Clockwise from upper left: Matt Anderson, Allyson Smith, Jake Zaske, Erin Taylor
By Carl Stagner
The Friday night session of Church of God Convention 2019 & General Assembly is slated to be something very different than the Movement has ever seen. Weaved into an interactive worship experience led by Josh Edington, a TED Talk-style format will give four of the brightest and best younger ministers in the Church of God the opportunity to address the gathering in brief, but engaging conversation. Allyson Smith (Community Church of God, Atlanta, Georgia), Matt Anderson (McDowell Mountain Community Church, Scottsdale, Arizona), Erin Taylor (First Church of God, Alma, Michigan), and Jake Zaske (Indian Creek Community Church, Olathe, Kansas) are looking forward to participating in an evening designed to challenge pastors and lay leaders to breathe, speak, and give life to their churches and communities. In an interview with Church of God Ministries (CGM), each one offers an introduction of who they are and why they’re anticipating Orlando. Continue reading
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Tagged Allyson Felecia Smith, Allyson Smith, camp meeting, Campmeeting, CHOG Convention 2019, Church of God Convention, Convention 2019 & General Assembly, Convention 2019 and General Assembly, Erin Taylor, FL, Florida, generational gap, Jake Zaske, ministers, NAC, North American Convention, Orlando, speakers, TED talk, TED Talk Format, TED Talk-style, World Center Marriott, young ministers, young pastors, younger generation
Zealand leading students in worship at IYC2018.
By Carl Stagner
For the first time since 1980, Indianapolis, Indiana, was home to the International Youth Convention of the Church of God. Reflecting the local racing culture, the 51st pinnacle of youth ministry experiences capitalized on its proximity to the iconic motor speedway, with four days designed to put students on track for the race of a lifetime. Inspiring worship, top-notch speakers, dozens of breakout sessions, a 5K to support the fight against trafficking, and a day devoted to community service combined to create moments of lasting life change. Those moments may have passed, but eternity—brighter than ever before—lies ahead. The life change continues as four thousand students and youth leaders, who embraced life at IYC2018, return home to give life to their families, schools, churches, and across their communities. Continue reading
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Tagged 5K For Freedom, 5K4Freedom, CHOG TraffickLight, Impact Indianapolis, Impact Indy, IN, Indiana, Indianapolis, International Youth Convention of the Church of God, IYC, IYC Indy, IYC2018, IYCindy, life change, Spread the Word, student ministries, students, teenagers, younger generation, youth, youth ministry
Construction in the lobby.
By Carl Stagner
In May 2013, we shared the story of a Church of God congregation in Richland, Washington, that tripled its attendance in just four years. The church understood then, as it does now, that God gives growth to his church, but there are a number of things local fellowships can do to attract the interest of the community, while supporting numbers with intentional discipleship and follow-up. For some, the question nearly five years ago might have been, Could such growth—both numerical and spiritual—be sustained? Apparently so. We’ve followed up with Columbia Community Church—locally known as C3—and have discovered they recently encountered a big problem. Their current facility—particularly their lobby and restrooms—are too small for their weekend crowds. Continue reading
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Tagged C3, church growth, Columbia Community Church, construction, expansion, Mark Barker, next generation, Pacific Northwest, renovation, Richland, WA, Washington state, younger generation
Photo: Zach and Audrey Lanford with the Egan Road youth.
By Zach and Audrey Langford
As most of you know, we work in a very difficult, post-Christendom context where very few choose to go to church or even know about Jesus. Our neighborhood in Birkenhead has just over 15,000 people and only four evangelical churches—each with about twenty people and no youth. The exception is our church, Egan Road, where we have very few adults, but a consistent and growing fellowship of children, youth, and young adults. Continue reading
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Tagged 3W, Audrey Langford, children, Egan Road Church of God, England, Europe and the Middle East, John Pemberton, Three Worlds, UK, United Kingdom, younger generation, youth, Zach Langford