As First Church grows, they don’t forget to have fun together!
In the summer of 2016, First Church of God in Marion, Indiana, found themselves without a pastor. With only forty folks on average in attendance on Sunday mornings, they weren’t sure how to move forward. Determined not to give up on the mission they believed God was calling them to in their community, they sought a bi-vocational minister who could lead them in a restart. By September, they found just the pastor God had intended for them. Continue reading
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Tagged associate pastor, bivocational, church growth, church health, community, direction, elder board, feature, First Church of God, IN, Indiana, Jonathan Secrest, lead pastor, Marion, ministry experience, ministry journey, mission, New Life, purpose, renewal, restart, revival, Scott Depot, senior pastor, story, team leadership, Teays Valley Church of God, turnaround, vision, West Virginia, WV, youth leader, youth ministry, youth pastor
By Carl Stagner
Hope is at a premium in the United Kingdom. Recent terrorist attacks have ignited fears among many, but desperate poverty has been widespread in parts of the country for years. The city of Birkenhead, 227 miles northwest of London, exemplifies a post-Christian culture where the traditional role of church in society seems to have disappeared. Though just across the river sits the affluent city of Liverpool, Birkenhead faces all the usual struggles of a city stigmatized by economic decline and rampant unemployment. In the midst of this dark environment, Egan Road Church of God has been a constant glimmer of hope for ninety years. Today, Global Strategy missionaries Zach and Audrey Langford lead the congregation, now positioned to reach the community—including, and especially, the younger generation. Continue reading
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Tagged Birkenhead, city, Egan Road Church of God, England, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, Liverpool, London, Missionaries, missions, post-Christian, restart, UK, United Kingdom, urban, Zach and Audrey Langford