The last several months we have suffered many problems with social unrest and political upheaval. We were unable to gather our leaders in April for training due to many travel restrictions, road blocks, and a government order for no public gatherings. In spite of this, our districts held their own gatherings and God tremendously blessed, as we will share below. As an update, we believe we have experienced an answer to our many prayers. In recent weeks, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has resigned and the government has installed a new Prime Minister who is a Pentecostal believer! He is also from the Oromo tribe, the tribe who has suffered most of the oppression in recent years. We are so thankful that these changes are taking place with very little force.
We are blessed to look back at our heritage and the moments that have had an impact on our lives. Celebrating our upcoming 100th International Assembly, brings memories of these life changing events. Below is a few of these more memorable times.
There is a waiting list available for our contracted downtown Chattanooga hotels. To be placed on the waiting list, please call Connections Housing at 702-675-6570 / 833-245-3814 Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 8:00PM EST. To be placed on the waiting list, you must have a current reservation at one of our contracted hotels. Connections Housing will contact you if a downtown room comes available. Placement on the waiting list does not guarantee a downtown room. Note – There are still plenty of rooms available outside the downtown area. These rooms can be reserved here or you can call the numbers listed for Connections Housing. Thank you.
From the Office of the General Overseer
The Church of God of Prophecy is a global family ministering in villages, towns, and communities in 135 nations of the world. This international ministry has, from its early days, held to the ideal that God’s church would be composed of every “kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9). We have, to the best of our ability, fashioned this Church along those lines, even when multiculturalism was unaccepted and illegal in some countries.
Today, as we face actions and words that seek to divide us, the Church of God of Prophecy remains committed to the biblical affirmation that every man and woman is made in the image of God.
As an all-nations church, especially during this season of seeking, let us choose to remain faithful in praying for our leaders and be united in purpose to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For twenty-one days, beginning January seventh, we will unite around specific daily prayer directives. These prayer guides are available on this page and on our social media to help insure our prayers are touching the most current needs.
I am also inviting you to join us January seventh, on the first evening of our season of seeking, for our global Night of Prayer live via simulcast. During this time, you will be able to submit requests that will be prayed for by our staff and ministry leaders, as well as those watching online.
Thank you for making plans and efforts to join me in prayer. I believe even greater things are ahead for the Church of God of Prophecy, but they will only be obtained through prayer and fasting.
Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. Fasting and prayer can also work on a much grander scale. According to Scripture, personal experience and observation, I am convinced that when God’s people fast with a proper Biblical motive-seeking God’s face not His hand-with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival – a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
During this annual Night of Prayer at the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices, everyone can join in the prayer movement online as we pray together. Viewers can submit prayer requests through social media, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and by telephone. We will pray for those requests during the event. Last year, more than a thousand people joined together from areas all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Germany, El Salvador, and India. Simulcast LIVE in English, Spanish, and French.
NIGHT OF PRAYER LIVE SIMULCAST
January 7, 2018 | 7 PM EST
JANUARY 7—13, 2018
CORE VALUE TARGET
GLOBAL FAMILY TARGETS
North America and Caribbean
JANUARY 14—20, 2018
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GLOBAL FAMILY TARGETS
Central and South America
JANUARY 21-27, 2018
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GLOBAL FAMILY TARGETS
Africa, Asia, Europe/CIS/Middle East
The early history of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) is now easier to access than ever! The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center recently completed digitization of the COGOP’s flagship periodical, the White Wing Messenger, from 1923 to 1954. These years (consisting of 765 issues) are now accessible on the Consortium of Pentecostal Archives website.
The COGOP is a significant classical Pentecostal denomination with over one million members in over 130 countries worldwide. Established in 1903 and with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, the COGOP shares a common history with another classical Pentecostal denomination, the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). In recent years, the COGOP has been forging closer relationships with its sister Pentecostal fellowships.
The digitization of the White Wing Messenger was itself a cooperative effort across the denominational divides. The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (the archives of the Assemblies of God) completed the digitization of the project. The idea for the project originated with Tim Carter, Director of the Arise Shine Pentecostal Historical Center. Carter suggested to Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center Director Darrin Rodgers that the White Wing Messenger needed to be digitized. The Arise Shine Pentecostal Historical Center is the archives of the [Ephesus] Church of God, a small denomination which has its roots in the COGOP. Rodgers approached Dr. David Roebuck, Director of the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center (the archives of the Church of God [Cleveland, TN]), and asked him if he could make contact with the appropriate person within the COGOP to secure permission. Roebuck contacted Paul Holt, who serves as Executive Director of Finance and Administration for the COGOP, who agreed to allow the magazine to be digitized. Through Roebuck’s encouragement, the COGOP became a member of the Consortium of Pentecostal Archives (CPA), a cooperative effort of Pentecostal archives, denominations, and publishing houses. Other CPA members include the denominational archives of the Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland, TN), the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The digitized issues of the White Wing Messenger are now accessible and text-searchable on the CPA website.
The years of the White Wing Messenger that have been digitized (1923-1954) are important because of the rarity of those issues and their importance to the formation of the COGOP. During these early years, the White Wing Messengerwas published in a large newspaper format and very few copies survived. Starting in 1955, the magazine changed to a magazine format, and the denomination began selling annual bound volumes of the magazine. Bound volumes of these later years are located in various libraries and archives and are accessible to researchers. However, the years 1923 to 1954 were not very accessible to researchers.
