Tag Archives: Diana Swoope

Renewed into the New Year: NIYC Gives Believers Wintertime Boost

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By Carl Stagner

In the Church of God, the summer months are known for conventions and camp meetings. A variety of retreats and conferences often take place in the spring and the fall. But as the chill of winter sets in across much of the country, few spiritual retreats and getaways are available. In the wake of the commonly exhausting Christmas season, in view of the blues caused by all the grays outside, and in response to cabin fever, perhaps winter is when retreat is most vital! Thankfully, the Church of God has an answer—the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC). Between Christmas and the end of the year, believers spanning generations and racial lines come together for an annual experience of worship, community, and renewal as the New Year dawns. Continue reading

Church of God to Have Conversation about Race, Reconciliation

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Photos: Diana Swoope, Vivian Moore, Jim Lyon

By Carl Stagner

Ferguson. Baltimore. St. Paul. Dallas. Baton Rouge. At the mention of these cities, a range of emotions is awakened in a time when issues of race and reconciliation once again dominate the headlines. The tragic deaths of young black men and police officers over the past few months have not only incited rage, sorrow, and further exacerbated racial tensions, but have also surely grieved the very heart of God. Does the church have anything to say? Would it be easier to avoid the issue because it’s so contentious? Politicians and pundits have weighed in and offer no shortage of opinions. No, the church cannot stay silent. We need to talk. Continue reading

Women Senior Pastors Speak Out: An Interview

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By Carl Stagner

From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, women have skillfully served as senior pastors and evangelists. Church of God pioneers like Mary Cole and Lena Shoffner paved the way for more recent heroes of the faith, like the late Lillie McCutcheon (and countless others), who faithfully demonstrated by their gifts their divinely-called roles in the body of Christ. Today, women ministers in the Church of God are speaking out. Offering a glimpse into what it’s like to serve in the vastly male-dominated field of ministry leadership, the following women senior pastors responded to a series of questions in a recent interview with Church of God Ministries: Cheryl Sanders (Third Street Church of God, Washington, D.C.), Diana Swoope (Arlington Church of God, Akron, Ohio), Donna Rothenberger (Whole Life Community Church of God, El Cajon, California), Melissa Pratt (Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, West Virginia), and Shannon New-Spangler (Harvest Point Church of God, Lordstown, Ohio). Continue reading

AU Prepares for Commencement, May 9

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Anderson University recently announced that Dr. James L. Edwards, President Emeritus, will address the graduating class of 2015 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9. The 3 p.m. EDT program will be conducted in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Rev. Dr. Diana L. Swoope, senior pastor at Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014: Meet the Speakers!

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Compiled by Carl Stagner

Did you know that Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham? Probably. But did you know that this female preacher is considered by her father to be the best preacher in the family? You might know that Marty Grubbs is the son of longtime Church of God pastor and former CBH speaker David Grubbs. But did you know the senior pastor of Crossings Community Church has a degree in sacred music? Meet the speakers before you hear them! Continue reading

Diana Swoope: NAC 2012 Monday Evening Speaker

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By Carl Stagner

Lamborghinis run on gas. iPods run on batteries. The Hindenburg ran on hydrogen. Most fuel provides power for a short time before running dry…or ending in ruin. On the other hand, a church seeking transformation runs on the Holy Spirit. Diana Swoope describes the Holy Spirit as the gas that runs the engine for the church. This power source will never run dry. On Monday, June 25, at 7:00 PM, Swoope will deliver a message that will emphasize the need for the church to refresh its relationship with its power source. Continue reading