By Carl Stagner
Two-and-a-half years had built up to this single moment. Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi, would be the location of a church unity event bigger than any in recent history, and representing the widest spectrum of church and cultural backgrounds. Trey Hammond, who pastors Crossroads of Life Church of God in Byram, Mississippi, has held a special place in his heart for unity in the body of Christ. With this in mind, it was a no-brainer for he and his church to support and participate in the April 27 event, and the preparation leading up to the big day, which made Jesus the subject every step of the way. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged Byram, cross-cultural, cross-denominational, Crossroads of Life Church of God, division, fellowship, healing, Jackson, Jesus Is the Subject, Mississippi, MS, multicultural, pray, prayer, restoration, stadium, Trey Hammond, unification, Unite Mississippi, unity, witness, worship
Long lines form outside ATMs in Botswana.
By Tim and Joy Coppess
We have encountered several learning curves in adapting to our new home. Our role in this first year is to build relationships and begin learning the language (Setswana) and culture of Botswana. Since people are drawn to their mother tongue, this focus will help us more effectively carry out our assignment of facilitating discipleship and leadership development. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy
Tagged adapting, Africa, assimilation, Botswana, Coppesses, culture, education, evangelism, international, language, learning, learning curve, Missionaries, missionary, missions, Muslim, Tim and Joy Coppess, tutoring, witness
Chaplain Miller prays with a Marine Corps Special Operations Team prior to a mission in East Africa.
By Carl Stagner
Calculated risk. Often used in the financial sense, Baron Miller uttered the term in the context of fear. Every time you take a drive in the car or catch a flight on an airplane, is there a chance you might not make it back? Sure, there is. But that doesn’t cancel your travel plans. When firefighters have to rush inside a burning building, or law enforcement are called to a chaotic scene, they don’t hesitate. There’s risk involved, but these community heroes trust their training and their gear to help them stand strong in the heat of the battle. The parallel to the Christian experience is inescapable; the soldier of the cross must engage the battle, must reclaim what hell has stolen. Might it get scary? Possibly. Could it get dangerous? Certainly. But at the fingertips of every believer is an arsenal of spiritual weapons and an array of training options to fully engage in the fight. Engaging the enemy—that’s what Baron Miller’s life has been about—from the halls of the Church of God he founded in Bellingham, Washington, to the shores of Guantanamo Bay. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Chaplain Ministries
Tagged Afghanistan, baptism, Baron Miller, Bellingham, bold, calculated risk, California, Chaplain Ministries, chaplaincy, chaplains, Coast Guard, courage, Cuba, dare, discipleship, East Africa, evangelism, global, international, Marines, military, missional, missions, Navy, Northwest, prayer, risk, risk-taking, Roosevelt Community Church, spiritual warfare, training, travel, U.S. Navy, veterans, WA, war, Washington, witness
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
Posted in All Church of God, Church of God Ministries, Disaster Relief, Southeast
Tagged aid, Alabama, Bainbridge, Carolina Ministries, damage, destruction, devastation, disaster, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Team, DRC, evangelism, First Church of God, FL, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, GA, Georgia, Grant Powell, humanitarian, Hurricane Michael, Jason McClendon, Jim Johnson, Ken Love, Michael Claypool, North Carolina, Panama City, relief update, Rick Kohl, severe weather, South Carolina, storm, storm update, Tim Teague, tragedy, update, weather, wind, witness, work teams
By George Selleck
The most important business or task that anyone will ever undertake is that of building the life that he is going to live. The most important feature of that life is whether it is going to count, and, if it is, for whom. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God
Tagged American Tract Society, archives, evangelism, From the Archives, George Selleck, Jesus Christ, Jesus Is the Subject, salvation, testimony, The Gospel Trumpet, witness
ONE Event 2018 scenes (credit: Handel Smith).
June 20 and 21, 2018, marked another historic event for youth ministry in the Church of God. The ONE Event was designed to celebrate unity among students, and was sponsored by a leadership team that included representation from the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano), IYC, and NIYC. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Youth Ministries
Tagged Columbus, Concilio Hispano, diversity, George Fultz, high school, Hispanic Council, IYC, Life Columbus, LifeColumbus, middle school, multicultural, NACOG, National Association, NIYC, OH, Ohio, ONE Event, ONE Event 2018, regional convention, students, teenagers, unity, witness, youth
A collage of Dorothy Colney, Mailes Ndao, and Courtney Rice.
By Megan DeBruyn
At the turn of the twentieth century, labor movements across North America and Europe were gaining momentum, and the landscape of a post-war society was beginning to shift. Birthed out of this movement came women’s suffrage in the western hemisphere, and International Women’s Day along with it. In the years that followed, this worldwide observance has taken on global significance for women in modernized and developing countries alike, seeking to rally around the common goal of female advancement, both politically and economically. Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Ann Smith, Burmese, Children of Promise, clergywomen, Courtney Rice, Dorothy Colney, egalitarian, evangelism, female, global, healing, international, International Women's Day, leadership development, Mailes Ndao, Mailesi Ndao, Megan DeBruyn, missions, Myanmar, ordination, Seminary, testimony, witness, women in ministry, women ministers, women pastors, Women's History Month, Zambia
Photo: The Dollisons and Kirby Avenue Church of God.
