South Africa School of Ministry Establishes Next-Level Training

“Go and serve knowing that you do not go alone” (Henry B. Eyring).

2017 MIP Commissioning Celebration: A Huge Success

Cleveland, TN – From the beginning of the MIP Leadership Seminar to the benediction of the Commissioning service, the 2017 MIP Commissioning Celebration was filled with the Spirit, joy, and inspiration.

Vital Worship Grants awarded for 2017 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Robert Moore, Director of the Church of God Ministry to the Military, recently announced that outreaches near three military bases were the recipients of a grant from The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW).

Lee’s Charlotte Center to Merge with Division of Adult Learning

Cleveland, TN – Lee University is merging its Charlotte, North Carolina, branch campus into its online format, according to an announcement by Lee president Dr. Paul Conn and Dr. Ken Bell, administrative bishop of the Church of God in Western North Carolina.

The Mystery of Pentecost

As the Church of God prepares to commemorate Pentecost Sunday, June 4, Michael Utterback, director of Ministry to Israel offers this unique perspective on the mystery of Pentecost and its Biblical roots.

2017 Meeting of the Historical Society of Church of God Movements

Cleveland, TN—The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Church of God Movements will convene on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ministry Training Center of the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee. For the first time ever, the meeting will also be offered via live simulcast, online.

Church of God Missionaries Provide Services

Often, the Church of God constituency is not aware that missionaries rarely can serve in a foreign country just as a “missionary;” countries now require that missionaries provide services and education for their people.

MIP Commissioning Celebration Occurs This Weekend

Already, almost 1,500 people have registered for the 2018 Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) Commissioning Celebration that will be at the North Cleveland Church of God this coming Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20.

Spring/Summer Engage Released

The 2017 spring/summer issue of Church of God Engage has been released and is available digitally at

Alabama Church Worships in Pizza Restaurant

The following is a transcript of a television news report this week from ABC-affiliate WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Honoring More Than Mothers This Mother’s Day

For decades, Mother’s Day in the Church of God has meant more than just honoring the matriarch of the family. Through the years, the women of the Church of God have been instrumental in supporting The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, founded nearly 100 years ago in 1920. Church and women’s groups have been traveling to the campus for workdays, financially sponsoring a group home at the campus, saving thousands Campbell’s Soup labels to redeem for new vehicles, or participating in the Box Tops for Education program.

Superlatives Named at Smoky Mountain Jubilee

The 27th annual Church of God National Senior Adult Retreat, the Smoky Mountain Jubilee, brought some 1,200 senior adults from at least 20 states or regions to Gatlinburg, Tennessee on April 25-27, 2017. Musical headliners were the family group of Roger, Debra, and Lauren—The Talleys, along with Willis Canada, and Larry DeLawder, a tremendous musician who also is a hilarious Barney Fife impersonator. The Wednesday night worship speaker this year was Pastor Mitchell Tolle, from Man ‘O War Church of God in Lexington, Kentucky. Soloists, ensembles, choirs, musicians, writers, artists, and those creative with their hands, competed in the National Senior Adult Talent Competition in three divisions: Music, Creative Writing, and Creative Art.

Peru Receives Relief From World Missions

In recent days, Peru suffered cataclysmic devastation when, after a period of severe drought, wildfires developed that destroyed nearly 30,000 acres of land. With those conditions prevalent, when intense rains came causing flooding, 67 people were killed and thousands forced to evacuate the 115,000 homes that were damaged. Complicating the situation was the fact 100 bridges were also destroyed, making it difficult to send relief to those caught in the wake. Even in the capital city of Lima, the heavy downpour flooded outlying neighborhoods.

Chaplains Commission Offers Chaplaincy Training Course

The Church of God Chaplains Commission, in cooperation with the Pentecostal Theological Seminary will offer a new Community Service Chaplaincy training format in June.

Florida’s LMR Ministry

I first became aware of the value of a local missions representative (LMR) in the local church when I pastored the Troy, Michigan Church of God in the 1970s. In our church was a lovely lady, Violet Slaght, who had a passion for missions and missionaries.

Five State MIP Coordinators Recognized for Service

This year has been a notable year for five state Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) coordinators. Coordinators lead the MIP efforts in those states/regions in cooperation with the Church of God Division of Education.

Wade Miller, coordinator for the Ministry to the Military sector of MIP, completes five years as the coordinator. According to Dr. Don Bennett with the Church of God Division of Education,
Miller has the distinguished opportunity to provide the MIP seminar through video conferences in several countries around the world.

Bennett went on to say that Johnny Sawyer, MIP coordinator for Western North Carolina, completes ten years as coordinator in that region. Eddie Allen, coordinator in South Carolina, and Thomas Mitchell, coordinator in the Heartlands Region, complete 15 years as coordinators.

David Hagee, the coordinator in Virginia, completes 25 years as coordinator and is one of th longest-serving leaders for MIP. During his tenure, 238 applicants completed Calling and Ministry Studies (CAMS), 788 candidates completed the Ministerial Internship Program, and he has worked with 101 different supervising pastors.

“His supervising pastors and ministerial students compliment Bishop Hagee very highly, saying that he helped them acquire knowledge and develop skills to be effective in ministry,” Bennett stated. “Many commented that they would not be where they are without the mentoring of Bishop Hagee.”

This year’s annual MIP Commissioning ceremonies will take place on May 19-20 in Cleveland, Tennessee. During this time, MIP candidates who have completed the rigorous educational training are recognized and “commissioned” for service into the ministry by Church of God leaders.

Lee University Commencement Is This Weekend

Cleveland, TN—Lee University will conduct spring commencement ceremonies this weekend, May 5 and 6 on the Lee campus. Lee alumna and president of Austin Peay State University, Dr. Alisa White, will deliver the address during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. EST on the lawn of the Science and Math Complex (SMC).

LeaderLabs Session to be Livestreamed

LeaderLabs Skill #8 session entitled, “Organizational Culture: The Water You Swim In, the Role of Values, Mission, and Purpose,” will be offered live via the Church of God’s Facebook page located at The lab will feature two sessions of the popular course, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 9. It is scheduled to conclude at noon EST.

Seminary Offering ‘Freed To Be Me’

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary is offering a special one-day seminar entitled, “Freed To Be Me: Developing the Keys to Effective Leadership and Spiritual Transformation,” to be held on Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the campus of Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

All Africa Day of Prayer

Peter Thomas, field director for the Church of God in Africa, recently joined Christopher Sabale, prayer coordinator for Africa, along with other leaders in the nation of Botswana for the first-ever All Africa Day of Prayer.

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