Tag Archives: Tennessee

Christmas Across the Church of God

Crossroads Church (Yuba City, CA) drive-through nativity (& more!).

By Carl Stagner

The Christmas season is upon us; a quick glance at the social media of a handful of Church of God congregations suggests we are a Movement that knows how to celebrate! Certainly, the birth of Jesus gives us many reasons to celebrate, and that celebration has taken the form of hanging of the greens services, advent readings and candlelighting, choral cantatas, Christmas pageants, caroling, dinners (also known as potlucks, pitch-ins, and carry-ins!), and much, much more. Because the gift of Jesus is meant to be shared with as many people as possible, Church of God congregations have come up with a variety of creative means to share the reason for the season. A number of churches have already reported lives won to Christ, too! The following are just a few of the ways Church of God congregations are celebrating. Continue reading

Tennessee Congregation Says, ‘Wow, God!’

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Photo: Grace Place’s medical clinic in Honduras last year.

By Carl Stagner

Grace Place, a Church of God congregation in Hermitage, Tennessee, has long been known for its heart for missions and community outreach. Last year was the first of what is to become an annual medical missions trip to Honduras. This year’s trip is scheduled to begin October 1. All the travel arrangements have been made and, except for packing suitcases and finalizing last-minute details, the team is ready to go. As part of the medical missions trip, the team brings along a prescriber—a professional medical staff person qualified to prescribe medicine to the people the team serves in Honduras. Unfortunately, due to a family pregnancy and recent auto accident, both their prescriber and back-up prescriber had to back out. Grace Place had a real problem on their hands. Continue reading

Tennessee Church Plant’s Approach: Intergenerational

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Photo: Worship at the launch of Generations of Grace.

By Carl Stagner

What might today’s millennials learn from retirees? What wisdom could baby boomers offer young children? What might the Greatest Generation learn from quality time spent with new parents or tech-savvy teens? While Grace Place Church celebrated their one hundredth anniversary this year, they also took strides to reach beyond their hometown of Hermitage, Tennessee. Longing to reflect a biblical model of ministry across the spectrum of ages, they’ve started a church that is intentionally intergenerational. Continue reading

IYC2014 “InTune” Strikes Chord, Still Resonates

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Photo: Youth group at IYC2014 huddles for prayer following worship.

By Carl Stagner

IYC2014 may be history, but the sound of splashing is left in its wake. As nearly five thousand students returned to reality after the early July gathering in Nashville, Tennessee, youth groups from California to Canada and beyond celebrated new commitments to Christ. Baptisteries were filled to the brim as students publicly demonstrated their new life. Since IYC2014, students have been following Jesus in baptism, joining discipleship groups, spending more time with God, and sharing faith with boldness. Continue reading

IYC2014 Brings Lives InTUNE with Holy Spirit

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Photo: IYC2014 worship was full of energy and heart. Photo by Howard Megill.

By Carl Stagner

The Church of God knows IYC2014 is all about life change. Every time students gather together for the International Youth Convention, they encounter the Holy Spirit’s comforting, compelling, and convicting presence. This year was no different, as thousands of students made first-time commitments to Christ, renewed commitments to Christ, received calls to ministry, and experienced freedom from a variety of personal struggles. Students and leaders alike accepted the Galatians 5:25 challenge to live InTUNE with purpose, purity, power, and people. Continue reading

Church of God Students Gear Up for Community Service at IYC2014

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On July 5, nearly five-thousand high school students and their youth leaders from all over North America—with representatives from Italy, Bangladesh, Australia, and Jordan—will gather in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 49th biennial International Youth Convention (IYC) of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). On the afternoon of Monday, July 7, these students will give back to the city of Nashville by serving the community in hopes of making a difference. Continue reading

Theme, Guest Lineup Fuel IYC2014 Anticipation

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By Tina Lipps

The International Youth Convention, better known as IYC, has been creating a moment of life change for high school students and adult leaders alike since the early 1920s. Because of IYC, thousands of young men and women have encountered God in new and exciting ways while also making life-changing decisions. Hundreds have decided to go into full-time vocational ministry or missions. Over the last decade alone, thousands of youth have pledged to remain sexually pure. Since 1992, participants have given back to each host city with an estimated $500,000 worth of volunteer service hours in total. Without a doubt, Jesus Christ continues to remain at the center of every detail behind this convention as the kingdom of God continues to expand through its efforts. Continue reading

Extreme Love Doesn’t Always Require Extreme Measures

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By Carl Stagner

Global Service Day is approaching fast (October 5), and churches across the country are preparing special projects and events to love their communities with the love God has shown them. Perhaps your church is very familiar with community service. Or maybe your church struggles just to keep the doors open and service projects seem like they would be too much to handle. Whether big or small, the truth is that your church can make a difference around you for Christ. Grace Place Church of God in Hermitage, Tennessee, a congregation that performs multiple service projects a year, attests to the practicality of simple outreach efforts that individuals of all ages, and churches of all sizes, can do. Continue reading

Saddle Up and Spread the Good News!

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By Carl Stagner

Scott Hilgendorff is called to reach cowboys. Images of the Lone Ranger and the Rifleman may come to mind, but Hilgendorff isn’t shooting for best supporting actor in the latest Western. He’s been called to share the gospel with real cowboys. Continue reading