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Since 1919* The Pentecostal Messenger has served as the official voice of the Pentecostal Church of God.​

​*In 1919, the official publication of the Pentecostal Church of God was called the Pentecostal Herald. The name was changed to The Pentecostal Messenger in 1927.

ISSUES OF THE PENTECOSTAL MESSENGER
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The Expectation of One Mission. One Movement
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 93, No. 1, Winter 2019

This edition of the Pentecostal Messenger poses the question: Are you expecting for a second-century PCG? Did you realize that 2019, our Centennial year, is upon us? One hundred years ago our founding fathers gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to cast God’s vision for our movement. Now, being on the cusp of a new chapter, we celebrate all that God has done, and we anticipate all that He will do.

 

What will a second-century PCG look like? Over the last year, we have united under the banner of One Mission—One Movement, but what exactly does that mean? In our cover feature, Bishop Wayman Ming Jr. seeks to add practical application by looking back at the progress of 2018 and looking forward to our expectations for 2019. Similarly, Rev. Chuck Wilson clarifies that One Mission—One Movement is not just another catchy slogan but is actually a “precise message” and a “concise rallying cry” for our fellowship.

 

Taking Bishop Ming’s cue, much of the issue reflects upon past and future. In interviews, you will find Rev. Ron Minor’s inspirational thoughts about his tenure as general secretary, and you will journey with the Yursiks as they follow God’s call as missionaries to Peru. In the story, you will read of various ministries (such as American Indian Missions) and pastors (such as Silver Garza) who have been and continue to be an embodiment of the missional movement of Christ. And finally, in articles written by General Secretary Dan Coleman and Rev. Fiona Parker, you will be invited to walk as “the kind of people we should be.”

 

With these in view, we again ask: Are you expecting for a second-century PCG?

The Globalization of One Mission. One Movement
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 92, No. 4, Fall 2018
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”These powerful words from Matthew 28:19 are among a number of verses in Scripture that provide Christians with a clear directive. So, what are we doing to follow this mandate? This edition of the Pentecostal Messenger seeks to answer that question (at least in part) by focusing on the PCG’s active commitment to reaching “all nations” through The Globalization of One Mission—One Movement.

In his feature article, General Bishop Wayman Ming Jr. expresses that “we are a multinational, multicultural, multigenerational church.”Yet, preaching the gospel to every creature doesn’t necessarily mean literally traveling the world. It’s really all about each individual’s “sphere of influence.”World Missionary Karl Hargestam writes about ministering to unreached people groups through a variety of programs, and General Secretary Dan Coleman notes in his column that it is “our job to get the gospel to everyone everywhere.”

In recent months, PCG leaders made their way across the globe for the All-Asia and All- Americas Continental Conferences, Africa Summit, and PCG Canadian Convocation. Be sure to check out the coverage of these events and the interesting pictures that illustrate each story. A special insert is also included in this issue: our annual memorial tribute to those PCG ministers who went to be with the Lord in 2017.

IN REMEMBRANCE: As this edition of the magazine was being sent to print, the news came that former PCG General Bishop Loyd L. Naten had passed away unexpectedly. Our love and continued prayers are with the Naten family as we fondly remember this faithful servant of the Lord and his many years of ministry leadership with the Pentecostal Church of God.

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The Culture of One Mission. One Movement
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 92, No. 3, Summer 2018

This edition of the Pentecostal Messenger focuses on the “Culture of One Mission—One Movement” and provides crucial insight on this topic via thoughtful articles from our contributing writers.

What does the word culture really mean? How do cultures develop? How can PCG ministers, churches, and our movement (as a whole) create and foster cultures which will advance our One Mission—One Movement commitment? In our cover feature, General Bishop Wayman Ming Jr. opens this dialogue and suggests a cultural shift through intentionally living in three distinctive ways.

Pastors Glenroy Powell and Josh Pennington present even more to consider as they address the importance of developing a culture of unity and a culture of calling in their respective articles. Plus, Rev. Vernell Ingle examines the connection between true learning and a culture of humility in “The Mandate” column; and Empowered Women’s Ministries Director Kimberly Ming speaks to “Cultivating a Heart of Mentorship” in this issue’s department focus.

We’ve also included highlights from Impact Summerfest 2018—the most-attended Summerfest program yet! As we close the books on this successful event, we’ve already turned our full attention to next year’s Centennial Celebration. Mark your calendars for June 25-28, 2019. Destination: Irving, Texas (part of the DFW Metroplex and close to our own International Mission Center). Details are forthcoming, so watch for updates via the PCG website, email, social media, and your own mailbox!

The Value of One Mission. One Movement
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 92, No. 2, Spring 2018
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Pentecostal Messenger, which features the “Value of One Mission—One Movement” and seeks to create the guidelines necessary to stay on course. Mission accelerates movement, but values accelerate mission.

 

The Pentecostal Church of God already exists with a value system. Interestingly, much of it may be more accidental than intentional. In this issue, General Bishop Wayman Ming Jr. addresses the importance of inspiring a value shift that will impact the first chapter of a
2nd-Century PCG. We pray you will hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit as He confirms this value shift in your own heart.

 

With the name of the “General Office” changing to “International Mission Center” and a commitment to equip new ministers and missionaries, church planters and multicultural leaders, and our existing pastors, we hope 2018 will be a year of accelerated movement toward the mission of Christ for our time and church.

