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Full History of the Church of God's National Assembly
Below is the introduction of a New Book by Dr. Barry Callen titled, Leaning Forward. It is a complete history of our National General Assembly and its decisions over the years. For history lovers this is a must read. For those who want to research where the Church of God stands on specific spiritual and social issues it is a great reference.
This is the life story of the General Assembly of the Church of God in the United States and Canada. It’s rooted in the harsh church realities of the late nineteenth century and now has traveled through many subsequent generations.
The reform movement that this Assembly represents always has sought to “lean forward,” reaching in each new time and place for the realization of God’s will for individual believers and the church as a whole. That reaching now extends far beyond the circumstances of 1880 and the shores of North America, the limiting boundaries of the movement’s humble beginning.
Why remember this Assembly’s particular life story? We choose to remember even though we are focused on the new challenges and possibilities of the church in the twenty-first century. We remember because we don’t want to proceed blindly. Our sisters and brothers of yesterday have left many markers that we need. We look back with caution, of course. The church has always reflected the limits of its particular times and places. We look back, nonetheless, because we know that God has acted in the past and those actions remain guideposts for our future.
The Church of God movement has been committed to “going back to the blessed old Bible.” Why? Because it believes that this recording of sacred history is a dependable guide to God’s future with us. We learn about God and God’s ways by reviewing what God did yesterday. God’s past tends to point wisely toward God’s future. Likewise, in these pages we look back to a few of the church leaders, events, and thinking of yesterday not to gather the ashes of their campsites but to discover the fire in their souls that should still ignite ours.
The intent of the Church of God always has been for Christian believers to network as a mission-minded “movement,” not a fixed institution inflexible and focused on itself. It has been determined to be a living organism of God’s gifting, governing, and sending Spirit. There are to be no manipulative ways of group life contrary to New Testament teaching. Central always has been awareness that the ongoing quest for personal holiness and the intended result of unity among God’s people are necessary to accomplish God’s redemptive mission in this world.
From its beginning, the Church of God movement has sought to return to the truths, simplicities, and Spirit-directedness seen in the New Testament and early church. In contrast to binding creeds and domineering church organizations, this movement has attempted to remain open to the fresh and freeing moves of the Spirit of God.
We now honor this movement’s beginnings and the century of its life as seen in the story of its General Assembly in the United States and Canada. We remember appreciatively and cautiously, resisting the trap of being immobilized by the times, places, and thinking of yesterday. God moves on and God’s people must be free to lean forward into that future with fresh insight and obedience.
Can you believe that August is over and September is here? Well, I want to tell you about August before we get into September.
St. Louis Camp Meeting started on August 1st and CWC was busy. Monday all the ladies were invited to the WCG building for a time of fellowship and a sweet snack. At the April convention, the ladies had been asked to shop at the thrift store for fashionable clothing to bring to the camp meeting fashion show. These ladies modeled their outfits and revealed how much these fashionable clothes cost. Boy, are these ladies good at shopping! They spent a few dollars to just a few cents. We had a great time.
Tuesday at camp meeting was our Board of Directors meeting and Wednesday was our State Board Meeting. What a great group of ladies to work with.
Wednesday afternoon was our annual auction. It was a lot of fun and $1,200.00 was made. Thank you father and son team, Rick and Josh Webb, for doing a great job as auctioneers.
at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Traveling a Distance
If you are traveling a distance and would like to spend Friday night in an area hotel, First Church can arrange for hotel rooms in a hotel that they have a relationship with for $105.00 per night. Contact Alex Weeks, Youth Pastor at First Church in St. Joe, no later than September 16. Alex.email@example.com. For further questions, you can contact Alex at the church- 269 983-1524.
Finally, we know that fellowship and processing the information gained is vital. We want to suggest lunch and a short discussion following the training. The church will arrange for a catered lunch at the cost of $10.00 per person. Reservations would be necessary by September 16. Checks should be made to First Church of God with “DYM Training” in the subject line and mailed to: Rev. Alex Weeks, First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085.
