By Carl Stagner
Earlier this year, Church of God Ministries was invited by Lilly Endowment to apply for a grant to extend the fruitful ministry of CARE—Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort. The week of Thanksgiving brought with it news that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to carry on the program until at least 2021. No longer an initiative, the program known as CARE has been so well received by the Church of God movement that the goal is to sustain the work indefinitely. CARE 2.0 will bring with it continued engagement of pastors and congregational boards in pastoral retirement assistance and educational debt relief that have become synonymous with the program since it began in early 2016. Continue reading
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Tagged assistance, Award, CARE, Church of God Ministries, Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort, debt, educational debt, finance, financial, funds, grant, grants, Joe Cookston, Joseph Cookston, Lilly Endowment, retirement, Ryan Harter, Servant Solutions, stewardship, students, Thanksgiving, update
Concilio pastors pray together at the CARE seminar in Houston.
By Joseph Cookston
¡Buen trabajo! ¡Excelente! ¡Muchas gracias! We want to contextualize the information to our culture—thank you for the great desire to help us!
Openness and expectancy abounded throughout the CARE Seminar that opened the convention of the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano) of the Church of God in Houston, Texas, near the end of July. Pastors and spouses gathered and processed together for the three-and-a-half hour dialogue regarding pastoral compensation and financial planning. Again and again, participants expressed their gratitude for the intentional reach into the world of Spanish-speaking congregations of the Church of God. Continue reading
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Tagged CARE, Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort, Concilio Hispano, convention, Hispanic Council, Houston, Joseph Cookston, pastoral compensation, Spanish-speaking, Texas, TX
The Cove on a clear, moon-lit evening.
By Carl Stagner
At 3,885 feet above the cares of the world, Cedar Cliff Overlook, just minutes from the Billy Graham Training Center, reminds guests that the Artist who painted such breathtaking scenery is the same God who wants to give us a chance to catch our breath. Even in ministry—or especially in ministry—moments of rest and renewal are a must! When the vantage point of a pastor or layperson constantly focuses the eyes on the next task, it’s time to retreat. The CBH Retreat to the Cove has long served as a prescription for long seasons of work, ministry, and hurry. This October 15–18, join Jim Lyon, Larnelle Harris, Joe and Merry Cookston, Melissa Pratt, Wesley Duff, and Rob Kespelher for a mountain-top experience unlike any other. And, as you pull away from the crowd, you’ll find yourself in good company with Jesus (Mark 6:31). Continue reading
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Photo: Cross-cultural footwashing in Bangladesh.
By Carl Stagner
If you’ve ever been on a mission trip, you know it’s a mistake to think you’re going to another country only to teach and bless someone else. More often than not, you end up learning more than you could offer. Instead of leaving feeling impressed by all the good you did, you feel humbled by the good people you met. When a group from Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana; First Church of God in Marion, South Dakota; and Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana, came together for a missions trip to Bangladesh this year, the teachers once again became the learners. Continue reading
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Tagged Asia and the Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Bangladesh, baptism, Barefoot Pastors Training, CARE, Carla Zerkle, Caroline Armstrong, Church at the Crossing, Church of God Ministries, cross-cultural, Don Armstrong, First Church of God, footwashing, Hindu, IN, Indiana, Indianapolis, international, Islam, Joe Cookston, John Zerkle, Joseph Cookston, Lalmonirhat, Marion, mission trips, missions, multicultural, Muslim, Nikki Bauerle, SD, Shelly Clasen, South Dakota, travel
Church of God Ministries, Inc. has received a grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they address the financial and economic struggles that can impair the ability of pastors to lead congregations effectively. Continue reading
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Tagged announcement, CARE, Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort, finances, financial matters, funds, grant, Joseph Cookston, Lilly Endowment, minister's aid, young pastors