Photo: First Church mortgage going up in flames.
By Carl Stagner
Two thousand years ago, Jesus paid the debt we could not pay. His victory over death became our victory, setting us free to experience new life and share it with others. Until freedom reigns, debt has a way of holding us back, enslaving us to our past. First Church of God in Jefferson City, Missouri, found themselves in this very predicament. While thankful for the grace that covers their spiritual debt, the debt that stared them down, barring the way forward, was financial. This debt kept them from experiencing God’s best and embracing the future he’d planned for them. Then, early last year, the capital city congregation fixed their eyes on Christ and boldly stepped out of the boat. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged bold, building campaign, celebration, debt, expansion, faith, financial freedom, goal, Jefferson City, Jesus, Joe Gregory, Joseph Gregory, Missouri, MO, mortgage burning, stewardship
Photo: Former pastors join Steve Roby as they burn the church’s mortgage papers.
By Carl Stagner
On Sunday, May 17, a huge burden was lifted off Water’s Edge Church of God in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Witnessed by the gathered saints, Pastor Steve Roby, and two previous pastors, financial prison doors were opened to a future of flexible ministry freedom. Accompanied by shouts of praise and thunderous applause, the church’s mortgage went up in flames—literally. It was a trajectory-altering moment in the church’s history that deserved nothing less than a pull-out-all-the-stops celebration. The entire congregation celebrated with worship, ceremony, and a barbecue feast that followed. Though they ate well that afternoon, reaching such a noteworthy milestone was no piece of cake. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Northeast
Tagged celebration, financial freedom, Giving, Larry Messick, mortgage burning, Steve Roby, stewardship, Terry Rolen, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Water's Edge Church of God