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Piano Player / Praise Leader, Lumberton, NC

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Name * Michael Warwick
Church * Covenant Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 734-5986
Location * Lumberton, SC
Position * Piano Player / Praise Leader
Position Details * We are currently looking for a Piano Player / Praise Leader for a contemporary church. The church has all ages, races and denominations within the body. I am looking for someone 
that can relate to the choir and praise team with different style's of music such as Black Gospel, Contemporary and Southern Gospel alike. This is not a full time position but can lead to that as the church grows. For more info. please contact Pastor Mike W. at 910-734-5986 or pfcm02@aol.com

Children’s Pastor, Knoxville, TN

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Name * David Snyder
Church * Dante church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 806-9340
Location * Knoxville, TN
Position * Children's pastor
Position Details * We are looking for a children's pastors if interested contact David and we will discuss the details.

Children’s Pastor, Cooper City, FL

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Name * Dwight Allen
Church * Cooper City Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (954) 680-9191
Location * Cooper City, FL
Position * Childrens Pastor
Position Details *
Cooper City Church of God a growing multi-cultural church located in Cooper City Florida is looking a person that has a calling for Children’s Ministry.
We are looking for someone with energy and creativeness and has a burden to see children come to know Christ. You must be able to build and maintain a team of volunteer workers and work closely with other staff members.. This is a Full-Time Position
Please contact Pastor Dwight Allen @ pastor1@cccofgod.org
or Pastor Vince Sigel @ pastorvince@cccofgod.org

Church Facility Director, Orlando, FL

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Name * ernesto centeno
Church * Church of God Porac, Philippines
Email *
Phone Number * (949) 574-2379
Location * ORLANDO, FL
Position * CHURCH FACILITY DIRECTOR
Position Details *

The Facilities director is responsible to the Administrative Pastor to maintain property budgets and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs and other measures. Must be able to effectively work with and lead the current custodial staff with a positive Christian attitude. Must be able to serve under the direction of the Senior Pastor. Further details can be discussed during the interview process. This is a full time salaried position that would require relocation to the Orlando area. Salary will be determined by ability and experience. Please send resume with a photo included. Ministry experience is a plus but not required.

To Learn more about Sanctuary Church visit:
www.sanctuarychurchorlando.com

Music Minister, Taylor, MI

Name * Darius Walden
Church * Heritage Park Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (734) 287-8630
Location * Taylor, Michigan (Metro Detroit)
Position * Music Minister
Position Details *

What is the most popular music style in the US? If you knew the answer is "country music" then you are a relevant thinker. Our church is in metro Detroit, and located in a city that adores country music. We are looking for someone who can passionately lead worship in the tradition of the red back hymnal, convention songs, tight southern harmonies, and modern country music. we are a Sunday AM and PM church. we are looking for someone who is a mature Christian, loyal to leadership, willing to serve, and can work into better pay. 
This won't be a volunteer position, however, we will raise the funds for the right candidate.
for more info about Taylor, visit cityoftaylor.com our website stinks, so don't go there, but look us up on facebook. heritage park church.
give me a call.

Drummer, Trenton/Gainesville, FL

Name * Gary Jones
Church * Living Praise Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (434) 441-2576
Location * Trenton/Gainesville, FL
Position * Drummer
Position Details * We are looking for a person in the Trenton/Gainesville, Fl area to play the drums. If interested contact Gary Jones at info above. God Bless!

Worship Leader, Anderson, SC

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Name * Kevin Jones
Church * River of Life
Email *
Phone Number * (864) 328-7289
Location * Anderson, SC
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Looking for an individual or couple with a calling to serve in a church. Applicants must have the ability to play a piano/keyboard at a minimum. They must have the ability to sing and possess the necessary charisma. Most importantly, they must have a real relationship with Jesus Christ and have a cooperative track record. References are required. This a well paid, part-time position for what is required.

Financial Secretary, Deland, FL

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Name * Shelia Moran
Church * Deland Church of God (The Sanctuary)
Email *
Phone Number * (386) 734-7777
Location * Deland, FL
Position * Financial Secretary, Part-Time
Position Details *

The Deland Church of God has an opening for a part-time financial secretary. This position is responsible for the processing, recording, and reporting of all financial transactions of Deland Church of God (The Sanctuary), using Quick Books accounting software and a modified cash basis of fund accounting. Further, all activity in this position will be in accordance with IRS regulations for a charitable organization. Requirements include but are not limited to: practical experience in fund-based accounting and account reconciliation; demonstrated proficiency in computer skills including Quick Books, Power Church, MS Word, and Excel; attention and precision in account reconciliation and report generation. The candidate must have the ability to do all month end financial reporting including fund balance reports, financial statements, statement of cash flows and balance sheets. Knowledge of GAAP and budgeting is necessary. A minimum of two y ears in church accounting or nonprofit accounting is required. The successful applicant must have a demonstrated Christian faith commitment, good interpersonal skills as well as a proven track record of confidentiality.

Worship Leader, Cincinnati, OH

Name * Donald Strull
Church * New Life Worship Center COG
Email *
Phone Number * (513) 260-0418
Location * Cincinnati, OH
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * We are looking for a person or married couple to fill this postion. This will be a volunteer position, need to play key board, live in the Cincinnati area. Please send e-mail if interested. 

Youth Pastor, Hartsville, SC

Name * Patrick Dye
Church * Hartsville Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (843) 858-6397
Location * Hartsville, SC
Position * Youth Pastor/Leader
Position Details * We are looking for someone to lead our youth ministry. The individual or couple would be responsible for planning events/activities in addtion to teaching. We have a youth committee in place to assist the leader.

Worship Leader, Monroe, NC

Name * Jody Freeman
Church * Benton Heights Church of God
Email * isaac.freeman8@gmail.com
Phone Number * (704) 813-5073
Location * Monroe, NC
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Worship leader needed for a church who boosts a strong supporting group of musicians and praise team! (Guitar, Bass, Drums,  Woodwinds, Piano, and some great voices on the praise team) This is a great opportunity for the right person. If you feel that your calling is as a worship leader this opportunity may be for you!

Music Director, Northwood, OH

Name * Jeff Forsyth
Church * Faith Tabernacle Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (419) 722-5107
Location * Northwood, Ohio (east side of Toledo)
Position * Music Director 
Position Details * Current Director & Associate will be moving on in their ministry. We need someone talented on keyborards or organ, and can organize the church's music & worship team. We are currently a small congregation with exciting potential. You will have a Praise Team, and drums for support. This is a volunteer position with possibly some small expenses covered. If you are looking to get your minstry in music & worship launched, this maybe the opportunity for you. Please call or email Pastor Jeff if you have an interest.

Children’s Pastor, Sevierville, TN

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Name * Pastor Philip Morris, Jr.
Church * Parkway Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 453-0389
Location * Sevierville, TN 
Position * Children's Pastor (full-time)
Position Details * We are currently seeking a full-time Children's Pastor for children (ages 12 and under) and their families. Please email resume and references to info@parkwaychurchofgod.org -- Attn: Pastor Philip Morris. Please include previous experience in children's ministry and references that have actively observed your involvement in children's ministry. To learn more about our congregation, please visit our website at www.parkwaychurchofgod.org.

Multiple Position Available, Iva, SC

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Name * Robert Price
Church * The Iva Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (864) 353-5336
Location * Iva, SC
Position * Various
Position Details *

We would like to extend to you this invitation to come be part of the revitalization taking place at the Iva Church of God. Iva is just a short drive from Anderson, SC. If you are looking for a family friendly place to be connected with people who want to live life to the fullest, the Iva Church of God is definitely the place for you. We are in need of Spirt filled leaders who want to serve in various ministry positions. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve and develope your gifts, then come be part of something amazing taking place in Iva, SC. Please call or email us to tell us how we can help you answer the call in your walk with Christ. Thanks!
Pastors Robert and Kim Price

Children & Family Pastor, Oak Ridge, TN

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Name * Shane Nivens
Church * Hope Covenant Church
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 435-3377
Location * Oak Ridge, TN
Position * Children & Family Pastor
Position Details *

Hope Covenant Church is presently seeking a person or couple to lead our children's ministry. We are a church plant and are in need of someone with a calling and vision for children's ministry to help us structure and lead our Kid's church on Sunday mornings and special events. Currently, we have 12-18 kids from age 0-10 on Sunday mornings. The right person or couple would be creative, led by the Spirit, and works well with others. This is a great opportunity for someone to start something and build it. This is a part-time position. Please send resume or contact me at shane42nivens@yahoo.com. For more information about our church check us out at www.hopecovenantchurch.net.

Worship Leader, Bradenton, FL

Name * Dustin Wilson
Church * Community Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (317) 437-9938
Location * Bradenton, FL
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details *

We are a church re-plant in Bradenton, Florida. Looking for a radical individual or couple [in the age bracket of college student to young family] that is passionate about church planting, inner-city ministry and outreach. Someone who is not afraid to work hard and work as a team to help us grow His church. Must be an out of the box thinker, willing to take initiative to help us build a worship team from scratch. Styles we associate most with are Elevation Worship and Church of the Highlands. We are not your typical suit-wearing, choir singing church. The person/couple that will fit our vision may not fit in at your typical church. This is a part-time position. Offering $300 per week. If interested, you must first submit a resume, photo, your ministry goals and values, explanation of why you are interested and a video of you leading worship or singing/playing to: communitychurchcog@gmail.com. If we are interested in talking further, we will se t up an informal phone interview with you. You can check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bradentoncommunitycog

Worship Leader / Musician, Covington, LA

Name * Paul Brasseaux
Church * Dove Park Chruch of God
Email *
Phone Number * (985) 264-5126
Location * Covington, Louisiana
Position * Worship leader and musician
Position Details * Part time, Housing, utilities and small salary provided

Teaching Parents, Fayetteville, WV

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Name * Carla Torres
Church * New River Ranch Children's Home
Email *
Phone Number * (304) 574-1058
Location * Po box 178 Fayetteville, WV 25840
Position * Teaching Parents
Position Details * Full time position for husband and wife team. Live in 5 day week. Working with abused, neglected children. Housing, utilities, great benefits. This is a ministry not just a job.

Worship Leader, Hartsville, SC

Name * Patrick Dye
Church * Hartsville Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (843) 858-6397
Location * Hartsville, SC
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Looking for individual to lead worship and assemble a praise team. Individual should be able to play guitar or piano. In addition to leading a worship team, the individusl should also work with the choir.

Children’s Pastor, Franklin, NC

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Name * Tara Webb
Church * The House of Hope Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (828) 342-8900
Location * Franklin, NC
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * We are currently seeking a Children’s Pastor for ages 12 and under. Please email resume or questions about the position to Tara Webb at tcwebb11@gmail.com. This is currently a volunteer position. The House of Hope Church of God is a growing church located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina in the town of Franklin. To learn more about our church, visit our website at www.thehouseofhopecog.com.

Direct Care, Sevierville, TN

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Name * Brandon Nuckles
Church * Smoky Mountain Children's Home
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 453-4644
Location * Sevierville TN
Position * Direct Care
Position Details *

Are you passionate about shaping the future of a child who has lost their parents as a result of abuse, abandonment, neglect or death?

As Caregiving Houseparent you will join a team of caregiving houseparents on our residential intake cottage creating a family environment for our at-risk kids aging 6-18 who often have nowhere else to turn. This cottage is often the first steps of a child's journey toward hope and healing. After completing our two week in-house paid training, you will take on a life-changing mission by guiding, counseling, and helping to meet the emotional, educational, spiritual and daily needs of our children. We are looking to you to provide compassion, internal strength and competence for these kids.

We need you to have a desire, dedication, and an interest in sharing your life with other team members and residents.

Due to the critical nature of this position, SMCH Direct Care staff who meet our high standards of care will receive competitive compensation by providing you a caring and supportive environment, comprehensive pay, no cost of expenses living within the home, extensive paid training, followed by 24-hour professional support, future career opportunities, and state-of-the-art treatment techniques. In addition, medical/dental/vision and prescription benefits, and paid vacation.

The Home is nationally recognized with over 90 years of history in caring for hurting children. We are fully licensed and accredited through the State of Tennessee and COA (Council on Accredition) for our residential, foster care, on-campus school and counseling center. Annually, The Home will touch the lives of approximately 500 children.

The Church of God Smoky Mountain Children's Home in Sevierville, Tennessee is dedicated to "Giving a Child a Chance" for hope and healing through nurturing care. We are committed to ministry that reaches to every area of a child's life (physical, emotional, spiritual, educational).

