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Navy Chaplain: Don’t Just Thank Me for My Service

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By Carl Stagner

November is known for Thanksgiving. It’s also known for Veterans Day. This is the time of year that people count their blessings and name them one by one; certainly, we consider our men and women in uniform a tremendous blessing. But according to one Church of God chaplain to the U.S. Navy, being thankful isn’t enough. It’s great, but it stops short of what they need most. Travis Coffey gives us a glimpse of life as a Navy chaplain, how the Lord is working in the midst of his ministry, and how the Movement can best demonstrate true gratitude for those who serve God and country. Continue reading

Warner University Reintroduces Greek, Enhances Study of God’s Word

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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

Your Support Needed as Hurricane Irma Relief Underway

A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.

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UPDATE 9-12: Hurricane Irma Disaster Assessment Begins

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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Hurricane Irma Disaster Assessment Begins

Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).

By Carl Stagner

More than six million people in Florida remain without power today as the remnants of Hurricane Irma batter much of the southeastern United States. What once was a Category Five storm has been downgraded to tropical storm status, but not without leaving behind damage across much of the state of Florida and utter devastation on some Caribbean islands. Residents in much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are not yet out of the woods. At last count, Irma’s wrath has claimed nearly forty lives across the Caribbean and some reports suggest up to 95 percent of buildings on the island of Barbuda. As of Monday, September 11, assessment is ongoing. Continue reading

Students Experience Cross-cultural Community, Ministry at A.One.8

The A.One.8 group of students and leaders!

By Andrew Gale

On July 6, twelve students began their journey to Lake Wales, Florida, for the start of A.One.8 2017. The students came from nine different states from across the country. For some, it was their first-ever flight, beginning a journey of firsts. Continue reading

Florida Ministry Exemplifies ‘the Innkeeper’ in Good Samaritan Story

By Carl Stagner

Jesus told it first. Countless preachers and teachers have expounded on it since. The Parable of the Good Samaritan has captured the attention and the hearts of men and women around the world with its profound, yet simple message of love expressed in action. As church leaders renew the call to boldly move outside the walls of the church, more and more believers are identifying with the character of the Samaritan. But every Good Samaritan needs a good innkeeper! Lake Wales Care Center in Lake Wales, Florida, not only provides a place to stay (and numerous other services) for people in need, but also bridges the gap between the heart to serve and the means to do it effectively. Continue reading

Hoag Inaugurated as Third President of Warner University

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Photo: Jim Lyon presents Bible to David Hoag.

By Leigh Ann Wynn

On Friday, November 4, with over a thousand attendees packing the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales sanctuary, Dr. David A. Hoag was inaugurated as the third President of Warner University. Warner students, faculty, staff, community leaders, donors, guests, and presidents from other colleges came together for this most regal of ceremonies. Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Update

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By Stephen Lewis and Carl Stagner

As Hurricane Matthew continues its slow move up the East Coast of the United States after crossing the Caribbean, Church of God people on the ground are beginning to assess damage and to minister to those who have been devastated, particularly in Haiti. Over the coming days, we will continue to monitor the path of the hurricane as its makes landfall, speaking with state pastors and others on the ground. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together

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By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

NFL Star Coaches at Warner University

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Photo: Dallas Baker from his NFL days.

By Leigh Ann Wynn

Dallas Baker—“The Touchdown Maker”—sound familiar? You don’t have to be a Florida Gator fan to know who I’m talking about. Former captain of the University of Florida Gators football team, helping to win a National Championship, and then NFL Super Bowl champ, Dallas Baker is now the wide receiver coach at Warner University. Since joining the Warner team in July 2015, Baker has moved to Lake Wales, Florida, and taken the role at Warner on full-steam. Baker attributes the Lord bringing him to the Church of God college. Continue reading

Warner University Honors Retiring President, Introduces New

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By Carl Stagner

Twenty-five years. Considering the national average of an eight-and-a-half-year stay for college and university presidents, the tenure of Warner University’s second president is truly remarkable. For Warner University, twenty-five years isn’t just about longevity and consistency, however; it most accurately represents an era of leadership that brought transformative changes and incredible growth to the endorsed agency of the Church of God in Lake Wales, Florida. As the Church of God movement honors the retirement of Dr. Gregory V. Hall, Warner University has also introduced their third president: Dr. David A. Hoag. Though these two major developments in the life of Warner University signal a change in seasons, a steadfast commitment to Christ and Christian higher education remains. Continue reading

University Gearing Up for Warner Cares Day

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Photo: Warner University serving in the community.

By Monique Frandji

Warner University’s students, faculty, and staff will enjoy a day off from classes and work to come together to volunteer in the Lake Wales, Florida, community on April 6 for the fourth annual Warner Cares Day. “It’s our opportunity to bring Warner to the community where we can have an impact,” said assistant to the president and SACS liaison, Dr. James Moyer. “It’s our calling as a school to serve, and this day allows us, as faculty, to lead by example.” Continue reading

Warner University Breaks Ground on New Student Housing

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By Leigh Ann Wynn

Warner University officially broke ground on a state-of-the-art, one hundred-bed dorm on campus in Lake Wales at a groundbreaking ceremony on December 1. With beautiful weather, approximately five hundred students, board members, and honored guests gathered together as dirt was shoveled signifying the beginning of the new project. Continue reading

Leadership Summit 2015 Launches Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

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By R.W. Moody and Carl Stagner

Remain Connected to the Vine

Have you ever taken a walk through a vineyard? There are a few things you will notice if you do. First, the vine. It spreads out in many directions as it meanders its way across the field. It is the source for everything that grows out from it. Second, the branches. These branches carry all of the nutrients that the vine gives. Third, there is the fruit. This is the product of the vine. All of the resources that the vine pushes through the branches shows itself in the fruit. The health of the fruit depends on the connection of the branch to the vine. The vine is the source of life.

In John 15, Jesus compared himself to the vine. He is the source of life. We are the branches. Our connection to the vine is critical if we are to bear fruit. As Christ-followers, if we want to grow, we must remain in him. This is the lesson that more than two hundred student and adult leaders learned at this year’s Leadership Summit. Continue reading