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Canadian Church of God Ministries Seeks Executive Director

The Canadian Church of God Ministries (CCOGM) invites eligible candidates to apply for the role of executive director. It is a full-time salaried position.

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The CCOGM (chog.ca) is a collective of twenty-four churches in western Canada who are part of the Church of God movement, based out of Anderson, Indiana. This movement began in 1881, waving the banner of salvation in Christ alone, the unity of believers, and the holiness of God’s people. Continue reading

From the Archives: God’s Moment

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

Wrestling with the Call: An Alabama Pastor’s Ministerial Journey

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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

From the Archives: Mission and Ministry in Front of Our Eyes

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By Jeff Frymire

There are times when we need to stop looking at ourselves in the mirror and put up a window to the world and see what is really going on outside of ourselves.

When God called Moses into ministry, he didn’t send him across the sea. He sent him back to his own people and to the land of his birth. His ministry had been right in front of him. God gave him a tool to use that would ignite amazing and miraculous events. The tool was the stick right there in his own hand. After God turned it into a snake and back again, Moses realized that, with God on his side, he had all the resources he needed right there in front of him. 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

Frisbee and Guitar: The Urban Ministry of Two AU Sophomores

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By Carl Stagner

They’re musicians, but they’re not out to make a name for themselves. They sing and play guitar together, but they’re not a band. They lead worship and minister to people on the street, but they aren’t ministry majors. Logan Hauer and Josh Paff are just two Anderson University sophomores who were available when the Spirit said, “Go.” Now nearly every Saturday afternoon, they spend their time in downtown Anderson, Indiana, lifting their voices heavenward and engaging in a ministry of presence among the “least of these.” Continue reading

Homeowner’s Garage Becomes Sanctuary for Neighborhood Kids

By Carl Stagner

After a full day at work, she comes home and opens her garage door. That’s when they come. Often in droves. The approach Angela Conti now takes to spreading the gospel may be unconventional, but it’s exactly what God has called her to do. After serving as a missionary to South Africa, God asked her what she was doing to reach the lost back at home. “What was I doing for the children I drove past every day in my subdivision?” she pondered. Continue reading

Urban Missions: Ohio Church Buys Two Inner-City Homes, Commissions Residents

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By Serena Ellens

What does it mean to be a missionary on the home front—on our very own American soil? The church often hears about missionaries that travel to exotic locations and third-world countries to spread the gospel. While their work is absolutely vital, sometimes we as Christians in the United States forget the importance of mission work in our own nation. As present trials continue to ravage the country and draw people farther and farther away from the church, the emphasis on home missions is becoming increasingly imperative in our efforts to spread the hope of Christ. Continue reading

Ohio Church Offers Prom Dresses Laced with Love

Recently, Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, held a prom dress giveaway. Many teen girls were afforded the opportunity to attend prom which, for some, might have otherwise been cost-prohibitive due to the expensive nature of prom dresses. Though atypical of what churches typically donate, each dress was laced with the love of Christ. The video above tells this encouraging story.

Learn more about the Church of God at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.

Intersection on the Streets of Flint: Where Church Meets Community

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Photo: Intersection volunteer reads with local children.

By Carl Stagner

Much of society simply writes them off. Politicians may see them as just another statistic. Often the family that should care simply doesn’t. But Gail Bigler cares. West Court Street Church of God in Flint, Michigan, cares. They recognize that, without an intersection between faith and community, the future for many children is bleak. But at Intersection, an after-school ministry of West Court Street Church of God, caring volunteers take a step in the right direction toward addressing a prevalent need. Continue reading

Unique Opportunity Available for Women in Ministry

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By Carl Stagner

Nazarenes, Free Methodists, Wesleyans, The Salvation Army, Brethren in Christ, Evangelical Friends, and the Church of God. What do they all have in common? Besides roots in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, Jesus is certainly the subject of their respective ministries. But unique to these groups is a commitment to the support of women in ministry. While each group may often have trouble rallying their congregations around women in ministry, they draw from a heritage of dynamic women clergy. In mid-April, women in ministry will gather together for a unique time of worship, preaching, and networking. Also marking the occasion will be a leadership change that brings this group back to its Church of God roots. Continue reading

Warner Pacific to Present Student Reflections on Ministry

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Discover how God is moving in and through seniors in the department of religion & Christian ministries and how Warner Pacific College is preparing students for ministry in a constantly changing world.

Night of Stories: Student Reflections on Ministry

•  Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
•  Schlatter Chapel at Warner Pacific (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland – cross street is SE Division)
•  Reception immediately following Continue reading

Fulfilling What God Has Ordained You to Do

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By Arnetta Bailey

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”—Ephesians 2:10  NIV

Purpose is not based upon what you are, but it is established upon who you are in God. Fulfilling our purpose is beyond our power; we must allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what our purpose is. Some are very fortunate that they recognized early in life what their purpose was. Then there are others, such as myself who didn’t find out until much later in life. My journey to my reason for being here was solely found in my relationship with God. Continue reading

The Blessings of Bivocational Pastoring

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By Dave Burnett

While pastoring a small congregation, I struggled with the reality that my salary package comprised 65 percent of the congregation’s undesignated budget. Property expenses (utilities, insurance, and maintenance) required so much of the remaining budget funds that minimal funds were available for the ministries of the congregation. I decided that it was both biblical and appropriate for me to pursue pastoring only in a bivocational context. I have experienced profound blessings through bivocational service to congregations. Continue reading

Honoring Our Chaplains, All Veterans This November

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Photo: Veterans Day is November 11.

By Carl Stagner

How much do you know about our Church of God chaplains to the military, hospitals, and correctional facilities? David Erb knows a lot about them. He serves the Church of God as its chaplain endorser. As Veterans Day fast approaches, he urges the Church of God to remember not only our country’s men and women in uniform but also those who minister to them in the role of chaplain. Continue reading