Paul Holt expressed gratitude for the assistance in preserving and promoting the COGOP’s heritage. He stated, “we are deeply appreciative to the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center for their willingness to digitize this historic material. We are also pleased to join hands with our friends in the Pentecostal movement to celebrate our rich heritage while also moving forward to touch the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.” Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center Digital Archivist William Molenaar supervised the digitization project and was assisted by Archives Specialists Michelle Rahmoeller and Caleb Whitlow.
Over the past year God has been doing some wonderful things for Heritage Ministries, and more specifically, for Fields of the Wood. Support has been growing, as has park attendance. But the park is nearly 75 years old, and many, if not all, of the markers and structures need attention. The park has stood as a testament to the faithfulness of God for 75 years, and we want it to thrive for another 75. We have labeled this undertaking as our “Fields of the Wood Renewal Campaign” (#fowrenew).
Over the past year, smaller projects have been the focus:
- Water has been run to Prayer and Ten Commandment Mountain.
- A new employee was hired to begin the daunting task of pressure washing everything.
- The road atop Prayer Mountain is being extended to reroute near the exit.
- We’re continuing to clear and trim overgrown tress and hedges.
- The bathrooms behind the café have all new commodes and fixtures.
- Problematic septic issues have been addressed.
- Pool pump and equipment is new, with a new liner coming in the Spring.
People from around the globe continue to help! And you can join in the renewal process too! We have recently simplified the donation process through a new website, fowrenew.org. Anyone who wants to give to the renewal project can go to fowrenew.org and simply click the donate button. Or, a check can be mailed to our offices with “fow renew” in the memo line.
We do hope you’ll consider helping us RENEW Fields of the Wood! Help us continue to declare God’s faithfulness from the Hills of Murphy, North Carolina!
North America Ministries suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Bishop L V Jones, Overseer of Alabama on Friday, November 24, 2107. Our prayers are with his wife and family. He was a statesman and spiritual giant in the state of Alabama and will be missed greatly by our pastors and local congregations. Absent from the body, Bishop Jones is now present with the Lord.
The arrangements for Bishop L V Jones, State Overseer of Alabama are as follows:
Visitation, Monday, November 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM (CST)
Woodland Hills Church of God of Prophecy
673 Memorial Drive
Bessemer, AL 35022
Funeral Service, Tuesday, November 28, 11:00 AM (CST)
also at the Woodland Hills, Bessemer church
Burial will be in the Hopewell Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery
8100 Hopewell Rd., SE
Bessemer, AL 35022
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Camp Booth, c/o Church of God of Prophecy,
PO Box 707, Bessemer, AL 35021
Accredited Ministry Development Welcomes Dr. Michael L. Plumley
Accredited Ministry Development (AMD) of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) announced on Monday the addition of Dr. Michael L. Plumley to its staff. He will serve in a new role to advise and coordinate program accreditation, development, and assessment.
The mission of AMD is to provide educational programs and training opportunities that are theologically sound and practical in scope so that leadership and ministry within the COGOP movement are equipped to mature spiritually, be fruitful in ministry, and participate in God’s global mission. This mission is primarily being achieved through the Church’s four academic partnerships that provide onsite and online instruction to hundreds of students around the world.
“For the past year, since the inception of AMD, I have been seeking ways to strategically and legitimately bridge our work with the unaccredited training initiatives of the Church,” said Shaun McKinley, director of AMD. “My goal has been to find ways that participants of those programs might be able to receive course credit with one or more of our academic partners. The work that Dr. Plumley will do will help advance our efforts, not only strengthening the training programs offered by Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries but also giving students opportunities to progress more quickly toward completion of a certificate or degree, if they choose.”
Among his many achievements, Dr. Plumley has completed undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate studies in education, having earned his Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is presently serving on the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as well as an independent consultant for educator preparation programs with several notable and reputable accredited universities. He has previously served on the Tennessee Education Association Board of Directors, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Unit Accrediting Board, Tennessee Education Association, and National Education Association Resolutions Committee. In 2006, his contributions to education were recognized when he had the distinct honor of being selected as a delegate to the US / China Joint Conference on Education, which was held in Beijing.
“As a son of the Church of God of Prophecy, Dr. Plumley has a deep love for our movement and desires to help us advance the cause of education and ministerial preparation,” said McKinley. “We are beyond grateful and blessed that he has agreed to invest his extensive knowledge and expertise into the early stages of this ministry.” Dr. Plumley is a deacon at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy where he has served on the Finance and Administrative Committee since 2000.
AMD presently collaborates with its partners to offer onsite and online programs leading to the Certificate in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Ministry, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, Master of Arts in Counseling, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. AMD has offered courses throughout the world and recently conducted its first international certificate cohort in Chile. Plans are underway to expand these entry-level schools throughout South America and Africa in spring 2018. To learn more, visit cogopamd.org.
We want to thank everyone who has taken part in the disaster relief efforts over the past weeks. Now, you have an opportunity to aid in the reconstruction process for the Caribbean islands.
Suffering intense devastation, our people in the Caribbean need assistance in their attempt to reconstruct churches and support families who lost so much.
Please watch the video for updates on the Caribbean islands and learn how you can impact these lives!