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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By Carl Stagner
Want to attend a preaching clinic, church health seminar, or theological dialogue in the Church of God today? You’ll find plenty of options throughout the year. Want to be a part of an experience designed for worship leaders and their praise teams? Those opportunities may be hard to find—until now. The Church of God Ministries U.S. and Canada Strategy team is excited to spread the news of the first-ever Worship Arts Symposium offered by the National Association of the Church of God (NACOG). The event, scheduled to take place August 2–4 at the National Association Campground in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, will offer theoretical and practical insights to strengthen the worship ministry of the local church, give opportunity to practice those insights during the NACOG Camp Meeting that follows, and return worship ministers back to their home churches refreshed and renewed. Continue reading
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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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Photo: Students write notes to commemorate their attendance at NIYC.
By Precious Earley
The National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC) recently concluded its annual conference, attracting nearly a thousand attendees. Speakers and delegates met in northern Kentucky at the end of December 2016, marking the first time the convention has been to Kentucky. Continue reading
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By Carl Stagner
For one hundred years, Zion’s Hill at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, has been the location of a camp meeting that has made an indelible mark on thousands of Church of God men and women. The National Association, which began in 1916 as a ministry largely focused on many African Americans who, at the time, were relocating northward from southern states. Driven to live out the unity that the Church of God preached, the National Association continued to grow in number and influence on the movement. From the earliest days, Zion’s Hill has welcomed all people, regardless of ethnicity or background, onto these hallowed grounds. The August 7–14 event is expected to draw record crowds and feature some of the finest preaching and worship in the Church of God. To celebrate their centennial, several special experiences and artistic components are being added to the schedule. Continue reading
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Tagged camp meeting, Campmeeting, Centennial, Charles Myricks, Chuck Myricks, NACOG, National Association of the Church of God, PA, Pennsylvania, West Middlesex, Zion's Hill
Torrential rains have brought severe flooding to the Carolinas, claiming the lives of fourteen people. Nearly two hundred water rescues were reported in South Carolina alone, and some eight hundred residents were displaced to due rising floods. Damage estimates in the wake of what has been described as a “thousand-year storm” are in the billions of dollars. Over the first five days of October, some locales received an unprecedented twenty inches of rain. Though the rains have now moved out, flooding poses an ongoing threat—meteorologists suggest it may take two weeks for rivers to crest. Through the Disaster Relief Committee, the Church of God is responding to this disaster. Continue reading
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By Charles Myricks
Camp Meeting 2015 was a fantastic time of worship, fellowship, teaching, and revival. Zion’s Hill was absolutely beautiful, and the weather was the best we have had in a very long time. The theme “Advancing the Kingdom: Together” was preached with passion and conviction. Continue reading
We hope you are making plans to attend the 2015 Mid-Year Leadership Conference, March 3–5 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please register as soon as possible to ensure special low-rates on rooms.
This year’s conference format features two tracks of study that allow for specific dialogue on leadership issues related to pastors and ministry leaders. These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to dialogue with some of our most respected leaders—Milton Grannum, Ronald Fowler, and Gideon Thompson—on the vital topic of leadership. Their combined service represents over one hundred years of excellence in ministry. We are deeply fortunate to have this time to learn from, and share with, these leaders. Continue reading
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Tagged Charles Myricks, Cincinnati, Marilyn Sowers, Mid Year Leadership Conference, Miki Merritt, Milton Grannum, Monte' Dillard, National Association of the Church of God, Ohio, Ronald Fowler, Tim White
Photo: Worship at the Mid-Year Leadership Conference 2014.
By Charles Myricks
“One of the best Mid-Year Leadership Conferences we’ve had!” was an often-heard sentiment expressed by Mid-Year Leadership Conference attendees in Birmingham, Alabama, March 4–6, 2014.