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Pastor of Worship / Arts, Virginia Beach, VA

Name * Rodney Vickers
Church * Azalea Garden Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (757) 759-7995
Location * Virginia Beach, Virginia
Position * Pastor of Worship and the Arts
Position Details *

This position involves pastoral leadership of the Worship and Arts Department at a church with average attendance between 300-350. Duties include: rehearsal and development of band, choir, and worship team; general oversight of church media ministries; planning and executing weekly worship services along with Senior Pastor; serve as a music and arts resource person for other departments such as youth, children, and senior adults; must be available as needed for funerals, weddings, and other church related functions that require music and arts services, provide creative leadership regarding church ministries particularly relating to the worship service. The candidate must have some kind of instrumental musical experience/skill, keyboard skills are preferred.

Student Pastor, Woodruff, SC

Name * Curtis Terry
Church * Woodruff Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (864) 706-8282
Location * Woodruff, SC (Upstate)
Position * Student Pastor
Position Details *

Woodruff Church of God is located in the beautiful upstate of S.C. Woodruff is a small town of about 5000 with award winning schools (ranked both in state and nationally). The church is an established church with 81 years of exciting and vibrant history. Part of this history includes the present plan to relocate our church to our new property (grading has already been done!). We are currently looking for a full time student pastor that will continue to disciple and mentor our group. This full time opportunity will come with an insurance stipend, retirement and some housing. The present youth group ranges in attendance in their Wednesday night service from 50-70, but has great potential for growth and expansion. We are looking for visionary, vibrant, and exciting leadership. For additional information or opportunity for discussion, please contact the Pastor through any of the following ways: Cell (call or text) – (864) 706-8282, T witter: @CurtisDTerry, Facebook: Curtis D Terry, Email: PastorT@charter.net.
Resumes can be sent via email at PastorT@charter.net or mailed to:
Woodruff Church of God
C/O Pastor Curtis Terry
PO Box 275
Woodruff SC 29388 

Minister of Music / Keyboard Player / Organ Player, Miami, FL

Name * Vinell Robinson
Church * North Miami Avenue Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (305) 685-0287
Location * 14250 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33168
Position * Minister of Music/ key Board/Organ Player
Position Details * If you've been praying a bout a place to serve God and use your talents and gifts; a great opportunity awaits you! North Miami Avenue Church of God has a growing congregation of over 200 people and is currently seeking for someone to serve as minister of Music. This position can be either:full-time or as agreed.
We are seeking someone who is above all, Born again, dedicated to God with a heart and a passion for music and worship.
We are seeking someone who can read and teach music.
Currently we are seeking someone who lives within driving distance of the church.

Worship Leader, Fayetteville, NC

Name * Jasen Thompson
Church * Strickland Bridge Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 751-8640
Location * Fayetteville, NC
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Strickland Bridge Church of God is seeking a Worship Leader who can lead the praise and worship team and congregation into worship on Sunday morning services. For more information about the church and the position, please contact Jasen at 910-751-8640 or jasenjazz@gmail.com.

Youth Pastor, Hermiston, OR

Name * Dean hackett
Church * Living Faith Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (541) 567-4486
Location * Hermiston, Oregon
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details * Our church is approximately 250 in attendance. Youth group is about 70. We have a strong ministry team. Please contact if interested. 

Pianist / Worship Leader, Hortense, GA

Name * chad middleton
Church * under his wings christian fellowship
Email *
Phone Number * (912) 778-4020
Location * 16 scattered pines rd hortense, ga 31543
Position * Pianist/Worship Leader
Position Details * In need of a piano player who can lead worship for a small church looking to grow. For more information call Pastor Chad middleton @ 912-552-4293 or email underhiswings48@yahoo.com

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor, Wilson, NC

Name * Scott Sauls
Church * Farmington Heights Church
Email *
Phone Number * (252) 291-0696
Location * Wilson, North Carolina
Position * Worship & Creative Arts Pastor
Position Details *

We are searching for a full-time Worship & Creative Arts Pastor to lead the worship department of a thriving church in eastern North Carolina. We are looking for applicants with at least 5 years of full-time experience in leading worship, as well as the ability to oversee a multi-faceted department. Applicants should be self-motivated and hard-workers who have the ability to lead a band, choir, and praise team effectively. All applicants should also be proficient with Planning Center and Pro-Presenter and able to oversee a media department consisting of sound, lighting, and media technicians. All applicants should be team-minded, outreach-oriented, and willing to serve on a multiple staff pastoral team. Please send resume (with references), a current photo, and video of you leading worship to ssauls@farmingtonheights.com.

Worship Leader / Youth Leader, Wauchula, FL

Name * Wendell Smith
Church * Faith Temple Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (863) 581-7610
Location * Wauchula FL
Position * Worship Leader and Youth Leader
Position Details * We are need of a worship leader that can lead from split tracks and be able to play keyboard and work with the youth and assistant to the pastor

This is a Faith step but we need help. May have to getaway parttime job till we can grow the church financially.
Come with a willing heart to serve and God will provide as he did with us 12 years ago.

Children’s Ministry Leader(s), Shreveport, LA

Name * Rob Miskowski
Church * Intentional Church
Email *
Phone Number * (225) 810-2578
Location * Shreveport, LA
Position * Children's Ministry Leader(s)
Position Details * We are a Church Re-launch (2012) looking for a Children's Ministry leader or husband and wife team who has an enthusiasm for evangelizing and discipling kids. This is a part-time position that will work into full time as we grow. Housing and a small stipend are included to start with. Please email us a short bio and background of your ministerial experience.

