Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher hiking in Colorado.
By Carl Stagner
At 14,000 feet, the views are breathtaking, but so is the air. Lower levels of oxygen—considered “thin” air—combined with unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous trail conditions, can pose health risks, at minimum, to even the most avid athlete. Hiking alone is not recommended at such altitudes, though many insist on doing so. Church of God pastors Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher have reveled in the mountaintop experience among Colorado’s highest peaks and have recognized the vivid parallels to ministry. In an effort to see pastors minister at their peak, they’ve championed the holistic health vital to the daily climb. Without reinventing the wheel, but with intentionality and a genuine love for fellow pastors, they’ve taken specific strides in recent years to come alongside pastors, pull them out of isolation into community, and help them reach new heights of wholeness and wellness. Continue reading
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Groundbreaking! All photos courtesy Green Light Photography.
By Carl Stagner
Lost in the middle of the desert, you’d be hard-pressed to find water. But at the edge of the Sonoran Desert in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, you’ll find an oasis of hope where the Living Water is in full supply. For years, desert-dwellers have made their way to this oasis, quenching their spiritual thirst on the unconditional love Jesus, and telling others where they can find water. The road to a healthy, growing church has been dusty at times, but God has blessed every mile. Now McDowell Mountain Community Church faces a new kind of problem—a good kind of problem. They need more space! Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged Arizona, church, church multiplication, Don Doe, expansion, Green Light Photography, growth, health, Mark Krenz, Matt Anderson, McDowell Mountain Community Church, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Southwest
By Lori Nicholas
Jackson Inyangala. I may not always remember that name, but I’m sure I’ll remember him for a very long time. Jackson is a student here at KIST [Kima International School of Theology, Kenya] who came to the clinic one day stating, “My teacher said I should come see you for my eyes.” He went on to tell me that other students could read what was written on the chalkboard from their seats, but he had to walk up to the board to read it. Continue reading
On June 1, 2012, health insurance plans will be available to Church of God ministers and groups of ten or more church employees through GuideStone (GS) Insurance for the first time. This is a significant opportunity for those who serve the Lord in congregations across the Church of God movement. Continue reading