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.

Open Letter About Pro-life ‘Unplanned’ Movie

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave an R rating to the pro-life movie Unplanned the true story which hits theaters across the nation this week, on Friday, March 29, about former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson. “Hollywood places a PG-13 rating on many films filled with serious violent and sexual content, with the hope that children and teens will fill the seats.

William Carey International University Closes Sale of California Campus

A Southern California university campus that has played a leading role in Christian missionary work around the world has been sold, it was announced today.

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.

How to Stay Renewed in the Spirit—Even in Old Age

This past weekend I preached at the historic Belmont Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a congregation that God used powerfully to spread charismatic renewal across the world in the 1970s. This was the church that gave us actor Pat Boone, Christian singers Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, and many anointed songwriters and outreach ministries.

USA.Life Launches to ‘Save America’

Christians and churches are sharing Christianity without fear or censorship on a new social network called USA.Life. “Pro-Christian USA.Life is one of the greatest works of God being done today, because it opens doors for Christianity,” said Steven Andrew. He is the Silicon Valley technology leader and pastor in charge of the website.

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.

Gathering to Host Thousands for CityFest East Texas

The RE:NEW Gathering on April 4 is expected to host thousands of people for a special night of inspiration, prayer, worship, and unity as more than 220 local churches prepare for a powerful season of outreach and service.

How Faith Inspired This Deaf Singer to Wow Millions on ‘America’s Got Talent’

It’s been two years since Mandy Harvey absolutely stunned the world with her viral America’s Got Talent performance—a display that left the typically harsh Simon Cowell in awe. Harvey’s vocals were on-point, but that wasn’t the only reason Cowell, his fellow judges and the studio audience erupted in applause and a standing ovation.

‘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!”

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