Photo: The Bread and More ministry of Tillman Road.
By Carl Stagner
They’d say they’re just ordinary people doing some extraordinary things because of the grace of God. In fact, the pastor says there’s really no reason they should be doing it, especially considering the size of the church, the average age of many of the volunteers, and the budget (or lack thereof). But God said, “If you’ll trust me, I’ll use you.” And he is certainly using Tillman Road Church of God to accomplish things beyond their own abilities. The Fort Wayne, Indiana, congregation, with an average attendance of fewer than sixty, is touching the lives of nearly three hundred neighbors every single Friday. Continue reading
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Tagged Bill Bradley, community service, food pantry, Fort Wayne, Ft Wayne, IN, Indiana, local church, neighborhood ministries, outreach, reclaim your neighborhood, service projects, small church, Tillman Road Church of God
Photo: Ad for New Life’s community block party.
By Carl Stagner
A Sunday morning and Wednesday evening preacher. That’s how Stephen Terry, pastor of New Life Church of God in Fort Wayne, Indiana, described his default function at the church for at least four years. As a bivocational pastor, Stephen Terry struggled with what most bivocational pastors struggle with—balancing work, continuing education, family, and the divine calling to shepherd a flock. While there are many great blessings that come with bivocational ministry, it wasn’t long before Pastor Stephen found himself working fifty hours per week in the school system and looking for remaining moments to keep up with his master’s program. Then one day when he was examining the declining health of his congregation and the continuing decline of the community around the church, he realized something had gone wrong. Without opportunity to lead the church, they’d come to a place in their life cycle that required immediate attention. That’s where Church of God Ministries, the National Association of the Church of God, and Indiana Ministries spoke life into the future of New Life Church of God—and ultimately two other Indiana churches. Continue reading
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Tagged Celebration Church at Arrow Heights, Destiny Life Church of God, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Indiana Ministries, NACOG, National Association, New Life Church of God, reactivate, renewal, Stephen Terry, turnaround, urban ministry