By Benjamin F. Reid
The pastor must not be a person who simply presides as a benevolent, kindly referee over a multitude of squabbling children.
The pastor must lead! He or she must develop firmness with love but must sense where the Spirit is leading and then call upon the saints to follow. The pastor must be both prophet to proclaim the will of God and overseer to coordinate all aspects of the church’s life and to channel its varied energies toward the accomplishment of God’s purposes. Continue reading
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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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Tagged African American, black, community involvement, community outreach, diversity, ethnicity, Georgia, Give Life, Jason McClendon, Kansas, KS, Leadership Focus, Liberal, ministerial calling, multicultural, neighborhood, pastoral call, Presephoni Fuller, race, racial reconciliation, Reclaim, reclamation, South Church of God, unity, white
The congregation honoring Pastor Walls for his faithful service (Image courtesy Ferman Brown Photography).
By Carl Stagner
They came from near and far. Pastors, politicians, family, friends, and members of the community descended upon East Second Street First Church of God in Xenia, Ohio, for a very special and very unique occasion. On Sunday, March 18, notable Church of God figures addressed the over-capacity crowd, including—but not limited to—Ed Foggs, former executive secretary of the Church of God; Miki Merritt, presiding elder of the National Association; Demetrius Booker, associate state pastor of Ohio Ministries; Timothy Clarke, senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus; and Dennis Kidd, senior pastor of Front Street Church of God in Hamilton, Ohio. Morning and afternoon services, complete with preaching, presentations, and powerful moments of worship, celebrated the sixty-five-year ministry of Dr. J. Douglas and Lady Donna Walls: fifty faithful years at one church. Continue reading
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Tagged age, Award, bivocational, book, celebration, ceremony, Columbus, commuting, Demetrius Booker, Dennis Kidd, Dr. Walls, East Second Street First Church of God, Ed Foggs, faithfulness, fiftieth anniversary, honor, J Douglas Walls, Joel Lee Allen, Lady Donna, LaMonte Monroe, longevity, mentoring, Miki Merritt, minister, ministerial calling, NACOG, National Association, National Association of the Church of God, OH, Ohio, pastor, pastoring, service, testimony, time, Timothy Clarke, vocational ministry, Xenia
By Carl Stagner
Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Columbus, and Fairfax. The Regional Convention makes a stop at these four locations before it ever gets to Safety Harbor, Florida. But the event in Safety Harbor will be no afterthought; neither will be the opportunity to hear from the Lord through his servant Terry Rolen. The lead pastor of Bayside Community Church looks forward to hosting the grand finale Regional Convention next year, September 25–26. While much of the movement won’t wait until then to receive, hear, and embrace all God has for them through next year’s Regional Conventions, those who do—and those who choose to visit more than one location—won’t be disappointed. Continue reading
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Tagged 2018, Bayside Church, Bayside Community Church, camp meeting, Campmeeting, Church of God Convention, FL, Florida, host church, Life 2018, ministerial calling, pastor, profile, regional convention, regionals, Safety Harbor, Terry Rolen
By Carl Stagner
“I’d never taught a Sunday school class. I was sure I couldn’t even talk in front of people. I was not going to be a preacher.” Clearly, God had other plans in mind for Loren Sutton. The eighty-two-year-old pastor of Airview Church of God in Opelika, Alabama, has not only served the Lord in ministry the majority of his life, he also just can’t seem to retire—no matter how hard he tries! Loren knows firsthand what it means to wrestle with the divine call. Continue reading
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Tagged Airview Church of God, AL, Alabama, call, church planting, divine calling, Elouise Sutton, faces of the movement, family, Loren Sutton, ministerial calling, ministry, Opelika, retire, retirement, Robert Reardon, vocational ministry