Tag Archives: Steve Nelson

UPDATE: Louisiana Disaster Donations, Work Teams Needed


Photo: Inside the damaged sanctuary of Chapelwood Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

Louisiana’s unprecedented flooding disaster may be fading from the headlines, but the cleanup is only beginning. Two of our Church of God buildings sustained severe damage, one of which lost everything they had. All of our Baton Rouge-area congregations had members whose homes—sixty houses in total—were completely destroyed. Because the flooding hit areas not considered flood zones, these families did not have flood insurance. Refrigerators and ovens are no longer operable, so most are left without a way to prepare meals. Black mold is a serious threat, and FEMA can only offer minimal support. The Church of God must do something. Continue reading

Feeding the Hungry in Hot Springs, Arkansas


By Katy Hagerman

Oaklawn Church of God is following the passage from James 2:16-17, which says, “If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” After learning that one in four students attending the school located near the church eat only one meal a day, which is the one they receive at school, they knew that hunger in their community was a big issue. This helped Oaklawn see Jesus’ vision for meeting a specific need in their own community. Their food pantry has been operating since 2010, and serves on average sixty to one hundred families each month. Continue reading

Six Pastors Weigh In On ‘Jesus is the Subject’


By Carl Stagner

For this moment in history. For all time. “Jesus is the Subject” is more than a catch phrase—it’s new life breathed into our very existence. It has already reinvigorated ministries across the movement, inspiring the Church of God back to its foundation, its purpose, its core—Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Six Church of God pastors, including Tom Dougherty, Stephanie Collins, Milton Grannum, Steve Nelson, Mitchell Burch, and Mark Fast, have each weighed in on what “Jesus is the Subject” means to them. Here’s what they said: Continue reading

CHOG in Louisiana Still Celebrating Unity


By Steve Nelson

After a year and a half of working together, unity is alive and well in Louisiana! When I became state coordinator in Louisiana in April 2012, one of the first things I did was to make a twenty-five year study of the congregations in Louisiana. I found out that we had decreased from sixty-three congregations to fifty-five. We had only planted two churches during that time, and only eight of our existing congregations were larger today than they were twenty-five years ago. While I was pastoring, I also had experienced two attempts to merge the existing assemblies, but both had failed. However, there was still a desire for most of the Church of God people in Louisiana to unite. Continue reading

Unity Breaks Out in Louisiana


By Carl Stagner

Incredible things are happening in Louisiana. The Church of God in the Pelican State has long functioned with two separate state organizations. In 2012, however, both assemblies voted to come together and form one new association. Since that historic vote, new bylaws have been written and the Louisiana Congregational Ministries of the Church of God has come into being. On January 1, 2014 the newly united Church of God in Louisiana will officially begin operation! Continue reading