VBS 2017 at South Side Church of God.
By Lydia Sergeant
South Side Church of God in St. Louis, Missouri, held a fantastic Vacation Bible School late in the summer. This was their second year to host a Bible school that not only included children from their own church, but also families of children with special needs. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged children's ministry, community, disability, families, family, handicap, kids, Lydia Sergeant, Missouri, MO, outreach, parents, Saint Louis, South Side Church of God, special needs, St. Louis, Vacation Bible School, VBS
Photo: Madison Park Church of God
By Karen Roberts
It started about a week after Noah’s dad left. Fear like nothing he’d ever experienced before. Unable to sleep. Unable to concentrate at school. It felt as if he were dying, and his dad was no longer there to help. Where was his dad?
Noah’s mom didn’t understand what was happening to her seven-year-old son. She was devastated by her own immediate circumstances. She needed a full-time job. The aging van was on its last legs. What would happen to the family home if she couldn’t keep up with the mortgage payments? She knew she needed an attorney, but she had no money to hire one.
And then a caring friend told her about DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K). Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged Anderson, children, Christi Maidlow, community, divorce, DivorceCare For Kids, families, hope, IN, Indiana, Karen Roberts, kids, Madison Park Church of God, outreach
Photo: Students write notes to commemorate their attendance at NIYC.
By Precious Earley
The National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC) recently concluded its annual conference, attracting nearly a thousand attendees. Speakers and delegates met in northern Kentucky at the end of December 2016, marking the first time the convention has been to Kentucky. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Youth Ministries
Tagged conference, families, family ministry, Kevin Earley, NACOG, National Association of the Church of God, National Inspirational Youth Convention, NIYC, NIYC2016, northern Kentucky, Precious Earley, students, unity, youth
Photo: Worship at Legacy Church-Canton.
By Carl Stagner
Town Center Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, has been an influential church in its community for many years, but its new name reflects God’s vision for the congregation today. Not only are they intentionally targeting the family unit as the primary conduit of faith to the next generation, they’re also making investments beyond their own neighborhood to reach even more people for Christ. The seeds Legacy Church-Marietta is planting twenty-six miles to the north of their original location have already begun to blossom and bear fruit. Legacy Church-Canton now exists as a satellite location which, after just one-and-a-half years, has exploded in growth from 66 to 140 in attendance. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged Brent Vicars, Canton, church health, church planting, discipleship, families, family ministry, Georgia, growth, Hispanic, Julio and Julie Rivas, Legacy Church, Marietta, mission, multiplication, Nate Nielson, satellite campus, Spanish, Town Center Community Church, vision
Photo: August 2014 graduates of Joshua House proudly dressed for ceremony and celebration.
By Carl Stagner
Crossroads Community Church of God in Yuba City, California sees an often overlooked need in our culture today—ministry to men. Specifically, they’ve recognized a void in outreach efforts to men who have hit rock-bottom, given their lives over to drugs and alcohol, and have lost all hope for recovery. After just a few years in operation, Joshua House has celebrated men who have stepped up to the plate, broken free from addiction, acquired jobs, and reunited with their families. For these men, however, the road to recovery is not without its twists and turns. Continue reading
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Tagged addiction, alcohol, California, Crossroads Community Church, drugs, families, family, freedom, Jim Clark, Men, mens, program, recovery, Teen Challenge, Yuba City
By Ryan Chapman
Pastors want their marriages to be strong and growing. But their calling does not exempt them from life and relationship realities. And quite often the constant challenges of the pastorate can unintentionally but incrementally move couples further and further away from each other. Continue reading