John and Gwen Johnson
By Stephen Lewis
Regional coordinators are thoroughly integrated into the structure of Global Strategy and the way that we work with national leaders and missionaries around the globe. These people are critical to the mission of Global Strategy. So, it is always with trepidation and a sense of uncertainty that we approach a transition in regional coordinators. It was with grief that we saw Mike and Heather Webb step out of the role of regional coordinators for Africa at the end of July 2019, yet we were excited to see them assume new roles as executive directors of Children of Promise in August 2019. Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, announcement, Children of Promise, global, Global Strategy, Gwen Johnson, international, John Johnson, Johnsons, Mike and Heather Webb, Missionaries, missionary, missions, new role, news, RC, RCs, regional coordinator, regional coordinators, transition, update
Residents affected by Dorian are blessed with hot meals.
By Carl Stagner
While Labor Day weekend may have been a picnic for many in the United States, it was nothing short of disaster for those distressed and displaced due to Hurricane Dorian. The 185-mile-per-hour winds struck the Bahamas with torrential rainfall and left widespread destruction in its wake. The Church of God would not stand idly by, however, as the days and weeks that followed were marked by an outpouring of generosity. In total, more than $25,000 have come in since the hurricane, and news of such an impact is only beginning to come to light. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Bahamas, Caribbean and the Atlantic, Caribbean-Atlantic, disaster, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Committee, Disaster Relief Team, donate, donations, DRC, fundraiser, generosity, Giving, humanitarian, Hurricane Dorian, Jim Lyon, John Johnson, Labor Day, report, September, severe weather, storm, Tejado Hanchell, thank you, the Bahamas, Tim Clarke, Timothy Clarke, update
Andrea Cook, PhD, announced that she will step down as president in June 2020 at the conclusion of her fifteenth year at Warner Pacific University and twelfth year as president. “I’m more passionate about our mission and vision today than ever,” Cook, the seventh president of the university stated. “I have deep conviction that Warner Pacific’s commitment to our communities is prophetic and we are incredibly positioned for the long run. It’s simply time for me to take a break after twelve years as president.” Continue reading
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Tagged accomplishments, Andrea Cook, announcement, breaking news, change, higher education, legacy, OR, Oregon, Portland, resignation, retirement, transition, tribute, update, Warner Pacific College, Warner Pacific University, WPC, WPU
Jim O’Bold with his wife Felisia.
Merv Bennett, chair of the search committee and board of trustees of Servant Solutions announced that Jim O’Bold has been selected to become the sixth president in the seventy-year history of Servant Solutions. The naming of Rev. O’Bold as president-elect is subject to ratification by the General Assembly of the Church of God at Convention 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Continue reading
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Tagged announcement, Board of Pensions, change, finances, financial, General Assembly, investment, Jeff Jenness, Jim O'Bold, leadership, Merv Bennett, monetary, money, president, ratification, retirement, role, search committee, Servant Solutions, staff, succession, update
After an extensive and prayerful search, the board of directors of Children of Promise is pleased to announce the selection of Mike and Heather Webb as the next co-directors of Children of Promise, the child sponsorship ministry of the Church of God. As longtime Church of God missionaries to Africa and, most recently, regional coordinators for Global Strategy to Africa, the Webbs possess the heart, cross-cultural ministry experience, and gifts necessary to fill the vacancy left by Paul Maxfield when he retires on September 30. Continue reading
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Tagged affiliated agencies, affiliated agency, Brenda Maxfield, child sponsorship, child sponsorship ministry, children, Children of Promise, COP, director, global, Heather Webb, Jean Johnson, Jeff Jenness, kids, leadership transition, Mike and Heather Webb, Mike Webb, Missionaries, missions, new director, Paul Maxfield, retirement, search committee, Sidney Johnson, the Webbs, update
Peace Dale Church of God (Rhode Island) elders in fellowship.
By Angela Sagesse
The Church of God in New England consists of ten congregations dispersed between Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. All six states that comprise “New England” consistently are ranked within the top ten of the nation for having the lowest church attendance, thus making this the least-churched area of the country. Yet, the New England Church of God is wanting to turn that around! Continue reading
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Tagged Angela Sagesse, diversity, mission, multi-ethnic, multicultural, New England, Northeast, northeastern, Peace Dale, Peace Dale Church of God, region, regional, regional ministry, rejuvenation, revitalize, Rhode Island, RI, state ministries, turnaround, unity, update, vision
By Carl Stagner
Earlier this year, Church of God Ministries was invited by Lilly Endowment to apply for a grant to extend the fruitful ministry of CARE—Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort. The week of Thanksgiving brought with it news that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to carry on the program until at least 2021. No longer an initiative, the program known as CARE has been so well received by the Church of God movement that the goal is to sustain the work indefinitely. CARE 2.0 will bring with it continued engagement of pastors and congregational boards in pastoral retirement assistance and educational debt relief that have become synonymous with the program since it began in early 2016. Continue reading
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Tagged assistance, Award, CARE, Church of God Ministries, Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort, debt, educational debt, finance, financial, funds, grant, grants, Joe Cookston, Joseph Cookston, Lilly Endowment, retirement, Ryan Harter, Servant Solutions, stewardship, students, Thanksgiving, update
The cross remains on the Panama City church’s sign!
By Carl Stagner
One hundred fifty-five miles per hour. That’s how powerful Hurricane Michael’s winds were when the Category Four monster made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10. Meteorologists are calling the storm the strongest to ever hit the continental United States since Hurricane Andrew of 1992. In its wake, Michael left behind widespread catastrophic damage, leveling homes and businesses, and claiming the lives of at least nineteen, as the search for missing persons continues. The Church of God was not left unscathed; to date, two congregations have reported damage to their church building and their homes. As information continues to be collected by state ministry offices and Church of God Ministries, Church of God congregations across the country are already responding to the imminent and critical needs of funds, supplies, time, and labor. Continue reading
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Tree and structural damage in Puerto Rico (credit: Caleb Garcia).
The following is a disaster relief update provided by Mary Ann Martinez-Garcia of the Church of God in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 (click here for the original report).
Thank you so much for your support and the support of our Church of God family. We really appreciate your prayers! Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Caribbean, crisis, Disaster Relief, DRC, humanitarian, Hurricane Maria, Mary Ann Martinez Garcia, Puerto Rico, recovery, storm damage, update
Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).
By Carl Stagner
UPDATE, Tuesday, September 12: The following report came from Warner University president, David Hoag, this afternoon:
As you may know, over one million Floridians do not have power. Warner University is one of the institutions still without power. We are working with Duke Energy to get that restored as soon as possible. We are canceling classes for the remainder of this week (on campus and online). Pending power being restored, we are planning to resume classes beginning Monday morning and allowing students to return Sunday after 6:00 PM. Students are not permitted to return to campus until power is restored.
Our campus was very fortunate, however we did have damage from the hurricane. Insurance will cover some of the damages, but not all. If you would like to help with a gift towards the restoration of the campus you may make a gift online.
Thank you for your patience as we await more damage reports and a disaster assessment from our churches and area organizations. You can support Church of God Disaster Relief anytime at give.jesusisthesubject.org/disasterrelief.
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Tagged aid, David Hoag, Disaster Relief, DRC, Florida, Hurricane Irma, storm, update, Warner University, WU
By Carl Stagner
Steve Arterburn is no stranger to the Church of God. He’s offered us valuable insights on CBH ViewPoint, encouraged us at conferences, and skillfully blended humor and bold truth on the Church of God Convention platform in Anderson. We’re excited to announce that Steve will again bless the movement in 2016 for each of the three regional conventions. Continue reading
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