Associate / Student Pastor, Cullman, AL

Name * Dwayne Harbison
Church * Renovation Church 
Email *
Phone Number * (256) 531-4141
Location * Cullman Alabama
Position * associate / student pastor
Position Details *

We are now accepting resumes to fill the position as stated above. Renovation Church is a progressive church. We are in hopes of finding a couple that are flexible as it relates to ministry.Must be credentialed with at least Exhorted and MIP completed. Must have great work ethics,and willing to be very present in local school and that can identify with all ages. Must be able to fill the pulpit position when the Pastor is out. Must be self motivated. But more than anything must love Christ and His church. If you would like to be considered for this position please send your resume and a photo of your family to pastordwayne67@gmail.com email address. 
Thanks

Student Pastor, Chelsea, AL

Name * Mike Kiker
Church * Chelsea Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (205) 746-3375
Location * Chelsea, Alabama
Position * Student Pastor
Position Details * Looking for a person of vision to serve in the area of student ministries.
Chelsea is a bedroom community located outside of Birmingham that has great potential for a person ready to serve.
The church is a long established church in the community with vision. We are excited to have just completed a children's and youth facility of over 9000 sq. ft. which includes a 1624 sq .ft. student sanctuary.
We have enlarged our tent and are prepared to break forth on the right hand and on the left.
Currently this is a volunteer position but this can change rapidly with growth.

Children’s Pastor, Chelsea, AL

Name * Mike Kiker
Church * Chelsea Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (205) 746-3375
Location * Chelsea, Alabama
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details *

Looking for a person of vision to serve in an area teaming with children!!!!
Chelsea is a bedroom community located outside of Birmingham with 3 elementary schools filled to capacity (a harvest field needing laborers).
The church is a long established church in the community with vision. We are excited to have just completed a children's and youth facility of over 9000 sq. ft. which includes a 1566 sq .ft. children's sanctuary.
We have enlarged our tent and are prepared to break forth on the right hand and on the left so come and join with us as we reach "the kingdom of God", Luke 18:16.
Currently this is a volunteer position but this can change rapidly with growth.

Minister of Music, Waycross, GA

Name * George Moxley
Church * Unity COG Waycross
Email *
Phone Number * (912) 548-1725
Location * Waycross, GA
Position * Minister of Music
Position Details * Qualified candidates must be willing to work part time and must be able to the play piano and sing.

Drummer / Bass Player, Zullinger, PA

Name * Jay Brookes
Church * Family Life Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (717) 830-7033
Location * Zullinger, PA 17272
Position * Drummer, bass player
Position Details *

Drummer and Bass player needed for FLWC Praise & Worship Band. 

We are seeking anointed musicians who are dedicated to serving Christ and His church through music. 

Requirements: 
-To be able to read and play from chord charts without assistance. 
-To have experience and full knowledge of the instrument in which you play.
-To be able to learn new music quickly, with an emphasis on contemporary style of praise and worship (Hillsong, Bethel, JC, ect..). 
-You must be serving Christ to the best of your ability. 
-You must be faithful in church attendance, attend all practices, services, special events and work in harmony with all. 

Please note, this is a volunteer position. 

All inquiries will be reviewed and evaluated by our Music Director, Michele Brookes. 
 

Children’s Pastor, Bristol, VA

Name * Michael Booker 
Church * Covenant Fellowship Church
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 967-7269
Location * Bristol Virginia
Position * Chidren's Pastor
Position Details *

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To ignite the desire for a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ in children and to encourage and equip parents in developing a biblical world view in their children. To teach a Bible-based curriculum and encourage a Biblically based lifestyle among the children.

QUALIFICATIONS: 
• Growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Creative, teachable, Spirit-Filled Person.
• Desire to teach and mentor children with patience and an accepting heart.
• Have an educational background in Christian Ministries, Biblical Studies, Child Development or a related field (preferred but not required).

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Provide oversight, leadership, and teaching of the Children’s ministries that include: Max’d Out Kids Church, Wednesday night discipleship, and other special services. 
• Successfully implement and teach and age appropriate, biblically base curriculum that has a long term vision for teaching the major stories and themes of Scripture. 
• Recruit, train, supervise lead, encourage, oversee, schedule, pray for, and involve new volunteers for the Children’s Ministry. 
• Implement a comprehensive Check-In/Check-Out procedure that gives a great first impression to visitors, while providing security and safety for children. 
• Create and effectively manage financial resources to stay within the ministry’s budget.
• Organize childcare for church meetings and special events. 
• Communicate on a consistent and regular basis with parents and assist them with tools they need for proper biblical parenting. 
• Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings with the Covenant Fellowship Staff.
• Support other Covenant Fellowship Ministries/programs/events as needed. 

OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION:
• Must fully embrace the vision and mission statement of Covenant Fellowship Church.
• Should always exhibit professionalism, demonstrated by: a well-groomed appearance, conscientious work ethic, willingness and ability to work quickly despite a variety of settings and circumstances with composure and flexibility. 
• Must have a teachable spirit.
• Ever conscious of the need for confidentiality.
• Core competencies of discernment and wise judgment.
• Eye for excellence and extreme attention to detail.
• Self-starter: good at multi-tasking and prioritizing projects in a limited time frame.
• Maintain personal spiritual development through Bible reading, prayer, and Christian community.
• Proven ability to achieve results. 
• Personally embraces growth and change, while adapting with innovation and creativity.

Please contact me at (423) 967-7269 or booker@cfbristol.com

Worship Leader, East Ridge, TN

Name * Daniel Beard
Church * The Crossing - East Ridge
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 443-0280
Location * East Ridge, TN
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details *

We are seeking a Worship Leader. We are a church plant set to Launch this Fall. We have built a launch team of 25+ so far that includes a drummer, a lead guitar player, a bass / acoustic guitar player, & a rockin' organ / sax player. We are needing someone that can lead with vocals which we currently lack. The ability to also lead with rhythm guitar or keys is a plus! The knowledge of church media, social networking, branding, things like media shout, running sound, graphic design, etc. are all extra stars. 

Responsibilities will include leading worship for worship services, organizing a weekly practice, song selection, getting songs / chords / music to those on the team to learn, recruiting both within the church after we launch and outside of the church others whom may would be a good fit for the worship team, working with other volunteers, etc. Training and teaching those on the worship team including sound & media tech. The Worship culture we are shooting for is that of our own but would be similar to Jesus Culture, Bethel, Elevation, Hill Song and other Generation X worship cultures.

