Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher hiking in Colorado.
By Carl Stagner
At 14,000 feet, the views are breathtaking, but so is the air. Lower levels of oxygen—considered “thin” air—combined with unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous trail conditions, can pose health risks, at minimum, to even the most avid athlete. Hiking alone is not recommended at such altitudes, though many insist on doing so. Church of God pastors Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher have reveled in the mountaintop experience among Colorado’s highest peaks and have recognized the vivid parallels to ministry. In an effort to see pastors minister at their peak, they’ve championed the holistic health vital to the daily climb. Without reinventing the wheel, but with intentionality and a genuine love for fellow pastors, they’ve taken specific strides in recent years to come alongside pastors, pull them out of isolation into community, and help them reach new heights of wholeness and wellness. Continue reading
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By Ann Smith
When did you last talk about changing the world? We say that winning people to Jesus Christ is the most important thing in our lives. We say that is why the Church exists. But I don’t think we actually practice it. Maybe we don’t really believe it.
If we really believed that winning the world for Christ is the purpose for which the Church exists, it seems to me that we would be living and operating in entirely different ways. We are concerned about perpetuating our programs. We want to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that our programs survive. Sometimes our programs just get in the way of what God wants us to do. Continue reading
Photo: Paul Dreger, honored to help baptize believers in Barbados.
By Carl Stagner
The Church of God enjoys a rich heritage of ministry in the island country of Barbados. Over time, however, new growth has waned and demographics have shifted to the middle-age and senior adults. But in recent years, signs of new life have begun to emerge. This winter, forty percent of the entire constituency of the Church of God in Barbados attended the closing service of their annual believer’s convention. Knowing they simply could not remain on their current trajectory, pastors and leaders made several important decisions at the conclusion of the convention. The two thousand that make up the eighteen Barbardos congregations are beginning to discover the need for systemic change in their methodologies and ministerial approaches, but most of all, in their relationships. Continue reading
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