By Carl Stagner
John Crose is the son of influential Church of God missions figures, Lester and Ruthe Crose. With a name like Crose, you might assume he’d follow in his family’s footsteps abroad. God did call John to the mission field, but of a different kind. For twenty-one years, John Crose took the hope and healing of the gospel into all the world of police chaplaincy. His new book, The Exciting World of a Police Chaplain, chronicles firsthand accounts of ride-alongs with law enforcement, difficult death notifications, pastoral counseling, and sharing the gospel with unbelieving officers, family members, and persons affected by police-related matters. Though retired today, his experiences of the past predict an ever-increasing need for police chaplains. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged bold, Chaplain Ministries, chaplaincy, civilian, counseling, danger, Global Strategy, John Crose, law enforcement, Lester Crose, mission field, missions, nontraditional, pastoral care, police, police chaplain, Police officer, risk, Ruthe Crose
An array of refreshments await local law enforcement officers.
By Carl Stagner
One popular community outreach is the distribution of gift bags to local first responders. Long hours and hard labor that is both physically and mentally strenuous often leave members of police, fire, and other emergency services in need of a dose of encouragement; many Church of God congregations have opted to fill that need, and continue to do so at regular intervals through the year. It’s just another way they’ve determined to give life to their community. But not many have gone so far as Cloverdale Church of God in Boise, Idaho. They’ve not only opened their heart to local law enforcement, they’ve given them room and key. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
Tagged Boise, Cloverdale Church of God, community, first responders, ID, Idaho, ingenuity, law enforcement, officers, outreach, police, sheriff's department, TJ Samuelu, Tom Dougherty, unique ministries
Photo: Graduates of the Reserve Police Officer Academy.
By Whitney Knight
Last week, a dozen members of the Reserve Police Officer Academy graduated in a ceremony held on the campus of Mid-America Christian University in south Oklahoma City. Four of MACU’s own reserve officers graduated from the academy on October 21, in addition to eight officers from various departments across central Oklahoma. The graduation ceremony marked the completion of seven months of evening training sessions held on university grounds under the coordination of MACU Assistant Police Chief Mark LaHue. Continue reading