Mark Shaner (left) with Austin Shaner (right) in India.
By Carl Stagner
Meet Austin Shaner. The December 2017 Warner University graduate and IYC2018 intern has his sights set on Christ and his heart tuned to students at home and abroad. An interdisciplinary ministry concentration on sports ministry from Warner left Austin with a deeper desire to spread the hope of Christ through relatable methods like recreation, but that’s not what recently captured the attention of the international media. With his father Mark Shaner, Austin traveled to Bangladesh and India this spring for a few scheduled—and a few unscheduled—ministry engagements. While in India, certain circumstances put him unexpectedly on the front page of the newspaper. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy, IYC: International Youth Convention
Tagged Austin Shaner, Bangladesh, global, India, intern, international, IYC, Mark Shaner, media, politics, sports ministry, travel, world
Photo: Little Hoops basketball competition.
By Carl Stagner
The first time they did it, 72 kids participated. The next year, 93 showed up. This year saw 153 local children! The Little Hoops basketball outreach of First Church of God in Doniphan, Missouri, has exceeded any and all expectations since that first bold attempt at something new a little more than three years ago. While sports ministries have certainly been around for a while, this is the story of a church that decided to do things a little differently. It should be no surprise then that this small-town church with a passion for reclaiming its community for Christ is winning both games and souls. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged basketball, Be Bold, community, Doniphan, family, First Church of God, gym, Larry Earl, Little Hoops, local, Missouri, neighborhood, outreach, reclaim your neighborhood, sports ministry, Upward
By Emily Ploetz
“Peace be with you.” Peace may be a little word, but there is no word more freeing. Every morning, we burden ourselves with the weight of the world like the mythical Atlas. We would look for peace in the chaos of a busy life if we only had the time. Yet some of the most peaceful moments in life are when we are still—resting in the knowledge that the Lord is God. Mountain Park Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona, has created a time and space for a unique ministry that combines worship with a relaxing and renewing exercise: Christ-centered yoga. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged Ahwatukee, Allan Fuller, Arizona, Christ-centered, community outreach, Elena Porter, fitness, Mountain Park Community Church, Phoenix, sports ministry, Yoga