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Native American Ministries: Two Generations of Bentleys Leave Lasting Impact

A touching moment for Paul and Kathy Bentley (August 19).

By Carl Stagner

True heart for ministry is unmistakable. Combine that with a love for the Lakota people in Allen, South Dakota, and you have a recipe for a lasting impact. Such is the case with the combined thirty-two years of Native American ministry by two generations of Bentleys. Paul and Kathy Bentley, followed by Barry and Shelly Bentley, dedicated themselves to making a difference in a hope-deprived land among an impoverished people. As they pass the torch of leadership on to home missionaries Tim and Kim Wardell, we pause to bless the Bentleys and remember their steadfast service. Continue reading

Bringing the Message and the Mission Back into Focus

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Collage: Handel Smith, Ryan Chapman, Paul Dreger, David Ferguson.

By Carl Stagner

Imagine a world where churches were less focused on method, and more focused on message. Picture a scenario where more congregations were so busy with the mission that they didn’t have time or energy to bicker over which programs get the largest share of the budget. What if believers were known everywhere as disciples who make disciples, who make disciples? It’s possible. It’s even biblical. But it’s not commonplace. In mid-October, three members of the Domestic Ministries Team of Church of God Ministries returned from a pastoral leadership summit in Akron, Ohio, that zeroed in on this divine dream. Several Church of God leaders are now gearing up for training over the next year to help Church of God congregations bring the message and mission back into focus. Continue reading

Church of God Navy Chaplain Retires, Honored for Faithful Service

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Photo: Ryan Chapman awards Chaplain Kim House on behalf of Church of God Ministries.

By Ryan Chapman

The Church of God is greatly honored to have had someone of such exceptional character, skill, love for people, and love for Jesus, serve those in the armed forces. Her name is Kim House, and she ended a very successful twenty years of Navy chaplain service on April 30, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida, at a gathering of family, friends, and military ministry peers. Kim has a BS from Penn State University and an MDiv from Azusa Pacific University, Haggard School of Theology, and is an ordained Church of God minister. Continue reading

Be Bold Academy Announces Price Reduction

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By Ryan Chapman

How can I grow as a leader? Where is my church going? How can I build strong ministry teams that last? How can I reach my community? If you’ve ever asked these questions, Church of God Ministries has a practical solution for you. It’s called Be Bold Academy, and it’s helping take ministries and ministry leaders to new heights in their approach and effectiveness. Now we’re excited to announce new, lower prices for enrollment! Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Relaunches Home Missions

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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

Revolutionary Resource Portal Coming This June

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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

On the Reservation: From Desolate Spaces to Heavenly Places

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Photo: Dry desert landscape typifies much of the Navajo Reservation, on which the Church of God has an outreach at Klagetoh, Arizona.

By Carl Stagner

Time, drought, and poverty have caked layers of dust and grime between a toddler’s bruised and blistered toes. The boy’s father, unemployed for five years, is draped across a tear-stained sofa, too hung over to care. Across the mother’s wrinkled face, a blank stare speaks volumes. This is desolation on the reservation in America. Widespread addiction, abuse, and apathy have afflicted much of the Native American society. In Jesus Christ, hurt is met with hope and healing. Through the Church of God, renewed efforts are underway to take the hope of Jesus Christ to the often forgotten far reaches of our land. Great strides toward strengthening existing ministry and inspiring new outreach were made in January when leaders of the American Indian Council and devoted friends of Native American Ministries met together in Rapid City, South Dakota. Continue reading

Native American Ministries Advances with New Advisory Board

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Photo: Ryan Chapman prays for the Place of Promise at a groundbreaking ceremony in September 2013.

By Carl Stagner

Alcoholism, domestic abuse, and high unemployment are just a few of the issues that plague Native American culture in the United States. As if historical devastation and upheaval weren’t enough, today the communities that surround Church of God ministries on and near reservations deal with social ills that demand our attention. In recent years, the Church of God has taken steps to strengthen Native American Ministries. Next week, a team of Native American ministry leaders, advocates, and Church of God Ministries staff will convene in Rapid City, South Dakota, to plan strategically for the advancement of the kingdom on the home front. Continue reading

CHOG Brings Addiction Recovery Ministry to Reservation

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Photo: Church of God Ministries leaders join Native American Ministries leaders to start a Celebrate Recovery ministry.

By Handel Smith and Ryan Chapman

As we drove through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, the unimaginable reality of a community plagued by alcoholism, domestic abuse, and unemployment was alarming and difficult to process. In the midst of chaos, sadness, and confusion, we reached out to Christ. New hope and encouragement are being restored, due in part to a partnership formed by Church of God Ministries (CGM) with those serving our Native American brothers and sisters. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014 Speaker to Address National Day of Prayer

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By Carl Stagner

Each year in the United States of America, the first Thursday of May is designated as the National Day of Prayer. People come together from all walks of life, spanning the range of faith groups and denominations, to look away from themselves and turn to God. Early leaders in government and society confessed their dependence on the Lord for peace, safety, and security. This year, Church of God congregations across the country also unite with community leaders and other faith groups in prayer. Anne Graham Lotz, who is scheduled to speak at the Church of God Convention 2014, will address the National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Reboot: Renewing Marriage Intimacy through the App World

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By Ryan Chapman

Pastors want their marriages to be strong and growing. But their calling does not exempt them from life and relationship realities. And quite often the constant challenges of the pastorate can unintentionally but incrementally move couples further and further away from each other. Continue reading