Nurturing Direct Care Staff are the frontline members of our team, which works to reverse the effects of traumatic loss. If you are committed, passionate and feel you are qualified we invite you to take on a life-changing experience by joining The Home Team please click the link below.

www.CareCampus.org

Please feel free to fill out an application!

Please take note, Candidates that want this full time position will:

Be highly motivated.
Be comfortable working in a Faith Based environment.
Be aware multiple background, finger print, and driving checks are done prior to starting.
Be able to work full time and flexible hours (Shifts are 7am - 10:30pm) 4 to 3 times a week
Be confident and capable to work in a highly stressful / emotional work environment.

Qualifications:

At least a High-School diploma / GED
Must have no felonies from physical or sexual charges
Must have no felonies within the past 5 years
General computer skills (typing, word, etc.)
Must be Active enough to participate in group activities

Direct Care, Sevierville, TN

Name * Brandon Nuckles
Church * Smoky Mountain Children's Home
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 453-4644
Location * Sevierville TN
Position * Direct Care
Position Details *

Are you passionate about shaping the future of a child who has lost their parents as a result of abuse, abandonment, neglect or death?

As Caregiving Houseparent you will join a team of caregiving houseparents on our residential intake cottage creating a family environment for our at-risk kids aging 6-18 who often have nowhere else to turn. This cottage is often the first steps of a child's journey toward hope and healing. After completing our two week in-house paid training, you will take on a life-changing mission by guiding, counseling, and helping to meet the emotional, educational, spiritual and daily needs of our children. We are looking to you to provide compassion, internal strength and competence for these kids.

We need you to have a desire, dedication, and an interest in sharing your life with other team members and residents.

Due to the critical nature of this position, SMCH Direct Care staff who meet our high standards of care will receive competitive compensation by providing you a caring and supportive environment, comprehensive pay, no cost of expenses living within the home, extensive paid training, followed by 24-hour professional support, future career opportunities, and state-of-the-art treatment techniques. In addition, medical/dental/vision and prescription benefits, and paid vacation.

The Home is nationally recognized with over 90 years of history in caring for hurting children. We are fully licensed and accredited through the State of Tennessee and COA (Council on Accredition) for our residential, foster care, on-campus school and counseling center. Annually, The Home will touch the lives of approximately 500 children.

The Church of God Smoky Mountain Children's Home in Sevierville, Tennessee is dedicated to "Giving a Child a Chance" for hope and healing through nurturing care. We are committed to ministry that reaches to every area of a child's life (physical, emotional, spiritual, educational).

Nurturing Direct Care Staff are the frontline members of our team, which works to reverse the effects of traumatic loss. If you are committed, passionate and feel you are qualified we invite you to take on a life-changing experience by joining The Home Team please click the link below.

www.CareCampus.org

Please feel free to fill out an application!

Please take note, Candidates that want this full time position will:

Be highly motivated.
Be comfortable working in a Faith Based environment.
Be aware multiple background, finger print, and driving checks are done prior to starting.
Be able to work full time and flexible hours (Shifts are 7am - 10:30pm) 4 to 3 times a week
Be confident and capable to work in a highly stressful / emotional work environment.

Qualifications:

At least a High-School diploma / GED
Must have no felonies from physical or sexual charges
Must have no felonies within the past 5 years
General computer skills (typing, word, etc.)
Must be Active enough to participate in group activities

Worship Minister, Monroe, NC

Name * JODY FREEMAN
Church * BENTON HEIGHTS CHURCH OF GOD 
Email *
Phone Number * (704) 813-5073
Location * MONROE N C
Position * WORSHIP MINISTER
Position Details * LEAD PRAISE/WORSHIP AND SPECIAL MUSIC/MUSIC DRAMA FOR A WELL ROOTED CHURCH IN MONROE NORTH CAROLINA. YOU WILL HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE PASTOR ALONG WITH GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS, PIANO, WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS AND A PRAISE TEAM. HYMNS,CONTEMPORY, PRAISE AND WORSHIP! IF YOU FEEL THIS IS YOUR CALLING WE MAY BE FOR YOU! CALL AFTER 3PM 704-813-5073!

Church Host for Event, Cleveland, TN

Name * Kevin F
Church * Encounter Friday Nights
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 920-2539
Location * Cleveland, TN
Position * Church Host for Friday Night Encounter
Position Details *

Looking to start a service on Friday Nights one time per month. We are looking for a church to host this spirit filled service called Encounter Friday Nights. We are looking for a place that will allow us to use you building preferably in Cleveland, TN in a good location. We will be bringing special groups such as Jeremiah Yocum, Eddie James, Jason Crabb, Etc.... We are believing that God is going to use Encounter Friday Nights to reach a UNCHURCHED generation and a spirit less churched generation. 

These services will resemble church REVIVAL LIKE services. If you would like to talk please send me a E-Mail. 

Thanks and God Bless,
Kevin

Church Host for Event, Cleveland, TN

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Name * Kevin F
Church * Encounter Friday Nights
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 920-2539
Location * Cleveland, TN
Position * Church Host for Friday Night Encounter
Position Details *

Looking to start a service on Friday Nights one time per month. We are looking for a church to host this spirit filled service called Encounter Friday Nights. We are looking for a place that will allow us to use you building preferably in Cleveland, TN in a good location. We will be bringing special groups such as Jeremiah Yocum, Eddie James, Jason Crabb, Etc.... We are believing that God is going to use Encounter Friday Nights to reach a UNCHURCHED generation and a spirit less churched generation. 

These services will resemble church REVIVAL LIKE services. If you would like to talk please send me a E-Mail. 

Thanks and God Bless,
Kevin

Cop Church Launch Team, Chattanooga, TN

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Name * Jonathan Parker
Church * Cop Church Chattanooga
Email *
Phone Number * (912) 663-9344
Location * Chattanooga Metro
Position * Cop Church Launch Team
Position Details *

We are excited to announce the launch of Cop Church Chattanooga, family-oriented worship services targeting those serving in law enforcement (active/retired sworn, civilian, corrections, dispatchers, spouses, and children) in the Chattanooga Metro region. Our vision is to launch services in February 2015 on 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights to start out, and we have already started team building and planning gatherings.

Those serving in law enforcement truly are an "unreached people group" within the United States, with estimates that less than 10% profess to know Jesus Christ. Their families face very unique and stressful challenges, and our team understands those challenges. If you are a part of this demographic, or have a calling to minister within such a unique and exciting setting, then we would like to discuss having you join our team.

We are developing six primary teams that present opportunities for those with a variety of gifts and skill sets: 1 - Marketing/Outreach, 2 - First Impressions, 3 - Family Ministry (Focus on Children for launch), 4 - Worship (musicians and singers), 5 - Media/Technology including graphic/web design, and 6 - Acclimation.

Jonathan Parker is a 7 year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, a COG ordained minister, and graduate of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. His wife, Meredith, is a counselor and graduate of Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Our team already consists of active and retired officers from at least four area agencies and their families. For more information, visit us at www.FB.com/CopChurchChatt along with our parent ministry www.CoveredLawEnforcement.org / www.FB.com/CoveredLawEnforcement.

Youth Pastor, McCalla, AL

Name * Michael Smith
Church * Rock Mountain Lakes Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (205) 807-9850
Location * McCalla, Alabama
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details * We are looking for a single person or a married couple that is called of God the reach this generation of teenagers. We are located in Mcalla, Alabama Just 0.3 miles off I 20/59 between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. The Rock Mountain Lakes Subdivision has over 600 homes in it alone, there are several schools with in just a few miles of the church. The position is volunteer at this time, but if you are good at fund raising a portion of that could go for your compensation or housing. For the right person i believe this could grow into a full time position soon. 

Children’s Pastor, Cooper City, FL

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Name * Dwight Allen
Church * Cooper City Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (954) 680-9191
Location * Cooper City , Florida / close to Ft.Lauderdale , Florida
Position * Childrens Pastor
Position Details * Cooper City Church of God a growing multi-cultural church located in Cooper City Florida is looking a person that has a calling for children’s ministry.
We are looking for someone with energy and creativeness and has a burden to see children come to know Christ. You must be able to build and maintain a team of workers and work alongside a fulltime staff of Pastors. 
Please contact Pastor Dwight Allen @ pastor1@cccofgod.org
or Pastor Vince Sigel @ pastorvince@cccofgod.org

Children’s Church Pastor, Lumberton, NC

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Name * Michael Warwick
Church * Covenant Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 734-5986
Location * Lumberton, North Carolina
Position * Children's Church Pastor
Position Details * We are looking for a Children's Church Pastor to take our children to the next level. However we need someone experienced and very motivated to work with the church and staff alike. Prefer a husband and wife team if at all possible. Our church is diversified in race, music and ministry and desire this position to be the same as well. Feel free to call for more information at 910-734-5986

Musicians, Chattanooga, TN

Name * Daniel Beard
Church * Grandview Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 886-4547
Location * Chattanooga, TN
Position * Musicians
Position Details *

We are looking for musicians that would like to join us at Grandview Church of God. If you have a talent for music and live in the Chattanooga, Jasper, Whitwell area and would like to further using your gifts to glorify God then please let us know through phone or email. Our music is mostly traditional and southern Gospel but we are open to a blended worship service to include praise and worship and styles such as Eddie James and Hillsong as God blesses us with those musicians that play those styles. Specifically we are looking for a music leader, vocalist, drummer, bass player, and guitarist but other talents are appreciated as well such as Banjo, Fiddle, steel guitar, etc. These are all volunteer opportunities. Thanks for reading.

 

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Worship Leader / Student Ministries Leader / Children’s Ministry Leader, Conway, AR

Name * Gregg Tipton
Church * Living Water Worship Center Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (706) 617-7942
Location * Conway, Arkansas
Position * Worship Leader, Student Ministries Leader, Children's Ministry Leader 
Position Details * Living Water Worship Center is currently undergoing a relaunch and is looking for Ministry leaders that have a heart for the Great Commission! We are located in beautiful Conway, Arkansas about 20 minutes from Little Rock. All positions at this time including lead pastor is bi-vocational. If you are a principled and driven individual that wants to be part of the core team in this building process and is looking to challenge your gifts and abilities then this is an opportunity for you!

Drummer, Lakeland, FL

Name * Sherry Campbell
Church * Grace Church
Email *
Phone Number * (618) 979-1550
Location * Lakeland , Florida
Position * Drummer
Position Details * Experienced drummer needed for Sunday morning worship team. Weekly stipend included.

 

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Musicians, Clay City, IL

Name * Rev. Billy Childress
Church * Clay City Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (661) 301-4200
Location * Clay City Illinois 
Position * Musicians
Position Details * We are looking for musicians for our Church services. We play/sing traditional style songs with Country Gospel style music mixed with a little contemporary. This is not a paid position. But rather, it's to continue to use your gifting for the building of the body of Christ.
•Drummer •Guitar •Keyboard/Piano •Bass •Steel• Fiddle• Etc...

 

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Youth / Music, Mayfield, KY

Name * JIMMY LEEK
Church * MAYFIELD CHURCH OF GOD
Email *
Phone Number * (270) 339-3742
Location * MAYFIELD, KY
Position * YOUTH / MUSIC
Position Details * YOUTH PASTOR POSITION: MUST HAVE CHURCH OF GOD LICENSE, SMALL CHURCH, NO SALARY (BUILD YOUR OWN). APARTMENT WITH FULL UTILITES FURNISHED. MUSIC WOULD BE A PLUS.

Children’s Pastor, Fort Payne, AL

Name * Ron Johnson
Church * Fort Payne Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (256) 997-6866
Location * Fort Payne Alabama
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * Call for info

 

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Houseparent Couple, Sevierville, TN

Name * Brandon Nuckles
Church * Smoky Mountain Children's Home
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 453-4644
Location * Sevierville TN
Position * Houseparent Couple
Position Details *

As Caregiving Houseparent (legally married) you and your spouse will live in our residential homes creating a family environment for our at-risk kids aging 10 -18 who often have nowhere else to turn. After completing our two week in-house paid training, you will take on a life-changing mission by guiding, counseling, and helping to meet the emotional, educational, spiritual and daily needs of our children. We are looking to you to provide compassion, internal strength and competence for these kids.
We need you to have a desire, dedication, and an interest in integrating your family with the kids in the home, creating a cohesive environment for all.
Due to the critical nature of this position, SMCH Caregiving Couples who meet our high standards of care will receive competitive compensation by providing you a caring and supportive environment, comprehensive pay, no cost of expenses living within the home, extensive paid training, followed by 24-hour professional support, future career opportunities, and state-of-the-art treatment techniques.