Join us (Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church) for a three-day regional gathering of church multipliers! During this event participants will receive practical training on church planting models, strategic planning, fundraising, creating a dynamic new church culture and more! These three days are designed to provide the basic tools for leaders of new churches. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and pray with other like-minded regional church planters and experience the great city of Detroit through an immersion experience. You don’t want to miss this inaugural gathering as we envision together a multiplication movement in our region!
Monday, September 16:
Multiply Intensive Training | 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Making the Case for New Churches
Five Necessary Strategies for Starting A Missional Church
Identifying the Right Church Model for You
6:00 p.m. GWA Dinner at the Ford Garage (optional – not provided)
Tuesday, September 17:
Lunch and Dinner are provided
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (followed by dinner and Detroit experience)
Developing Organizational Mission and Values
Building the Necessary Church Systems
Developing a Fundraising Plan
Gravity: Becoming the Leader God Desires
Wednesday, September 18:
Multiply Intensive Training | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Healthy Marriages and Families
Building on a Foundation of Prayer
Training will be held at:
Dearborn Free Methodist Church
2801 S. Telegraph Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
Generation Z is projected to be the largest, most influential, and wealthiest generation in U.S. history. And as I’m sure you’ve experienced, at the same time Gen Z is being called the “least Christian” generation to date and is already facing an epidemic of depression and anxiety.
That’s the very reason we’ve decided to host Check Your Vitals: 3 Life-Changing Ways to Engage Gen Z, a half-day training coming to Farmington Hills Church of God on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
This is an official invitation to join us for this practical and affordable workshop created to reveal the keys to impacting teenagers’ hearts, minds, and souls while inviting them into a deeper, transformational, two-way friendship with Jesus.
Focusing on the unique challenges Gen Z teenagers bring to the table, Check Your Vitals will reinvigorate three essential ministry basics and show you how to:
- Practice an innovative style of relational ministry that naturally creates a highly interactive experience Gen Z is crying out for.
- Tap into the deepest cravings of Gen Z teenagers—including their hunger to feel connected, seen, and invited into close community.
- Create a ministry environment that helps Gen Z overcome an epidemic of anxiety and depression.
And Check Your Vitals was built specifically as a training tool for your entire ministry team, including youth leaders, volunteers, and even parents. Because it’s practical, affordable, and local, you won’t have to break the bank to attend. Registration costs as little as $29.95 per person.
some volunteers have a deeper commitment
some parents engage at a more practical level
some ministries make a greater impact
some churches have wider influence
some leaders leave a lasting mark
It happens when everyone who shows up cares about the faith of every kid.
It happens when they make it personal.
When it’s personal in the right way, it will not only change how your church sees your community, it
will change how your community sees your church.
That’s why we’re coming to your area to provide you with unique insights into aligning your team
and community to influence the next generation.
At Orange Tour 2019 you’ll learn how to:
// Build a strategy that is comprehensive from preschool to adulthood
// Synchronize small group leaders and parents to engage every week in the life of kids and students
// Design events that work together to compliment your overall strategy
// Develop a team that is aligned and plays together for maximum impact
// Rally volunteers around a common language that helps them win
// Partner with other churches to provide the kind of practical solutions that can transform the faith of a community
// Cue every parent and grandparent to leave a lasting legacy of faith and character in their own kids
Heritage Church is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Chaplaincy Training Course from November 4-8, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This training will allow those who are in need of credentialing as a Chaplain, or those who have a desire to become a Chaplain to apply to the IFOC for licensing and credentailing following the training. The cost of this training is only $300 if pre-registered by September 27, 2019.
The IFOC Chaplaincy Training Course is offered for Emergency Service Personnel, Law Enforcement, Industrial Chaplains, and those who wish to become Chaplains and includes training in:
Made for More Theme
Mobilizing God's People, God's Way
The theme focuses on how each of us are called for more in our lives, churches, and networks. We will walk through the 6 chapters of Ephesians during the main sessions.
