Pastor Shawn engages in conversation at a community event.
By Carl Stagner
“Church in the Palms” is spelled out in large letters on the side of the building at 3812 Jog Road in Greenacres, Florida. This does not mean the congregation that goes by the name feels any sense of ownership of the place. For them, the property is God’s to accomplish what he wants done on it. Is it really any wonder then that the ministry hub houses a variety of nonprofits, including ten other churches with worship services taking place in English, Spanish, and Creole? In the past few years alone, Pastor Shawn Allen has led the church to embrace a strategic vision that would inspire as many Christians as possible in Palm Beach County to see God’s vision, connect with God’s people, and join God’s mission. The radical, yet conceptually simple approach to what the pastor calls “missional unity” is already bearing tremendous fruit in and for the community. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Southeast
Tagged church building, Church in the Palms, community, Community Life, creativity, FL, Florida, Give Life, Greenacres, ideas, missional, missional unity, onenness, outreach, partnership, property, service projects, Shawn Allen, stewardship, united, unity
Northside supporters holding up “We love you…” signs.
By Maria Neathery
On Jan. 1, 2018, Northside Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, made the compassionate decision to sponsor three children—Simon, Natan, and Paskali—from three different countries: Nepal, India and Tanzania. When the church received the child profiles encouraging them to support Children of Promise, they felt the need to not just support one of the children, but all three. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged adoption party, child sponsorship, Children of Promise, creative, creativity, global, ideas, international, kids, Maria Neathery, missions, Northside Church of God, OH, Ohio, Springfield
Pastor Earl Litman engaging the children at Cynthiana.
By Noel Marquis
Walk into Cynthiana First Church of God in Cynthiana, Kentucky, on the third Sunday of the month and you might be surprised to witness something a bit different than a typical sermon. In fact, you may be watching a group of energetic kids cheering for God’s love, or water being poured over a youth pastor’s head onstage. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged children's ministry, Cynthiana, discipleship, Earl Litman, ideas, innovation, innovative, Kentucky, kids, Kids Mess, Kidz Mess, KY, Noel Marquis, young, youth
Photo: Children lift the cross beam at Main Street Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
It might seem to some that the pinnacle of the church year has passed, but for congregations across the Church of God, the joy of Easter is celebrated every week. With increased attendance and greater curiosity from a lost and hurting world, opportunities abound from the beginning of Holy Week through Resurrection Sunday. Not unlike last year, Easter 2016 saw souls surrendered to Christ and new believers baptized in numbers too great to count. Jesus was clearly the subject of Easter, and the story of his death and resurrection was clearly communicated from the pulpit to the pew. Hundreds of our churches chose to communicate such truth in especially creative ways. A few of them shared their experience with Church of God Ministries leading up to Easter 2016. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes, Southeast
Tagged Anderson, communication, community service, creative, Don Billey, Easter, Florida, High Point Church of God, Holy Week, ideas, Indiana, Inverness, Inverness First Church of God, Jack Hilligoss, Jason Johnson, Kentucky, Lake Wales, Main Street Church of God, Middletown, New Covenant Church, Ohio, outreach, Palm Sunday, Prestonsburg, Prestonsburg Church of God, Randy Montgomery, resurrection, worship arts
By Tom Pelt
Both my wife and I are “PKs” (pastor’s kids), and we have spent a lifetime living the highs and lows of life in ministry. This is no small reason why we love to encourage pastors and the ministries they serve. While we still have so much to learn about life and leadership, and are grateful for the long line of pastors in our family trees, here’s what we do know: being a pastor is tough (see statistics below). And, being a pastor’s spouse, or an infamous PK, may be even tougher.
From my heart to yours, here are five ways you and your congregation can appreciate your pastor and family all year ’round: Continue reading
By Carl Stagner
Sixty applicants from across the Church of God submitted applications for Change the World, a grant-making initiative announced at last year’s Church of God Convention. In an effort to bring innovative and transformative ministries to fruition, Change the World was designed to give ministry leaders the financial foundation to get off the ground. The question was posed, If there were one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Of sixty applicants, six were selected to receive grants. So, who are these grant awardees? Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Church of God Convention
Tagged application, Be Bold, Change the World, CHOG Convention 2015, Church of God Convention, grant, ideas, Innovation Trustees, Malcolm Tyree, transformation
Photo: Steve Chiles preaches about the centrality of Jesus at Shartel Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Old history textbooks are full of two letters that appear together with every recorded date since Jesus walked the earth. A.D., which stands for the Latin term anno Domini, translates as the year of our Lord. While the Church of God seeks to advance the message that Jesus is the subject, Pastor Steve Chiles of Shartel Church of God in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, got to thinking about what might happen if his congregation truly made 2015 the year of Jesus. Three months into Anno Domini 2015 at Shartel, transformation of hearts is already taking place. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged challenge, ideas, Jesus Is the Subject, Oklahoma City, preaching, series, Shartel Church of God, Steve Chiles, theme, year
It is here!
Impact is a six-week curriculum and campaign that challenges your ministry to be world changers and to show Jesus to their friends at school.
Months ago the campus ministry team caught a vision of empowering students to impact their school for Christ. What if a few students got serious about impacting their school? What could God do in that school, community, or city?
This month we begin a campaign to get students across North America to be missionaries in their schools. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Leadership Development, Youth Ministries
Tagged campus, curriculum, devotional, download, free, ideas, impact, journal, lessons, outreach, school, students, teaching, teens, youth