Catalyst Church ribbon-cutting ceremony.
By Carl Stagner
Two Church of God congregations, one in West Virginia, and one in Indiana. Both healthy, strong churches, but both facing “good” problems. Surges in attendance, coupled with distinct, significant transitions in each church, meant ministry momentum might no longer be sustainable without an outside voice and trusted partner. It wasn’t long before they discovered in Mark Senseman and CDF Capital an inside voice with experience not only in financial capital, but also spiritual capital. Southridge and Catalyst Churches had reached within the Church of God and found the crucial knowledge and outside perspective to take giant steps toward greater kingdom impact. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes, Northeast
Tagged building fund, Catalyst Church, CDF Capital, Church Development Fund, church growth, Convention 2019, expansion, Florida, IN, Indiana, lender, lending, loan, Mark Senseman, Melissa Pratt, Michael Coker, Nate Bowers, Orlando, partner, partnerships, Pendleton, South Charleston, Southridge Church, sponsor, sponsorships, West Virginia, WV
Lori Meadows baptizing one of the ladies she’s invested in.
By Carl Stagner
Often derided and dismissed, they’re considered the fringe of society. In chains and often in danger, they stand in need of rescue. Made beautifully in the image of God but scarred within, they are the “least of these” and must not be ignored. That’s what Lori Meadows recognized while riding the roller coaster of emotions when her daughter was nearly swallowed up by the quicksand of drug abuse several years ago. While walking alongside her daughter, God opened her eyes to the brutal world of women suffering from addiction. In time, she and the ministry she founded called Recovery Warriors became inextricably connected to Southridge Church, the Church of God congregation in South Charleston, West Virginia. In mid-November, the church hosted a spiritually potent “Beauty Day” for the ladies of the local recovery home. The occasion was yet another reminder that these “warriors” are totally committed to giving West Virginia women a second chance. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Northeast
Tagged addiction recovery, baptism, Beauty Day, Charleston, community, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, Give Life, healing, Kentucky, ladies, life change, Lori Meadows, outreach, recovery, Recovery Point, Recovery Warriors, rehab, rehabilitation, salvation, Scott Beha, service project, South Charleston, Southridge Church, substance abuse, testimony, transformation, wellness, West Virginia, women, WV
Photo: Teays Valley Church volunteers loading relief supplies.
By Carl Stagner
Sometimes the greatest ministry moments happen in the midst of the greatest tragedy. Bob Daniels, pastor of Highland First Church of God in Rainelle, West Virginia, says it’s their story. It’s also been true for Scott Beha, who serves as teaching pastor of Southridge Church in South Charleston, West Virginia. Though Highland First Church suffered some structural damage, they’re doing what they can to help others displaced and in great need. Though Southridge Church didn’t suffer structural damage, they’ve dropped everything to reach out to homeowners and churches—whether a part of the Church of God movement or not—and make a difference in the name of Jesus. Christ-followers in West Virginia are now rejoicing that, in addition to homeowners receiving help and hope, some are also receiving Christ as Savior and Lord. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief, Northeast
Tagged aid, Bob Daniels, Disaster Relief, DRC, flood, flooding, Highland First Church of God, Rainelle, Richwood, Scott Beha, South Charleston, Southridge Church, Teays Valley, West Virginia
By Marc Sundstrom
When I first heard the announcement that the Church of God Convention was moving to Oklahoma City this year, I was, like many people, more than a little surprised. It was a bold move, but I believe it is a good move, and I am excited about the changes I see from Church of God Ministries in the last six months. The rationale and the data that was later shared in support of the move gave me even more confidence in the future of the Church of God. We have an excellent new leader, and I am delighted that maintaining the status quo is not on the agenda for Jim Lyon or the Ministries Council. I’m not an advocate of the “change for the sake of change” model at all, but I’m refreshed by the courage to try big things in order to bring much-needed change to one of the most important internal elements of the Church of God. Continue reading