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Teenage boy steps into ministry leadership role

Teenage boy steps into ministry leadership role

Hydrant Church, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was forced to make budgetary cuts as a result of COVID-19. One of its most difficult decisions? Laying off its youth pastor. Surge, the name of Hydrant’s youth group, has struggled in establishing stability, as the...
House church model adopted by Canada church

House church model adopted by Canada church

Saint John First Wesleyan Church (SJ1) in Saint John, New Brunswick, has recently launched 18:20, a house church model intended to allow congregants to worship safely together as restrictions still limit large public gatherings. Grounded in Matthew 18:20, which...
Missouri church praying through pandemic

Missouri church praying through pandemic

Nearly nine years after it began, regular prayer meetings at a Missouri church are still going strong, in spite of COVID-19. The Caruthersville Wesleyan Church (CWC) in Caruthersville, Missouri, began its Tuesday night prayer meeting on September 13, 2011, spurred on...
Minnesota church offers hope

Minnesota church offers hope

Previously named Kingswood Church in Blaine, Minnesota, Hope Church was already prepared to serve the needs of the Minneapolis suburb prior to the hit of COVID-19 through its food shelf, Hope for the Community. Led and founded by Hope Church pastor, Dr. Alan Goracke,...
Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

When someone from the community needed a funeral for a recently deceased family member in the midst of current COVID-19 restrictions, she approached Rev. George Larue of Faith Wesleyan Church in Salem, Virginia, for help. Larue has been hosting drive-in services on...
Florida church launches amid pandemic

Florida church launches amid pandemic

The Florida District approved our launch for Table Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 11. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and our state was “locked down” just days later. But even with the lockdown, we felt the need to still launch our church, albeit in a...
“Encountering” Christ at a church plant in Ohio

“Encountering” Christ at a church plant in Ohio

Encounter Church in Commercial Point, Ohio, is only one year old and already impacting its community, even in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. Located about 20 miles south of Columbus, Commercial Point is surrounded by an area that is experiencing great...
Going from tragedy to triumph 

Going from tragedy to triumph 

Although South Carolina has not issued a “shelter in place” order for the COVID-19 virus, that’s what many residents found themselves doing as tornadoes cut a swath from Seneca in the “upstate” to Summerville in the “low country” early April 13.  While parts of Seneca...
Great Lakes churches serving their communities

Great Lakes churches serving their communities

Some Great Lakes Region District churches have been serving their local communities in “great” ways in the last few months. The Wesleyan Church of Fairfield in Fairfield, Illinois, has held an annual Community Coat Drive nine times. More than 250 coats and 120 pairs...
Fifteen Kingdom Force disciples

Fifteen Kingdom Force disciples

A baptism service held at Hillside Wesleyan Church (HWC) in Clyde, Michigan, provided the opportunity for stories of life transformation to be told. Fifteen people were baptized at on October 6, 2019, including several family groups: a mother and son; a father, mother...
Michigan church seeks to “inspire”

Michigan church seeks to “inspire”

Fremont, Michigan, usually doesn’t rise to the top of many people’s “highly influential cities” list. Aside from being the home of Gerber, the well-known baby food company, our central Michigan town rarely rises to the spotlight. That’s because the demographics can be...