By Carl Stagner
When there’s not enough room for everyone in the Sunday school rooms and sanctuary, you’ve got a problem. But it’s a good problem to have when your church’s growth is also spiritual and healthy. The 107-year history of First Church of God in Pryor, Oklahoma, is one of vision, revision, stepping out on faith, and stepping out on faith again. Sure, there have been challenges and the congregation has faced its fair share of mountains. But God has proven himself true time and time again, revealing himself especially clear in recent years. Today, First Church of God is bursting at the seams as it celebrates steady growth from 248 to 409 over the last decade, and 27 souls won to Christ last year alone. This year, they’re seeing God’s vision clearly for all he will complete by the close of 2020. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Give Life
Tagged Andrew Rehbein, building campaign, building fund, capital campaign, church growth, community outreach, expansion, family ministry, FCOG, First Church of God, growth, MACU, Mayes County, Mid-America Christian University, OK, Oklahoma, plans, property, Pryor, real estate, relocation, See 2020, vision, visioning
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
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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
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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