Disney World in Orlando, Florida
By Carl Stagner
Orlando, Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. If you’ve ever been there, you’ve probably at least visited Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Maybe you played a round of golf under the sunlit palm trees, or perhaps you hit the beach when you realized the ocean’s only an hour away. But there’s so much more to Orlando than Mickey Mouse, sunshine, and scream-inducing thrill rides. Four local pastors reveal what they love about Orlando and offer their recommendations for what to do and where to eat—in conjunction with Church of God Convention 2019 & General Assembly, of course! Continue reading
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Tagged activities, CHOG Convention 2019, Church of God Convention, Convention 2019 & General Assembly, Convention 2019 and General Assembly, Disney World, eat, events, FL, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, food, International Convention, Keith Wilkins, Ken Love, local pastors, locals, NAC, North American Convention, Orlando, places to go, recommendations, restaurants, suggestions, sunshine, things to do, Universal Studios, vacation, Vinny Korb, Whitfield Blenman
The cross remains on the Panama City church’s sign!
By Carl Stagner
One hundred fifty-five miles per hour. That’s how powerful Hurricane Michael’s winds were when the Category Four monster made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10. Meteorologists are calling the storm the strongest to ever hit the continental United States since Hurricane Andrew of 1992. In its wake, Michael left behind widespread catastrophic damage, leveling homes and businesses, and claiming the lives of at least nineteen, as the search for missing persons continues. The Church of God was not left unscathed; to date, two congregations have reported damage to their church building and their homes. As information continues to be collected by state ministry offices and Church of God Ministries, Church of God congregations across the country are already responding to the imminent and critical needs of funds, supplies, time, and labor. Continue reading
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By Carl Stagner
September 20, 2017. To most of the country, that date holds no particular significance. But in Puerto Rico, that date will long be remembered as the day everything changed for almost everyone. Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in one hundred years, left widespread devastation in its wake. Utility companies have struggled to restore power, businesses have struggled to reopen, and some churches have even closed their doors. A mass exodus of citizens, without precedent in the history of the territory, has only made the problem worse. Though media coverage has waned, the need for restoration of property—and hope—is more critical than ever. Moved with compassion and compelled by the Spirit, Florida Ministries, the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano), Helping Hands in Motion, and Florida congregations are coming together for Puerto Rico on the third of June for what they’re calling Hurricane Sunday. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Amanda Chambers, damage, disaster, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, fundraiser, fundraising, Helping Hands, Hispanic Council, Hispano Concilio, hurricane, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Sunday, Isaias Marquez, Ken Love, Puerto Rico, rebuilding, restoration, Richard Fields, weather, work teams
A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.
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Tagged aid, Bradenton, Caribbean, Cuba, David Hoag, Disaster Relief, Dominican Republic, FL, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, Haiti, humanitarian, Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, storm damage, U.S. Virgin Islands, Warner University
Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).
By Carl Stagner
More than six million people in Florida remain without power today as the remnants of Hurricane Irma batter much of the southeastern United States. What once was a Category Five storm has been downgraded to tropical storm status, but not without leaving behind damage across much of the state of Florida and utter devastation on some Caribbean islands. Residents in much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are not yet out of the woods. At last count, Irma’s wrath has claimed nearly forty lives across the Caribbean and some reports suggest up to 95 percent of buildings on the island of Barbuda. As of Monday, September 11, assessment is ongoing. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Caribbean, Cuba, David Miller, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Team, Dominican Republic, DRC, flooding, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, Georgia, Global Strategy, Haiti, Hurricane Irma, islands, Miami, Missionaries, relief, South Carolina, St. Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands, Warner University, wind damage
Photo: Handel Smith, Joyce Smith, Jason McClendon, Jeff Robinson.
By Carl Stagner
Kingdom-focused ministries demonstrate a keen ability to look beyond their own plights, plans, and programs. They see God working out his big-picture plan on a much grander scale. Competition isn’t on their radar, and when another church or assembly needs a hand, they don’t hesitate to help. Sparse growth, little involvement with each other, and diminishing hope had characterized the Georgia Fellowship of the Church of God in recent years, but kingdom-focused ministries weren’t far away. Eager to see God on the move once again in the Peach State, Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, and Illinois Ministries have reached out with love, generosity, and a challenge to embrace a bold turnaround. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Leadership Development, Southeast
Tagged Church of God Ministries, Domestic Team, Eric Livingston, experiential unity, Florida Church of God Ministries, functional unity, Georgia Fellowship, Handel Smith, Illinois Ministries, Jason McClendon, Ken Love, partnership, revitalization, turnaround