All that feel lead to should apply. Being a church plant we can not offer any compensation at this time, but we truly believe your gifts as a Praise & Worship leader will make room for you. We are roughly 30 minutes drive from Lee University, just outside of Chattanooga, & minutes away from Georgia.
If you have any questions, feel free to call me or email me. 423-443-0280 dbeard@thecrossingchattanooga.com

Student Pastor, Elkton, MD

Name * Rob Leins
Church * Elkton Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (410) 392-2425
Location * 1121 Singerly Road, Elkton MD 21921
Position * Pastor of Student Ministries
Position Details *

The Elkton Church of God is looking for the right person or couple to join our Pastoral staff for the purpose of igniting a fire to live out the Word of God and developing a lifestyle of anointing and blessing in the Holy Spirit, in the lives of our children, youth, and young adults. This Pastor would be responsible for developing and administrating ministry, mentoring, evangelizing, teaching and preaching, and developing both current and future staff. Though our intention is to develop this call into a full time position, at this time, this Pastoral call comes with a part time compensation package and expense allowance. If interested please send your resume to Pastor Rob Leins at rleins.elktoncog@gmail.com or call 410-392-2425.

Youth Pastor, White Cloud, MI

Name * Bishop Jim Fader
Church * White Cloud Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (231) 689-6717
Location * 1621 S. Evergreen Drive, White Cloud, MI 49349
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details *

The youth ministry has great potential for growth, as our church has influence over several of the surrounding communities.
Candidates should be born-again, Spirit-filled who have evidenced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and are able to operate, and encourage the moving of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit within the youth ministry. They should be well versed in the Word of God, and able to teach and preach to the youth generation with skill, conviction, and persuasion. A heart for foreign missions and local outreach is desired.
Candidates must have a passion for reaching and discipling youth, causing them to hunger after the presence of the Lord, as well as for the Word of God. They must also be a good role model and mentor of the youth in worship, prayer and the Word.
Qualified candidates must have high commitment to personal and moral integrity, humble, willing to learn and grow in their ministry, teachable, have their house in order and have a desire to be mentored by the Lead Pastor.
We are looking for a candidate who is married, and has a spouse who is willing to support and work along side them in ministry. Musical ability is a plus. Candidates will be required to support our schools and community by attending sporting events and other important school activities.
Housing and a small stipend will be provided. Full time salary will be considered based on growth/success of the youth ministry. Relocation expenses will be covered.
Please send cover letter and resume attention Bishop Jim Fader @ bishopfader1@gmail.com

Drummer, Conyers, GA

Name * Gary Waterman
Church * Victorious Life Church
Email *
Phone Number * (770) 602-0960
Location * Conyers, Georgia
Position * Drummer
Position Details * We are a multi-ethnic church of about 600 in need of a dynamic drummer. We need a dedicated person every Wednesday night and Sunday morning who can play multiple styles all the way from Israel to Bethel to Planet Shakers. If you interested in worshipping God with an established and exciting band and choir please email at musicpastor@vlcog.com for an audition.

Youth and Student Pastor, Cleveland, TN

Name * Timothy Gann
Church * Prospect Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 716-2000
Location * Cleveland Tn.
Position * Youth and Student Pastor
Position Details * We are in need of a youth and student pastor " preferably young couple" but would consider all applicants to minister to our teenage and college age youth. This would consist of youth services on Wednesday evenings, and Sunday morning classes. Also to offer special events for our youth. This would begin as a volunteer but with hopes of quickly become paid.

Worship Pastor, Knoxville, TN

Name * Pastor Chris Gardner
Church * RIO KNOXVILLE Church
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 255-4729
Location * KNOXVILLE, Tn
Position * Worship Pastor
Position Details * We are seeking a sincere and dedicated worship leader to take over the responsibilities of our music department. Applicant must be dedicated to God and serious about integrity and leadership. Must have to ability to lead worship being spirit lead. applicant will take over full responsibility of music department. Salary will be discussed upon interview. Serious inquiries only please. Be Blessed!

Student Pastor, Louisville, KY

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

Radiant Life Church is located in Louisville, KY. Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 28th most populous city in the United States. Our Church is a growing congregation and is presently building a new sanctuary to accommodate our growth. We are seeking a Student Pastor who will plan, direct, conduct, evaluate and administer a comprehensive student ministry relevant to today’s youth. The person selected for this position would have to build from the ground up. We have 10-12 students who are active presently. Salary commensurate with experience. Please contact and send resumes to Pastor John by email. Thank you for your interest.

Piano Player / Worship Leader, Columbia, SC

Name * Tod Seaton
Church * The Good News Family Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (803) 269-3159
Location * Columbia SC
Position * Piano Player/Worship Leader
Position Details * We are a small but growing church that is in need of a piano player/worship leader. This is a non-paying position with future opportunities for full time or per service salary position as the church grows.

Student Pastor, Haleyville, AL

Name * Jordan Wilson
Church * CrossWay Church
Email *
Phone Number * (256) 590-6193
Location * Haleyville, Alabama 
Position * Student Pastor
Position Details *

CrossWay Church is a growing Spirit filled church in northwest Alabama. We are a church that is called to Connect, Grow, and Live. 

If you are looking for a opportunity to grow in your calling and reach young people in a relavent way this is the opportunity for you. We have recently remodeled our student facility to fit our contemporary fill of ministry and church culture. We have a student ministry leadership team in place. We are just believing and praying for the right person. We are located right in front of the middle school and the high school is right across the street from it. The potential here is limitless. 

This Position is bi-vocational. We are looking for a team player. Music ability is a plus but not a requirement. 

Send resume to jordanwilson7@yahoo.com or you may call Pastor Jordan Wilson at 256-590-6193.

Satellite Church Planting Team, Palm Harbor, FL

Name * Roy Norris
Church * Lakewood South Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (727) 947-2196
Location * Palm Harbor Florida
Position * Satellite Church Planting Team
Position Details *

We are a satellite church plant that is coming out of Lakewood Church of God in Hudson Florida. We are looking for people who are hungry to used by God. You must be willing to submit yourself to Pastoral leadership and be able to function as a part of a team. As we speak we are looking for singers, musicians, sounds techs, youth workers,children's workers, ushers and greeters. We are a church that is extremely driven to do ministry in the community so you also must be willing to do ministry outside the walls of the church. As the church grows paid positions will become available. You can contact us by phone at 727-856-1700, or by email at pastorles@palmharbor4jesus.com

