Photo: Nowata laypeople ministering to kids through VBS.
By Carl Stagner
The forces of hell have stolen a lot from God’s church over the years. One is the notion that the work of the local church is the responsibility of the whole congregation, not just the pastor. Indeed, the job of ministry does not rest solely on the pastor’s shoulders! Over time, many churches have fallen prey to the lie that the pastor is charged with doing just about anything and everything for them—after all, he or she does get paid, right? Inevitably we’re left with a shepherd on the verge of burnout, and a congregation devoid of disciples. But one Oklahoma congregation, in particular, is doing it right. The pastors of First Church of God in Nowata have unleashed their laypeople to reclaim what hell has stolen in their community. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged body of Christ, church growth, community, congregational ministry, First Church of God, Jared Fields, lay leaders, laypeople, Nowata, OK, Oklahoma, outreach, recovery groups, service projects, spiritual gifts, transformation, Wendell Abbott
Photo: School children blessed by the quilting ministry.
By Carl Stagner
The world can be a cruel and cold place. Especially for children and families living in poverty. Especially for the homeless. Especially for inhabitants of third-world countries. Congregations and ministries of the Church of God are known across the country and around the world for bringing the light and warmth of God’s love to “the least of these.” One such ministry creates and distributes quilts and blankets to those in need both here and abroad. Mary Scott joins approximately fifteen other ladies and three gentlemen who meet on Mondays at Beaverton Church of God in Beaverton, Michigan. More than a social club, this quilting ministry she leads warms both the body and the soul. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged Beaverton, Beaverton Church of God, blankets, Chris Slosser, cold, community, creative, creativity, ecumenical, homeless, lay leaders, laypeople, layperson, Mary Scott, Michigan, outreach, poverty, quilting ministry, quilts, warmth, winter