Shift 1: From More Effort to More Jesus
Shift 2: From More Volunteers to More Masterpieces
Shift 3: From More Guilt to More Love
Shift 4: From More Hierarchy to More Missionaries
Shift 5: From More Programs to More Mission Fields
Shift 6: From More Strategy to More Surrender
If you want to make disciples, nothing is more important than who you believe Jesus is and what you teach about him. What we believe about Jesus determines what it means to be his disciple. Bill Hull often explains it to people this way: “The Jesus we preach and the gospel we uphold determine the disciple we get.” Stop and read that last statement again. What do you believe and teach about Jesus? That will decide the kind of disciple you are becoming and forming.
Jesus’ identity is a big deal. If we are helping people trust and follow Jesus, which Jesus are we introducing them to? Have we created Jesus in our own image, to suit our sensibilities, or do we know the real Jesus as he is revealed in the Bible? If we use Matthew 4:19 as a definition of a disciples, then we want people to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and be committed to his mission. To do that we need clarity on Jesus’ identity.
Oh, Give Thanks Unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever!
We are pleased to announce the retirement of Pastors Leo & Janell Robinson from The Holbrook Avenue Church of God. They have served God’s people faithfully for 32 years and it’s time for them to begin a new journey of adventures.
The theme is entitled, “The Adventures Begins.” Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105
The celebration will take place on Nov. 10, 2019, in our 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. services.
Pastor Bernard Winchester of Fairmont Heights, MD will be the guest speaker for both services.
Please join us as we honor and celebrate the ministry of this couple.
This conference is for pastors, church leaders and those involved in care ministries. Content is designed to help equip the church to answer the call to care. The keynote speaker is Pastor Michael Balboni of Park Street Church and Longwood Christian Community, who is also on faculty at Harvard.
Sponsored by the Henry Ford Health System Spiritual Care Departments.
Keynote: Reverend, Dr. Michael Balboni
Plenary Sessions: “The Face of Serious Illness” – Grace Pagaduan, DO
“Faith Driven Medical Decision Making” – Rev. Jim Kraft, MTh.
"Palliative Care: Improving quality of life for patients with serious illness" – Natalie Dumais, NP
Discussion Group – “Hope, Healing and God’s Sovereignty” (Praying with People) – Rev. Mark Coffman, MTh.
“Ministering to the Physically Broken in Your Community”- Pastor Kent Clark, Grace Centers of Hope
“Creating a Holistic Health Ministry in Your Church” – Rev. Ameldia Brown, RN
Final three nights at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
Three days of free time on the island
Basking in the warm, breezy, tropical Barbados climate
---Limited to 20 people---
**Register early and reserve your spot**
Mission trip to Guatemala- January 24-February 1, 2020
Mission Trip to Belize- February 22-29, 2020
The cost for each trip is $1500 per person and this will include airfare and all expenses once there including food, lodging and transportation . You will need money for souvenirs and offerings at church services. A Passport is required.
Both trips will most likely involve some Church construction and working with children so there should be something for everyone.
The Belize trip will be less "Rustic" as far as accommodation and food.
If you would like more information or if you would like to serve with us please contact me as soon as possible.
Floyd Tuttle, Greenville First Church of God, Greenville, Michigan
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
This two-week discipleship training is designed to connect students with cross-cultural learning and ministry engagement.
A.One.8 Training Highlights:
Life in community
The Global Church
Hands on learning
Ages: Juniors in high school (at least 16 years of age) or older
Cost: $2,000 (estimated)
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2020
Event Date: July 6-20, 2020
NEW SCHEDULING! A.One.8 will now be held as a post-IYC mission experience for students with a passion for missions! Participants will leave directly from IYC in Orlando to go to training at Lake Wales, followed by an international experience in Costa Rica (location to be confirmed). This is a competitive program, with chosen applicants participating in an interview process.
March 2nd-5th, 2020, join us in Orlando, Florida for Exponential Conference. Exponential tickets are already on sale for this life-changing event, and we want to remind you that we have pre-purchased a block of tickets for YOU. These tickets will cover our Pre-Conference and the Main Conference with all of the workshops together. Start planning your trip to Orlando, Florida today!
Exponential East Registration ($99) + HGC Pre-Conference ($59) $158.00
Spouse Exponential East Registration ($59) + HGC Pre-Conference ($59) $118.00