Student Ministry Director, Mineral Point, MO

Name * Robert Thurman
Church * Covenant Grace COG
Email *
Phone Number * (573) 210-7927
Location * 10706 springtown mineral point Mo. 63660
Position * Student Ministry Director
Position Details * Looking for a director full of the holy ghost and excited to work with students. All ministries in place, compensation and housing provided. Call and ask for Robert Thurman

Associate Pastor and Student Pastor, Macon, GA

Name * Tim Kelly
Church * Gateway Fellowship C.O.G.
Email *
Phone Number * (478) 788-4400
Location * Macon GA.
Position * Associate Pastor and Student Pastor
Position Details * We are now accepting resumes to fill the position as stated above. We are in hopes of finding a couple that are flexible as it relates to ministry. Must have great work ethics, that can identify with all ages. Must be able to fill the pulpit position when the Pastor is out. Must be self motivated. But more than anything must love Christ and His church. If you would like to be considered for this position please send your resume and a photo of your family to gfcog@cox.net. email address. 
Thanks
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Worship Minister, Pineville, NC

Name * Eric Dawes
Church * Light of Hope Church
Email *
Phone Number * (704) 214-4135
Location * Pineville, NC (South Charlotte)
Position * Worship Minister
Position Details *

We are seeking an immediate replacement in the position of worship minister/ keyboard player. We are a diverse contemporary congregation with amazing people that love to worship, serve and come together as the body of Christ. Our current worship genre includes, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Bethel, Chris Tomlin, Christy Knockles, Hillsong United, Hillsong Young and Free just to name a few. We are a church plant established in 2006 with a congregation consisting of 70% 35 and under and 30% 35 and up in a very populated area of south Charlotte. Our mission is simply to Love, Equip and Serve our community as representatives of Jesus Christ. Thanks for your inquiries, be blessed.

Children’s Pastor, Greeneville, TN

Name * Frank Storms
Church * Westside Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 258-5107
Location * Greeneville TN
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * Pastor our children and recruit for children for church services, please call Frank Storms at 423.258.5107 for more information.

Launch Team, East Ridge, TN

Name * Daniel Beard
Church * The Crossing - East Ridge Campus
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 443-0280
Location * East Ridge, TN
Position * Launch Team
Position Details *

God has asked us to plant a life giving church in East Ridge that will transform the city, that will pour over into Chattanooga as well as the entire south east and into the world! Our Main desire is to win lost people to Jesus Christ, and to reach those that need to give this things we call church, A 2nd Chance. We are planning to Launch this Fall 2015. We are just outside Chattanooga, TN and will be an additional campus of The Crossing Chattanooga. 

How can you be involved at this point?
We are currently meeting regularly as a group, for what we call LAUNCH TEAM Meeting. In Launch Team Meeting we simply continue to get to know one another and ask God to shape us into the team He needs to plant this church. Our first priority at these meetings are seeking the Lord in prayer. In addition, we will soon begin to work together in getting our campus ready for launch day, promoting launch day, and brainstorming about how we might be able to effectively reach people in our community for Christ.

Also soon we will be exploring our own spiritual gifts and ministry callings and will go through something called Growth Track in late July. Out of these inquiries and discussions we will seek the Lord about how we as a team could make the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God. I also envision the mission of this team to be one of dealing with very practical matters such as finances, publicity, etc. 

What kind of commitment is desired?
At this point, the commitment is not joining a new church or even agreeing to be a part of that church long term but to be part of the initial launch team. I'd love to see an initial commitment of at least 1 to 3 years to the following or 6-9 months if your a College Student looking for a place to get plugged in while at school. 
•To pray regularly and persistently for the city of East Ridge and for the launch and establishment of The Crossing East Ridge.
•To be involved in the lives of unbelievers, praying for them and inviting them to the church.
•To maintain a consistent walk with the Lord.
•To be open and available to the Lord as to what ministry role He might have for you.
•To give faithfully in Tithes and Offerings to the ministry as you are able (The Crossing East Ridge is recognized as a non-profit organization).

After 1 to 3 years, as God allows, The Crossing East Ridge will be underway and you will have an opportunity to
more clearly evaluate whether you desire to continue long term. If so, great! If not, you can feel good about
your involvement in the beginning of a new life giving church. Either way, it's a win-win situation.

If you are interested in joining the launch team and being apart The Crossing East Ridge in its infancy stages I would love to meet with you. Please email me at dbeard@thecrossingchattanooga.com or give me a call at 423-443-0280 preferably between 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday - Friday, as we can talk more on the phone, set up a appointment time for coffee if your already in the area, and discuss more about this Vision and what it is going to take to plant this church. You belong here.

Youth/Student Pastor, Saint Pauls, NC

Name * Steven Keesecker
Church * New Beginnings Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 416-3385
Location * Saint Pauls, NC Near Fayetteville, NC
Position * Youth/Student Pastor
Position Details * New Beginnings is looking for the right person or couple to join with us and ignite a generation for the Lord. This would be a volunteer position with the hopes of growing into a full-time position. This person/couple should be able to develop, mentor, and evangelize the next generation, leading them in worship and service. This would be a great opportunity with endless possibilities. If interested please send resume to Pastor Steve at skeesecker@live.com, or call 910-416-3385.

Church Planter, Rochester, MN

Name * Rick Whitter
Church * Minnesota Church of God State Office
Email *
Phone Number * (952) 953-4351
Location * Minnesota
Position * Church Planter
Position Details *

The Church of God in Minnesota has another opportunity for a new church plant. We hope to focus on Rochester, MN but we will consider a new church in one of several metropolitan areas. 

We are providing supportive relationships, training/coaching and some financial assistance. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to Administrative Bishop, Rick Whitter at: rickwhitter@gmail.com

The desired timeline is initial meetings beginning this fall and a launch in the spring of 2016. 

For more information about our Church Planting Adventure, please see: http://www.mncog.org/departments/church-planting/

Please pass this info along to anyone you think may be interested. 

Associate Pastor, Worship Pastor, Children’s Pastor, Fellsmere, FL

Name * Ronnie Combs
Church * River of Life Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (772) 571-6504
Location * Fellsmere, Florida
Position * Associate Pastor, Worship Pastor, Childrens Pastor
Position Details * The River of Life Church of God in Fellsmere, Florida is presently looking to fill the following volunteer positions, Associate Pastor, Worship Pastor and Children's Pastor. If you are called into the Ministry then Fellsmere is a great place to start, continue or finish that calling. If interested please call Pastor Ron at 772-571-6504 or 407-579-3881. I look forward to talking with you.

