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Congregations Take Advantage of Free Tax Resources

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By Carl Stagner

In case you haven’t been following the news, a variety of changes to tax law in the United States went into effect last year. The resulting impact on Church of God ministers and congregations must not be ignored. Pastor, are you aware of how the legislation effects minister’s taxes? Has your church accountant considered the tax law changes and what they mean for IRS reporting? Thanks to Church of God Ministries’ partnership with ECFA through ChurchEXCEL, Church of God congregations are already taking advantage of online access to everything you need to know about minister’s taxes and church reporting—absolutely free. Continue reading

Twenty Pastors Combine Efforts, Offer Movement Free Holiness Devotional

By Carl Stagner

Three pastors walk into a restaurant. They sit down, enjoy lunch together, and chat about life and ministry. Then they start imagining. What if? What would happen if a handful of Church of God ministers came together to create a devotional resource on one of the Movement’s founding emphases, such as holiness? What if younger and older pastors, as well as missionaries and seminary professors, from different backgrounds, all contributed to the final product? What if, then, this resource were offered to the Church of God at no cost? No joke, no kidding! This meeting of longtime ministry colleagues John Mattern, Jonathan Frymire, and David Aukerman turned out to be the catalyst for the creation of a devotional on the topic of holiness, designed for use between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Continue reading

Complimentary Philadelphia Registration Opportunity for Pastors

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By Carl Stagner

This is too good to pass up! If you’re a credentialed pastor in the Church of God, you and your spouse now have the opportunity to take advantage of complimentary registration for the Church of God Regional Convention and CHOG Table in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 27–29. Yes, there is a catch. But this one you’ll appreciate! Sign up for the inaugural training seminar of CARE—Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort—of the Church of God, and you’ll not only be granted free admission to Reclaim 2016 in Philadelphia, but you’ll also receive a modest voucher to assist in convention travel expenses. Far from a timeshare sales pitch, this event will train Church of God pastors and congregational board members with insights, best practices, and resources to understand, plan for, and manage pastoral compensation and financial matters. CARE is the new initiative funded by a Lilly grant awarded to Church of God Ministries in 2015. Continue reading

Gaithers to Host Tribute Concert for AU’s Edwards

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Anderson University alums and legendary Christian recording artists and lyricists, Bill and Gloria Gaither will host a special tribute concert to honor President James L. Edwards and Mrs. Deanna Edwards on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Reardon Auditorium. The special celebration concert is free and open to the public. Bill and Gloria Gaither will be among a special list of speakers and performers that include Sandi Patty, the Anderson University Chorale, Jay and Amy Rouse, the Anderson University Wind Ensemble, Carl Erskine, a student gospel quartet and members of the Edwards family. The event will also include special moments of recognition from campus members as well as recognition from local, state and national offices. Continue reading

The Master’s Closet: Swaddling Clothes, Shoes, and Much More

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Photo: The children’s room at The Master’s Closet.

By Carl Stagner

No student should have to go without warm clothes this winter. Yet many students and their families lack a sufficient wardrobe to keep them safe and comfortable when temperatures drop below freezing. This disparity is how one vital ministry of Huber Heights Church of God in Huber Heights, Ohio, got started. When one parent asked about a student wearing shorts to school on a blustery day, she discovered it had nothing to do with personal style, fashion, or bravado. You don’t have to travel across the globe to find families suffering from the cold. It’s right here in our own backyard, and ministries like the Master’s Closet are doing something about it. Continue reading

IMPACT Materials Now Available: Reaching Your School for Christ

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It is here!

Impact is a six-week curriculum and campaign that challenges your ministry to be world changers and to show Jesus to their friends at school.

Months ago the campus ministry team caught a vision of empowering students to impact their school for Christ. What if a few students got serious about impacting their school? What could God do in that school, community, or city?

This month we begin a campaign to get students across North America to be missionaries in their schools. Continue reading

On the Cutting Edge: West Virginia Church Offers Free Haircuts

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Photo: Free haircut at Teays Valley Church of God, July 2014.

By Carl Stagner

We were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10). The best kind of good works are the kind that meet real needs. In July, Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia, hosted a day of free haircuts, free hair products, and plenty of free hugs and expressions of God’s love. In a culture that often questions the authenticity of churchgoers, the compassion behind these friendly faces was genuine. Continue reading

Global Gathering to Premiere Global Worship Song

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By Mick Gilliam

As I reflected on the nature and potential of the upcoming Global Gathering last year, I saw an opportunity to project a picture of a world united by common mission in Christian faith. In Brent Peterson’s recent book Created to Worship: Becoming Fully Human, there’s an agenda of painting the abundant life as human beings becoming “fully human”—all that we were created to be—high functioning and in conformity with the person of Christ. As a pursuant of the abundant life, this notion really caught my attention. Continue reading

Next Step Discipleship Resources Now Available in Spanish

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“Congratulations! You have made the most important decision in your life—you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Now what? What is your next step?” Continue reading

Free Study Guides for Three New Books

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Warner Press is offering free study guides for three new books by Church of God authors being released this summer. In addition, a bulk discount of 30 percent is offered on purchases of six copies or more to encourage small group studies. Continue reading