Requirements:
Must be legally married
Comfortable in a faith based environment.
High School Diploma/GED
Very Active
Past Experience w/ ask risk youth (preferred) 

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AT ALL: please fill out an application at www.carecampus.org

PLEASE DO NOT CALL ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION WE DO NOT RETURN CALLS ON THEM DUE TO THE VOLUME RECEIVED.

Volunteer Worship Leader, Naples, FL

Name * Myron Smith
Church * Relentless Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (239) 229-0102
Location * Naples, FL.
Position * Volunteer Worship Leader
Position Details * Relentless is a NEW Church plant in the Naples area. We have just completed 6 months of ministry held at one of the local schools.
Relentless Church is a church making disciples to capture the harvest that is ready for God's RELENTLESS Love, Grace & Forgiveness
Pray and ask God if He is calling you here. If you live in the area or are thinking about re-locating to this area, check us out.
This would be a volunteer position to begin with and would require experience in leading worship & keyboard skills.
If you are interested please email your resume to:pastormyronsmith@yahoo.com

 

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Worship Leader, Concord, NC

Name * Ricky Hudson
Church * Remedy Church
Email *
Phone Number * (704) 260-0169
Location * Concord, NC
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Remedy Church has a position open for a Worship Leader. We do not have a choir, this is ONLY for worship leading. Need to be able to sing and play Guitar and/or Piano.

 

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Worship Leader, Altoona, PA

Name * Jeff Suhoney
Church * Altoona Restoration Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (814) 386-3081
Location * Altoona PA
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * We are currently looking for a worship leader for our Sunday morning worship service. This is a voluntary position at this time. Please e-mail Pastor Jeff at pastorjeff@altoonarestorationcog.com
for more information or questions.

 

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Worship Leader, Mount Airy, MD

Name * Sandra Hamby
Church * Lighthouse Ministries
Email *
Phone Number * (301) 693-7465
Location * Mount Airy, MD
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details *

Lighthouse Ministries in Mount Airy, Maryland is currently interviewing and auditioning for a part-time Worship Leader. We prefer a person who leads from a keyboard; values a balanced mix of contemporary and traditional music; capable of leading other musicians and singers; works well with others; and is committed to serving with our Pastor and her vision.

Time commitment will include one service each Sunday and one weekly practice when you choose to schedule. All candidates will be required to audition and lead on a Sunday as part of the selection process.

If you are interested in an interview, please contact Pastor Sandra Hamby at 301-693-7465.

 

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Youth Pastor / Worship Leader, Decatur, TN

Name * Glen Gattenby
Church * Cottonport Road Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 536-8659
Location * 991 Cottonport RD, Decatur, TN
Position * Youth Pastor/Worship leader
Position Details * Looking for Youth Pastor and Worship leader. Responsibilities would be for leading worship on Sunday morning and teaching on Wedsday evening. $100 a week.

Music Pastor, Greenville, NC

Name * Pastor Wes Holmes
Church * University Church Of God
Email *
Phone Number * (252) 756-4623
Location * Greenville, NC
Position * Music Pastor
Position Details * The University Church of God is a growing church in Greenville NC with a average attendance on Sunday mornings @ 175. We are excited about the future and know that God has great plans for our church. We are looking for a worship leader that can bring a blended worship set to our congregation each week. Also to involve each department of the church in the music program. Being able to play the key board or guitar is a plus. We can be found on the web...http://universitycog.org/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/UniversityCOG. Please send resumes to to senpastor@suddenlinkmail.com.

 

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Minister of Music / Choral Director, Rocky Mount, NC

Name * Kelly Shope
Church * Ridgecrest Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (252) 446-6111
Location * Rocky Mount, NC
Position * Full-Time Minister of Music / Choral Director
Position Details * Growing church seeking an experienced team-minded outgoing Music Minister/Choral Director to serve on a multiple staff pastoral team - preferably married applicants who have at least 5 years of full-time experience in music ministry including choral experience. Please send resume (with references) and a current family photo tokellylshope@gmail.com.

 

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Youth and Family Pastor, LaFayette, GA

Name * Jeremy Singletary
Church * LaFayette Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (706) 638-7832
Location * LaFayette, Ga
Position * Youth and Family Pastor - Volunteer
Position Details * LaFayette Church of God is searching for a Youth and Family Pastor. The position is currently volunteer but could come part-time very soon. We are located within an hour from Cleveland. Great opportunity for a Lee or Seminary student. Please send resume to jeremysingletary@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Children’s Church Director, Dallas, TX

Name * Jonathan Back
Church * Living Water Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (214) 929-8925
Location * Dallas, Texas
Position * Childrens Church Directors
Position Details * We are looking for a young couple to work with our precious Children and teach them in a Church designed for Kids... Respond if you live in this area or are moving to this area. There is no pay at this time. Call or send a resume to jbackstar@yahoo.com

 

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Student Ministries Pastor, Roanoke, VA

Name * Sam Belisle
Church * Celebration Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (540) 521-7977
Location * Roanoke, VA
Position * Student Ministries Pastor - PT
Position Details *

The Student Ministries Pastor will develop, oversee and lead a life-giving and life-changing ministry to middle school, high school, and college students. Responsible for planning and organizing all student ministry programs in the church, including discipleship, involvement in music/arts, social events, outreach and service projects. This includes all aspects of the Wednesday night worship service (music, preaching, game room, café, etc., overseeing Sunday Middle and High School LIFE groups and recruitment of teachers, planning a minimum of 1 monthly activity/event outside of the Wednesday service, and orchestrating 2 annual outreach and/or service projects. Also responsible for Associate Pastor responsibilities. This individual should be gifted in working with a multi-cultural student population, and strong in leadership and team-work. Part-time position offering a monthly stipend. Send resume to: pastor@celebrationcog.org

Student Ministries Pastor, Trenton, FL

Name * Gary Jones
Church * Living Praise Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (434) 441-2576
Location * Trenton, FL
Position * Student Ministries Pastor
Position Details *

We are a growing church 30 minutes from Gainesville, Fl Church is located across the street from Middle/High School. We are sitting on something BIG. We are a loving church that has a vision to "Love God, Love People and Reach the lost. We are in a rural area with low cost of living, low crime rate and great schools. We are looking for a single person of married couple that is called to reach the youth of this generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. At present this is not a full time position, but may be able to offer a housing allowance. The right fit for this position will be able to grow this ministry and work themselves into a full time position. If interested please send your resume and a picture of you and your family to garyjones500@msn.com. We are growing NOW! Imagine when more pieces of the puzzle come together what will happen. It will not be long before this could be a full time position.

Lead Guitar Player, Florence, KY

Name * Stephen Farrell
Church * MISSION Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (859) 240-0560
Location * Florence, KY
Position * Lead Guitar player
Position Details * Looking for someone who is wanting to play lead guitar in our worship band, who will be faithful.

 

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Core Member, Harford County, MD

Name * Pastor Mary Whitehead
Church * The Healing House
Email *
Phone Number * (443) 402-1187
Location * Harford County, Maryland
Position * Core Member
Position Details * We are seeking those who are interested in an exciting evangelistic church / church plant for Church of God in Delmarva-DC. We have a clerk, a women's leader, and a motorcycle ministry leader. We need a praise and worship leader and anyone who is interested in forming the core group for this church. Please call Pastor Mary @ 443-402-1187. Blessings. 

Our Mission is to educate, encourage, disciple, and to bring the healing love, joy, and peace of Christ to others.

 

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Youth Pastor, Great Falls, MT

Name * Don Steffy
Church * New Beginnings Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (406) 452-4665
Location * Great Falls, Montana
Position * Youth Leader/Pastor
Position Details *

We have an immediate opening for someone (or a couple) to fill the position of youth leader or Pastor. We have a rapidly growing student ministry which ministers to students from 7-12 grades. We currently minister to about 15-20 students on a weekly basis. The ability to lead worship would be great but not necessary. The responsibilities would include but not be limited to:
• Leading and teaching/preaching Wednesday evening Crossfire Youth Services
• Teaching Student Sunday School class
• Coordinate and chaperone our students for all regional youth events (i.e. Winterfest, Teen Talent, Youth Camp etc…)
• If musically talented, lead youth worship and assist with the Sunday morning worship service
• Assist the Pastor in casting and implementing the vision and mission of the local church
This position would be bi-vocational. The ability to financially support your family with a job outside of ministry would be necessary. If interested, please email resume with three references to greatfallsnbcog@gmail.com or fax to 406-315-1499

Student Pastor, Louisville, KY

Name * John Loudermilk
Church * Radiant Life Church
Email *
Phone Number * (502) 277-9771
Location * Louisville, Kentucky
Position * Student Pastor
Position Details *

We are seeking someone who has a heart for student ministry. Our church is growing and is in the beginning stages of a building program for a new 300 seat Sanctuary. We are needing someone to come and build a student ministry. We are located in Northern Bullitt County which is just outside of Louisville, KY. Louisville is the largest City in Kentucky and the 28th most populous city in the United States. Our desire is for someone to come and join us in our mission to Reach, Equip, and Impact this area for God's Glory. Please contact Pastor John at 502-277-9771 or jloud71@yahoo.comif you are interested in joining our team. At present there is no salary for this position. Thank you.

Youth / Children’s Pastor, West Palm Beach, FL

Name * Michael W. Smith
Church * The River Church
Email *
Phone Number * (561) 835-0620
Location * West Palm Beach, Florida
Position * Youth / Children's Pastor
Position Details *

The River Church in West Palm Beach, Florida is looking for someone who will be and remain faithful, who will make growing and developing a youth group their passion and desire. Who will work and submit to the leadership of our church.

We have a great blend of all age groups, cultures and nationalities in our church; so, we are a church on the move, and we need someone with a calling to be a Youth Pastor to come and commit to a labor of love to today’s youth.

The position will start as a volunteer and as the church/youth group continues to grow, we will be able to offer a salary.

Personal Qualifications
 Have a passion to disciple young people
 Spirit-filled follower of Christ who embraces our vision and Statement of Faith
 Credentialed Minister of the Gospel (or willing to pursue credentialing)
 3-5 years youth ministry experience (preferred)
 Possess and exhibit a cooperative team mindset 
 Strong organizational abilities

Primary Responsibilities 
 Build up and provide direction and leadership for the newly formed group of children and youth 
 Organize and coordinate a balanced approach to MS Ministry that includes Bible study, mentoring, outreach, recreation, fellowship, missions, music and worship
 Recruit and train leadership in the Youth and Children’s Ministry
 Plan and direct all events for Youth and Children Ministries

Please email resume with current picture and letters of recommendation.
Please, no calls until you have sent your resume with current picture and the letters of recommendation.

Worship Leader, Bradenton, FL

Name * Dustin Wilson
Church * Community Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (317) 437-9938
Location * Bradenton, FL
Position * Worship Pastor
Position Details * Call or email for details. Please visit our FB page at www.facebook.com/bradentoncommunitycog for more information about our church.

 

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Children’s Pastor, Bradenton, FL

Name * Dustin Wilson
Church * Community Church
Email *
Phone Number * (317) 437-9938
Location * Bradenton, FL
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * Must have a heart and passion to work with inner-city children. Call or email for more details. You can check out our church at www.facebook.com/bradentoncommunitycog.

 

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Associate Minister, Whiteville, NC

Name * DEWAYNE DICKERSON
Church * NEW LIFE CHURCH OF GOD
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 642-0130
Location * Whiteville, North Carolina
Position * Associate Minister
Position Details * Looking for an associate who has a vision to help build a strong spiritual church. Need a teachable spirit and be willing to be a team member. Ability and willingness to assist in music, youth and children ministry are all important but being in the will of God is the highest priority. Residence and utilities are provided, Modest salary is immediately available but will be adjusted with church growth. Huge facility with little debt and awesome potential in a small city.
Contact by email with resume'.

 

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Campus Pastor, Birmingham, AL

Name * Randy Smith
Church * The Healing Place church
Email *
Phone Number * (205) 655-5000
Location * Birmingham al
Position * Campus Pastor
Position Details * We are looking for someone full time that can lead worship and preach as need at our Troy al campus.