Spanish Music Director, Central Islip, NY

Name * Javier Perez
Church * Lighthouse Tabernacle
Email *
Phone Number * (631) 796-5294
Location * Central Islip, NY
Position * Spanish Music Director
Position Details * I am interested in the position , I would love to serve the Lord in worship. I am an ordained pastor, I have knowledge of the instruments, I have formed two groups of praise and worship , I headed for several years.

Children’s Pastor, Goldsboro, NC

Name * Danny Johnson
Church * Goldsboro Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (919) 736-7050
Location * Goldsboro, NC
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details *


Qualifications

A call to ministry in the local church
A bachelor’s degree
At least 3 years of experience in kids ministry 
Relationally driven, loves to laugh and have fun, strives for excellence, team-oriented, coachable, hard working, and manages conflict well
Evidence of a servant’s heart in ministry at home and in the community.


Key Responsibilities

Provide vision and leadership for the kids ministry
Lead and equip the Kids Ministry staff
Develop a strategy to nurture spiritual growth in kids
Engage, equip, and empower multiple levels of volunteers
Oversee the preparation and integration of curriculum in each kids ministry environment for both large group and small group time
Create engaging, fun, high energy, and age-appropriate worship services for kids
Develop a strategy to partner with parents to effectively minister to kids
Contribute to the supportive, hard-working, team-oriented, grace-based culture at GWC


Skills

Excellent communicator in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings
Work well with others
Able to lead and inspire others
Biblically competent
Creative and energetic
A leader of leaders
Organized


Next Steps

Pray about this unique ministry opportunity
Submit a PDF version of your resume including a link to your Facebook or Twitter and contact information
Submit the names and contact information of at least three (3) ministry references who have at least eighteen (18) months of seeing you in kids ministry
Submit a PDF version of a list of your favorite Christian authors as well as other authors who you like to read.
If you have anything else that can help us get a better idea of who you are, please submit it as well.

Worship / Fine Arts Pastor, Northport, AL

Name * Greg Strickland
Church * Northport Church of god
Email *
Phone Number * (205) 339-5115
Location * Northport AL
Position * Worship/Fine Arts Pastor
Position Details * Life giving church located in Tuscaloosa AL seeking a team member to lead worship in a blended style to help reach all ages. Please submit a résumé to the email provided. Résumés will be reviewed those who are selected will be notified and a interview will be set. 

Must be experienced in leading a choir, band, and praise team. 
 

Children’s Pastor, Trenton/Gainesville, FL

Name * Gary Jones
Church * Living Praise Churh of God
Email *
Phone Number * (434) 441-2576
Location * Trenton/Gainesville, FL
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * Volunteer position at present. Can work into full time position as ministry and church grows. Looking for single or couple who is spirit filled believer. Can take on a small ministry and follow the Pastor in his vision to reach the lost at any cost. Please contact Pastor via email with resume and pic of you/family as soon as possible as we are eager to get started together.

Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drummer, Trenton/Gainesville, FL

Name * Gary Jones
Church * Living Praise Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (434) 441-2576
Location * Trenton/Gainesville, FL
Position * Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drummer
Position Details * Looking for musicians to suround current team to play P&W for our worship services. Please contact Pastor for any additional info.

Associate Pastor / Student Pastor, Decatur, Alabama

Name * Jay Rhodes
Church * South Decatur Church
Email *
Phone Number * (256) 350-7500
Location * Decatur, Alabama
Position * Associate Pastor/Student Pastor
Position Details * We are looking for a full time Associate pastor who will be over the Student ministries of the church. We are looking for a young couple that has excitement and passion for youth. Because this is a full time position we are asking that applicant have credentials or be in the process of receiving them. As Associate pastor there will be more duties than just the youth as position requires working with the lead pastor in other areas of church ministry.

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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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Divisions-new

Division of Care

External Link Icon Chaplains Commission
External Link Icon Ministerial Care / SpiritCare (website under construction)
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External Link Icon Operation Compassion
External Link Icon Smoky Mountain Childrens Home
External Link Icon Iris B. Vest SpiritCare Center

Division of Education

External Link Icon Division of Education Website
External Link Icon Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries
External Link Icon Bethel Bible College
External Link Icon Church of God Theological College
External Link Icon Pentecostal Theological Seminary
External Link Icon European Theological Seminary
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External Link Icon Eurasian Theological Seminary
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External Link Icon South American Seminary
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Support Services

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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.

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Undue Influences

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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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Engage Journal

Engage Journal

Church & Pastor Resources

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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

Arizona

Scott S. Wakefield, Esq.
Ridenour Hienton, P.L.L.C.
Chase Tower
201 North Central Avenue, Suite 3300
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: swakefield@rhlfirm.com
Phone: (602) 254-9900
Fax: (602) 254-8670
Website:  www.rhlfirm.com

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

Jim Bilbo, Esquire
Bilbo Law Office
PO Box 62
Cleveland, TN 37364
Phone: (423) 476-3556
Fax: (423) 476-3551

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.

Church Employment

This area is certainly a hot trend topic for church law. If you have a day care or a church school with a number of employees, you certainly need to know these rules.

In former years, employees were terminable at will, meaning that persons could be relieved of employment at any time and for any reason. Also, employees could end their employment at any time, at will. However, in recent years, state and federal laws have come into place which change this picture.

If you have a church policy handbook or an employee handbook, it should contain a clause which says, This document does not constitute a contract of employment..."

Also, there is a litany of federal statutes that exist, which, if they apply, may result in serious consequences regarding termination of employees. They are, among others:

1. Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 This Act covers discrimination because of sexual harassment, racial or ethnic discrimination, and other areas of protection. The Act covers hiring, firing, and many things in between.

2. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

3. The Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA).

4. American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

5. Fair Labor Standards Act which covers minimum wages.

6. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (if applicable).

There is an excellent labor law firm in the Atlanta area, Postic and Babb, made up of Church of God-affiliated attorneys, who are experts in this field. One of the members of this firm has written a treatise on this subject entitled, Wrongful Termination. This is a very helpful book. Another helpful source is a book entitled, The Church Guide to Employment Law, by Julie L. Bloss. This book can be ordered through Christian Ministry Resources (see above).

