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The Small-Town Texas Church with a Big Heart

Burkeville Church of God exercising down-home hospitality.

By Carl Stagner

Blink and you might miss Burkeville. The Texas town boasts a four-way stop, a bank, a few businesses, and a school. If you ever find yourself passing through, keep your eyes open—you don’t want to miss Burkeville Church of God. There you’ll find some of the most down-to-earth, welcoming people you could ever meet. They’ll treat you with hospitality fueled by their love for the Lord, the family of God, and those not yet adopted into the family. The oldest Church of God in Texas is certainly not the biggest, but they’ve got a heart that exceeds the size of the state. Recent upgrades and a deep desire to reach the youth and teens in their community warrant a closer look at the Christ-centered congregation. Continue reading

Morton, Washington: Small Town Church’s Impact Anything But Small


Photo: Worship service at First Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

The latest count gives Morton, Washington, a population of just over 1,100. Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Cascades, Morton’s natural beauty is only matched by its small-town charm. While some large churches claim more numbers than the entire town holds, Morton has been given Pastor Bill Shepherd an idyllic setting to reach the lost and strengthen the believer. As he and his wife Sherri have led First Church of God for nearly twenty years, they’ll testify that ministry opportunities are everywhere, including in their own backyard. Though their community is relatively small, this church’s impact at home and abroad has been remarkably powerful. Continue reading