Tom Planck leading a CHOG conference at Exponential 2019.
By Carl Stagner
We’re simply not keeping up. Statistics show 4,000 churches are planted each year in the United States and 3,700 churches close. That leaves a gain of only three hundred churches. The overall population continues to rise, while the number of churches to reach people with the gospel lags behind. Perhaps now, more than ever, it’s time to change the conversation on church planting. That’s precisely what Tom Planck and Healthy Growing Churches are doing. The Church of God pastor and church planter is now actively pouring into the hearts of churches and regions to reverse a trend through basic math—multiplication. The numbers are starting to turn in their favor, as multiplication in the Midwest has captured fresh interest and mobilized existing churches like never before. Continue reading
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Tagged church growth, church multiplication, church planter, church planting, coaching, Crossroads 37, disciple-making, discipleship, discipling, evangelism, expansion, Greg Weins, Healthy Growing Churches, HGC, Indiana, Indiana Ministries, mentoring, Michigan, Midwest, multi-site, multiplication, Ohio, partnership, regional pastors, relaunch, reproduction, Tom Planck
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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Tagged Avenue Church, baptism, baptize, change, church growth, church health, Church on the Ave, church turnaround, community, discipleship, Jesus Is the Subject, Logo, Mansfield, name change, Nate Hultz, Nathan Hultz, new, New Year, OH, Ohio, Ontario, relaunch, revival, spiritual growth, stories, turnaround
By Carl Stagner
We end up like islands. The enemy of our souls says, “Don’t talk to each other; die where you are—alone and without hope.” Through years of transition and financial difficulties, Native American Ministries unintentionally slipped through cracks. We helped to create the isolation. A lack of resources and support have drained the life out of vital mission efforts here at home—on our own soil. Critical cultural deterioration among Native American tribes has only compounded the challenges faced by our home missionaries, each crying out for you and me to bridge the vast waters that otherwise separate and destroy. This year we confessed where we’ve fallen short and renewed our commitment to Native American Ministries. Church of God Ministries is humbled to announce a relaunch of Home Missions that has already begun to reclaim what hell had stolen. Continue reading
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Tagged Allen, Chris Cottrell, Emily Clark, Handel Smith, healing, home missions, Native American Ministries, Reconciliation, relaunch, Ryan Chapman, Scott Dent, South Dakota, Steve Carney, Wounded Knee