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Maryland Church Selected to Receive Funds for Community Transformation

Photo: Pastor Kevin (second from right) with state government staff.

By Carl Stagner

On March 11, the pastor of Accokeek First Church of God in Accokeek, Maryland, represented his congregation during testimony before the Maryland State General Assembly in Annapolis. Kevin Wayne Johnson was humbled to present the church’s plans to help bring about community transformation, even if just for a few minutes. Recently the church was one of three in their entire district to be selected to receive bond bills to enhance the lives of their neighbors. While it was certainly exciting to speak before a gathering of state senators, it was even more exciting to first hear of the funds that would come their way. But for Pastor Kevin, neither experience can compare to the thrill of new opportunities to see lives changed for the cause of Christ. Continue reading

TED-style Talks Inform, Inspire at State Ministries Meeting

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By Carl Stagner

It stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Though TED talks began about thirty years ago, they’ve really taken off recently in an online video and social media world. Limited to just under twenty minutes each, TED talks attract listeners who don’t have time—or the attention-span—for an hour-long lecture. Pithy, witty, persuasive, and often accented by personal vignettes, official TED talks now cover an endless array of topics. In an effort to make this year’s annual meeting of Indiana Ministries of the Church of God especially relevant and compelling, state leaders selected a variety of speakers to briefly cover a variety of topics through TED-style talks. As a result, Indiana ministers left the early October conference more informed and inspired than ever to carry out the Great Commission. Continue reading

New Life Breathed into CHOG District

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Photo: (L to R) Patricia Vines, Handel Smith, Kevin Johnson, Maxwell Ware in November 2014.

By Carl Stagner

When the term life cycle is uttered, many pastors and leaders quickly scatter. It’s an all-too-common scenario that plays out in churches and Christian organizations. Wrestling with societal evolution, advances in technology, and keeping up with the latest marketing techniques, have left many organizations struggling with identity, reach, and dollars. In recent years, grim prospects threatened to spell the end for one Church of God district organization. Now it’s plain that it was just the beginning of what God had in store. Continue reading