Tag Archives: women

Children of Promise and the Role of Women

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By Kirk Bookout

Children of Promise was founded with a heartfelt desire to help children among the poor of the world by meeting immediate needs, and by making a long-term impact. In doing this, other positive things have happened, and continue to happen, in powerful ways. One way we see this is in the role of women in many countries we serve. This is often reflected in societies that have not traditionally offered opportunities for women. Continue reading

Women in Leadership: Practicing Our Theology

Photo: Four of our outstanding women pastors, (clockwise from upper-left) Shannon New-Spangler, Cheryl Sanders, Melissa Pratt, and Donna Rothenberger.

Photo: Four of our outstanding women pastors, (clockwise from upper-left) Shannon New-Spangler, Cheryl Sanders, Melissa Pratt, and Donna Rothenberger.

By Doug Talley

I remember the gender wars of elementary school. As kids looking for validation of our worth, we guys would declare that we were the superior gender and, of course, the girls would make the same claim. We’d argue back and forth, but I don’t remember anyone ever winning. The arguments led to tension, but not to resolution. By the time we got into middle school or high school, we readily abandoned those arguments. But that doesn’t mean that gender bias went away. Continue reading

Church Property Becomes Refuge for Women Recovering from Addiction

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By Carl Stagner

“If it weren’t for this ministry, that needle would be back in my arms.” The sentiment of the women of Solid Rock Ministries in The Dalles, Oregon, echoes often in the mind of Pastor Ken Post. He says there’s nothing like watching these ladies become so addicted to Jesus Christ that drugs simply lose their former appeal. Following a brief “retirement” from the pastorate, Ken returned to the church he’d once pastored, which now was hurling toward the end of its life cycle. Though Ken was advised to shut the church down, he felt the Spirit tugging him to reorganize the operation into a refuge for women recovering from addiction. Solid Rock would still be a church, but no longer just another church in a community already saturated with churches. Its chief purpose would be to rescue and restore women in desperate need of a U-turn. Continue reading

Church of God Pastor Becomes City’s First Black, First Woman Mayor

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By Carl Stagner

“Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks sat down so I could stand up today.” Pastor Rochelle Robinson’s words reflect a strong sense of both gratitude and accomplishment for her historic win. She never set out to make a name for herself or capture the attention of the national media. All she wanted to do was serve God and her community. But when the votes were tallied in the runoff election on December 1, Rochelle Robinson became the first African American and first female ever to be elected mayor of Douglasville, Georgia. Continue reading

A Voice for the Voiceless: Protecting Infants, Reclaiming Drug-Dependent Mothers for Christ

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Photo: One of House of Virtue’s young women celebrates birth of a healthy boy!

By Carl Stagner

A newborn gasps for a breath of air, but can’t seem to get enough. While tremors and tics disturb her gaunt, fragile form, cries emanating from her weakened lungs simply cannot be consoled. Painful diarrhea and difficulty eating add to a long list of symptoms that plague this helpless one made in the image of God. Something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong. No baby should ever come into this world dependent on the drugs of her mother’s addiction. Yet, the mother doesn’t need more shame and guilt. So in Paragould, Arkansas, the House of Virtue has stepped in to love these mothers and their infants with the love of Christ—and put a serious dent in drug dependency. Continue reading

Masterpieces: Exposing Lies, Offering Truth to Teen Girls

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By Carl Stagner

Somewhere there’s a teenage girl burying her head in her hands, exhausted by her quest for acceptance. There’s a young woman sliding a thin metal object across her wrist, attempting to dull the sharper pain resident in her soul. There’s a daughter of the Most High God sending a text to a man she met online, desperate for somebody to love that which she loathes. Two Church of God girls have said, Enough is enough! In the final semester of their senior year in high school, Abby Crump and Amanda Gifford of Mooresville Church of God in Indiana have started a ministry to help girls understand who they are in God’s eyes. Continue reading

Unique Opportunity Available for Women in Ministry

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By Carl Stagner

Nazarenes, Free Methodists, Wesleyans, The Salvation Army, Brethren in Christ, Evangelical Friends, and the Church of God. What do they all have in common? Besides roots in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, Jesus is certainly the subject of their respective ministries. But unique to these groups is a commitment to the support of women in ministry. While each group may often have trouble rallying their congregations around women in ministry, they draw from a heritage of dynamic women clergy. In mid-April, women in ministry will gather together for a unique time of worship, preaching, and networking. Also marking the occasion will be a leadership change that brings this group back to its Church of God roots. Continue reading