Also, be sure that your church carries proper worker's compensation insurance. This can be a very problematic area if you do not carry it.

In short, be very careful about labor relations and termination of employees. This is a new area of law that can be very troublesome for the unwary minister or church.

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Defamation

Defamation is defined as the speaking and publishing of false, distorted and misleading information about another, in a way that harms that person's reputation. Libel is written or published information, and slander is oral or verbal defamation.

Advise your pastors not to use the background stories or experiences of others in illustrations, without obtaining the consent of the person involved.

Be careful to advise your ministers not to violate confidences shared with them in a ministerial setting.

Undue Influences

Advise your ministers to be careful about receiving gifts from elderly persons or persons who may appear to be susceptible to the undue influence of a minister or church.

Any time such a person desires to give or will something to you or one of your ministers or a church, be sure that person gets independent legal advice, which means sending him or her to his or her lawyer, or a lawyer not connected with the church. This will remove the taint of undue influence.

Church Financing Programs

Application of Securities Law to Church Bond and Financing Programs

This is a new area of church law, which may continue to be more prevalent.

Under these rules, securities laws are enforced against churches or ministers, in the same way that they are enforced against corporations for fraudulent stock issues. In some cases, ministers have been held to be criminally and civilly liable.

In general, there should not be a material omission of financial information about the church or its financing or its building program. Material misrepresentations of the financial strength of condition of a church can lead to problems. There should not be false predictions of success or pay-back probabilities on these programs. Also, unfounded guarantees can result in problems.

Motor Carrier Regulations

On January 1, 1995, a federal act came into effect, which applies to church-owned or leased vans or buses used for interstate church-related functions. In particular, this would apply when your churches use church-owned or leased vehicles to cross state lines on church activities.

The act states that the vehicle must carry over sixteen (16) passengers including the driver or have a gross weight of over 10,001 pounds in order to apply.

There are numerous requirements under the act, including qualified drivers with commercial driver's licenses. Certain amounts of insurance must be maintained, and certain methods of operation must be used to operate the vehicle. The vehicle must have certain markings and certain parts and accessories. The driver may only drive certain designated numbers of hours of services, and the vehicle must have regular inspections, repair and maintenance.

The bottom line is that you should be careful when sponsoring an out-of-state church-related trip, to ensure that the vehicle meets these detailed specifications. If you need a telephone number for the United State Department of Transportation in your state, which will provide you with copies of these regulations, please contact me, and I will be glad to share same with you.

Property Issues

On the issue of property, be sure to verify that all properties involving our churches are in the proper Church of God form. I have the form Church of God Warranty Deed, and I regularly work with attorneys around the country, educating them as to our policies and procedures regarding property and providing them with forms.

Our method of property ownership not only benefits the denomination, but also provides advantages to the local church, because many local churches seek assistance through our MRP program, and other various business aspects, and these services cannot be provided, without the property being placed in the correct forms.

Child Care & Safety

Child Care & Safety on Church Premises

In the not-too-distant past, I have written two Profiles articles on the subject of child abuse and its relation to churches. This continues to be a very important topic, and I have reproduced these articles for your review. Please note the sources I mention in the articles, because they continue to be the leading sources for you in understanding the legal aspects of this very important issue.

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Education / Seminars

Education
Bethel Bible College
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
European Theological Seminary
Han Young Theological Seminary
Hispanic Institue of Ministry
International Bible College
International Studies
Lee University
Ministerial Development
Patten University
Puerto Rico Bible College
School of Ministry
South American Seminary
Western School of Christian Ministry
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Forms & Brochures

Brochure:

Incorporation of Local Churches

Forms:

Church of God Warranty Deed
(State/Regional)

Church of God Warranty Deed
(Incorporated Local Church)

Church of God Warranty Deed
(Unincorporated Local Church)

Application for Incorporation
(Evangelistic Association or Individual)

Application for Incorporation
(Local Church)

Youth Liability Medical Release Form (18 Year Age of Maturity)

Youth Liability Medical Release Form (21 Year Age of Maturity)

 

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Spiritual Help

Jesus calls everyone to accept Him as Lord and Savior of their life. The life in Christ is a new life, a changed life, because you have learned to walk daily with Jesus in a new dimension of love and understanding. The life in Christ is an abundant life in the Spirit; it is a daily walk with Christ.

This section of the Church of God web site provides spiritual help and resources in the daily Christian walk. If you are seeking to know Christ in His fullness, click on the link Jesus Saves.cc to discover how to find hope for your life through the good news" of Jesus Christ. In addition, "Spiritual Help" provides inspirational resources for the Christian believer.

Prayer is the channel through which all good flows from God to man: forgiveness, healing, power and love. It is a way of knowing God. If you would like to submit a prayer request, simply click on the button "Submit A Prayer Request." Your prayer need will be shared immediately with the Prayer Borne Ministry of the Church of God.

JesusSaves.cc
Find hope for your life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ; prayer, salvation, healing and deliverance.

Submit A Prayer Request
Need someone to pray for you or your need? Simply submit a prayer request on-line.

Prayerborne Ministry (Submit A Prayer Request)
Prayerborne Ministry is a group of retired Church of God ministers or spouses which has a sole purpose intercessory prayer for the Church of God and its constituency.

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Prayerborne Ministry

Prayerborne Ministry is an active and vital ministry at the Church of God International Offices and has been in effect for several years. Prayerborne is a group of retired Church of God ministers or spouses which has a sole purpose: intercessory prayer for the Church of God and its constituency.

Prayerborne meets each Wednesday at the International Offices of the Church of God, in Cleveland, Tennessee, and prays for many different types of prayer requests. Prayer is always offered up for the ministry of the Church of God and its leadership. Prayerborne receives many different types of prayer requests from all around the world.

It is exciting to hear seasoned prayer warriors" taking serious matters of concern to the throne of God in prayer! You are welcome to access this ministry by sending your prayer requests to Prayerborne, care of the International Offices. We will do our best to intercede for you and to take your requests to God in prayer!