 

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Piano Player, Gibsonville, NC

Name *

Betsy Combs

Church *

Gibsonville Church of God

Email *

revbetsy0314@aol.com

Phone Number *

(336) 229-0606

Location *

Gibsonville, NC

Position *

Piano Player

Position Details *

We are in need of a piano player who will be willing to help with the music program. We are a small Church and this is a "Volunteer" service. We sing mostly Southern Gospel. We are looking for someone who is a born again believer in Christ and someone who wants to work for the Lord. Please contact Pastor Betsy Combs if you are interested.

 

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Church Facility Director, Orlando, FL

Name * Dustin Alexander
Church * Sanctuary Church
Email *
Phone Number * (407) 896-3535
Location * Orlando, FL
Position * Full-Time Church Facility Director
Position Details *

We are looking for an individual to maintain the buildings and grounds of Sanctuary Church/Conway Learning Center. Facility Director is required for directing staff and overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies. Facilities Director is required to make sure the buildings and grounds are maintained, which entails daily and weekly cleaning schedules as well as determining and scheduling repairs, renovation projects, HVAC maintenance and safety inspections.

The Facilities director is responsible to the Administrative Pastor to maintain property budgets and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs and other measures. Must be able to effectively work with and lead the current custodial staff with a positive Christian attitude. Must be able to serve under the direction of the Senior Pastor. Further details can be discussed during the interview process. This is a full time salaried position that would require relocation to the Orlando area. Salary will be determined by ability and experience. Please send resume with a photo included. Ministry experience is a plus but not required.

To Learn more about Sanctuary Church visit:
www.sanctuarychurchorlando.com

 

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Care of the Creation (2008)

WHEREAS we believe that the triune God is the creator and the sustainer of the cosmos, and

WHEREAS according to the ancient Genesis narrative God surveyed His majestic work of creation (Genesis 2:15), a command for responsible stewardship that extends to all of God’s people, and

WHEREAS the Psalms declare that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalms 24:1), and

WHEREAS the gospel of Jesus Christ stands in opposition to any and all forms of gnostic spirituality that deny God’s care for the physical world, and instead declares Jesus Christ to be the Lord over the whole earth, and

WHEREAS the Spirit of God himself groans in unison with the Creation for the revealing of the sons of God, and

WHEREAS the apocalypse of John envisions the day when God will complete the work He began in Genesis, where there is no barrier between the new heaven and the new earth as a whole revealing the complete restoration of creation, and

WHEREAS the historic witness of God’s church recognizes that “This is my Father’s world,” and

WHEREAS the creation itself is an extension of the goodness and governance of God, and

WHEREAS the apathy and indifference of much of the world’s population has produced unprecedented danger to the creation through shifting climate conditions, pollution, and insufficient quality and quantity of water among the world’s poor, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God embrace the call once again to serve and protect God’s creation, and encourages its members to act with care, diligence, and responsibility towards the earth, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Church of God supports any reasonable efforts to care for the earth in the name of Jesus Christ as a vital part of Christian worship and stewardship.

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to admit openly homosexual young men to their membership ranks comes as a major disappointment to the leadership of the Church of God. This departure from the BSA’s policy of not allowing individuals who practice homosexuality to become members contributes to the already confusing message of sexual orientation being sent to young men.

 

The Boy Scouts of America has served as a beacon of affirmation for generations. The May 23 decision by BSA did not include admitting homosexual scout leaders. We applaud the BSA leadership for upholding this critical element of its policy and support future efforts to defend it from attacks by groups who will no doubt feel empowered to further advance their agenda.

 

According to figures released by BSA, more than 70 percent of scout troops are supported or housed in churches across the United States. The recent action will no doubt place a heavy burden upon these churches about whether or not to continue their relationship with the local chapter.

 

The change in BSA’s policy in no way alters the Practical Commitments of the Church of God, which states the following:

 

Glorifying God in Our Body

Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are to glorify God in our body

 

(Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31). We are to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

 

Examples of fleshly behavior which do not glorify God are noted in several passages of Scripture (Romans 1:24; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8). Sinful practices which are made prominent and condemned in these scriptures includehomosexuality, adultery, worldly attitudes (such as hatred, envy, jealousy), corrupt communication (such as gossip, angry outbursts, filthy words), stealing, murder, drunkenness and witchcraft…

 

The Church of God recognizes the dilemma some local churches and scout leaders may face with severing a positive, long-term relationship with a Boy Scout troop, which may or may not be immediately affected. Should local churches choose to disband their relationship with BSA, the Church of God has had in place for many years a program that mirrors the standards and policies of Boy Scouts of America prior to last week’s decision. It is called Royal Rangers and is available with supporting resources through the Division of Discipleship.  Please visit www.royalrangerscog.org.

 

While the Church of God condemns the sin of homosexuality as defined in Scripture, individuals struggling with an alternate lifestyle will continue to be loved and discipled. As young people are constantly bombarded with one message from the church and another from culture, the Church of God is committed to those who may fall into this path to give counsel and to teach the forgiveness of Christ with the ultimate goal of redemption and restoration.

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BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP (2012)

WHEREAS, Biblical stewardship is shown to be vitally important throughout the 
Bible by: the various Hebrew and Greek words for gift and give being used 
approximately 2,000 times; the words for offer and offering being used over 650 
times; and in the New Testament alone, 42 different Greek words for giving and 
offerings being used over 775 times; and,
 
WHEREAS, John clearly stated that the gift of God’s Son is the central theme of the 
gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that 
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); 
and,
 
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship in the first book of the New Testament occurred 
through the giving of gifts by the wise men from the East when they presented to 
Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:2-11); and,
 
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship by the family of Jesus after His birth occurred 
when the parents presented Him to the Lord and offered a sacrifice according to 
the law, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24); and,
 
1WHEREAS, in His very first recorded sermon, commonly known as the “Sermon on 
the Mount” (Matthew 6-8), Jesus interwove the “blessings of giving” throughout 
His entire message, placing the “giving of alms” on the same level as prayer 
and fasting, and instructing His hearers to be generous to others: “Give to him 
that asks you, and from him that would borrow from you, do not turn away” 
(Matthew 5:42); and,
 
WHEREAS, throughout His ministry Jesus continued to instruct about giving, 
saying, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8); and emphasizing 
that we will be abundantly blessed through giving, He commanded: “Give, and it 
shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and 
running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38); and,
 
WHEREAS, the New Testament church continued to teach the principles of Biblical 
stewardship: by instructing the Ephesian elders to “remember the words of the 
Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35); 
by teaching the Roman believers that giving is a charisma gift of the Holy Spirit 
to the body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8); and, by explaining the doctrine of liberal 
giving to the Corinthian church in such complete detail that, in conclusion, Paul’s 
soul soared with a doxology of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his indescribable 
gift” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pastors and local congregations be 
encouraged to teach and practice the principles of Biblical stewardship and that 
churches be encouraged to avail themselves of the latest available technology to 
enhance worship through tithing and offerings.

FINANCIAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2012)

WHEREAS, God himself revealed a unity of equality and interdependence by such 
Biblical revelations as “Let us make” (Genesis 1:26); “I and my Father are one” 
(John 10:30); and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Spirit” (Matthew 28:19); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Church of God is bound together in a covenant of brotherhood—
equality, embracing over seven million members and a far greater number of 
constituents in 178 countries around the world; and
 
WHEREAS, the apostle Paul described the church as being “one body in Christ, and 
every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5); and,
 
WHEREAS, Jesus assured his followers—“whom he is not ashamed to call brethren” 
(Hebrews 2:11)—that the heavenly Father will provide for His children as 
certainly as He feeds the birds of the air which do not sow, reap, or gather into 
barns; and, as surely as He clothes the lilies of the field in greater finery than 
Solomon in all of his glory (Matthew 6:25-34); and,
 
WHEREAS, the church is facing an unprecedented financial environment that has 
presented extreme financial challenges to many local congregations and district, 
state, national, and international church entities and ministries; and,
 
WHEREAS, the early church vividly demonstrated the great power, abundant grace, and 
sufficient resources that prevailed when the multitude of believers “were of one 
heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32-37); and,
 
WHEREAS, in a parable, Jesus commended an unjust steward because of his wisdom in 
financial affairs (Luke 16:8) and thereby indicated that faithful believers can learn 
valuable lessons from those who are wise in earthly monetary matters; and,
 
WHEREAS, many various earthly organizations such as political parties, global 
corporations, international media conglomerates, and entertainment and sports 
stars, have demonstrated the financial “power of the multitudes” even when 
contributions are as small as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters;
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, local churches; state, national, and 
international offices; and other Church of God ministries around the world be 
strongly encouraged to use every available medium to inform others of ministry 
needs and opportunities, to be intentional in designing applicable programs of 
stewardship giving, and to be consistent in taking advantage of such opportunities 
as Internet Websites, Facebook, Twitter, kiosks, QR Codes, smartphone apps, 
online giving, and other computer technologies available today; and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, we do hereby reaffirm our strong 
faith that our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 
think” (Ephesians 3:20), and that He “shall supply all your need according to his 
riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

IMMIGRATION (2012)

WHEREAS, the church’s interaction and dialogue with the laws and policies of the 
nations of the world must be founded on the Word of the Lord, and the earliest 
Scriptures reveal that every human being is created in the image and likeness of 
God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 5:1); and,
 
WHEREAS, Abraham, Sarah, and the patriarchs “sojourned in the land of promise, as 
in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9); “confessed that they were strangers and 
pilgrims on the earth” (v. 13); and “when they went from one nation to another, 
from one kingdom to another people, God permitted no one to do them wrong; 
yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, 
and do My prophets no harm’” (Psalm 105:13-15, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when Joseph was sold into a foreign country as a slave, God himself 
providentially directed so that: “The king sent and released him, the ruler of 
the people let him go free.  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his 
possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” 
(Psalm 105:20-22, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when God led His people of Israel out of Egypt, He specifically instructed 
them: that they were never to forget that they had been strangers in Egypt 
(Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33, 34); that God “loves the stranger, giving him 
food and clothing”; and said to His redeemed children, “Therefore love the 
stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:18, 19); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Word of truth reveals that the deliverance of the Israelites out of the 
bondage of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the redemption of believers today out 
of the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); and,
 
WHEREAS, the family of Jesus sought sanctuary in the foreign nation of Egypt when 
Herod determined to kill the child who was born to be the Christ (Matthew 2), and 
Jesus revealed that He will judge His brothers and sisters by his words, “I was a 
stranger, and you took me in,” and, “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35, 40);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment 
to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants 
be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop 
structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and 
respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal 
mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers 
and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in 
society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family 
reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned 
legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate 
fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted 
in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo 
on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010).

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

WHEREAS, the first recorded spoken words of mankind were those of Adam who 
said: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 
Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his 
father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” 
(Genesis 2:23, 24); and,
 
WHEREAS, over 4,000 years later Jesus defined Biblical marriage by saying: “Have you 
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to 
his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, 
but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” 
(Matthew 19:4-6); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s creation of man “in His image” specifically referred to the creation 
of man as male and female, as seen in the words: “So God created man in his own 
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” 
(Genesis 1:27); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s first commission to man was: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and 
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and 
over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” 
(Genesis 1:28); and,
 
WHEREAS, the fulfillment of this divine charge, to populate and have dominion over the 
earth, is impossible except by the uniting of a man and a woman in a relationship 
that the Bible refers to as “one flesh,” in seven distinct places (Genesis 2:24; 
Matthew 19:5, 6; Mark 10:8; 1 Corinthians 6:16; and Ephesians 5:31); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Law clearly recognized the role of both the man and the woman in 
a family relationship by directing all children: “Honor your father and your 
mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” 
(Exodus 20:12, NIV); and,
 
WHEREAS, the New Testament church clearly affirmed marriage as being a covenant 
relationship between a man and a woman, and of the family as being comprised of 
a father, a mother, and children (Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, once again “the Church of God unequivocally 
affirms that marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and woman 
5and rejects all attempts to redefine marriage in terms of same-sex unions and 
behavior” (Minutes, 2004, p. 66); and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, once again, “we encourage our 
members to help preserve marriage as a sacred union between man and woman 
by living lives that model commitment to the Word of God, exemplify devotion 
to moral purity, and celebrate family responsibility” (Minutes, 1996, pp. 64, 65); 
and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God strongly 
declares that a Biblical marriage is a threefold covenant relationship between one 
man, one woman, and one God who externally exists in three persons as Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit

Legal Services

Legal issues continue to be a growing area of church affairs, necessitating familiarity with and resources for proper risk management.

