Photo: Pastor Trey locks hands and hearts with basketball ministry youth.
By Carl Stagner
The culture of your community has shifted over the past five, ten, perhaps twenty years. The shift may have been gradual, but somehow you feel blindsided. Your church probably has three choices: adapt with the culture, relocate to another culture, or continue a futile fight against it. Adapting to the culture doesn’t mean changing the message or compromising principles; only the methods change when Jesus is the subject. Crossroads of Life Church of God in Byram, Mississippi, had to make a decision as they watched their community’s culture shift dramatically, largely over the past decade alone. But they’ve chosen to stay put, and they’re certainly glad they did. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged basketball, Byram, change, community, cross-cultural, demographics, diversity, family, gym, Jesus Is the Subject, leadership, Mississippi, MS, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multiethnic, outreach, sports, Trey Hammond, unity, visitors, welcome
Photo: Little Hoops basketball competition.
By Carl Stagner
The first time they did it, 72 kids participated. The next year, 93 showed up. This year saw 153 local children! The Little Hoops basketball outreach of First Church of God in Doniphan, Missouri, has exceeded any and all expectations since that first bold attempt at something new a little more than three years ago. While sports ministries have certainly been around for a while, this is the story of a church that decided to do things a little differently. It should be no surprise then that this small-town church with a passion for reclaiming its community for Christ is winning both games and souls. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged basketball, Be Bold, community, Doniphan, family, First Church of God, gym, Larry Earl, Little Hoops, local, Missouri, neighborhood, outreach, reclaim your neighborhood, sports ministry, Upward