Pastor Isaias Marquez speaks at the launch service on Easter.
By Carl Stagner
Now, more than ever, the Sunshine State is primed for the gospel. The normal flow of migration to Florida from Spanish-speaking countries presents a tremendous opportunity for Hispanic church planters. But, in the wake of last year’s hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico, Spanish-speaking people have left the territory for Florida in droves. Isaias and Laura Marquez, pastors of a congregation in Lake Wales, are always on the lookout for possible church plants. Observing the lack of Hispanic churches in the Winter Haven area, they reached out to First Church of God to consider hosting a new work. On Easter Sunday, Iglesia de Dios in Winter Haven was born, offering the hope of Christ to Spanish-speaking residents while extending the reach of First Church beyond what they could have ever imagined. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Southeast
Tagged church plant, church planting, Concilio Hispano, cross-cultural, Easter, First Church of God, FL, Florida, Hispanic, Hispanic Council, Iglesia de Dios, Isaias Marquez, Kenny Howard, Laura Marquez, multicultural, partnership, Spanish-speaking, unity, Winter Haven
By Carl Stagner
Like the dawning of a brand-new day, the Holy Spirit is breathing new life into the Church of God in central California. Over the past five months, several structural and functional changes have been received warmly by a family of congregations seeking direction and revival. Under the leadership of their new regional pastor, Michael Guzman, the Central California Association of the Church of God has since developed strategies to increase efficiency, maximize potential, and take back what hell has stolen. The gates of hell have no doubt begun to shake, as these strategies are already beginning to bear fruit. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
Tagged central California, change, Church of God of Exeter, cross-cultural, Hispanic, Jesus Is the Subject, kingdom partnership, Michael Guzman, mission, multicultural, Reclaim, reclaim what hell has stolen, regional association, rejuvenation, revitalization, revival, Spanish-speaking, state assembly, strategy, Youth for Christ
Concilio pastors pray together at the CARE seminar in Houston.
By Joseph Cookston
¡Buen trabajo! ¡Excelente! ¡Muchas gracias! We want to contextualize the information to our culture—thank you for the great desire to help us!
Openness and expectancy abounded throughout the CARE Seminar that opened the convention of the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano) of the Church of God in Houston, Texas, near the end of July. Pastors and spouses gathered and processed together for the three-and-a-half hour dialogue regarding pastoral compensation and financial planning. Again and again, participants expressed their gratitude for the intentional reach into the world of Spanish-speaking congregations of the Church of God. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Church of God Ministries
Tagged CARE, Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort, Concilio Hispano, convention, Hispanic Council, Houston, Joseph Cookston, pastoral compensation, Spanish-speaking, Texas, TX