Prayer for New Mexico’s Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez.
By Carl Stagner
All 33 counties in New Mexico are covered. Ninety churches are participating, representing 26 cities. With Jesus as the subject, numerous denominations are represented. They’ve come together in a movement devoted to prayer, a movement which has overtaken the state. From the halls of government, to the classroom, to the streets, this prayer movement has already been proven powerful and effective. For 24 hours a day, every day, 365 days a year, they’ve set out to cover the state in prayer until Jesus comes back. One of the co-founders of what’s been dubbed “New Mexico Prays” is Richard Mansfield, senior pastor of New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
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Photo: Bob Moss and Ernest LaFont
By Carl Stagner
1916. That was the year former missionary Ernest LaFont was born. Well-known across the movement throughout the 20th century, he and his wife Grace were regarded by both pastors and laypeople, at home and abroad, as exemplary pillars of the faith. Chances are pretty good that either you are someone who was blessed by the ministry of the LaFonts, or you know someone who was. From Panama to Egypt, to Lebanon and finally Washington State, the widespread reach of this Pacific Bible College (now Warner Pacific) graduate over the span of a lifetime has not ceased, but continues to this day. Family member and friend Bob Moss of Church of God Ministries knows firsthand the incredible impact of Ernest LaFont on the movement, and is honored to offer just a glimpse of the harrowing circumstances that shaped this man of God. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy, Western
Tagged birthday, Blue Mountain Community Church, Bob Moss, Egypt, Ernest LaFont, evacuation, Grace LaFont, international, Lebanon, missionary, missions, Pacific Bible College, Panama, retirement, shipwreck, state, Walla Walla, war, Warner Pacific, Washington
Photo: (L to R) Patricia Vines, Handel Smith, Kevin Johnson, Maxwell Ware in November 2014.
By Carl Stagner
When the term life cycle is uttered, many pastors and leaders quickly scatter. It’s an all-too-common scenario that plays out in churches and Christian organizations. Wrestling with societal evolution, advances in technology, and keeping up with the latest marketing techniques, have left many organizations struggling with identity, reach, and dollars. In recent years, grim prospects threatened to spell the end for one Church of God district organization. Now it’s plain that it was just the beginning of what God had in store. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Northeast
Tagged CDP, Chesapeake, Dan Turner, Delaware, district, Handel Smith, life cycle, Maxwell Ware, Potomac, region, state