Always remember that the farther away activities of a church venture from traditional worship and Bible study, the more the likelihood of potential legal ramifications. Churches are being sued for such activities as selling chicken dinners, sponsoring athletic events, and many other activities. As the number of ministry opportunities increases, so does the possibility that someone will try to find a legal angle from which to attack the church.

Necessity of Frequent Contact with a Lawyer - Some of the best advice that can be given to a pastor is to acquaint himself with and form an ongoing relationship with a local, reputable attorney. This relationship is important because the pastor can avail himself of the lawyer's expertise, before making a mistake with legal ramifications. It is always better to think preventatively rather than retroactively, and major decisions should not be made regarding the church or its business, without first contacting a lawyer.

In the state overseer field, developing a close relationship with a good local attorney is important because it provides for continuity in dealings between the lawyer and the church, and it provides him with ability to be familiar with our procedures, for posterity. In particular, a good local attorney who has been representing the state office for years can serve as a valuable counselor to any successors in office at our state offices.

Keep a good lawyer close by, and call him before you make big decisions.

Iif you would like to contact someone in our Legal Services Department please Click Here.

Helpful Information

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Child Care & Safety

Defamation

Incorporation of Local Churches (PDF)

Undue Influences

Forms & Brochures

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International Executive Comittee Report

On January 26-29, 2010, the International Executive Council met in session at the International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee where they reviewed and approved a report compiled from months of prayerful research. The report deals with decisions and recommendations regarding church finances and a re-structure of the ministries of the Church of God. The report, available in its entirety as presented to the Executive Council, is available for viewing and download, if desired. The report contains numerous charts, graphics and a look toward the future of the ministries of the Church of God  based on past, current and upcoming financial states. It is recommended that you first view the explanation of the report by General Overseer Raymond F. Culpepper in the video provided.

 

Official Report from the International Executive Council

Appendix 1 - Tithe Receipts

Apendix 2 - Reports Received

Appendix 3 - Funding for Mission-Borderline States

Appendix 4 - Report on States That May Become Mission-Borderline in 5 years

International Offices Restructure

 

Note: You will need Adobe Reader to view these files. If you do not have adobe reader you can download it here.

 

 

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Haiti Earth Quake Relief Efforts

On February 5-7, 2010, a delegation of leaders including General Overseer Raymond Culpepper and Assistant General Overseer Tim Hill journeyed to the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti. The following two videos give an account of the excursion and an update on what is happening with the aid and recovery for the Church of God and our people in Haiti. Please view the updates as Part 1 and Part 2.


 

 

 

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Overseers Message

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Reformation Sunday: Honoring the Aged Ministers and Widows

In 1992 the General Assembly declared one Sunday a year to focus on honoring those who have gone before us, blazing the trails of ministry through evangelism, pastoring and church planting. These saints of God are worthy of recognition and support and Reformation Sunday is the venue in which to do it. On October 31, 2010 every Church of God congregation is asked to designate a special love offering exclusively for aged ministers and widows.

In a recent letter to all pastors, Church of God General overseer Dr. Raymond Culpepper asked that this offering be given high priority this year, especially in light of the economic climate which has particularly affected aged and retired ministers. One-fourth of the offering will be used to help fund financial assistance to aged ministers with emergency needs. The remainder will be given as a special love gift from the church to retired ministers and widows at Christmas.

A special PowerPoint presentation has been developed for Reformation Sunday and is available for download on this page. Please feel free to use it as you promote this special day of commemoration for these warriors of the faith.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

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Pray for the victims of Tucson

On Saturday, January 8, as people were peaceably gathered to hear a speech from Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a gunman opened fire on the crowd in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people and wounding many others.

Rep. Giffords was critically injured and clings to life with a bullet wound to her head. We join in prayer and sympathy for this public servant and we grieve with the families of the victims: John Roll, 63; Christina Taylor Green, 9; Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Dorothy Morris, 76.

There are 13 other victims who are recovering, including two of Rep. Giffords' staff, Ron Barber and Pam Simon. Please keep these who survived this tragedy in your prayers as well.

At this time I am reminded of the scripture from 1 Timothy 2:1-4 which says, I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (KJV)."

--Raymond F. Culpepper

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73rd International General Assembly

The General Assembly took place July 27-30, 2010, in Orlando Florida.To visit the official website of the GA2010 please visit.


www.assemblynow.org

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Engage Conference Interviews

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Engage Conference 2011

Watch the 2011 Engage Interview Video Here

Visit the Engage 2011 Website or Register Online Here

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Pentecostal Legend: Ray Harrison Hughes, Sr. – 1924 – 2011

Dr. Ray H. Hughes, Sr., was one of the most influential leaders within the Church of God of the past two generations. His life touched not just the Church of God, but the entire Evangelical and Pentecostal world as he led and ministered in numerous capacities. No single figure in the Church of God has cast a wider net of spiritual influence, educational leadership, or evangelical fervor.

Dr. Hughes passed away late in the evening on April 4th, 2011.  This Web site has been created as a tribute to the man and the person who so dedicated his life to the Kingdom of God. Browse the links below and get a sense of how this dedicated servant of God became such a global influence, yet remained a humble family man.

Faith of My Father - read a chapter on the life of Ray H. Hughes, Sr., from the from the 2010 book "Faith of Our Fathers" written from the unique family perspective of his son, Ray H. Hughes, Jr.

Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant – the complete obituary of Ray H. Hughes

Still Going Strong - watch a 5-minute video compiled for the occasion of Dr. Hughes' 80th birthday

Hughes' Leaves Educational Legacy in the Church of God -  Article in Faith News

Hughes At A Glance – read an amazing list of leadership posts, awards and accomplishments from the life and ministry of Dr. Hughes.

The Complete Ray Hughes – visit the Web site www.rayhhughes.com and browse through all aspects of Dr. Hughes’ ministry career: view photos, hear sermons, read quotes, buy resources, and sign the guestbook.

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Ray H. Hughes Video

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Obituary - Ray H. Hughes Sr.

 

The Reverend Doctor Ray H. Hughes Sr., 87, former General Overseer of the Church of God and past president of Lee University, went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2011.

Dr. Hughes began his ministry in 1940 and served in many offices of distinction in the Church of God and interdenominational ministries.  His early ministry was as an evangelist, and he considered himself an evangelist no matter what office he was serving in.  Hughes gained national attention in 1948 when he preached an interdenominational youth rally at the Hollywood Bowl in California.  Sponsored by Pentecostal denominations and independent ministries, the event signaled a new day of cooperation among Pentecostals as well as his eventual leadership of the global Pentecostal movement. His pastoral ministry included the Church of God in Fairfield, Illinois, and the North Chattanooga Church of God.  Appointed offices in the Church of God included state overseer of Georgia and the region of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia; the National Sunday School and Youth Board; and director of the General Board of Education.  He twice served as president of Lee College (1960-1966 and 1982-1984) and once as president of the Church of God Theological Seminary (1984-1986).

The Church of God elected Hughes as general director of Sunday School and Youth in 1952 where he served for four years, and to the International Executive Council in 1956 where he served for a total of thirty-six years.  He was first elected to the International Executive Committee in 1966 and served on the Executive Committee a total of twenty-two years including the offices of Third Assistant General Overseer, Second Assistant General Overseer, First Assistant General Overseer and General Overseer.  He is the only person to have served three tenures as General Overseer.

Along with his ministry in the Church of God, Hughes was frequently honored with leadership opportunities in interdenominational ministries.  He was a member of the board of administration, on the executive committee, and president of the National Association of Evangelicals; a member of the National Sunday School Association; chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America; a member of the advisory committee of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America; a member of the presidium and advisory committee, vice chairman and chairman of the Pentecostal World Conference.  As chairman of the Pentecostal World Conference he led global meetings in Oslo, Norway, Jerusalem, and Seoul, Korea, where he preached to more than 108,000 people in a packed Olympic Stadium at the eighteenth Pentecostal World Conference.

Known for his powerful anointed preaching, Hughes was a popular speaker at camp meetings, ministers’ retreats, missions rallies, youth rallies, and other meetings.  He was speaker for the Church of God’s radio broadcast, Forward in Faith, from 1960 to 1963.  A prolific author, a partial list of his books includes Church of God Distinctives; Who Is the Holy Ghost?; Pentecostal Preaching; Religion on Fire; Lord, Show Us Thy Glory; The Cross, Love’s Necessity; and The Rapture and Revelation.

Dr. Hughes was preceded in death by his parents the Reverend J. H. and Emma Lou Cochran Hughes; his first wife, Marian Euverla Tidwell Hughes; and his brother-in-law, John Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Linda Redman Hughes; children, Janice Hughes of Nashville, Ray H. Hughes Jr., and his wife Anita, Donald Joseph Hughes, and his wife Maxine, all of Cleveland, and Anita Chamberlain, and her husband Jim, of Fernadina Beach, Florida; step-children, Jerry Redman, and his wife Jeanine, Greg Redman and his wife Debbi, and Kristi Armstrong and her husband Bob, all of Cleveland; grandchildren, Joe Hughes of Cleveland, Ray H. “Doc” Hughes III, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cristen Chamberlain, and Craig Chamberlain and his wife Elisa, of Fernandina Beach, Florida; step-grand children, Jennifer Redman of Chattanooga, Lindsey Armstrong, and Christian Armstrong, both of Cleveland; two great- grandsons, Chase Chamberlain and Landon Chamberlain, both of Fernandina Beach, Florida.  He is also survived by his sisters, Helen Johnson of Huntsville, Alabama, and Jacqui Killebrew, and her husband Joe, of Bullhead, Arizona; brothers, Bill Hughes of Del Rio, Texas, and Dale Hughes, and his wife Brenda, of Cleveland; sister-in-law Florence Clawson, and her husband Rev. Paul Clawson, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law U. D. “Bud” Tidwell Jr. and Marcus Tidwell; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.at the North Cleveland Church of God main sanctuary with Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper, Dr. Mark Williams, Pastor Mitch Maloney and Dr. Ray Hughes Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ray Sanders and Dr. Gene Rice officiating.  Paul Duncan, Jerry Dixon,

Dr. Esdras Betancourt, Rev. Marlon K. Allers, Steve Land, Ken Jones, Rev. Julian Robinson, and Rev. Charles Hollifield will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Church of God Executive Council.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 6 from 3-8 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God Main Sanctuary.

Grissom Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.  To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.grissomfh.net.

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Pentecost Sunday: June 12, 2011

Power . . .
To Engage the Missional Mandate of Christ

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts
1:18 NKJV).

 

Our Heritage

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is interwoven in our heritage. The Church of God holds the distinction of being the first known group in the United States upon whom the Spirit fell in Pentecost fullness. The power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the missional mandate of Christ has been a doctrinal emphasis since the outpouring of the Spirit fell in the early days of our denomination.

God has given to us a distinct and beautiful heritage; one that causes us to give glory, honor, and praise Him. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can live victoriously and expand the kingdom of God on earth.

Our Opportunity

Pentecost Sunday, June 12, provides an excellent opportunity to stress the full meaning of the power of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit in the ministry of the church.


This emphasis on understanding the requirements and the results of receiving the promise and power of the Holy Spirit is designed to achieve several objectives:

1. To focus attention on the roots and richness of our Pentecostal heritage.
2. To study about the power of the Holy Spirit in the operation of the church.
3. To stimulate a fresh awareness of the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.
4. To create a hunger in believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to walk in the power of the Spirit.
5. To provide an environment for church members to share about the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
6. To guide young people in understanding the baptism of the Holy Spirit, how to receive the Holy Spirit and the manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.

These studies offer an extraordinary opportunity to help believers understand the full range of the power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the church and in their daily
life.

The Process

This action guide will give you ideas on outlining a Pentecost emphasis in your church. It does not giver detailed instructions but offers suggestions that can be
formulated to suit your local needs. Whatever approach you choose to take the central focus and goal is to lead your people into a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit baptism, the power it issues to live the abundant life in Christ, and the operation of spiritual gifts.

Five approaches or events to emphasize the power of Pentecost will be outlined. The particular items selected will have to be developed in regards to the size of the congregation, available leaders, and the spiritual needs of the local church.;

Wednesday Evening – Question and Answer Session

This will be a question and answer time for the entire congregation. There several ways to do this:

Utilize the book titled, Understanding the Holy Spirit, by Raymond F. Culpepper, general overseer. This book gives answers to all aspects of the power of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the Spirit in the church and in the life of believers.


