Presephoni (center, middle row) with part of the congregation.
By Carl Stagner
Liberal, Kansas, never saw it coming. The city of only about 20,000 people couldn’t have imagined the day. Only 3.8 percent of the population is African American, and the new pastor of South Church of God is both black and a woman. Presephoni Fuller is, in fact, the first black pastor in the ninety-year history of the church. Still, Pastor Presephoni takes it all in stride. She doesn’t have time to ponder the uniqueness of her situation; she’s too busy reaching deeper into the community and taking the Kansas congregation to new heights. Continue reading
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The cross remains on the Panama City church’s sign!
By Carl Stagner
One hundred fifty-five miles per hour. That’s how powerful Hurricane Michael’s winds were when the Category Four monster made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10. Meteorologists are calling the storm the strongest to ever hit the continental United States since Hurricane Andrew of 1992. In its wake, Michael left behind widespread catastrophic damage, leveling homes and businesses, and claiming the lives of at least nineteen, as the search for missing persons continues. The Church of God was not left unscathed; to date, two congregations have reported damage to their church building and their homes. As information continues to be collected by state ministry offices and Church of God Ministries, Church of God congregations across the country are already responding to the imminent and critical needs of funds, supplies, time, and labor. Continue reading
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Photo: Handel Smith, Joyce Smith, Jason McClendon, Jeff Robinson.
By Carl Stagner
Kingdom-focused ministries demonstrate a keen ability to look beyond their own plights, plans, and programs. They see God working out his big-picture plan on a much grander scale. Competition isn’t on their radar, and when another church or assembly needs a hand, they don’t hesitate to help. Sparse growth, little involvement with each other, and diminishing hope had characterized the Georgia Fellowship of the Church of God in recent years, but kingdom-focused ministries weren’t far away. Eager to see God on the move once again in the Peach State, Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, and Illinois Ministries have reached out with love, generosity, and a challenge to embrace a bold turnaround. Continue reading
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Tagged Church of God Ministries, Domestic Team, Eric Livingston, experiential unity, Florida Church of God Ministries, functional unity, Georgia Fellowship, Handel Smith, Illinois Ministries, Jason McClendon, Ken Love, partnership, revitalization, turnaround
Photo: Children participating in the after-school SEEK ministry at Community Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
“Because of what’s going on in the school system, a lot of the parents haven’t even completed high school. Their children are geared to become what they see. How can you expect a generation to change if they see such a model set before them? So we said, it starts with our church.” Jason McClendon, pastor of Community Church of God in Macon, Georgia, has rallied his congregation to accept responsibility for the next generation. The change is already beginning to unfold. “If we help our children now, then in about twenty or thirty years, this will be a totally different community.” Continue reading
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Tagged children, Community Church of God, gala, Georgia, Jason McClendon, kids, Macon, ministry, nonprofit, outreach, Pleasant Hill, SEEK