Launch Day at Avenue Church back in September.
By Carl Stagner
For many, the New Year is a chance to start over. Until recently, the Church of God in Ontario, Ohio, had experienced a season of decline and desperately needed a fresh start. But this congregation wasn’t about to wait until the dawn of 2019 to get moving again. A new pastor, a new name, a new structure, and a new vision—all in just seven months—have proven catalytic in the turnaround Avenue Church is currently experiencing. Continue reading
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Worship at the NIYC.
By Carl Stagner
In the Church of God, the summer months are known for conventions and camp meetings. A variety of retreats and conferences often take place in the spring and the fall. But as the chill of winter sets in across much of the country, few spiritual retreats and getaways are available. In the wake of the commonly exhausting Christmas season, in view of the blues caused by all the grays outside, and in response to cabin fever, perhaps winter is when retreat is most vital! Thankfully, the Church of God has an answer—the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC). Between Christmas and the end of the year, believers spanning generations and racial lines come together for an annual experience of worship, community, and renewal as the New Year dawns. Continue reading
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By William H. Jones
If churches and ministers take on these resolutions as goals and work hard at achieving them, it will go a long way in bringing much fruit in the coming year.
1. We will keep our church clean. We will check regularly to make sure restrooms, children’s areas, and the kitchen are clean and not cluttered.
2. We will teach the blessing of the tithe. God promised to bless us if we did it. You find this in Malachi! Fear of speaking about tithing and generous giving robs Christ-followers of experiencing God’s promised blessing. Continue reading