By Carl Stagner
Oklahoma City’s Crossings Community Church has taken prison ministry to another level. For the influential capital city congregation, it’s not just about visitation, prayer, and preaching the gospel to the incarcerated. Earlier this year, Crossings celebrated the first anniversary of its satellite campus location altogether housed within the confines of Joseph Harp Correctional Center. The medium-security prison for men down the road in Lexington, Oklahoma, is not considered a mission site, a location for service projects, or even a local partner in ministry. Crossings Joseph Harp is a full-fledged campus of Crossings Community Church, and the effect of this unique arrangement on inmates and volunteers from the outside has been nothing short of life-changing. Continue reading
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Tagged campus, campus ministry, community, Crossings Community Church, Crossings Joseph Harp, Global Leadership Summit, GLS, Grace, incarceration, inmates, innovation, innovative, jail, Jeremiah Braudrick, Lexington, Marty Grubbs, OK, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, outreach, prison ministry, satellite campus
The crowded entryway of County Line’s new campus church.
By Carl Stagner
Nate Tatman had no idea how pivotal that moment would be. He’d been in the office of Indiana Ministries when something caught his attention. The map of the state on the wall wasn’t anything new; he remembered seeing it before. But what he hadn’t noticed was the distribution of push pins on the map, which indicated counties that did not have a Church of God congregation. In particular, he noticed this time that there were thirty-seven counties in total with no Church of God congregation. And that’s when things began to get interesting. Continue reading
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Tagged advancement, Auburn, campus church, church multiplication, church planting, County Line Church of God, Crossroads 37, discipleship, Doug Talley, Europe X, evangelism, Garrett, Global Strategy, grassroots, Great Commission, Healthy Growing Churches, IN, Indiana, Indiana Ministries, Marcia Weller, Midwest, mission, missional, multiply, Nate Tatman, Nathan Tatman, satellite campus, Stu Kruse, Stuart Kruse, Three Worlds, vision
Photo: Worship at Legacy Church-Canton.
By Carl Stagner
Town Center Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, has been an influential church in its community for many years, but its new name reflects God’s vision for the congregation today. Not only are they intentionally targeting the family unit as the primary conduit of faith to the next generation, they’re also making investments beyond their own neighborhood to reach even more people for Christ. The seeds Legacy Church-Marietta is planting twenty-six miles to the north of their original location have already begun to blossom and bear fruit. Legacy Church-Canton now exists as a satellite location which, after just one-and-a-half years, has exploded in growth from 66 to 140 in attendance. Continue reading
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Tagged Brent Vicars, Canton, church health, church planting, discipleship, families, family ministry, Georgia, growth, Hispanic, Julio and Julie Rivas, Legacy Church, Marietta, mission, multiplication, Nate Nielson, satellite campus, Spanish, Town Center Community Church, vision