Joe Cookston (far left) prays at the commissioning of the plant.
By Carl Stagner
Joe Cookston has worn a variety of hats in the Church of God in his lifetime of ministry. Currently he’s most well-known across the Movement for his leadership of CARE—the Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort. But he’s also served faithfully in a number of important areas, including the local church. One role may not be as familiar to many in the Movement, and that is the position he holds as nonresident board member for the Church of God Hungary. In August and September, Joe and his wife Merry visited Hungary, a place that has become quite familiar and beloved by the ministry duo. Joe and Merry have since returned from the encouraging experience, blessed to report on the opportunities God is opening up in the Eastern European nation. Continue reading
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Photo: Worship at The Table.
By Heidi Tarin
When Jon Simmonds felt the call to plant a church, he didn’t know what he was getting into. He didn’t necessarily follow the set play book for planters and his church, The Table, in St. Peters, Missouri, is not your average church plant. Jon had been in ministry for over a decade and was serving as a youth pastor when he felt led to plant a church. He gathered a team and they began meeting as a small group in January 2015. Just a few months later, the Table’s story starts to deviate from normal. Continue reading
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Tagged church plant, church planting, coaching, Gary Kendall, Healthy Growing Churches, Heidi Tarin, HGC, Jon Simmonds, merger, Missouri, Rory Romine, Saint Peters, St. Peters, The Table
Leaders from around the country will gather in sunny Orlando, March 11–13, for an amazing time of inspiration, challenge and networking. This three-day event, sponsored by Healthy Growing Churches, will feature a fantastic lineup of speakers and workshop leaders. Continue reading