By Carl Stagner
Three pastors walk into a restaurant. They sit down, enjoy lunch together, and chat about life and ministry. Then they start imagining. What if? What would happen if a handful of Church of God ministers came together to create a devotional resource on one of the Movement’s founding emphases, such as holiness? What if younger and older pastors, as well as missionaries and seminary professors, from different backgrounds, all contributed to the final product? What if, then, this resource were offered to the Church of God at no cost? No joke, no kidding! This meeting of longtime ministry colleagues John Mattern, Jonathan Frymire, and David Aukerman turned out to be the catalyst for the creation of a devotional on the topic of holiness, designed for use between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Continue reading
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Photo: Pastor David Aukerman preparing to race!
By Carl Stagner
“…As the pastor behind me started to pass me on the inside, I gave the car more gas and tried to speed through the turn while staying high on the track. Turns three and four went well, but I had too much speed coming through turn one. I slipped up and over the edge of the track in turn two, down a short hill, and ran into the retaining wall on the other side—all in the span of two or three seconds.” No, this wasn’t the Brickyard 400, and the setting was neither Talladega nor Daytona. The competition was fierce, but not against each other; these pastors were racing for a charity of their choice. Though Pastor David Aukerman of Mt. Haley Church of God in Midland, Michigan, wasn’t ultimately named on the six-foot-tall cross-adorned traveling trophy, he did raise nearly $2,500 for the local homeless shelter. Continue reading
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By Gwynne Watkins
Several young pastors in the Church of God contribute to a blog called Belong. The following blog post provides an introduction to an ongoing series of posts that share stories of faith and life experiences in the Church of God. These stories can be found at www.mthaley.org/belong.—Ed.
In the initial post on this blog, David Aukerman wrote these words:
We have so much in common, and yet we love our differences. We share a common theological heritage, but we don’t always agree with each other. Continue reading
By Carl Stagner
David Aukerman is no stranger to the Church of God and to the North American Convention. He practically grew up on the camp grounds in Anderson, Indiana. When he was born, his father, John Aukerman, was a senior pastor. But when David was four, his father began teaching at the School of Theology and David would spend much of the year using the campus as a playground. Just a few years ago, he completed his seminary education with a master of divinity from Anderson University School of Theology. Now at age thirty-two, Aukerman serves as the pastor of Mt. Haley Church of God, near Midland, Michigan. On Monday, June 25, during NAC 2012, Aukerman will preach the word in the morning service at 10:30 in Park Place Church of God. Continue reading