Church members and friends have questions about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit but are often hesitant about seeking answers. The material in this book comes from the background of a church leader, our general overseer, who planted and pastored one church for 23 years. During this time he ministered to young converts who had no church background of understanding the work of the Holy Spirit. They had many questions that he answered from the Bible. Some of the questions/answers in the book
include:


1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

2. How does the Holy Spirit relate to the Holy Trinity.

3. What are the works of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life?

4. What is meant by the terms Pentecostal, Charismatic, Third Wave?

5. Was the Day of Pentecost the first appearance of the Holy Spirit on earth?

6. What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

7. Does a person receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit at conversion.

8. How does a person receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

9. How does the Bible deal with the subject of speaking in tongues?

10. Did the practice of tongues go out with the apostles only to be revived in the 21st century by fanatics?

Information about the book, Understanding the Holy Spirit, is available by clicking on the book cover below, which will take you to the online Pathway Bookstore.

Congregation Submits Questions: The Sunday before Pentecost Sunday the congregation is invited to submit questions about different aspects of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. All the questions will be addressed by the pastor during the following Wednesday evening Bible study. The pastor can elaborate on each of the questions, recommend study materials, and tell how the power of the Holy Spirit can be the foundation for both personal growth and spiritual growth.

Wednesday Evening Panel Discussion. The panel would consist of three or four individuals. Each panel member would present an eight-to-ten minute paper on one of the following subjects relating to the power of the Holy Spirit.

1. Power of the Holy Spirit to Share Jesus.
2. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Molding Family Life.
3. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Living Victoriously.
4. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Fulfilling the Great Commission.

This can be a unique way to get church members involved in Bible study about the
Holy Spirit.

Sunday Morning Service and Sermon

Worship Service. The format of the service could include scripture readings about the Holy Spirit, songs/hymns, testimonies, responsive reading, and drama. Exercise creativity in arranging the structure to feature praise, instructions on the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit for developing as a mature disciple, resisting the advancing of Satan, and expanding the influence and outreach of the church.

Sermon. The Pentecost Sunday sermon should highlight the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers; how He ministers as the Comforter, the Communicator, an Intercessor, the Revelator, the Glorifier, and the Equipper. Consider distributing outlines or featuring the main points on a large projection screen or on a marker board. The sermon could be divided into two parts, Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

Friday Evening Prayer Time

This coming together can be a planned prayer time, a come-and-go event, or a time to pray to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Planned Prayer Time. The order of the service could include several segment of the power of the Holy Spirit in prayer—praying for city, community, nation, outreach of local church, parents, and children and youth. In between prayer segments there could be scripture reading and testimonies.

Come-and-Go Prayer Time. The church is open and members come and go after personal prayer for emphasizing the power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the
church.

Prayer Time to Receive the Holy Spirit. This would be a time for individuals to pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The prayer time should include instructions and seekers should be paired with a seasoned church member as a prayer/seeking partner. The service is loosely structured, personal in approach, with soft music in the background.

Saturday Morning Breakfast for Men

This will be a special timer for me to focus on power—the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives as a companion, a father, a leader in the church, and an influence in the community. Use several men to tell about how the Holy Spirit impacts and empowers them to be effective in serving the Lord.

Special Luncheon Tea for Ladies

The format would follow the same pattern as the men's breakfast. Ladies would share

about how the Holy Spirit has given them power to live victoriously as a housewife, mother, friend, and church member.

The Planning. The planning for the Pentecost events can be simple or very elaborate. Planning, however, is vital and necessary. There should be a Planning Team that would outline the entire emphasis. Individuals could be assigned to direct each of the five outlined approaches.

Make arrangements for involving the congregations, providing, promotion in the church bulletin, and follow-up of assignments and arrangements.

 

Resources

Click on the book cover below to take you to the Pathway Bookstore for information on ordering the new release Understanding the Holy Spirit by Raymond F. Culpepper.

Below is a powerpoint presentation which is intended to be used as a teaching tool combined with Understanding the Holy Spirit. This volume offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Holy Spirit.

Download the Powerpoint Here

Several sermons can be downloaded from the Web site:

www.sermonsforsheperds.com.

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125th Anniversary of the Church of God - August 19, 2011

On August 19, 1886, a band of believers gathered at the Barney Creek Meeting House in Tennessee and formed what would eventually become the Church of God. Today, 125 years later, these humble beginnings have resulted in a movement of nearly 7 million members worldwide in 178 countries.

At the 73rd International General Assembly last summer, a resolution was passed recognizing the first 125 years of the Church of God.

 

Restoring God's Church Powerpoint

This PowerPoint presentation, “Restoring God’s Church,” can be used to teach a class on the early history of the Church of God.


Resolution of the 125th Anniversary of the Church of God:

WHEREAS, on August 19, 2011, the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Church of God will be observed; and,

WHEREAS, from the eight individuals who responded to Richard G. Spurling’s invitation “to take the New Testament . . . for your only rule of faith and practice . . . and to sit together as the Church of God” has increased to 6,748,354 members around the world, with 34,848 churches; and,

WHEREAS, this historical occasion provides an opportunity for the entire Church of God family to remember the past, rejoice in the present, and renew our commitment to the future;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we remember our Pentecostal heritage, the faithful men and women who sacrificed and served to shape our Biblical values, and the flow of divine grace and gifts that formed the Church of God into a worldwide evangelistic force; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we rejoice for the guiding hand of our Lord on the Church of God, for establishing us as His blessed people, and for providing unlimited heavenly resources through prayer; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we renew our commitment to worship God in spirit and truth, to fulfill the missional mandate of the Great Commission, and to reflect a spirit of trust in every aspect of ministry; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we come together in a spirit of celebration and commitment on this 125th anniversary, that states/regions, and local churches  outline events to remember, rejoice, and renew, reflect honor and glory to the Lord, and inspire new avenues to support the mission and vision of the Church of God.

 

125th Anniversary Article Series



 

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VALUES FOR OUR YOUTH (1994)

WHEREAS our children live in societies troubled with high-risk problems; and

WHEREAS the world is in a period of transition that will profoundly and permanently affect the future of our children and grandchildren—a smaller world brought about by communication, political unification, and a free market; and

WHEREAS we are alarmed at the increasing rates at which children run away from home, drop out of school, experiment with drugs and alcohol, become involved in violent crimes, and suffer the dissolution of their homes by desertion and divorce;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we strongly emphasize character development among our children—self-esteem, drug prevention education, resistance to negative peer pressure, traditional family values, self-discipline for achieving goals, and acceptance of differences in others; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the values for this emphasis focus on honesty, truthfulness, generosity, kindness, courage, justice, and responsibility; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the foundation be the Word of God, the love of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the nurture of the church (65th A., 1994, p. 96).

125th Anniversary of the Church of God (2010)

WHEREAS, on August 19, 2011, the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Church of God will be
observed; and,

WHEREAS, from the eight individuals who responded to Richard G. Spurling’s invitation “. . .
to take the New Testament . . . for your only rule of faith and practice . . . and to sit
together as the Church of God . . .” has increased to 6,748,354 members around the world
with 34,848 churches; and,

WHEREAS, this historical occasion provides an opportunity for the entire Church of God family
to remember the past, rejoice in the present, and to renew our commitment to the future;
therefore,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we remember our Pentecostal heritage, the faithful men
and women who sacrificed and served to shape our biblical values, and the flow of divine
grace and gifts that formed the Church of God into a worldwide evangelistic force; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we rejoice for the guiding hand of our Lord on the Church
of God, for establishing us as His blessed people, and for providing unlimited heavenly
resources through prayer; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we renew our commitment to worship God in spirit and
truth, to fulfill the missional mandate of the Great Commission, and to reflect a spirit of
trust in every aspect of ministry; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the we come together in a spirit of celebration and commitment
on this 125th anniversary, that states and local churches outline events to remember,
rejoice, and renew and reflect honor and glory to the Lord and that inspire new avenues
to support the mission and vision of the Church of God.

Church of God as a Movement (2010)

WHEREAS God providentially birthed the Church of God as a community of believers to assist
in fulfilling the Great Commission; and,

WHEREAS, we now face great and complex challenges that demand that we not attempt to
survive with an attitude of business as usual; and,

WHEREAS God has blessed us to become one of the leading Pentecostal denominations in the
world and part of the divine work of the Spirit in these last days; and,

WHEREAS we are not immune from the difficulties faced by other denominations, some of
which are experiencing noticeable decline in membership and financial support; and,

WHEREAS the dangers of institutionalism and bureaucratic inefficiency are ever present,
and if left unchecked will restrict our resources and limit our efforts for evangelism;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm that the Church of God is committed to
remaining a movement that promotes policies and ministries that reflect an open, sincere
effort to remain relevant to each generation; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we acknowledge God’s calling upon us to do our part to
fulfill the Great Commission and to bring spiritual renewal through the power of the Holy
Spirit to a world desperate for truth and significance; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT we steadfastly resist those institutional trends and
behaviors that would inhibit our creativity, stifle our anointing, limit our vision, or reduce
our effectiveness in fulfilling the mission God has given us as a movement.

Centennial of Church of God World Missions (2010)

WHEREAS the Church of God is committed to obeying the Great Commission of Christ to make
disciples of all nations; and,

WHEREAS the international ministry of the Church of God began with the return of Edmund S.
and Rebecca Barr to their native Bahama Islands in November 1909; and,

WHEREAS the first Church of God American missionaries, R.M. and Ida Evans and Carl
Padgett departed from the United States of America on December 31, 1909, and arrived
in the Bahama Islands on January 4, 1910; and,

WHEREAS from this incipient ministry the Church of God now ministers in 181 countries and
geographical entities; and,

WHEREAS every six hours a new Church of God is planted somewhere in the world; and,

WHEREAS the membership outside the United States and Canada is approaching six million
baptized adult members with a constituency of twelve million when you include youth
and children; and,

WHEREAS this international ministry is the result of the labors of missionaries and nationals,
supported by the prayers and finances of members of the Church of God throughout the
world; and,

WHEREAS the Church of God celebrated the World Missions Centennial with special
services in January 2010 in the Bahamas, and at this General Assembly;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that every Church of God office, agency, publication,
and congregation use this centennial celebration as an occasion to tell the story of our
missionary enterprise; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Church of God enter its second hundred years of world
missions ministry looking with a renewed vision and full commitment to complete the
work of the Great Commission by sharing Christ with 70 designated unreached people
groups.

Deity of Christ (2010)

WHEREAS in our times there is an attempt to redefine all that Jesus taught and did in a
manner that other faiths are not offended or excluded and are thereby encouraged to feel
welcomed to participate in our worship; and,

WHEREAS the call to be inclusive of other faiths and the removal of doctrinal propositions so as
to be non-offensive deliberately ignores the goals of preserving orthodox Christianity and
orthodox Christian doctrine; and,

WHEREAS Christian doctrine is being marginalized and its predominance cheapened by this
diversion from absolute truth; and,

WHEREAS there are those seeking to create Christian communities in post-modern cultures, not
based on historical Christian beliefs but rather on new dogmas, philosophies, ideologies,
and radical relativism which are all diametrically opposed to the substantive teachings of
the Holy Scriptures; and,

WHEREAS we have historically practiced “believing” and then “belonging,” and there are
those who now advocate and practice “belonging” and then “believing” based on
radical relativism, ecclesiastical paradigm shifts, and an evident disregard for sound
hermeneutical and exegetical principles of interpretation that historically have guided in
the declaration of biblical doctrines and beliefs; and,

WHEREAS at the core of these salient assaults on our beliefs and doctrines at this time is the
attempt to divest Christ of His deity by identifying Him as a mere historical figure,
devaluing Him to just a moral individual to be emulated, and in some circles discrediting
Him by falsely labeling Him an amoral person, so as to erroneously expect and anticipate
avoidance of accountability for sins and the judgment of God;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT in light of the biblically explicit teaching on the deity
of Jesus Christ, we hereby affirm that the historical, doctrinal position of the Church of
God remains irreversibly that Jesus Christ is indeed God; and,

BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED THAT because our position is corroborated by
Jesus’ preexistence (John 1:1), His sharing in divine purposes and activity (John 1:3), and
His possession of divine attributes and prerogatives (Revelation 1:8), we unequivocally
reaffirm our position that Jesus is God incarnate (Titus 2:13, 14); the Son of God
(Ephesians 1:3); the Second Person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19); Savior of the World;
Redeemer; Sanctifier; Healer; Holy Ghost Baptizer; and Soon Coming King.