Waves of Grace: Church of God Women’s Convention 2014

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By Mary Stephens

The ocean sends wave after wave upon the sand. Sometimes, at low tide, the waves are farther out, and other times, during high tide, the waves consume the beach. The waves are a constant; they will reach the sand. So it is with God’s grace. As the scripture reads, “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16 NRSV). Just as the sand can count on wave after wave of water, we can count on wave after wave of God’s grace.

Join Christian Women Connection and women from around the United States and the world as we gather in Daytona Beach, Florida, to experience God’s Waves of Grace at the Church of God Women’s Convention. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

The convention is October 30–November 2, 2014, in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Continue reading

Glitz, Glamour, and Glory to God! NY Pastor Tailors Message to Women

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Photo: Tatum Osbourne

By Carl Stagner

Fashion advice. Hairstyle tips. Makeup how-tos. Health and business headlines. Not exactly what you’d expect from a ministry publication. Perhaps that’s, in part, why Tatum Osbourne, CEO and founder of BE U Enterprises, chooses to include these items in her magazine. Through the magazine, seminars, and online communication, Tatum’s ministry reaches women where they are, and then teaches them to glorify God in every area of their lives. Continue reading

Loving Fearlessly: Boldly Caring for Women in Crisis

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Photo: Priscilla’s Lost and Found brings the hope of Jesus Christ to women who might otherwise have little or no hope (stock).

By Arnetta Bailey

It was the summer of 1997, while Arnetta Bailey and her family were still living and worshiping in Indianapolis, that a young man in her church came to her and said, “The Lord told me you would help my mother.”

Arnetta knew the woman (“Donna”). Donna was strung out on drugs, entangled in prostitution, and leaving her children home alone while she walked the streets. Because of the son’s insistence, Arnetta finally gave in. She went looking for Donna and found her. Arnetta made several contacts with Donna. When she prayerfully asked God for guidance, the Lord’s instructions were, “Speak my Word into her life.” So she began to say to Donna, “I see you saved. I see you living for God. I see you delivered from drugs and prostitution. I see you loving and caring for your children. I see you whole.” Continue reading

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

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By MaryAnn Hawkins

Most of us are now familiar with the season of Advent: the four Sundays before Christmas. During these four weeks we often have musicals and Christmas specials. But do we celebrate Advent? The word advent simply means “a coming into being.” It might be likened to a journey with the anticipation of a special event. Through the ages the church has understood the dual “comings,” the anticipatory journey toward the birth of the Christ, and the second coming Christ at the end of the age. The advent season should give a pause in reflecting on the end of time. How shall we anticipate the second Advent of our Lord? Continue reading

Women in Ministry Conference Refreshes and Equips

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By MaryAnn Hawkins

For twenty years the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy organization has convened the international Come to the Water conference. This year’s conference gathered at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, April 11–14, 2013. The theme of the conference was “Rise Up.” Continue reading

New Book Examines Women in Ministry

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Warner Press, Inc., has published a second edition of the book, Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve, which examines the role of women ministers in the Church of God. First compiled for the 1989 National Consultation on Women in Ministry and Mission, the book has been thoroughly updated with current statistics and chapters by several of today’s leading ministers. Continue reading

Should Women Be Pastors? Church of God Says Yes

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By Joseph D. Allison

Does God call women to serve as pastors and evangelists? The Church of God movement and other Wesleyan groups say a resounding Yes! However, some newcomers to the Church of God question this position, so Warner Press provides several resources to address the issue with biblical and historical integrity. Continue reading

Christian Women Connect at NAC 2012

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By Mary Stephens

Two thousand twelve is a special year for Christian Women Connection (CWC). Not only are we celebrating the identity of women in Christ, but we are celebrating eighty years of ministry! In order to be the women God has designed us to be, we need to know who we are and what we are doing. The NAC conferences and events sponsored by CWC will affirm the unique identity each woman has in Christ because, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for” (Eph 1:11 MSG). Our events will also celebrate the women and ministries of CWC over the years. Continue reading