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Seasons of Ministry Shift for IYC Director, Global Strategy Specialist

Andy Stephenson and Debbie Taylor

By Carl Stagner

For the better part of two decades, Andy Stephenson and Debbie Taylor have served the Church of God movement with excellence and integrity. Under the leadership of Andy Stephenson, for example, the International Youth Convention has flourished, and because of Debbie Taylor’s diligent formation of ministry partnerships, the Church of God has launched missionaries into all the world. This year, they both responded to the Spirit leading them to new ministry settings and opportunities. As 2018 comes to a close, it is with mixed emotion that Church of God Ministries announces a shift in the seasons of ministry for these two ministry assets. Continue reading

Church Pastored by CHOG Ministries’ Handel Smith Celebrates Urban Ministry Renewal

Handel Smith with Paul, sub-contractor for the church’s affordable homes ministry.

By Carl Stagner

Church of God Ministries staff are known for their roles they play in the collective work of the Movement. But among those who report to “base camp” day after day are individuals who are very active in their local churches. Some are Sunday school teachers, board members, worship leaders, associate pastors, and senior pastors. Others are laypeople who volunteer and get involved in numerous initiatives and projects at the local church level. When Handel Smith accepted the call to fill an executive leadership position at Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana, he accepted a massive portfolio—oversight of the Movement’s influence and impact in the United States and Canada. His ministry Monday through Saturday—and countless Sundays, too—is extensive and expansive. Though a faithful attender of one of the Anderson-area churches when at home, it soon became apparent that he’d received a special leadership assignment that would both bring God glory and give life to a life-giving soul. Continue reading

Partnership Vital to Ministry for The Church at Bradenton

Kid’s ministry is extremely important to the The Church at Bradenton.

By Carl Stagner

Pastor Ancil Abney says their church is all about “storming the gates of hell and making a difference for eternity.” For some, such a bold statement might be dismissed as a tagline without substance or a catchphrase without strategy. But for The Church at Bradenton, it’s not just theory; it’s practice. Something as dangerous as storming the gates of hell should not be attempted alone, though, and this Florida church knows it. That’s why they’ve strategically assembled a stellar staff, partnered with the city, and offered space and grace to other churches committed to advancing the kingdom. Especially as Easter 2018 approaches, they’re making it clearer than ever that Jesus is the subject. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Employee’s Video Goes Viral

By Carl Stagner

She posted the video at 12:34 PM on December 14. It was her first-ever Facebook Live video, and she would never have guessed what happened next. In less than twenty-four hours, the video was viewed by more than two million people on Facebook. As of this writing, that number has skyrocketed to 18.2 million. Tamera Wilkinson, executive assistant to Handel Smith of the Domestic Ministries Team at Church of God Ministries, is now known around the world as one who knows personally the power of listening to a still small voice. Continue reading

It Takes a Team: An Interview with CHOG Ministries’ Cheryl Elff

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By Carl Stagner

How much do you know about what goes on inside the office at Church of God Ministries? Who conducts necessary office work so others may travel the world with the hope of Christ? It’s the behind-the-scenes work that enables Church of God Ministries to carry out the work of Christ. When you support the unrestricted portion of the World Ministries Budget, you support our missionaries, our projects at home and abroad, and so much more. In the following interview, get to know one of the faces behind the scenes. Her name is Cheryl Elff, and your support of the “basic budget” makes her vital ministry possible. Continue reading

It Takes a Team: An Interview with CHOG Ministries’ Brenda Ginn

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By Carl Stagner

How much do you know about what goes on inside the office at Church of God Ministries? Who conducts necessary office work so others may travel the world with the hope of Christ? It’s the behind-the-scenes work that enables Church of God Ministries to carry out the work of Christ. When you support the unrestricted portion of the World Ministry Fund, you support our missionaries, our projects at home and abroad, and so much more. In the following interview, get to know one of the faces behind the scenes. Her name is Brenda Ginn, and your support of the “basic budget” makes her vital ministry possible. Continue reading

It Takes a Team: An Interview with CHOG Ministries’ Charity Harvey

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Photo: Charity Harvey

By Carl Stagner

How much do you know about what goes on inside the office at Church of God Ministries? Who conducts necessary office work so others may travel the world with the hope of Christ? It’s the behind-the-scenes work that enables Church of God Ministries to carry out the work of Christ. When you support the unrestricted portion of the World Ministries Budget, you support our missionaries, our projects at home and abroad, and so much more. In the following interview, get to know one of the faces behind the scenes. Her name is Charity Harvey, and if you’ve not yet met her, you’ve probably spoken with her. Continue reading

A Pastoral Letter from Jim Lyon, General Director

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February 18, 2015

Everyone knows that the world is changing exponentially all around us. Ministry models once thought as fixed in time are being adapted, and made more flexible, to most effectively advance the kingdom. Local churches, universities and colleges, church agencies, and the secular businesses that employ so many members of the Church of God family from coast to coast, have all been challenged by the fluid environment in which we serve. Continue reading

MACU Announces New Campus Pastor

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Photo: Johnny Bland

After months of prayerfully searching for the right person to fill the vital role of campus Pastor, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) has announced that Johnny Bland has accepted the position.

Bland is a highly respected instructor throughout Oklahoma Christian universities and community. His impressive leadership roles and background include serving at both Southwestern Christian University and MACU, as well as being a sponsor for the international Global Learner program. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Announces International Ministries Director

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Photo: The Shular Family

Church of God Ministries (CGM) has named Ben Shular as the new director of international ministries.

“Our world is larger than it has even been, and yet smaller and more reachable at the same time,” Ben explains. “Our focus must not only be in making disciples of all nations, but disciples empowered to replicate themselves. We can’t emphasize just building church bodies in other countries, but empowering nationals to make churches in their own countries and of their own culture. Jim Lyon has a heart to serve the church at great personal sacrifice, and give it a vision to own. I feel led to be a part of what is going to happen in the movement today under Jim. International ministries will strive to be a valuable commodity for individual congregations and their members in outreach ministry.” Continue reading