BE IT THEREFORE FINALLY RESOLVED THAT our ministers and lay constituents make
it a matter of urgency to reiterate, reaffirm, and proactively engage and transcend the
culture by the systematic preaching and teaching this core belief of the deity of Christ, as
clearly stated in our Declaration of Faith.

Multi-Cultural Ministry (2010)

WHEREAS God has called us to be a mosaic of God’s creation that enables us to embrace racial,
cultural, and linguistic differences; and,

WHEREAS Scripture explicitly states that there is no distinction between Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and freeman, but Christ is all,
and in all (Colossians 3:11); and,

WHEREAS God’s people are ultimately not citizens of any one nation or country but of a king--
Jesus and a kingdom—the Kingdom of God; and,

WHEREAS the word of God embraces and encourages racial reconciliation and the healing and
forgiveness of past sins and hurts; and,

WHEREAS the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was to all flesh, all races, and all
ages; and,

WHEREAS the Pentecostal experience introduced possibilities for the formation of a new
community that was to be multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual; and,

WHEREAS every part of the body of Christ is just as important as the other parts and are
ordained by God to have a place at the table, a voice in the conversation, and a hand in
the action; and,

WHEREAS the Church of God has experienced phenomenal growth in other nations and among
other cultures both inside and outside of the United;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we commit ourselves globally to continue to
intentionally build cross cultural relationships and continue to seek and embrace inter-
racial inclusiveness; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we manifest multi-cultural awareness and unity in
concrete policies and behaviors that seek to provide ecclesiastical structures that reflect
multi-cultural leadership and provide multi-cultural, multi-language resources, so that the
body of Christ can participate in and be enriched by the contributions of each cultural and
ministry group.

Ministerial Care by the Local Church (2010)

WHEREAS the word “church” (ekklesia), by definition, primarily refers to the local
congregation of “called-out” believers; and,

WHEREAS one of the great gifts of Christ to the church is the pastor—the shepherd of the sheep
who compose the local congregation of believers; and,

WHEREAS Jesus warned that Satan, as a “ravening wolf” disguised in “sheep’s clothing”
(Matthew 7:15), will intentionally strive to destroy the work of the shepherd by coming
as a thief “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10); and,

WHEREAS Jesus told His disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one
another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34); and,

WHEREAS the New Testament in several other passages specifically instructs the members of
the body of Christ, His church, to “love one another;”

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm our commitment to the challenge of being
a church that genuinely cares for one another and to our priority statement that, “The
Church of God recognizes the local church as the foundation of all ministry activities and
will renew efforts to acknowledge, affirm, strengthen, and support the central importance
of the ministry of the local church;” and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT leadership at all levels of the church encourage and teach
local congregations how to provide quality support and care for their pastor and his/her
family by providing comfortable housing, adequate compensation, periods of rest and
relaxation, and retirement security.

Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative (2010)

WHEREAS the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative, sponsored by the Pentecostal Theological
Seminary’s Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care, has made a significant, positive
impact on hundreds of Church of God pastors; and,

WHEREAS the excellent program of care, support, and development available to Church of
God pastors through the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative has been described by Lilly
Endowment officers as “the shining star” of its similar grant-supported projects; and,

WHEREAS the pivotal point of the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative is to honor and develop
the pastor by providing ongoing supportive relationships in a group context that
empowers the pastor to be open and supportive of other pastors by sharing his or her
own experience rather than always looking to “experts;” and,

WHEREAS research funded by Lilly Endowment concluded Church of God pastors involved
in the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative lead congregations that are more missional,
more active in their communities, more participatory in nature, have more vital youth
ministries, and report 61% growth over the last five years; and,

WHEREAS Church of God pastors identified the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative in
the recent “Listening Tour” forums as one of “the most positive programs in the
denomination;” and,

WHEREAS the Church of God has demonstrated denominational support for the Pastoral
Covenant Group Initiative by investing in the psychological health, emotional well-being,
spiritual renewal, and continued growth of Church of God pastors and their spouses; and,

WHEREAS the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative is in its eighth year of implementation,
making it one of the longest-running Lilly Endowment-funded projects of its kind; and,

WHEREAS approximately 1,000 U.S. Church of God pastors are currently meeting monthly in
Pastoral Covenant Groups; and,

WHEREAS the first sixteen Pastoral Covenant Group Facilitators have been trained for eight
South American countries this past year;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we applaud the visionary leadership and creative
program development of the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative, and offer continuing
support for the Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care staff of the Pentecostal
Theological Seminary; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative be continued and
expanded to provide value for pastors, congregations, state leadership, and the mission of
the Church of God, and positive efforts made to sustain this ministry for the present and
future welfare of the church.

GREAT COMMISSION (2010)

WHEREAS, the parting charge of Jesus Christ to the Church embodies going into all the world,
sharing the redemptive message of God’s love, baptizing converts, and guiding believers
in biblical maturity; and

WHEREAS, visionary, obedient involvement in the Great Commission represents the lifeline of
the church, the flow of supernatural manifestations, and the enriching, transforming fruit
of the Holy Spirit; and

WHEREAS, every local Church of God has the capacity to influence the life of the community,
touch the unchurched with the love of Christ, and minister with tenderness to the helpless
and hopeless; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the entire Church of God family reaffirm our total, unreserved
commitment to understanding the scope of the Great Commission and the essential
structure necessary for superior evangelism performance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that every local church embrace a comprehensive plan to
guide adults and youth in personal soulwinning, to sponsor life-related outreach events to
impact unchurched families, and to form a love-circle to mentor believers in following in
the steps of Jesus Christ, our Savior and sustainer.

PRAYER (2010)

WHEREAS, prayer was a foundational pillar in the very beginning of the Church of God and
has undergirded our mission and message throughout the years; and

WHEREAS, our churches have been characterized as houses of prayer for all nations and all
peoples to experience the fullness of God’s divine favor and his protective oversight and
leadership; and

WHEREAS, through prayer we are issued the sustaining resources to be effective in fulfilling
the Great Commission, making disciples, and worshipping in spirit and truth; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we make prayer the central focus in maintaining unity and harmony in
the body of Christ to fulfill God’s perfect will for His people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to emphasize that prayer is the power of
the Church for the advancement of the kingdom of God with compassion and authority;
prayer equips believers to live God-honoring lives, to model the virtues of Christ-
likeness, and to give effective witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the
power of the Holy Spirit.is

GLOBAL POVERTY (2010)

Whereas, global poverty has reached alarming proportions, with 1.2 billion people living
on less that US $1.25 a day with little or no access to the basic services of nutrition,
health, and education; and,

Whereas, in 2000 the leaders of the governments of the world made promises to halve
extreme poverty by 2015; and,

Whereas, Holy Scripture is comprehensive and compelling in its mandate to “do justice,
love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8); and,

Whereas, a partnership of Evangelical and Pentecostal churches has set the goal of uniting
100 million Christians in prayer and action on global poverty;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

That we reaffirm our intention to follow the supreme example of Jesus, Lord of the Church,
who proclaimed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of God’s
favor” (Luke 4:18-29); and,

Be It Further Resolved That, we call upon the governments of the nations represented by
the international constituents of the Church of God to honor their promise to halve
extreme global poverty by 2015, holding them accountable to act with integrity and
justice on behalf of the poor.

QUEST FOR TRUST (2010)

WHEREAS, the biblical injunction, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on
your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight
your paths” (Proverbs 3:4 ESV), is a lifestyle pattern to please God and to conform to His
will and purposes; and

WHEREAS, the quality of pastoral and congregational trust can be expanded through
understanding biblical roles, open dialogue about Christ-exalting ministry, and a
commitment of scriptural loyalty to each other; and

WHEREAS, a renewed emphasis on creating a stronger degree of trust in the community toward
the Church can be achieved through love-based service, social projects, and life-enriching
activities and projects; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we come together in a covenant of trust that will shape our faith and
form a foundation for new experiences in serving God, serving each other, and serving
the community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we make a united commitment to the formula of
Prayer—the heartbeat of the Church, the Great Commission—the solution, and the
Quest for Trust—the anchor for the future, to guide us in fulfilling our mission and
vision.

Church Planting (2010)

WHEREAS there is a critical need to plant churches within the Church of God because it honors
God and spreads His fame among the nations; and

WHEREAS one of the urgent needs of today within the Church of God is to reach the harvest
and our periods of greatest numerical growth have corresponded with direct efforts in
church planting; and

WHEREAS church planting translates God’s love into the heart language of people groups all
over the world and we must rise to the challenge and establish new, vibrant congregations
among all cultural groups; and

WHEREAS new churches are essential to God’s strategy to reach unreached people who have no
near-neighbor to tell them the story of Jesus’ love; and

WHEREAS the goal of church planting is to extend the Kingdom of God into territory
previously occupied by the enemy; and

WHEREAS in order for a new church to survive and flourish it is essential that the church
planter receives supervision, support, and accountability.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

THAT the Church of God focus its efforts on the task of planting new churches.
Our commission has never been clearer, more urgent, or more hopeful.

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH OF GOD (2010)

WHEREAS, the women of the Church of God have been a major influence on the stability and
growth of the church worldwide; and

WHEREAS, today women are a mighty force in fulfilling the Great Commission through prayer,
teaching, making disciples, and setting a godly example for the youth of the church; and

WHEREAS, the role women in the ministry of the Kingdom of God, the local church, and the
General Assembly has been discolored by the remarks of some speakers during general
council sessions; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we reaffirm the value and the historical contribution of women in the
life of the Church of God; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that more leadership opportunities be offered for women in
leadership in light of their spiritual gifts and to establish a foundation for the future
involvement, training and recognition of young women growing up in the church; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we commend them for their crucial involvement in the total
scope of the ministry in the Church of God today; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we set in motion methods to highlight their dedication and
to honor them for their loyalty, leadership, and love for the Lord and the Church of God.

Attorney Listings

ATTORNEYS
Church of God Legal Services

Alabama

Blake A. Payne, Esq. Attorney at Law Bankhead-Byars
Building 1816 3rd Avenue S, Suite 101
P.O. Box 3134
Jasper, AL 35502-3134
Phone: (205) 221-4660
Fax: (205) 221-4652

Daniel S. Wolter, Esquire
Gaines, Wolter & Kinney, PC
3500 Blue Lake Drive
Suite 425
Birmingham, AL 35243

John M. Lassiter Jr., Esquire
2500 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone: 251-433-6464
Fax: 251-479-3575
Email: lassiterlawyer@aol.com

Joseph C. Denison, Sr. and Candace E. Winter Denison
Denison & Denison, PC
1621 Deer Tract Road
Opelika, AL 36801

Floyd L. Likins, Esquire
214 North College Street
Auburn, AL 36860

L.D. Holt, Esquire
PO Box 27
Minette, AL 36507
Phone: 251-937-4111
Email: ld4justice@ldholt.com

Alaska


Thomas P. Amodio
Amodio Stanley & Reeves, LLC
500 L Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-222-7100
Fax: 907-222-7199

California


Michael J. Woodruff, Esquire
205 Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Connecticut


Wendi J. Kemp, Attorney
McCarter & English, LLP
CityPlace I
185 Asylum Street. 36th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103-3495
Phone: 860-275-6744
Fax: 860-724-3397

DC


G. Daniel Miller, Esquire
Conner & Winter, PC
1627 I Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-887-5711
Fax: 202-887-6999

Florida


F. Robert Radel, II, Esquire
Butler Pappas, LLP
One Harbour Place
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 500
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-281-1900
Fax: 813-281-0900

Robert J. Angerer, Esquire
PO Box 10468
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2468
Phone: 850-576-5982
Fax: 850-476-1342

John B. White, Esquire
1921 Ascott Road
N. Palm Beach, FL 33408Phone: 772-341-3388
Fax: 772-325-5754

Email: john@johnwhitegroup.com

 

Georgia


Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen, Forehand & Adams, LLP
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Phone:  (229) 985-3912
Fax:  (229) 890-3341
allen.forehand@justice.com


Lee B. Perkins, Esquire
305 Buckhead Avenue, Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-231-9229
Fax: 404-264-1149

Lynwood A. Maddox, Jr., Esquire
Maddox and Maddox
1455 Lincoln Pkwy East
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30346-2209
Phone: 770-563-9318

