Tag Archives: Kimberly Majeski

CBH Co-host/AU Professor Offers “Preacher Girls” New Resource

By Carl Stagner

Women in ministry face different challenges than their male peers. Of course, there’s the challenge of equal opportunity in congregations—even in the Church of God. But, another challenge tests the tenacity of women divinely called by God and, at the same time, demonstrates their uniquely gifted abilities to balance multiple assignments. How do these women in ministry, many of whom were called after their college years, find time to hone their craft amid jobs, community involvements, and parenting, for example? Thankfully, a trusted voice in the Church of God now offers a solution: Preacher Girl School. CBH ViewPoint co-host and Anderson University professor Kimberly Majeski convenes the online experience, led by women in ministry, for women in ministry, all to help take their preaching to the next level. Continue reading

History Channel Series About Jesus’ Life Features AU Professor

Dr. Kimberly Majeski, associate professor of biblical studies, was recently invited by Nutopia films to contribute as a New Testament scholar in Jesus: His Life. This eight-part series to be aired on History, beginning March 25 and concluding on April 15, will bring together some of the world’s top scholars, historians, and faith leaders from diverse perspectives to tell the story of Jesus in a new and enlightening way. Continue reading

Columbus Convention Opening Day “Spirit-filled,” “Tremendous,” “Great!”

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

CHOG TraffickLight: New Drop-in Center Extends Stripped Love’s Reach

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Photo: Stripped Love’s central Indiana outreach team.

By Carl Stagner

When Kimberly Majeski and a few friends from Madison Park Church of God first stepped foot onto the property of a strip club in Anderson, Indiana, they couldn’t have imagined the scope of what they were getting themselves into. Six years later, the impact of Stripped Love is reaching across the country, inspiring new ministries, and celebrating changed lives. This Church of God TraffickLight partner has now grown to the point of needing a place where women can find fellowship, refuge, resources, and counseling. In March, community and Church of God organizations and individuals came together to celebrate the grand opening of Stripped Love’s drop-in center in Anderson. Continue reading

CHOG TraffickLight: Stripped Love Offers Sunday Suppers

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By Katy Hagerman

Since women who work in the sex trade often work from late on Saturday to early Sunday morning, a traditional church service on Sunday morning just doesn’t work for them. Stripped Love, the ministry of CHOG TraffickLight led by Kimberly Majeski in Anderson, Indiana, came up with a creative response—Sunday Suppers. This new initiative began in June, allowing these women to come to church and fellowship, but at a nontraditional time. Sunday Suppers have been held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and include free child care for the women and all-you-can-eat food. Instead of a tradition Sunday sermon, Sunday Suppers is similar to a devotion time with the women reading from the Bible, sharing stories and struggles, and praying for each other. Continue reading

Church on the Street to Host Reconciliation and Justice Academy

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Photo: Andy Odle (right) sharing community with the most vulnerable in Atlanta, Georgia.

By Carl Stagner

In 2013, the Global Gathering of the Church of God held its Global Forum on the subject of reconciliation. In 2014, Church of God Convention attendees were introduced to a form in which reconciliation could be lived out—in awareness and action concerning human trafficking. This May, the Church of God has an opportunity to dig deeper into what it means to be reconciled to God and neighbor. Church of the Street in Atlanta, Georgia, will host the Reconciliation and Justice Academy, May 11–15. Not just another conference, this experience is designed to be a weeklong intensive for those who really want to join with the most vulnerable among us to collectively develop the heart and habits of our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Move Aside, Hollywood! CHOG Takes Action on Trafficking

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Photo: Carla Sunberg addresses Indiana Church of God ministers at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis.

By Carl Stagner

“I’m tired of Hollywood celebrities being the spokespersons for these issues. Where are all the Christians?” The words of Carla Sunberg, president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, echoed through the expanse of Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Ministers of the Church of God in Indiana came together for their annual meeting as they do each year in early October. But this year’s meeting took on a markedly different tone. Instead of offering leadership training or the latest tools for ministry, Indiana Ministries devoted the entire day to the subject of sex trafficking and gender-based violence. Continue reading

Would Jesus Hang Out in a Strip Club?

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Photo: Stripped Love ministry in Anderson, Indiana.

By Kimberly Majeski

A recent blog post from www.christianitytoday.com titled “Three Views: Would Jesus Hang Out in a Strip Club?” shared different perspectives on outreach evangelism. The following is a response to the post, written by Dr. Kimberly Majeski, professor of biblical studies at Anderson University School of Theology and CEO of Stripped Love. Read the article from Christianity Today at www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/july-august/thre-views-would-jesus-hang-out-in-strip-club.html.

In a word, yes! I have seen Jesus in a strip club, many times over. Jesus, the flesh and blood manifestation of the wisdom of God, will be found where he said he’d be, bringing good news to the poor, sight to the blind, encouragement to the oppressed, and freedom to the captives, and proclaiming the Jubilee Luke 4.16–19). Jesus resides wherever broken people are, wherever pain and loss and despair seek to stifle out all light and hope and love, that’s what Jesus does, that’s who Jesus has always been and will always be. Continue reading

AU SOT Professor Attends Discussion with Well-Known Biblical Scholar

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Photo: Dr. Kimberly Majeski with N.T. Wright.

In late November, Anderson University School of Theology associate professor of biblical studies Dr. Kimberly Majeski attended a small group session with N.T. Wright, a retired Anglican bishop and a leading New Testament scholar, at a Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meeting. Continue reading

Justification without Justice: On Dreaming New Dreams

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By Kimberly Majeski

I grew up in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, more specifically in the fiery reformation movement known as the Church of God—Anderson, Indiana. Raised in a church that had been pastored in the early 1930s by a woman, I grew up steeped in the stories of our pioneers and their work for gender and racial equality. Before I was old enough for the youth group, I knew about Evangelist Lena Shoffner, who had preached a revival in the racist South just on the heels of the civil war. In the tent where she spoke, there was a rope hung down the middle dividing space where black and white folks could sit. As she preached the kerygma of gospel holiness and unity, she called for the rope to be torn down and the divisions to be forgotten since we are all one in Christ Jesus. Later, those who opposed Shoffner’s message of unity blew up the site where the church had been gathering. Continue reading