The CHOG men of Jamaica are more service-oriented than ever.
By Carl Stagner
Over time, ministries that were once powerful and effective can grow stale with little or no impact. Of course, this process is usually unintentional, but cultural shifts and other external factors deal unanticipated blows to what was once healthy and of eternal consequence. Thankfully, the God that brought life to such ministries in the first place can breathe new life into dry bones. Such is the case with the national men’s ministry of the Church of God in Jamaica. A new focus and new island-wide strategy have already demonstrated the timelessness of this divine work to reach and engage men at home, at work, in church, and in society. Continue reading
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Lennox Boyce addresses the Caribbean-Atlantic Assembly in July.
By Carl Stagner
We love to talk about unity in the Church of God, but putting it into practice is often another story. Over the past two years, the national churches of the Caribbean-Atlantic region have taken steps to move beyond theoretical to functional unity once again. Though an assembly of national churches came together formally in the 1970s, recent years had seen a downturn in participation and interest. Until 2018, more than seven years had passed without a convention of the Caribbean-Atlantic Assembly. From July 28 through August 3, seven of fourteen national churches united in a visible recommitment to worshiping and working together for the advancement of the kingdom in their region. Continue reading
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By Carl Stagner
In April 2014, Jim Lyon joined the Church of God in Jamaica to celebrate one hundred years of ministry. During the Jamaican General Assembly, a ground-breaking took place on the site of the Olson Memorial Chapel—named after the family that came from the United States in 1907 with the message of the Church of God. On the last Sunday in July, the Church of God in Jamaica celebrated once again as construction on the church was completed in an amazing six months. Though the journey was not easy, Adinhair Jones, executive chairman of the Church of God in Jamaica, saw evidence of God at work the entire way. Continue reading
By Paul Dreger
The first SHAPE training outside of the United States and Canada took place November 6–8, 2014, in Kingston, Jamaica, as nine pastors from across the country gathered for three days of intensive training as SHAPE cluster leaders. Gathering at the United Church Center Conference and Retreat Center in Meadowbrook, the group spent long days in relationship building, being introduced to the core values of SHAPE, and experiencing the SHAPE journey. Continue reading
Photo: Spread the Word team with Jamaican students who are sporting their STW shirts.
By Tami Byrd
At the end of September, the Church of God in Jamaica held their first-ever national youth convention. Members of the Youth Ministry and Youth Network Teams of the Church of God participated in the leadership of the historic event. Continue reading
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Photo: Stanford (left) and Lorna (right) were excited to see Sandi Patty (center), as well as many others from the Church of God at the convention.
By Carl Stagner
For the Bennetts of Kingston, Jamaica, God just proved once again that he is always on time. Though others may have thought it was difficult to get to Oklahoma City for Church of God Convention 2014, they probably didn’t have to cross as many hurdles as this couple. Stanford and Lorna, leaders in the Mt. Charles Church of God in St. Andrew, desperately wanted to join us in Oklahoma City, and just in the nick of time, God provided a way. Continue reading