Wendell R. Bird, Esquire
Bird & Loechl, LLC
3414 Peachtree Road, NE
1150 Monarch Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-264-9400
Fax: 404-365-9731

Daniel Deems, Esquire
PO Box 2943
Cartersville, GA 30120-1700
Phone: 770-382-6144
Fax: 770-382-6193

Thomas Williams, Esquire
305 W. Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30245
Phone: 404-963-0900

Stan D. Babb, Esquire
Postic & Babb, LLC
707 Whitlock Avenue
Whitlock Park Center, Suite D-31
Marietta, GA 30064-3033
Phone: 770-795-9003
Fax: 770-795-1730

Lionel J. Postic, Esquire
Postic & Babb, LLC
707 Whitlock Avenue
Whitlock Park Center, Suite D-31
Marietta, GA 30064-3033
Phone: 770-795-9003
Fax: 770-795-1730

Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen & Forehand
622 2nd Street, SE
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Phone: 229-985-3912
Fax: 229-890-3341

Christian Coomer, Esquire
PO Box 3574
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770-383-9171
Fax: 770-383-9170

Richard B. Herzog, Jr., Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
999 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30309-3964
Phone: 404-817-6152
Fax: 404-817-6095

Illinois


Ward P. Fisher, Esquire
1033 N. Euclid
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: 708-383-5899

Douglas Chartrand, Esquire
2055 Orchard Lake Road
Pontiac, MI 48320
Phone: 248-332-8900
Fax: 248-332-7487

Kentucky


Brien G. Freeman, Esquire
Freeman, Copeland & Childers
201 S. Main Street
Corbin, KY 40701
Phone: 606-528-1222

Richard V. Murphy, Esquire
250 W. Main Street, Suite 301
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-281-5641
Fax: 859-281-5644

Louisiana


Leroy A. Hartley, Esquire
1805 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: 504-943-8046

Gary M. Peltier, Esquire
Attorney at Law
15828 Professional Plaza
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: 504-345-8981
Fax: 504-345-8983

T. Allen Usry, Esquire
Usry, Weeks & Matthews
1615 Poydras Street
Suite 1250
New Orleans, LA 70112

Patricia A. Garcia, Attorney at Law
PO Box 24098
New Orleans, LA 70184-4098

Maryland


Bryan Hyre, Esquire
Lessans, Praley, & McCormick
7419 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 29160-3592
Phone: 410-760-5000

Massachusetts


David Raish, Esquire
Ropes & Gray, LLP
One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-951-7000
Fax: 617-951-7050

Michigan


Witold Sztykiel, Esquire
Bigler, Berry, Johnston, Sztykiel & Hunt
1301 West Long Lake Road, Suite 250
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: 248-641-1800
Fax: 248-641-3845

Robert L. Loesch, Esquire
32279 Cross Bow
Birmingham, MI 48025

Minnesota


Hubert V. Forcier, Esquire
Faegre & Benson, LLP
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Phone: 612-766-7000
Fax: 612-766-1600

Mississippi


Gregory L. Harper, Esquire
Sanford & Harper
3 Country Place
Pearl, MS 39208-6662
Phone: 601-420-2211
Fax: 601-420-2222

Michael W. Boyd, Esquire
809 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38702

Missouri


Richard Hammar, Esquire
Legal Counsel
The General Counsel of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-862-9445
Fax: 417-863-6614

J. Michael Riehn, Esquire
Law Offices of J. Michael Riehn, PC
301 West 8th
Cassville, MO 65625

Montana


Mike Milodragovich, Esquire
Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner & Binney, PC
PO Box 4947
Missoula, MT 49806-4947
Phone: 406-728-1455
Fax: 406-549-7077

Michael J. Lilly, Esquire
Berg, Lilly & Tollefsen
1 West Main
Bozeman, MT 59715

New Jersey


Gary M. Jeffas, Esquire
20 Davis Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032
Phone: 201-998-2211

Nicholas T. Menas, Esquire
Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim, PA
1125 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609-344-3161
Fax: 609-344-0939

New York


Peter C. Cotelidis, Esquire
Attorney at Law
200 Old Country Road, Suite 190
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: 516-484-3111
Fax: 516-484-0201

North Carolina


Edward E. Hollowell, Esquire
5511 Capital Center Drive
Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 866-878-8806
Fax: 919-852-2233

Frank A. Hirsch, Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
GlenLake One, Suite 200
4140 Parklake Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: 919-329-3853
Fax: 919-329-3898

New York


Stephen A. Humsjo, Esquire
8 Greenwood Avenue
PO Box 479
East Islip, NY 11730
Phone: 516-581-6777
Fax: 516-581-6784

Ohio


James B. Hadden, Esquire
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
Phone: 800-533-2794
Fax: 614-227-2100

Bill W. Cummins, Esquire
Law Office of Bill W. Cummins Co.
105 Court Stret
Suite 204
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: 513-868-9985

J. Jeffrey McNealey, Esquire
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-227-2074
Fax: 614-227-2100

Oklahoma


Robert E. Cowan, Esquire
Gibbs Armstrong Borochoff
500 Petroleum Club Building
601 South Boulder Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone: 918-587-3939
Fax: 918-582-5504

Gary E. Payne, Esquire
Gary E. Payne, Inc.
11212 N. May, Suite 205
Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0578

South Carolina


Carol B. Ervin, Attorney
Young Clements Rivers, LLP
PO Box 993
Charleston, SC 29401-0993
Phone: 843-577-4000
Fax: 843-724-6600

Thomas A. Bright, Esquire
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
PO Box 2757
Greenville, SC 29602
Phone: 864-240-8352
Fax: 864-235-4754

J. Kevin Crain, Esquire
Young, Clement, Rivers & Tisdale, LLP
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-577-4000
Fax: 843-724-6600

David E. Simpson, Esquire
125 Hampton Street, Suite 102
Rock Hill, SC 29730-3595
Phone: 803-324-2738

Ronnie J. Treadwell, Esquire
510 E. Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC 29621-5805

Stephanie Holmes Burton, Attorney
Gibbes Burton, LLC
308 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: 864-327-5000
Fax: 864-327-5001

James W. Logan, Jr., Esquire
Logan Jolly & Smith, LLP
1805 North Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: 864-226-1910
Fax: 864-226-1931

Tennessee


Harvey L. Sproul, Esquire
Sproul & Hinton
205 East Broadway
Lenoir City, TN 37771
Phone: 865-986-8054
Fax: 864-986-8706

Josiah Baker, Esquire
W. Joseph Hollis, Jr., Esquire
Baker, Kinsman, Hollis, Clelland & Winer, PC
1500 First Tennessee Building
701 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402-4825
Phone: 423-756-3333
Fax: 423-756-3337

Michael E. Callaway, Esquire
Bell & Associates, PC
PO Box 1169
Cleveland, TN 37364-1169
Phone: 423-476-8541
Fax: 423-339-3510

Jimmy W. Bilbo, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364
Phone: 423-476-2251
Fax: 423-472-0211

Rick Pemberton, Esquire
PO Box 5243
Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 423-428-5787

Dennis W. Watkins, Legal Counsel
Church of God International Offices
PO Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430
Phone: 423-478-7056
Fax: 423-478-7922

James F. Logan, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
30 Second Street
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364-0191
Phone: 423-476-2251
Fax: 423-472-0211

John R. Bode, Esquire
Miller & Martin
Suite 1000 Volunteer Bldg.
832 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289
Phone: 423-785-8320
Fax: 423-785-8480

Willard W. (Bill) Watts, Esquire
PO Box 2982
Cleveland, TN 37320

J. Dewayne Bunch, Esquire
443 Worth Street, NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-479-2157

J. Michael Sharp, Esquire
Varnell, Burns & Sharp, PC
175 Spring St. NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-339-0529
Fax: 423-478-2308

Texas


J. Shelby Sharpe, Esquire
Sharpe Tillman & Melton
6100 Western Place, Suite 1000
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-338-4900
Fax: 817-332-6818

Earl R. King, Esquire
2110 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX 76086

Julie L. Bloss, Legal Counsel
Southern Baptist Annuity Board
2401 Cedar Springs
PO Box 2190
Dallas, TX 75221-2190
Phone: 214-720-0511
Fax: 214-720-4666

Gary S. Nash, Esquire
Attorney at Law
7557 Rambler Road
Suite 1340
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-373-4200
Fax: 214-691-2861

Paul H. Williamson, Esquire
Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP
3423 S. Soncy Road, Suite 300
Amarillo, TX 79119
Phone: 806-358-8116
Fax: 806-358-1901

L. Darlene Mitchell
Attorney at Law
Burt Barr & Associates, LLP
203 East Colorado Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 214-943-0012
Fax: 214-943-0048

Listing of the attorneys above does not constitute an endorsement or warranty as to their services. If you as a Church of God constituent or minister have any experience, positive or negative with any of the above attorneys, and you think that we should know about it, please advise.

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Child Abuse / Molestation

This area is of course a very fertile area for lawsuits against churches in our day. The very best materials on this subject, in my opinion, are provided under the name Reducing the Risk – Keeping Your Ministry Safe from Child Sexual Abuse and are marketed by Christianity Today International, 465 Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188; toll free number: 877-247-4787; website: www.reducingtherisk.com.

The above course points out the four basic areas of need in preventing problems in this area:

1. Screening for paid and volunteer workers. Remember, apply a six-month rule for all workers.

2. Supervision Make sure two adults are in classrooms with children, at all times, and that your
church has windows in all doors and other areas.

3. Reporting This is a very major issue for many ministers confronted with certain news or
information about alleged abuse. It is very important to know if your state has a rule limiting
a certain period of time in which you must report an allegation of sexual abuse. If you are not
aware of same, or if an allegation arises in your church, please contact us, so that we can refer
you to an attorney to provide you assistance in this area. Not reporting an alleged incident of
child abuse in your state can result in serious penalties against you or the church.

4. Responding properly to an allegation of child sexual abuse is also very important.

Once again, the Reducing the Risk seminar contains an excellent video, as well as written
materials and sample forms for dealing with this issue.

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Insurance Information

Insurance Issues

Insurance is without a doubt the most important issue we can cover, because a church that thinks" it is insured but is not insured or is under-insured, is going to face some serious problems. Particularly, insurance is valuable because most policies cover for defense costs, which can range in the thousands of dollars, even for a frivolous case.

The following questions are very important in determining your insurance:

1. Who is your carrier? Does this carrier routinely insure churches, on a broad scale?

2. In case of a fire loss, is your building insured for full replacement costs? In the alternative, in the event of a fire loss, is your church insured to value?

3. In case of a fire loss, does your church's policy have a co-insurance penalty? Most policies state that in the event of a fire loss, if your building is not insured at least up to a certain percentage (usually 80-90%) of the fair market value or actual replacement value of your building, at the time of the loss, there may be a penalty involved. This means that you may have less insurance coverage than you think in the event of catastrophic fire loss.

4. Does your church's policy have non-owned and hired auto/vehicle coverage for your church? This coverage allows a person who is on church business or in the furtherance of church activities, who is driving a vehicle not owned by the church, to have insurance coverage in the event of an accident. However, you must have the right clause in your policy.

5. Does your church's insurance policy have a sexual misconduct endorsement?

6. If you have employees, have you complied with state laws regarding workers compensation insurance? This includes church schools and day cares.

We cannot stress enough how important it is that you understand what type of liability and other insurance coverage that you have available to your church. Be sure to ask your agent what exclusions apply to your policy.

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Counseling

The counseling area is a persistently problematic area, and there are surprising statistics of admitted improprieties by ministers in a counseling setting.

Be sure to note that the term counseling has been given broad definition by some courts, including, but not limited to, a telephone call, tarrying after church, talking to a minister, or a young person talking to a youth pastor.

Be sure that you study some good sources on counseling, to understand some boundaries about counseling.

The main point that should be made about counseling is that our ministers must make their counseling spiritual, unless the minister is a licensed professional. Spiritual counseling is defined as based on an understanding of scripture, and not rooted in psychotherapeutic principles.

Be sure that the person you are counseling with understands that you may have to disclose certain facts told to you, such as commission of crimes or a child abuse. Also, counseling should be done only during church hours, with others there. Sessions for counseling should not last over 45 minutes, and the number of sessions a year should be limited.

If one of your ministers sees that he is over his head in a counseling relationship, he should get out of that relationship as soon as possible and refer that person to a qualified and trained professional.