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Eight Simple Ways to Express Appreciation for Your Pastor

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Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. —1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NIV)

In October we take time out every year to say thank you to our pastors for the hard work and dedication they show their churches and congregations throughout the year. What does your church have planned for your pastor(s) this year? Here are a few simple ways you and your church can show them your appreciation. Continue reading

Virginia Takes Steps to Address Pastoral Health and Excellence

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By Carl Stagner

Pastors, you are not alone. Across the country, in your state, and likely even in your community there are other men and women called to preach the gospel just like you. They spend countless hours in study, sermon prep, visitation, counseling, event planning, fundraising, and cleaning the bathrooms, too. Like you, they shepherd a flock with its beauty and its imperfections. So why do so many pastors go it alone? In the Church of God, state assemblies and regions have discovered the power of SHAPE—Sustaining Health and Pastoral Excellence—to bring pastors together in fellowship, networking, and accountability. About twenty state or regional assemblies have been encouraged by the impact of SHAPE on their pastors and, by extension, their congregations. Now SHAPE is on the move, and its destination is Virginia. Continue reading

Women in Leadership: Practicing Our Theology

Photo: Four of our outstanding women pastors, (clockwise from upper-left) Shannon New-Spangler, Cheryl Sanders, Melissa Pratt, and Donna Rothenberger.

Photo: Four of our outstanding women pastors, (clockwise from upper-left) Shannon New-Spangler, Cheryl Sanders, Melissa Pratt, and Donna Rothenberger.

By Doug Talley

I remember the gender wars of elementary school. As kids looking for validation of our worth, we guys would declare that we were the superior gender and, of course, the girls would make the same claim. We’d argue back and forth, but I don’t remember anyone ever winning. The arguments led to tension, but not to resolution. By the time we got into middle school or high school, we readily abandoned those arguments. But that doesn’t mean that gender bias went away. Continue reading

Leadership Focus: Taking Credentialing (and Leaders!) to New Heights

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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

CHOG Convention 2015: Retired Ministers, Spouses Offered Reduced Registration

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By Carl Stagner

Decades of faithful service to the kingdom of God have not been forgotten. For thousands of pastors across the movement, blessings realized today have only been made possible because of those who paved the way before them. Though no one could ever thank our retired ministers enough for their commitment to the Church of God, one simple gesture of appreciation has just been announced. Church of God Ministries is pleased to offer a reduced registration rate for retired ministers and their spouses until June 15. All you need to do is call Church of God Ministries at 800-848-2464, and ask for your retired minister registration rate! Continue reading

UPDATE: Church of God Yearbook

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WHY A YEARBOOK?

• For more than one hundred years, it’s been one of the key connections in the ministry life of the Church of God.

• It provides mission-critical information for our church body: how we are organized and where we can go for answers, assistance, and direction.

• It tells a story: about who we are as a fellowship and about the partnerships that unite us in ministry. Continue reading

SHAPE Expands to Jamaica

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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

Church and Minister Registration 2015: Patience and Grace Requested

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By Bob Moss

At Church of God Ministries, we are mindful that there have been some frustrations with minister and church registrations this year. Perhaps the following words will give needed perspective:

In 1965 my parents took our family on a big adventure. We left Warren, Ohio, in our new Ford station wagon with a pop-up tent camper in tow. Our destination was California via Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, and other sites of interest.   Continue reading

Jesus—the Subject at Pastors’ Fellowship 2014

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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

AU SOT Hosting New ‘Renew Your Ministry!’ Event

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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

Church of God Agencies Unite to Pray for Pastors

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By Carl Stagner

Every senior pastor and his or her staff. Each one. Covered in prayer over the thirty-one days that make up October. During Pastor Appreciation Month 2013, Church of God Ministries joined forces with Christian Women Connection, Children of Promise, Warner Press, and Silent Blessings to specifically pray for the pastors of all 2,100-plus Church of God congregations in the United States and Canada. Additionally, this group of intercessors has prayed for our missionaries and chaplains by name. Continue reading