Tag Archives: Winchester

Movement Embraces, Gives Life as Common Emphasis Emerges

Church of God Ministries’ Darryl Allen preaching at Pastors’ Fellowship.

By Carl Stagner

Jesus spoke it. Church of God Ministries echoed it. Christian Women Connection offered it. Pastors’ Fellowship proclaimed it. Others are chiming in! Life—new, abundant, and refreshing like water—is emerging as a common emphasis among Church of God agencies, congregations, and institutions. With Jesus as the subject, the Church of God is receiving, hearing, and embracing his words in John 10:10—“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). The first two Church of God Regional Conventions, CWC’s Living Water Luncheons, and Pastors’ Fellowship 2018 are just three recent events where Church of God people have satisfied their souls in the life-giving Lord. Continue reading

Kentucky Congregation Puts Community First this Christmas

First Church group distributes a “blessing bag.”

By Megan DeBruyn

As the days grow chillier and the Advent season unfolds before us, many churches launch a special sermon series or begin lighting a symbolic candle each week. But First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky, is hitting the streets. Why? Because they believe in being the church rather than simply coming to church. Continue reading

Truth, Love Preached and Practiced at Pastors’ Fellowship 2017

Photo: Pastors’ Fellowship 2017

By Carl Stagner

Another Pastors’ Fellowship has come and gone, yet its impact on those who attended, the movement, and the culture remains. As it always does, this year’s gathering of pastors and laypeople at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky, featured dynamic doctrinal preaching and wholehearted singing of heritage hymns. The fellowship was as sweet as the iced tea, and the moments of prayer were powerful and potent. What really left a lasting impression, however, was the way these men and women of God responded to the Spirit. When word got out about the devastating floods wreaking havoc across Missouri, directly affecting Church of God brothers and sisters, God’s love turned into action. Continue reading

Holy Spirit Emphasized, Experienced Afresh at Pastors’ Fellowship 2016

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Photo: Leaders stand behind Frank Curtis as he concludes his sermon.

By Carl Stagner

Sunday’s coming. That’s a great thing if you’re talking about the resurrection of Christ. It’s also good news to the believer who has survived a difficult week at work, and just needs an encouraging word from the pastor. But the pastor needs an encouraging word from time to time, too. For pastors, Sunday is always coming, and that can often be an exhausting realization. But every year at the beginning of May, pastors in the Church of God know they have a place to go. A place for fellowship with other pastors. A break from the pressures at home. An encouraging word tailored just for them. Pastors’ Fellowship refreshes hundreds of Church of God pastors and laypeople every year, and 2016 was no exception. Focused on the Holy Spirit’s role in the church, those who attended Pastors’ Fellowship 2016 not only heard the Holy Spirit preached, but also experienced a fresh anointing. Continue reading

He is Just the Same Today: The Miracle of Aaron Williams

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By Carl Stagner

He is just the same today. No doubt about it. An incredible miracle has happened among the congregation of the Epperson First Church of God of Winchester, Kentucky. Aaron Williams, son of Pastor Chris Williams, walked into the sanctuary of the church on November 22 for morning worship. No, he wasn’t a prodigal who had returned home. Aaron Williams had been in an auto accident that, according to doctors, should have claimed his life. But the Lord heard the thousands and thousands of prayers that went up from Kentucky to the West Coast to Japan. From the fiery crash to the remarkable recovery, to the souls saved and rededicated to the Lord as a result, this is a story of hope that Pastor Chris, his family, and his church have lived. Continue reading

Pastors’ Fellowship 2015: Jesus is the Subject

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By Carl Stagner

Even pastors need to be ministered to. Every week, they pour their hearts and souls into the proclamation of the truth of Jesus. But in order to keep pressing on, all this emptying of themselves necessitates a stop at the fuel pump every once in a while. As usual, Pastors’ Fellowship convened at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky, but this year’s event was especially inspirational. Emblematic of the new wind blowing across the Church of God, their 2015 theme—“Jesus is the Subject”—was met by attendees of Pastors’ Fellowship (May 4–5) with enthusiastic support and renewed hope for the future of the Church of God. Continue reading

Jesus—the Subject at Pastors’ Fellowship 2014

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Photo: A choir leads in worship at Pastors’ Fellowship 2014 at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky.

By Carl Stagner

Jesus—Savior and Lord. The way, the truth, and the life. The apostle Paul describes Jesus as the one by whom all things were made and for whom all things were made (Col 1:16). On May 5 and 6, Jesus was the subject through the preaching, teaching, worship, and fellowship at the annual meeting of the Pastors’ Fellowship at First Church of God in Winchester, Kentucky. Their theme clearly illustrated this focus on the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2 NKJV): “When Jesus Does the Preaching.” As they have for forty years, Church of God pastors from near and far met to encourage one another and once again emphasize the theology and doctrine of the Church of God, at which Jesus is the center. Continue reading