Tag Archives: Hawaii

How a Growing Nontraditional Traditional Church Plant Began in Arkansas

Packed house for worship at Faith Fellowship.

By Carl Stagner

They have no formal training in church planting, but they’ve planted a church. Their worship and ministry style is neither flashy nor trendy, yet they’ve attracted a crowd. There was no market research conducted before their launch service, yet they’re already making disciples. Kevin and Danielle Edgar recently returned to a community they knew and loved, and simply began preaching the Word of God, singing a few gospel songs and hymns, and building friendships. Faith Fellowship Church of God is a growing, nontraditional, traditional church plant in Paragould, Arkansas. They may be doing things differently, but they’re certainly getting things done, and the results are both God-glorifying and hell-shaking. Continue reading

Hawaii Happenings: Reaching Across the Isle

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Photo: A rainbow reminds the Aina Haina Church of God that God keeps his promises.

By Carl Stagner

As the crow flies, 4,358 miles separate Anderson, Indiana, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Activities and events that bring the Church of God together, such as the Church of God Convention, aren’t just a three-hour drive, or even a four-hour flight. While the Church of God in the continental United States enjoys multiple fellowship opportunities throughout the year, the Church of God in Hawaii often feels disconnected. Through the years, Aina Haina Church of God has faced great ministry difficulties and outreach challenges in isolation. Things are about to change. Continue reading

The True Story of Ministry in Paradise

By Carl Stagner

Gentle breezes, warm sunshine, swaying palm branches, and hundreds of miles of beaches typify the Hawaiian vacation. But ministry in Hawaii is anything but a vacation. In fact, the vacation atmosphere of Hawaii is at least one of the obstacles for evangelism and discipleship on these islands separated from the rest of the country by some 2,400 miles of ocean. Continue reading