The Open Forums: What I’m Hearing so Far

General Overseer Tim Hill offers his candid perspective on this important initiative, which is a critical component of the future vision for the Church of God:

Desperate Situation Remains in Cyclone Region

The Southeastern Africa countries of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe experienced catastrophic flooding after a cyclone hit the coast last month. This event is being called one of the worst natural disasters the area has experienced.

Father-Son Pairs Offer Invocations with Executive Committee

Cleveland, TN–In his thrust to celebrate the Jeremiah Generation and the passing of ministry mantles, General Overseer Tim Hill is inviting parents and children called to the ministry to pray the invocation at the monthly gatherings of the Church of God Executive Committee.

Orphan Run 4 Hope Part of Winterfest Activities

The International Youth and Discipleship department held a special “Orphan Run 4 Hope” event on Saturday, March 9, as part of Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Knoxville, Tenn. The Run took place at the Smoky Mountains Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tenn.

Youth and Discipleship Offers Global Missions Trips

The International Department of Youth and Discipleship for the Church of God has offered two global training missions trips thus far this year. Coordinated by Tony Lane, the teams on these trips include children’s pastors, youth pastors, worship pastors, evangelism/outreach pastors, lead/senior pastors.

Lee University Nursing Program Ranked #1 in Tennessee

Cleveland, TN—The Lee University School of Nursing program was recently ranked #1 in the state of Tennessee by, a national organization dedicated to advancement of the profession of nursing.

Dorothy Jennings Roberson Celebrates 100th Birthday

Dorothy Jennings Roberson, a former director of Ladies Ministries and one of the Church of God’s most influential women’s leaders, reached the milestone of her 100th birthday on March 25.

‘Go Beyond’ Opens Kidfest 2019 Season

Frontier Kidfest is the first event of the 2019 Kidfest season and will take place at the Westin Hotel in Irving, Texas April 5-7, 2019.

Children’s ministry leaders from churches in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, South Central Hispanic Region and the Heartland Region will take their groups to Kidfest for a weekend encounter with the Holy Spirit. The weekend includes four dynamic church services designed just for kids and geared to their liking.

“Kidfest is an awesome opportunity for children to enjoy uninhibited worship and praise, with hundreds of their peers, as they together proclaim to serve a God without limits,” said Tony Lane, coordinator of children’s ministries for the Church of God. “Every year, hundreds of boys and girls are filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at Kidfest events around the country.”

“Church of God International Youth and Discipleship understands the need to target those between the age of 4 and 14 and is doing everything possible to reach those within that ‘4/14 window,’” Lane continued. “Ministry to children has been a priority at Youth and Discipleship for many years and Kidfest has been a ministry since 2002 in Texas. Since then, Kidfest has expanded to four locations in the United States, as well as influencing similar ministries internationally.”

According to Lane, Kidfest 2019 will be bigger and better than ever before. With the theme, ‘GO BEYOND,” each venue will focus on helping children understand the importance of the meaning of Ephesians 3:20. The guest speaker line-up includes Kidfest favorites: B-Shoc, Anointed, The CREW and more. Remix will again be providing pre-service programming. An addition this year is Josh Denhart, who will share teaching with scientific experiments. David Laflin will minister with illusions. Yoly Pacheco, a ventriloquist, will minister in Spanish and English. Chagy, a crowd favorite, will be also be involved in Frontier Kidfest.

Carolina Kidfest, April 12-14, will once again be held at the Charlotte, N.C. Renaissance Suites Hotel. Midwest Kidfest, April 26-28, is set for the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, where space is limited and the cost includes a 3-day admission to the indoor waterpark, as well as the four services. For the eighth consecutive year, Smoky Mountain Kidfest, May 3-5, will convene at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, an earlier site of Winterfest, it’s teenage counterpart. At this location, each group may secure their own lodging. Lodging recommendations, registration, and rooming list forms are all available on the website.

“Winterfest has been ministering to students for 35 years and Kidfest to children for 17 years,” Lane concluded. “Don’t wait until they’re old enough for Winterfest; take them to Kidfest now and reach them before they need rescuing!”

For a brochure or for more information, call 423-478-7229, email [email protected], or visit

Ministerial Internship Program Celebrating 40 Years

Cleveland, TN–The upcoming 2019 Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) Commissioning Celebration marks a special time in the history of MIP as the celebration will feature the 40th Anniversary. The services will be conducted at the North Cleveland Church of God on May 17 and 18, 2019.

Tony Lane Honored for Years of Children’s Ministry

Rev. Tony Lane, coordinator of Children’s Ministries, was recently honored by the Youth and Discipleship Department of the Church of God.

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