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Unexpected Journeys Lead Pastor to Niche in Teaching, Blogging

Scott Beha

By Carl Stagner

Southridge Church is a thriving Church of God congregation nestled in South Charleston, West Virginia. On Easter Sunday, they rejoiced to welcome over 700 for worship, an all-time high. Already this year, the church has celebrated the baptism of 20 believers. Eighteen months ago, small-group participation had declined to about 60; since then, the number of participants has topped 200. Outreach into a women’s recovery center has brought more than 150 additional guests, many of whom have since been saved and baptized. A strong partnership with an elementary school has helped the church make major strides in the advancement of the kingdom, even as the school permitted the church to host an Easter egg hunt for students during the school day! Lead executive pastor Michael Coker and lead teaching pastor Scott Beha are thrilled to be a part of Southridge during such an exciting time in the church’s history. But Scott wouldn’t have been there to experience it firsthand, except for a series of unexpected journeys that also helped him find a God-ordained niche in teaching and blogging. Continue reading

Facebook Seminary: Pakistan Pastors-in-Training Plug In with AU Professor

Students in Pakistan gather around a laptop…

By Carl Stagner

God is on the move through the Church of God in Pakistan, and it’s a breathtaking sight to behold. On Saturday evenings, seminary students in the Middle Eastern country assemble to hear Sarah Blake LaRose teach hermeneutics and exegesis. But Sarah is not in the same room—not exactly, anyway. Ten time zones away, it’s Saturday morning in Anderson, Indiana, where the AU professor has logged on to Facebook Messenger. There she lectures on the topic of Scripture interpretation, fielding questions and interacting with her pastors-in-training in Pakistan. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2015: Monday Streaming Added; Heritage Sing Update


By Carl Stagner

If you are unable to attend Church of God Convention this year, or if you have friends and family who simply cannot make it to Oklahoma City, this news is for you: We’re happy to announce that Monday evening’s kickoff session of CHOG Convention 2015 will also be streamed live over the Internet. Featuring Timothy Clarke and Selah, this session is bound to inspire viewers online from California to New England. Many may also want to tune into Monday’s session to watch the annual memorial service. In addition to a live feed of all General Assembly sessions, the Wednesday evening worship session, featuring Francis Chan, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, and the Crossings Venue Band, will also be streamed live. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2015: Online Streaming of GA, Wednesday Evening Worship


By Carl Stagner

Can’t make it to Church of God Convention this year? We’ve got good news! The convention planning committee, elected by the General Assembly in 2014, determined early on that they wanted to offer a taste of Church of God Convention to persons who simply could not make it to Oklahoma City in 2015. Based on the rich content and special guests scheduled for Wednesday evening’s worship session, the planning committee came to the conclusion that Wednesday evening’s experience would be the most encouraging for online participation. Church of God Ministries is pleased to offer free live streaming of the Wednesday evening worship session (June 24, 7:00 PM CDT), and free live streaming of all General Assembly sessions. Continue reading

Revolutionary Resource Portal Coming This June


By Carl Stagner

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the ministry resources you need could be accessed through a single online portal? Whether curriculum, discipleship books, supplemental teaching material, training guides for counseling, youth ministry tools, or personal access to coaching experiences, a revolutionary resource portal will offer these, and much, much more. Since 1881, the Church of God has not seen a discipleship tool of such magnitude. Church of God Ministries is pleased to present Be Bold Academy—not a school, but a door of possibilities for spiritual growth through which all Church of God pastors and lay leaders will have the opportunity to walk. This June, during Church of God Convention in Oklahoma City, this value-added smorgasbord of ministry resources will be fully unveiled. Continue reading

MACU Announces Enrollment for Bethel Series

Mid-America Christian University’s J.E. Massey Center for Ministry and Leadership is excited to announce the opening of enrollment for the Bethel Series with online classes starting September 16, 2014.

The series is designed for pastors and ministry staff, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, Christian Counselors, and those who desire a deeper understanding of the Bible. In its 50-year history, more than 1,000,000 church members across 47 Christian denominations have participated in this life-changing course. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Unveils New Website


Image: The new Church of God website homepage.


Coinciding with the kickoff of Church of God Convention 2014, on Monday, June 23, Church of God Ministries unveiled a new website for the Church of God. Sporting a fresh, sleek, and simple design, www.JesusIsTheSubject.org is intended to serve as an online hub for information, news, resourcing, and interactivity for the movement. Combining contemporary graphic elements and flair, the site uses the latest in online design to enhance—not complicate—each page. Continue reading

AU School of Theology to Offer 100% Online Professional Ministry Degree


The Anderson University School of Theology received accreditation approval from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to offer the professional ministry degree, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, 100 percent online. The SOT is one of only seven ATS schools approved for this professional degree to be 100 percent online. Continue reading

MACU President John Fozard Invites You to Revolutionize Your Understanding of God’s Word—Online!

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Without a doubt, the Bethel Bible Series provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of the God’s Word for pastors, Sunday school teachers, and laypersons. More than a million church members—and forty-seven Christian denominations—have participated in this life-changing course since it was launched fifty years ago.

An Exciting New Development

Now, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) president John Fozard is delighted to announce that the university is partnering with the Bethel Bible ministry to bring the renowned Bethel Bible course online—and you are invited to be part of the beta testing class! A veteran instructor of the Bethel Bible Series, Dr. Fozard will personally teach the online course and help revolutionize your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. As a member of the beta class, your feedback and insights will be invaluable to shaping the future of this dynamic course! Continue reading

MACU Launches Online Master of Ministry Degree

April 18, 2013

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Mid-America Christian University (MACU.edu) is pleased to announce its new online Master of Ministry (M.Min.) degree.

Designed for pastors, lay leaders and those dedicated to serving others through Christian ministry, the MACU Master of Ministry online degree will help leaders develop a solid biblical and theological foundation for practical service in ministry. The 39-credit-hour, non-thesis degree program is offered completely online and can be completed in just 27 months. The program also includes practicums that allow students to apply their newfound knowledge within a church setting, preparing them to effectively teach, mentor, preach, evangelize, disciple and serve as administrators within the local church, para-church or other church-related ministry as they train and encourage others in Christian service. Continue reading