Pastor Kevin (far right) hosts the dedication of the children/youth area.
By Carl Stagner
Compared to some of the major metropolitan destinations across Canada, the isolated city of Swift Current, Saskatchewan—population 18,000—may seem insignificant. But there’s really nothing insignificant about the community, home to Eastside Church of God, a thriving congregation actively making Swift Current a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Under the visionary leadership of Pastor Kevin Snyder, and without compromising their Jesus-centered message, the church has dealt a serious blow to the forces of darkness as they’ve reclaimed territory—including actual property—from the clutches of hell. Continue reading
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Tagged Be Bold, bold, building, Canada, Canadian, children, children's ministry, church growth, church health, Eastside Church of God, expansion, Give Life, Kevin Snyder, kids, mental illness, next generation, playground, Reclaim, reclamation, refugee, Saskatchewan, SK, students, Swift Current, teens, young adults, youth, youth center
Children’s ministry at New Life Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
In a town of fewer than 500 people, 100 to 110 children and youth can be found hanging out at one local hot spot in Bertha, Minnesota: New Life Church of God. A hub of community activity and a beacon of hope, the church is uniquely positioned to reach the next generation for Christ. Seizing the opportunity God’s given them, they’ve placed special emphasis on their youth ministry and their children’s ministry, which is called Kids For Christ (KFC). While New Life Church of God nears their final mortgage payment this year, they’re definitely not waiting to walk through every open door for the kingdom locally, nationally, and globally. Continue reading
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Tagged Bertha, children, children's ministry, community outreach, generosity, Jason Knoll, kids, Minnesota, MN, New Life Church of God, next generation, stewardship, student ministries, teenagers, youth ministry
Construction in the lobby.
By Carl Stagner
In May 2013, we shared the story of a Church of God congregation in Richland, Washington, that tripled its attendance in just four years. The church understood then, as it does now, that God gives growth to his church, but there are a number of things local fellowships can do to attract the interest of the community, while supporting numbers with intentional discipleship and follow-up. For some, the question nearly five years ago might have been, Could such growth—both numerical and spiritual—be sustained? Apparently so. We’ve followed up with Columbia Community Church—locally known as C3—and have discovered they recently encountered a big problem. Their current facility—particularly their lobby and restrooms—are too small for their weekend crowds. Continue reading
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Tagged C3, church growth, Columbia Community Church, construction, expansion, Mark Barker, next generation, Pacific Northwest, renovation, Richland, WA, Washington state, younger generation