A student studies Greek.
By Tim Dwyer
After a hiatus of several years, Warner University ministry students are tackling Greek once again, preparing themselves to study the New Testament in its original language in depth and in detail. The fall semester began with a bad case of “Greekophobia” for our ministry students—a fear of that ancient language, of how hard it would be, and what it would do to their grades. After eleven weeks, that fear has passed away! Continue reading
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Tagged Bible, class, course, FL, Florida, Greek, Lake Wales, language, Scripture, study, text, Tim Dwyer, Warner University, Word of God
By Carl Stagner
Credentialing ministers in the Church of God is nothing new. The Church of God has always championed developing leaders and pastors. Over the years, however, it has become increasingly difficult to get the most out of credentialing systems that were adopted more than fifty years ago. Sure, many have been updated here and there, but when three states came together and said, “We can do better together,” they effectively launched an initiative that would revolutionize credentialing in the Church of God. Continue reading
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Tagged calling, commissioned, credentialing, credentials, Jeannette Flynn, leaders, leadership development, Leadership Focus, licensed, ministers, ordained, study, vocational ministry
By Carl Stagner
Does holiness still matter? Does your church still preach and teach holiness? What does the Bible really say about the subject? In 2006, the “Holiness Manifesto”—a result of the Wesleyan Holiness Study Project— made it clear that “there has never been a time in greater need of a compelling articulation of the message of holiness.” One of the chief architects of that written work is Barry Callen, highly-regarded in the Church of God for his communication of the truths of the Bible and the Church of God movement. Seven years after the project, Callen believes the opening statement of the “Holiness Manifesto” has never been truer. He has just released a book titled Color Me Holy, which offers a fresh perspective on holiness for today’s reader. Also for today’s reader, he’s penned the practical, easy-to-digest Approaching Theology—a book that proves anyone can grasp the study of God. Continue reading
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Tagged academics, Approaching Theology, Barry Callen, books, Color Me Holy, doctrine, holiness, Hubert Harriman, resources, study, theology, Wesleyan Holiness
Turbulence around the globe can be especially troubling for teenagers, who wonder what the future holds for them. Terrorist attacks, troop deployments, economic downturns, and street violence could change their lives in the coming years, and some teens must deal with these troubles right now.
Surrounded by Trouble is a new thirteen-week elective study published by Warner Press to help teens answer these challenges with faith and hope. Written for middle-school and high-school students, the undated study can be used in groups of any size. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Youth Ministries
Tagged Bible, book, current events, curriculum, discipleship, news, small group, study, Sunday school, world, worry, youth
Q: You travel widely within the Church of God. Based on your observation, what is the role of doctrine in the life of the movement today compared to what it was fifty years ago?
A: How we define the word doctrine is helpful to the question. There are certain core theological values that the Church of God has held dear over time. That core set of values can be extrapolated into many other concentric circles, and how far out you get on those circles with your definition of doctrine is a part of the dialogue. For some people, many circles outside the core constitute doctrines of a substantive nature; for others, there are fewer circles. But I think the doctrinal core of the Church of God is still very much in place. Continue reading
Theology for Disciples, an essential textbook by the late Dr. Gilbert W. Stafford, will be released in Spanish this month under the title Teología para Discípulos. The translation was sponsored by the Hispanic Council of the Church of God and the Literature Endowment Fund of Warner Press, Inc. Continue reading
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Tagged Anderson University School of Theology, books, Concilio Hispano, Gilbert Stafford, Hispanic Council, Spanish, study, theology, Theology for Disciples, Warner Press
Church of God congregations seek three outcomes for people involved in their discipleship ministries: to acquire biblical knowledge, to build healthy relationships, and to act on their faith. That is the finding of a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research of Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading