Mentoring Novice Leaders

 Although he has been involved in ministry for a quarter century, Brian K. Herring remembers the early days when he had so much to learn. Like many ministers, Herring started out as a youth pastor, and he gladly accepted the advice of older clergy who spoke into his life. Now, at 43, Herring is passing … [Read more…]

Strangers No More

Marvin J. Miller, pastor of Wellington First Assembly (WFA) in Kansas, had no idea that his mentoring ministry would link him to Matthew R. Maestas, a fellow student whom he never met while attending the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. They both graduated from the Springfield, Missouri, school in 2016. Miller received a Doctor of … [Read more…]

Reach South Africa's Urban Tribes

In May 2018, Greg and Sarah Owens and their children Abby and Caleb arrived in Durban, South Africa, to help establish Northplace Church Durban — a new church plant begun just that February. Northplace Church Durban is one component of “Urban Tribes,” an AGWM ministry focus aimed at Africa’s growing urbanization. City growth is a … [Read more…]

Gospel Legacy Continues

Once gloves fell from national fashion, the economy of Gloversville, New York — where 90 percent of them were crafted — began a slide from prosperity into the industrial rust belt. Thousands of residents moved away. Today, the community, with a dwindling population of 15,000, is full of abandoned, derelict houses of worship. The former … [Read more…]

Valuing Women and Treasuring God’s Word

The women of Bethel Church in Temple, Texas, will meet you at the door. Six Wednesday nights each in spring and fall, Bethel Women hosts 150 to 200 guests for coffee, fellowship, and discipleship as they gather to study God’s Word. Bethel Women’s leaders present studies with an established teaching team that includes ReGina Johnston, … [Read more…]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Extreme sadness and depression are words that come to Bethany McGrath’s mind when talking to a woman dealing with infertility or pregnancy loss. She didn’t stop loving God, but she often questioned His decisions. “I was angry so many times,” McGrath recalls. “I wanted to stop ministry and move far away.” McGrath and her husband, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Feb. 22, 1919

One hundred years ago, Assemblies of God missionary Albert Norton witnessed the tragic starvation and suffering of countless people in India. He responded to this humanitarian crisis in a Pentecostal Evangel article, in which he argued that Christian preaching must be accompanied by works of compassion. Norton’s experience in India gave him a different perspective … [Read more…]

BGMC Breaks Giving Record — Again

For the fifth consecutive year, giving to Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) has broken the previous year’s record-giving total. In 2018, giving crested $8.5 million for the first time in the history of the program. According to David Boyd, BGMC national director, in 2018 $8,541,108.67 was given through BGMC to help missionaries reach the … [Read more…]

Not Less Than

When Paul and Julie Richardson arrived in Licking, Missouri — population 3,100 — to pastor the local Assemblies of God church, around 20 people came on a weekly basis. Seven years later, the average attendance is 120. In 2016, a staff pastor who works with Texas County emergency responders noticed a high percentage of single … [Read more…]

Gratitude for Chaplains

Pastor Ted L. Cederblom says his love for the nation’s military and its chaplains may have begun as early as infancy, when U.S. Marines rescued his missionary family from the midst of a war zone. Born in the Dominican Republic to missionary parents Larry and Dorothy Cederblom, he was barely a year old in 1965, … [Read more…]