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Education

Church of God Educational Institutions

Since the founding of the Church of God, educational training has been a standard for the denomination. Below is an alphabetical list of educational institutions and entities of the Church of God. Should you need further assistance in locating a particular educational resource, please use the FaithSearch option or contact the Church of God.

 

Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries

Marcos Ligero, D.D., Interim President
102 Valero St., Salcedo Village

Tel: (632) 819-0697
Fax: (632) 813-1313
Email: info@ascm.edu.ph


Bethel Bible College

Roy L. Notice, M.A., Principal
7 Patrick Road
P.O. 1694
Mandeville, Manchester
Jamaica, West Indies

Fax: 876-962-2869
Email: adminbbc@cwjamaica.com


Centro de Educacion Teológica

Adolfo Sequeira, Education Director
Apartado Postal 2330
Managua, Nicaragua

Tel: 505-279-8958
Fax: 505-268-9203


Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (SEMISUD)

Francisco Jiménez, President
Apdo. 17, 17-1439
Quito, Ecuador

Tel/Fax: 011-593-22872-511
Tel:593-22872-316
Email: semisud@uio.satnet.net


Pentecostal Theological Seminary

R. Lamar Vest, D.Litt., President
900 Walker Street NE
P. O. Box 3330
Cleveland, TN 37320-3330

Tel: 423-478-1131
Fax: 423-478-7711
Email: info@ptseminary.edu


Eurasian Theological Seminary

Thomas Rosson, Ph.D., President
Eurasian Theological Seminary
Ul . Porechnaya 15
109652 Moscow, Russia
Tel: 011-7-435-9440
Tel/Fax: +7 (495) 345-9440 (in Moscow)
Email: tomrosson@gmail.com


European Theological Seminary (ETS)

Paul Schmidgall, Ph.D., President
72250 Freudenstadt-Kniebis
GERMANY

Tel: 011-49-7442-490557
Fax: 011-49-7442-490544
Email: ets@ets-kniebis.de


Facultatea de Teologie "Betania"

Pavel Rivis-Tipei, President
Str. ION Budai-Deleanu 75
RO-2900 Arad,
ROMANIA

Tel: 011-40-57-25-3977
Fax: 011-40-57-28-1398
Email: betania.arad@inext.ro


Institutul Teologic Penticostal

Dr. Corneliu Constantineanu, Rector/President
B-dul Uverturii, nr. 210-220
Sect. 6 Bucuresti
060946 ROMANIA

Tel: +4021.434.16.23
Fax: +4021.434.75.15
Email: rector@itpbucuresti.ro


Latvian School of Christian Ministries

Agris Ozolinkevich, M. Div., Director
J. Asara St. 8
LV-3001 Jelgava, LATVIA

Tel: 011-371-308-1415
Fax: 011-371-308-1401
Email: cog_latvia@hotmail.com


Lee University

Paul Conn, Ph.D., President
1120 North Ocoee Street
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

Tel: 423-614-8000
Fax: 423-614-8016


Universidad Teológica del Caribe

Francisco Ortiz, M.Div., President
P.O. Box 901
St Just, Puerto Rico 00978-0901

Tel: 787-761-0640
Fax: 787-748-9220

Ministerial Development/School of Ministry

2492 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430

Tel: 423-478-7011
Tel: 877-344-0488
Fax: 423-478-7012
Email: info@ministerialtraining.org


USA Hispanic Educational Ministries

Enrique A. De Jesús, Ed.D., Director
P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430 UNITED STATES

Tel: 423-478-7231
Fax: 423-478-7895
Email: usahem@churchofgod.org

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Church of God International Offices

2490 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430 Cleveland, TN 37320-2430

Phone: (423) 472-3361 Fax: (423) 478-7066

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Church of God Minister’s Monthly Reporting


Click Here to Go to the Online Reporting Website


On-Line Reporting the Choice of Many Church of God Ministers

On-line reporting debuted October 1, 2004 on the Church of God Web site. For the thousands of Church of God ministers who submit monthly reports on their ministerial activity, the process has been much easier and more convenient.

In its first year of operation, the Department of Business and Records received more than 45,000 reports with more than 5,500 reports being submitted for the month of August, 2005 alone. The excellent response to this new method of reporting for ministers is clearly an indication of their acceptance of Church of God on-line reporting. Every minister who has the capability of reporting on-line is encouraged to do so.

Julian B. Robinson, director of the Church of God's Department of Business and Records, announced the launch of electronic reporting to the International Offices beginning with the September, 2004 Minister's Report.

"This is a milestone for the Church of God and a service we have been eager to provide," Robinson stated. "The Computer Services personnel have worked very diligently on this project and we are excited about the possibility of many Church of God ministers using internet technology for reporting."

Robinson explained that a link for the on-line reporting service is displayed on the Church of God Web site, and any minister who wishes to report will simply click on the minister's reporting link which will be prominently displayed on the site. The link will take users to the home page of ministers reporting where instructions will be given.

"Both money and no-money reports can be submitted and will be sent to the international and state offices," Robinson continued. "However, when submitting a money report, it will be necessary to print a receipt to be mailed with the check or money order to the international or state offices, whichever is applicable."

Data for ministers who report on-line and whose state offices are using the Regional Office Program by Suran Systems, Inc, will also be sent to the state offices electronically from the international offices, Robinson explained. Suran's software has been revised to interface with the new software for on-line reporting. Those offices that are not on the Suran System will be provided the data from the reports processed at the international offices and plans are being finalized to ensure that accurate data is provided to all state and regional offices.

"As might be expected, this venture requires patience and cooperation from everyone," Robinson stated. "We want to make certain that on-line reporting functions properly and we will have personnel available to assist anyone with questions."

For inquiries or information about on-line reporting, please call Mrs. Sharon Hobbs at (423) 478-7149 who is coordinating on-line reporting for ministers in the Department of Business and Records. In addition, a 'feedback' button is also available on the Web site where questions can be e-mailed. As an added option, ministers can edit reports the day they are submitted if corrections are needed.

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Reallocation of Resources Meeting Set

 

“Document adopted unanimously by the Church of God International Executive Council on April 30, 2009. Click here to read. Click here to download the document in its entirety.”

 

A meeting of the Committee of Action for the Reallocation of Resources has been set for April 30-May 1. The meeting is in response to action taken at the 72nd Church of God International Assembly last year in San Antonio, Texas.

