General Assembly Council Agenda Released

In keeping with the MINUTES of the Church of God General Assembly, the complete General Council Agenda for the upcoming 76th International General Assembly has been presented for perusal. The General Assembly is scheduled for July 19-22, 2016, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Police Prevent $25,000 Giveaway to Atheists in Washington, D.C.

Filmmaker and author Ray Comfort has to revise his outreach plans to atheists, according to Washington, D.C. police, or face arrest. At the June 4 Reason Rally in the National Mall, where an estimated 20,000 atheists will gather to hear speakers such as Johnny Depp and Penn Jillette, Comfort had planned to give away 5,000 copies of his new book about atheism, along with $25,000 worth of Subway gift cards to atheists, as a gesture of Christian love.

Evangelist Returns to Australia, Shares Hope of Christ

Evangelist Will Graham returned to Australia last week – a continent on which he’s preached biannually since 2010 – to share the hope of Jesus in the arid Outback. The three-day event, titled Reality, was held May 20-22 at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Producer Hosts New Christian Dance Radio Show

Former “I Love Christian Music/Jesus Child” Magazine Owner and Editor Dee Blackmore now known as Angel Elect (Angel E) is hosting a new weekly one hour Christian dance show starting Saturdays 28th May 2016 at 5pm BST on Radio 31.

Laurie Joins Christian Radio on June 24

Evangelist, teacher, author, and radio host Greg Laurie returns to NJ for Bridgefest 2016 on June 24-25 in Ocean Grove, N.J.

Ministry Plans to Reach All of Ukraine with the Gospel in 5 Years

Russian Harvest Ministries has launched Ukraine – Vision 2020 a five year plan to reach all 42 million people in the nation of Ukraine with the Gospel. Seventy evangelism teams are already reaching over 300,000 people every month with more teams added monthly.

Gospel for Asia Delivers Food Packages to Flood Victims

Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) are organizing supplies and relief efforts to help victims of flooding in Sri Lanka, which left dozens dead and thousands homeless.

General Assembly Site Ranks High on Destination Websites, Publications

When the 76th Church of God International General Assembly convenes on July 19-22, it will be the first time it has been held in Nashville, and 50 years since it was last held in Tennessee.

Ministerial Internship Program Graduates Commissioned

Dr. J. David Stephens, assistant general overseer for the Church of God, and the Division of Education staff are elated that the more than 1,100 people who attended the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) Commissioning Celebration were thoroughly blessed last weekend by the music ministry of Jordan Smith, the clear preaching about one’s call by Dr. Lamar Vest, and the Commissioning sermon to go and tell your story by presiding bishop for the Church of God, Dr. Mark L. Williams.

Ten Occupational Hazards of Ministry

When I surrendered to the call of God several years ago, I did it soberly because I knew I was stepping into a dangerous assignment. Despite what you might hear from a few prosperity preachers wearing silk suits and pancake makeup, ministry is not glamorous—nor is it risk-free.

Worship Leader’s Viral Chewbacca Video Infects Masses With the Joy

If your sides ache from laughter this weekend, chances are you saw Candace Payne’s record-shattering video as she tried on a Chewbacca mask from Kohl’s.

Family’s Prayers Answered in an Incredible Way

As a growing family, living in expensive New England, Massachusetts, business owner and entrepreneur Rob Willington knew he needed to find a way to pay for his family’s medical costs. The options available to him and his family via the Massachusetts Health Connector were limited and unaffordable. As a family of faith, they also had objections to many of the products and services conventional health insurance providers are mandated to cover.

VITAL Initiative Making an Impact in Virginia

The VITAL Initiative is moving across the Church of God in Virginia impacting pastors and small churches in the state.

ChristianMingle Partners with Lighthouse Church on Conference

Pastor Keion Henderson and The Lighthouse Church announced today that ChristianMingle, the premier online community for people of faith to meet, date and marry, has joined the sponsor lineup for “The 2016 Well Experience” singles conference.

New Booklet Makes Biblical Case for Why Economics Matters

In a new Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) booklet, Be Fruitful and Multiply: Why Economics is Necessary for Making God-Pleasing Decisions, IFWE economist Anne Bradley explains why “economic-thinking” is the key to faithful Christian stewardship and fruitfulness.

Spirit-Empowered Believers Celebrate Pentecost in Europe

LONDON—Empowered21 concluded the inaugural E21 Europe Congress and Pentecost celebration with a time of impartation as international ministry leaders anointed hundreds of delegates during the closing session at Ruach City Church, historically known as the Gaumont State Theater.

WAKE: A Student Missions Experience at the General Assembly

A unique opportunity for young people will take place at the upcoming Church of God 76th International General Assembly, scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee July 19-22 at the Music City Center.

Virginia Homeschool Convention Welcomes Reps from 32 Schools

Some parents question whether a home education adequately prepares students for the challenge of college. But according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university, homeschooled students graduated college at a higher rate than their public- or private-schooled peers.

Seven Relational Skills of Great Church Leaders

They are the two most common causes of forced termination of pastors.
• Weak leadership skills.
• Poor relational skills.

Nine Ways Your Church Can Use Twitter on Sundays

Recently, a friend who runs social media for a church plant asked me about the specifics of using Twitter on Sundays. The question was a great one because it points to a greater benefit of Twitter than its use as an information platform. Because of its brevity and immediacy, Twitter can serve as an experience enhancer.

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