Merge Church team members ready to invite you to “Join the Merge!”
By Carl Stagner
Two thousand five hundred people move to the greater Houston area each week. Efrain Cirilo, pastor-turned-church-planter now living in the metro area with seven million neighbors, says you could plant a megachurch every week and not keep up with the growth. Broad and diverse, such an influx represents the widest variety of stories—Where did they come from? What brought them here? What has their experience been with church? With God? Stories of those far from God tug especially on the heart of Efrain Cirilo. Such stories are but a part of the reason Pastor Efrain and his wife Megan were willing to leave their thriving congregation—and their comfort zones—behind in Kilgore, Texas. With the official launch of Merge Church only a couple months away, they’re rejoicing as stories, disconnected from Christ, begin to intersect with his. Continue reading
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The fellowship at First Church on Tuesday was sweet.
By Carl Stagner
The first day of the Church of God Regional Convention in Columbus, Ohio, is now history, and the second day is now underway. Nearly five hundred people have enjoyed the numerous teaching sessions, electives, and meetings, as well as the incredible hospitality of First Church of God. Under the leadership of the praise team at First Church, convention-goers have experienced the presence of God in powerful ways—and neither the event, nor the Spirit’s active role, is over yet. As Day Two of the Regional Convention continues, many are still reflecting on the blessings of Day One. Continue reading
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Tagged Ben Hardman, CARE, Church of God Convention, Columbus, fellowship, First Church of God, Gravity Leadership, hospitality, Jim Lyon, Joe Cookston, Kimberly Majeski, Life Columbus, LifeColumbus, OH, Ohio, regional convention, regionals, Spirit, Timothy Clarke, worship
Ken & Keli with extended family of John & Rhonda in their home.
Over the last couple years, the Church of God Disaster Relief fund has provided matching funds to the German national church to support strategic refugee initiatives launched by local German congregations in response to the refugee crisis there. At the invitation and hospitality of the German Church of God, Ken and Keli Oldham (Global Strategy) were able to follow up with a few of these ministries this summer. They witnessed the German church developing significant relationships with refugees as they have sought not just to serve their needs, but to include them into their fellowships. Continue reading
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Tagged 3W, aid, assistance, Disaster Relief, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, German, Germany, global, Greece, hospitality, immigration, Iran, Islam, Ken and Keli Oldham, Ken Oldham, Middle-Eastern, migrants, missions, Muslim, refugee crisis, refugees, Syrian refugee crisis, Three Worlds
By Xen Riggs
Did you know that we currently have more than two hundred Church of God ministers who serve as chaplains in hospitals, corrections facilities, businesses, on fire and police departments, in every branch of the military, and in VA hospitals? All are ordained and have devoted their lives to coming alongside individuals in deep crisis as ambassadors of Christ’s mercy, hope, and peace. From October 25 through October 31, spiritual care departments in a great variety of institutions will celebrate Pastoral Care Week. Continue reading