By Carl Stagner
From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, women have skillfully served as senior pastors and evangelists. Church of God pioneers like Mary Cole and Lena Shoffner paved the way for more recent heroes of the faith, like the late Lillie McCutcheon (and countless others), who faithfully demonstrated by their gifts their divinely-called roles in the body of Christ. Today, women ministers in the Church of God are speaking out. Offering a glimpse into what it’s like to serve in the vastly male-dominated field of ministry leadership, the following women senior pastors responded to a series of questions in a recent interview with Church of God Ministries: Cheryl Sanders (Third Street Church of God, Washington, D.C.), Diana Swoope (Arlington Church of God, Akron, Ohio), Donna Rothenberger (Whole Life Community Church of God, El Cajon, California), Melissa Pratt (Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, West Virginia), and Shannon New-Spangler (Harvest Point Church of God, Lordstown, Ohio). Continue reading
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By Kirk Bookout
It was fall, the air was crisp and the leaves were a bright orange. Debbie and her husband had been with our church for a few months and were new to the whole idea of church. Their faith was new, fresh, and bright.
“It’s my birthday tomorrow” she said. “Pastor, I own everything I want. So my husband and I decided to celebrate my birthday with a gift for others this year. Do you have any ideas?” (Yes, I did!)
There are times in people’s lives, or in the life of the church, that that we want to celebrate all we have received by merrily giving. It may be a birthday, a holiday—or God may move us to give. Continue reading