Co-pastors Rick & Johnny conduct salt ceremony to signify the merger.
By Carl Stagner
Johnny Phifer was serving as the pastor of Walnut Lawn Church of God in Springfield, Missouri. Rick Herald was the pastor of LifeQuest Church, also in Springfield. Neither church was on life support or even in serious trouble. Still, each church did have its fair share of challenges; in particular, the average age of the Walnut Lawn congregation was progressively older, while LifeQuest faced a sizeable debt. But, while it’s true that the notion of a merger seemed to address these basic needs, these were not the primary motivators for a decision of such far-reaching implications. There had to be more. And there was. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Give Life
Tagged better together, change, changes, co-pastors, copastoring, Howard Megill, Jesus Is the Subject, Johnny Phifer, leadership, life cycle, LifeQuest, merge, merger, Missouri, Missouri Ministries, MO, proactive, Restoration Church, Rick Herald, Springfield, union, united, unity, Walnut Lawn
Northside supporters holding up “We love you…” signs.
By Maria Neathery
On Jan. 1, 2018, Northside Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, made the compassionate decision to sponsor three children—Simon, Natan, and Paskali—from three different countries: Nepal, India and Tanzania. When the church received the child profiles encouraging them to support Children of Promise, they felt the need to not just support one of the children, but all three. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged adoption party, child sponsorship, Children of Promise, creative, creativity, global, ideas, international, kids, Maria Neathery, missions, Northside Church of God, OH, Ohio, Springfield
By Carl Stagner
For as long as they can remember, their church put up with cracking, crumbling concrete. Like many churches, the fellowship hall was located in the basement, and hosted many a church potluck and reception. In 1957, the current church building was constructed, and almost since the beginning, parishioners had to tread carefully among the visible results of shifting and settling. Springfield Church of God in Springfield, Colorado, desperately needed a new basement floor, but like many churches, simply didn’t have the available funds for the job. But when a sizeable donation came in from an anonymous source, the church knew it was time to use their God-given facility for more than potlucks and traditional church functions. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged building, Colorado, community, Earl Heath, expansion, facility, grounds, outreach, renovation, shelter, Springfield, stewardship
Recently, Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, held a prom dress giveaway. Many teen girls were afforded the opportunity to attend prom which, for some, might have otherwise been cost-prohibitive due to the expensive nature of prom dresses. Though atypical of what churches typically donate, each dress was laced with the love of Christ. The video above tells this encouraging story.
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