Romina Portillo and Marlene Viray
By Kirk Bookout
Children of Promise was founded with a heartfelt desire to help children among the poor of the world by meeting immediate needs, and by making a long-term impact. In doing this, other positive things have happened, and continue to happen, in powerful ways. One way we see this is in the role of women in many countries we serve. This is often reflected in societies that have not traditionally offered opportunities for women. Continue reading
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Tagged child sponsorship, Children of Promise, egalitarian, female, Jean Johnson, Kirk Bookout, leaders, Philippines, Sidney Johnson, woman, women
Special service at Riverchase Community Church.
By Carl Stagner
Regional consultant for Latin America, Abby Torgeson. Missionary to Germany, Joshua Weiger. Missionaries to Japan, Christy and Terence Van Dam. Pastors to the Middle East, Ken and Keli Oldham. Matt Anderson, pastor of the thriving desert oasis in Scottsdale, Arizona, McDowell Mountain Community Church. Besides their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, each one of these has something unique in common: Riverchase Community Church. To one degree or another, these and numerous other Christ-centered leaders were formed and/or launched into ministry from this modest-sized Church of God congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Considering the church’s heart for missions and intentional discipleship strategies, it’s no wonder that they can’t hang on to their brightest and best. But, they wouldn’t want to. Continue reading
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Tagged AL, Alabama, Birmingham, Children of Promise, discipleship, emerging leaders, global, Global Strategy, international, leaders, leadership development, Matt Anderson, mentoring, Missionaries, missions, Oldham, outreach, Riverchase Community Church, Tony Weiger, Torgeson, Van Dam, Weiger
Jim Lyon speaks to leaders in Egypt.
By Ken Oldham
The birth of the Protestant Reformation is attributed to Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church (Germany) on October 31, 1517. All across the region, this 500th anniversary has been remembered, and the evangelical churches in Egypt began planning months ago to have a special event of their own, encouraging each church group to seek international guests to join the celebration. The Church of God in Egypt was delighted to have Global Strategy regional coordinator Patrick Nachtigall, U.S.-Canada general director Jim Lyon, and Pastor Marcus Archer of Crosspoint Church (Natchez, Mississippi) accept their invitation to join the celebration, November 17–19, in Cairo. Continue reading
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Tagged Blue Mountain Community Church, Cairo, church expansion, church growth, Coptic, Crosspoint Church, Egypt, Ernest LaFont, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, Global Strategy, government, international, International Youth Convention, IYC, Jim Lyon, leaders, Luther, Marcus Archer, meetings, missions, Mississippi, MS, Natchez, offerings, pastors, Patrick Nachtigall, Protestant Reformation, rebuilding, Spread the Word, STW, testimony, transportation, travel, WA, Walla Walla, Washington, youth
Photo: Paul Dreger, honored to help baptize believers in Barbados.
By Carl Stagner
The Church of God enjoys a rich heritage of ministry in the island country of Barbados. Over time, however, new growth has waned and demographics have shifted to the middle-age and senior adults. But in recent years, signs of new life have begun to emerge. This winter, forty percent of the entire constituency of the Church of God in Barbados attended the closing service of their annual believer’s convention. Knowing they simply could not remain on their current trajectory, pastors and leaders made several important decisions at the conclusion of the convention. The two thousand that make up the eighteen Barbardos congregations are beginning to discover the need for systemic change in their methodologies and ministerial approaches, but most of all, in their relationships. Continue reading
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Tagged Barbadian, Barbados, church health, George Foster, Jeff Bannister, leaders, Lennox Boyce, pastors, Paul Dreger, relational, SHAPE
By Carl Stagner
Credentialing ministers in the Church of God is nothing new. The Church of God has always championed developing leaders and pastors. Over the years, however, it has become increasingly difficult to get the most out of credentialing systems that were adopted more than fifty years ago. Sure, many have been updated here and there, but when three states came together and said, “We can do better together,” they effectively launched an initiative that would revolutionize credentialing in the Church of God. Continue reading
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Tagged calling, commissioned, credentialing, credentials, Jeannette Flynn, leaders, leadership development, Leadership Focus, licensed, ministers, ordained, study, vocational ministry
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: A choir leads in worship at Pastors’ Fellowship 2014 at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky.
By Carl Stagner
Jesus—Savior and Lord. The way, the truth, and the life. The apostle Paul describes Jesus as the one by whom all things were made and for whom all things were made (Col 1:16). On May 5 and 6, Jesus was the subject through the preaching, teaching, worship, and fellowship at the annual meeting of the Pastors’ Fellowship at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky. Their theme clearly illustrated this focus on the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2 NKJV): “When Jesus Does the Preaching.” As they have for forty years, Church of God pastors from near and far met to encourage one another and once again emphasize the theology and doctrine of the Church of God, at which Jesus is the center. Continue reading
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Tagged conference, convention, First Church of God, H. Gerald Rudd, Kentucky, leaders, Mark Jackson, meeting, ministers, Nick Wilson, pastors, Pastors' Fellowship, preaching, revival, singing, Winchester
The Anderson University School of Theology is offering Renew Your Ministry!, a three day event from March 10-12. Classes will be open to those who register for the event, with lunch provided. On Tuesday, registration includes the annual Harp Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Gary Agee.
Renew Your Ministry! was developed as part of the seminary’s desire to build stronger partnerships with the church and the local community. Continue reading
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Tagged Anderson University, AU, classes, education, Harp Lecture, leaders, ministers, pastors, School of Theology, seminars, SOT, workshops