Following debate on what was Item #3 of the Assembly agenda, the General Council at the Assembly referred the measure to the Executive Committee and International Executive Council.  The result was the formation of a Committee of Action (COA) to address the impact of realignment and reallocation of church resources. Since the General Assembly, a steering committee has conducted numerous meetings, gathering data and information on all aspects of the International Offices, including structure, personnel and capital assets.

The Committee of Action consists of every Church of God Administrative Bishop in North America and the first elected member of each state or region's council. It also includes the International Executive Council, and sub-committees from the Reallocation of Resources Steering Committee. Sub-committees include 1) Impact on World Missions (World Missions Board), 2) Impact on the International Offices (Budget Review Committee) and 3) Impact on States/Regions. The group of nearly 150 leaders is slated to gather at the Dixon Center on the Lee University campus in Cleveland, Tennessee where they will hear results and recommendations from the impact studies. The Executive Council will hear results from the steering committee earlier in the week at the International Offices during their regularly scheduled April session.

Although the two-day meeting will be closed to spectators other than the Committee of Action, Church of God Communications and Lee University will be broadcasting the proceedings via live video stream. To view the sessions live in progress, click on the link below at the appropriate session times which are:

Session One: Thursday, April 30, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Session Two: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Session Three: Friday, May 1, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session Four: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (if necessary)

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

There is no cost to view the broadcast, but download of flash video player may be required.

Watch live here.

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Symposium on the Great Commission


DVD Sets of Great Commission Symposium Available

If you would like to order DVDs of the sermons delivered at the Symposium on the Great Commission East, the following are available for immediate shipping:

* Raymond Culpepper - $15.00
* Niko Njotorahardjo - $15.00
*Ana Diaz - $15.00
*Loran Livingston - $15.00
Full Set - $50.00

Call toll-free 1-800-323-7264 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
(A small shipping charge will apply).

To Order Online Click Here

Resoources for teaching and learning about the Great Commission have been created especially for this initiative. These include study guides for adults, teens and children, as well as instructor's manuals and devotional guides. For more information on these resources, visit www.pathwaybookstore.com.

Raymond Culpepper Presentation

By popular demand, the powerpoint used during General Overseer Raymond Culpepper’s message during the Symposium on the Great Commission is available for download. The 61-slide presentation gives vital statistics and information vital to the Great Commission.


ENGAGING THE MISSIONAL MANDATE!

The glue that binds believers together in changing times is the Great Commission given directly by Christ. It is about not being just “mission-minded” but about being “missional”; it is about engaging the divine directive. This directive of Christ is the missional mandate of the church.

At the 2008 International General Assembly, General Overseer Dr. Raymond Culpepper called the church to three core initiatives. One of these is how the church can rally to a new engaging vision of the Great Commission. An integral part of this initiative was the convening of two Great Commission Symposiums—East and West which took place on September 14-15, and September 17-18, 2009.

The Symposium Indluded the Following Speakers


Raymond F. Culpepper has a life-long commitment and devotion to living out the Great Commission in his ministry. Elected general overseer of the Church of God in 2008, he immediately launched a three-pronged campaign featuring Prayer, the Great Commission and a Quest for Trust. He will share his passion for the lost as one of the featured speakers at both east and west venues.

 

Niko Njotorahardjo of Indonesia is senior pastor of one of the largest Church of God congregations with 125,000 members. He started his ministry in 1985 as God called him in restoration ministry of Praise and Worship. Presently, he is involved in “Healing Movement Ministry” having conducted more than 100 crusades in the past three years. His local church sponsors their own Bible School in Jakarta.

 

Ana Ruth Díaz is the founder and principal pastor of the Church of God Oasis of Love with more than 6,000 people attending each week. Located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Ana Ruth began her ministry at the age of 20 and today is well known for her passion and energy and is a frequent international speaker to leadership, church growth and healing conferences.

 

 

Loran Livingston is the senior pastor of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. Central Church was chartered in 1977 and Pastor Livingston became pastor just four months later. Beginning with a dedicated group of 19, today the church has grown to its present membership of over 7,000. Pastor Livingston’s ministry is well known throughout America for his powerful delivery of the gospel. He also serves as the voice of Forward In Faith, the international radio ministry of the Church of God.



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The Finish Line Summit


WATCH LIVE!


October 27-28, 2009


October 27


Opening Prayer Time:  12:00-1:00

Finish Line Vision: 1:00-1:30

Douglas LeRoy, James Davis, Suliasi Kurulo

Showcasing Methods: 1:30-3:00

Gustavo Crocker

BREAK: 3:00-3:30

Strategizing Movements: 3:30-5:00

Philip Jenkins

DINNER: 5:00-6:30

Sharing Models Part 1: 6:30-8:00

David Sobrepena

BREAK: 8:00-8:15

Sharing Models Part 2: 8:15-9:45

J. Hudson Taylor IV

Alexey Ledyaev


October 28


Running The Race Together:
8:30-9:00

David Griffis

Synergizing Mobilization Part 1: 9:00-10:30

Alex Mitala

BREAK: 10:30-10:45

Synergizing Mobilization Part 2: 10:45-12:15

James O. Davis

LUNCH: 12:15-1:15

Studying Multiplication Part 1:  1:15-2:45

Alex Abraham

BREAK: 2:45-3:00

Studying Multiplication Part 2: 3:00-4:30

Suliasi Kurulo

Finish Line Paper: 4:30-5:30

LeRoy and Davis

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In Their Own Words

These resources include documents and histories from the beginning of the Church of God movement.

Brief History of the Church that is Now Recognized as the Church of God
This is the first known history of the Church of God. It was written by the first General Overseer, A.J. Tomlinson, and included in his book The Last Great Conflict (Cleveland, Tenn.: Press of W.E. Rodgers, 1913), 184-98.

Selected Writings of R. G. Spurling
R.G. Spurling and his father Richard Spurling founded the Christian Union on August 19, 1886. R.G. Spurling became the first pastor of this fledgling congregation, which is considered to be the first Church of God. James M. Beaty, Ph.D, compiled these writings.

Note: To view PDF documents on this page you will need free Adobe Reader. Click here to download.

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