Joshua and family celebrating the ministry of Man Wisdoms.
By Carl Stagner
Meet Joshua Zarzana. The young pastor from the Northwest has recently moved to the Southeast, accepting the lead pastor role at Spirit Lake Community Church of God in Winter Haven, Florida. But just because his ministry setting and title have changed doesn’t mean one of his greatest passions has dried up. In fact, Joshua’s heart for men’s ministry remains strong and seems only to be growing. And it shows, as his ongoing platform to reach men can now be accessed anywhere WiFi or data is available! Through regular video posts, Joshua’s “Man Wisdoms” outreach offers nuggets of wisdom tailored especially to the particular needs of men at home, work, church, society and more. With Father’s Day in view, the need for godly husbands and dads is perhaps arguably greater than ever, and Joshua Zarzana has chosen not to sit on the sidelines. He’s cheering his fellow man on to the goal set before them through Jesus Christ. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged books, creativity, dad, father, Father's Day, FL, Florida, husbands, innovation, Man Wisdoms, men's ministry, Spirit Lake Community Church, video, Winter Haven
Pastor Isaias Marquez speaks at the launch service on Easter.
By Carl Stagner
Now, more than ever, the Sunshine State is primed for the gospel. The normal flow of migration to Florida from Spanish-speaking countries presents a tremendous opportunity for Hispanic church planters. But, in the wake of last year’s hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico, Spanish-speaking people have left the territory for Florida in droves. Isaias and Laura Marquez, pastors of a congregation in Lake Wales, are always on the lookout for possible church plants. Observing the lack of Hispanic churches in the Winter Haven area, they reached out to First Church of God to consider hosting a new work. On Easter Sunday, Iglesia de Dios in Winter Haven was born, offering the hope of Christ to Spanish-speaking residents while extending the reach of First Church beyond what they could have ever imagined. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Southeast
Tagged church plant, church planting, Concilio Hispano, cross-cultural, Easter, First Church of God, FL, Florida, Hispanic, Hispanic Council, Iglesia de Dios, Isaias Marquez, Kenny Howard, Laura Marquez, multicultural, partnership, Spanish-speaking, unity, Winter Haven