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Big Apple is Mission Field for Regional 2020 Host Church

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

By Carl Stagner

Home to more than 8.6 million people, New York City is the most populous city in the United States. The “Big Apple,” as it’s commonly called, is also the mission field for the Church of God of East New York, a congregation which has had a growing influence on the borough of Brooklyn for ninety years. Before a portion of the Church of God descends on the “city that never sleeps” next September 18–20 for the third-and-final Regional Convention 2020, ministry leaders from across the city and places far beyond will return for an anniversary homecoming at the church pastored for the last thirty-eight years by Clifton McDowell. A recent interview with Pastor McDowell shed light on what healthy, enduring ministry looks like among millions of neighbors in such a diverse, fast-paced, and densely populated environment. Continue reading

Callen Compiles General Assembly Comprehensive History, Reference Guide

By Carl Stagner

Anyone who has done even the most rudimentary research into the early days of the Church of God movement knows we have a fascinating history. We love to laud the honorable aspects of our past, but we acknowledge our missteps and failures, as well. Learning from yesterday—the good and the bad—helps us lean forward into the future God has planned for us together. In Barry Callen’s new book, Leaning Forward!, God’s unchanging involvement in the lives of his people is the thread that connects our heritage to who we are today. As a comprehensive history and reference guide to every resolution since the General Assembly’s humble beginnings in 1917, Leaning Forward! provides a panorama of the Church of God unlike we’ve ever seen. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Announces Relocation Plan


In consultation with the Ministries Council and a variety of advisors, Church of God Ministries has made the difficult decision to relocate from its present location. The decision was reached following months of meticulous research, dialogue with ecclesiastical and community partners, and careful consideration of every plausible option. Due to the excessive and increasing costs of building operation and maintenance, the Ministries Council unanimously endorsed the decision of the Church of God Ministries executive team to relocate the organization. A five-year lease is now pending with the Madison Trace office complex located near Exit 219 along Interstate 69. Continue reading

Church of God Convention: Locations, Dates Announced for 2016, 2017


You’ve been waiting and wondering. Now you don’t have to wait any longer! We’ve learned the locations and dates for the 2016 regional conventions and Church of God Convention 2017. After two years of historic gatherings in Oklahoma City, and following a historic decision in June 2015, the Church of God Convention begins a new chapter featuring multiple locations across the country. You’ll want to mark your calendars and save these important dates!

Your Ministries Council and your team at Church of God Ministries urge you to attend one of the 2016 regional conventions, which will also feature the CHOG Table—a setting where we will grapple with important issues facing the church in our generation. These inspirational gatherings will feed your soul and connect you with friends and ministry colleagues. You won’t want to miss being a part of these meaningful events. See the announcement from Jim Lyon and the Ministries Council.

MACU, Ministries Council, and Missional Ministry with John Carney

By Kerry Park

Pastor John Carney is a 1982 graduate of Gulf Coast Bible College (GBC), one of the previous names of Mid-America Christian University, (MACU). He also earned a master’s in leadership from MACU in 2009. He’s married to GBC alumna Kay (Gustin) Carney, who is also a 1982 graduate of GBC. John is the senior pastor of First Church of God in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he has served since 1999, and is serving his second term with the Church of God Ministries Council. In this interview with MACU, John opens up on each of these formative experiences. Continue reading

Ministries Council Meets at Mid-America


The Ministries Council of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), visited Oklahoma City last week. The Council, which is one of the bodies providing leadership for the Church of God movement, met on the beautiful grounds of Crossings Community Church pastored by Rev. Marty Grubbs. Continue reading

General Director Designate Announced


The Ministries Council of the Church of God is proud to present Rev. Jim Lyon to the General Assembly as the General Director Designate and candidate for ratification. Throughout his ministry, Rev. Lyon has demonstrated his love for God’s church. He is a faithful servant who has always been willing to employ unconventional means in order to reach those who are powerless and voiceless in a hurting world. He is a man with vision and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

General Director Designate to be Announced


Dear Friends,

I am writing on behalf of the Ministries Council of the Church of God to update you on the status of the leadership transition taking place in the Ministries Offices.  As you are aware, after 12 years of diligent and faithful leadership, Dr. Ronald Duncan will be retiring this summer from the position of General Director. In the last 18 months, both the Ministries Council and the Succession Committee have worked diligently and prayerfully in seeking a successor. Continue reading

Ministries Council Succession Committee Update

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January 2, 2013

Dear Friends,

The Succession Committee has been working diligently the last few months since the close of the applications for the position of General Director, and I want to start 2013 off by sending you an update. We thank you for your prayers during this process and want you to be informed so you can pray more specifically these next few months. Continue reading