Jamaica held their first-ever national youth convention. Members of the Youth Ministry and Youth Network Teams of the Church of God participated in the leadership of the historic event. Continue reading