By Rachel Eldridge
Unity. Reclamation. These are tough goals. It’s easier to think about them than to do them, far simpler to dismiss them as buzzwords than carry them out, day by day, in the messiness of life. But for Mary and Cornelius Dollison and Kirby Avenue Church of God, unity and reclamation are part of life itself.
“‘Working together, involving all’ has been my motto, and I strive to live it every day,” Mary wrote in a recent column in her local newspaper, expressing gratitude for a Lifetime Achievement Award she recently received. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged community outreach, community service, discipleship, ecumenical, evangelism, faces of the movement, Indiana, interdenominational, Jesus Is the Subject, Jonathan Mitchell, kingdom, Kirby Avenue Church of God, Mary and Cornelius Dollison, missional, multicultural, Muncie, neighborhood, planting seeds, Reclaim, reclaim your neighborhood, reclamation, unity, urban, witness
Photo: Indian-American family at Bellflower Church of God picnic.
By Carl Stagner
Eight out of every ten men and women in India identify as Hindu. But did you know that an estimated 2.3 million Hindus live in the United States? Pastor Joel Kant has made evangelism to Hindus paramount as he serves Bellflower Church of God in the heart of the Los Angeles metro area. He’s passing along the baton of faith to anyone who will listen, all because one missionary took the chance on his grandfather in India many years ago. Leaving his secular job in 1985, Joel entered full-time ministry in India and witnessed divine healing, multitudes come to Christ, and the establishment of several new works. Over the past six years, Joel’s evangelism through Bellflower Church of God in Bellflower, California, has produced similar fruit. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged apologetics, Artesia, Bellflower, California, evangelism, global, gospel, Hindi, Hindu, Hinduism, India, Joel Kant, multicultural, religions, witness, world
Photo: Donna Thomas
By Carl Stagner
Can you imagine taking Bibles into mainland China? Or negotiating the planting of Christian churches there? Can you imagine being met with fixed bayonets and machine guns upon arrival in Guatemala? Can you picture speaking to the inmates at a Latvian penitentiary? Or the prime minister of Guyana asking for your help? Donna Thomas can answer each with a yes, having stepped foot in eighty countries. She has led a fascinating life, marked by both challenges and triumphs. It all began when she followed the Lord’s call to missions after a hearing a sermon delivered by E. Faith Stewart. Since then, Donna Thomas has followed the Lord wherever and whenever he has said, “Go.” Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CHOG TraffickLight, Global Strategy
Tagged Chuck Thomas, Donna Thomas, evangelism, faith, Faith Stewart, missionary, missions, Oklahoma, witness
Photo: Samuel Stephens
1.2 billion people live in India. Among the vast range of needs in this massive country, there are very few that differ from other locations around the world. Yet the unique culture and diversity of language and landscape make India a truly one-of-a-kind place. There are sixteen major languages spoken by at least ten million people each. The predominant religion is Hinduism, but Islam’s influence is growing rapidly. Yet ringing through the noise of political and religious disunity, there is a gospel of hope and peace in Jesus Christ. Through the leadership of Samuel Stephens, God has planted some seventy thousand new churches—most in regions where the gospel had never been preached. In May 2014, this Indians leader paid a visit to the United States. While here, he spent some time with Jim Lyon and discussed life and ministry matters. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CBH: Christians Broadcasting Hope
Tagged CBH, Christians Broadcasting Hope, church growth, church planting, evangelism, IGL, India Gospel League, international, Jim Lyon, missions, outreach, Samuel Stephens, ViewPoint, witness
By Becky McCoy
Bold is…leading others to Christ at age 95.
In September 2012, my mother was in the hospital in Indianapolis due to respiratory problems. On a Friday afternoon, her health started deteriorating, and we called in all the family members who were able, to come and see her. Mom also felt that God was getting ready to take her home. She told all of her children and grandchildren who were there just how much she loved them and how she was ready to go be with the Lord. She also asked me to call my brother, Rev. Steve Nelson, who was pastoring in Louisiana. She needed to tell him also how much she loved him and his family. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Be Bold
Tagged Be Bold, BeBold2014, Becky McCoy, Boldness, evangelism, faith, Great Commission, Helen Nelson, hospital, nurse, salvation, sharing Christ, witness
By Nyle Kardatzke
The father was a farmer, and he had been in the Church of God fifteen years earlier. His wife was a devout Christian who played the piano at church and took their nine children every time the doors were open. But the father no longer went to church, nor did he pray. Continue reading