 

Planning is now in real-time for our Centennial celebration in 2019. The time is set—
June 25-28—and the place is already scheduled—Dallas-Fort Worth. Stay tuned as specific information comes your way for a divinely providential moment of “celebrating our history” while “clarifying our destiny.” 

 

Down through the years, all members from all churches were encouraged to attend our PCG conventions. The Centennial is a “once-in-a-lifetime” moment. If you want to know where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, this moment is for you. Join the movement by attending “Centennial 2019.” 

One Mission. One Movement
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 92, No. 1, Winter 2018
We hope you enjoy this special edition of the Pentecostal Messenger, which features the call to One Mission—One Movement by Dr. Wayman Ming Jr., our new general bishop. Since January is often a vision-casting month for pastors and churches, this edition seeks to create a connection point from the PCG to every local congregation. Without mission, we perish.

 

Our prayer is that One Mission—One Movement will resonate in every heart and catalyze the Pentecostal Church of God to become a “unified movement of people who live the mission of Christ in their world by the power of the Spirit.”

 

In this issue, each ministry director provides a unique expression of One Mission—One Movement in his/her sphere of influence. We pray that you sense the “unity of the Spirit” as this amazing ministry team purposes to blend their voices as one.

 

With the name of the “General Office” changing to “International Mission Center” and a commitment to equip new ministers and missionaries, church planters and multicultural leaders, and our existing pastors, we hope 2018 will be a year of accelerated movement toward the mission of Christ for our time and church.

 

Planning is now in real-time for our Centennial celebration in 2019. The time is set—
June 25-28—and the place is already scheduled—Dallas-Fort Worth. Stay tuned as specific information comes your way for a divinely providential moment of “celebrating our history” while “clarifying our destiny.” 

 

Down through the years, all members from all churches were encouraged to attend our PCG conventions. The Centennial is a “once-in-a-lifetime” moment. If you want to know where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, this moment is for you. Join the movement by attending “Centennial 2019.”  

General Convention 2017: Special Edition

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 91, No. 2, Summer 2017
We hope you enjoy this special expanded edition of the Pentecostal Messenger, which features full coverage of our biennial General Convention held during the summer. Thanks to the many ministers and their families who made the journey west for a nonstop convention week of celebration and worship. A round of applause and a big THANK YOU to Higher Vision Church and its phenomenal staff and volunteer teams who provided countless hours of assistance from the early planning stages to the final orchestration of our event. We simply couldn’t have done it without you!

On the heels of Convention, we began a leadership transition as Dr. Wayman Ming Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, prepared to relocate from California to Texas as our new general bishop and women’s director, respectively. Concurrently, we bid General Bishop Loyd Naten and his wife, Trisha, a fond farewell. Both bishops have written insightful articles for this issue as they each start a new journey. Our annual memorial tribute pays homage to those PCG ministers who moved on to glory in 2016, and we remember former General Bishop James D. Gee, who passed away just before the start of Convention. Plus, this magazine recaps our youth-oriented Summerfest program, which brought kids and teens from across the United States together for Bible quizzing and talent competitions. 

Planning is already underway for the next convention in 2019, which will celebrate our 100-year anniversary. Stay tuned as the Pentecostal Church of God – YOUR organization – kicks into high gear to bring you a centennial event you won’t want to miss!

Looking For Jesus
The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 91, No. 1, Spring 2017
In the spirit of Easter and its reason for celebration, the theme for this edition of the magazine is Looking for Jesus. The columns written by General Bishop Loyd Naten and General Secretary Dan Coleman, provide thoughtful insights on the topic as they select on what it truly means to search for our Savior, knowing what His resurrection means to all Christians.

Additionally, we introduce the soon-to-be graduates of Messenger College – future Pentecostal leaders who are eagerly looking forward to continued service through their respective callings. We also get a glimpse at life on the road with David and Ruby Petty, who share a montage of photos from their travels in 2016 for PCG Indian Missions. And we say farewell to longtime ministry leader Chaplain Lemuel Boyles, who passed away in January but left an indelible mark on our organization.

Throughout this edition, we provide most everything you need to know about the upcoming General Convention and Summerfest events scheduled in Southern California this June. From the schedule of activities to the steps for registering, we have filled this issue with information to aid in planning for the trip. Hope to see you in Valencia for our next biennial convention

 

As we transition from fall into the winter months, we typically start thinking (with a degree of disbelief) how the year is almost over, and we set our sights on the end-of-year holidays. Many enjoy a feast of turkey and dressing with family and friends on that fourth Thursday in November, giving thanks on the day aptly named Thanksgiving. Then, almost immediately, we turn our attention to Christmas – a joyous, holy day for Christians! This is the time of year in particular when many count their blessings and relish the season of giving. With this in mind, we focus on the blessedness of giving for this edition of the magazine. Did you notice the front cover of this issue? The images are from actual PCG events and work projects­­­ – all designed to give hope and comfort, in addition to hands-on help, to those in need. 

For some personal insight on the blessedness of giving, General Bishop Loyd Naten reflects on the topic in his column on page 6 (Spanish translation, page 8). In addition, guest contributor Elisa Johnson poignantly shares her connection with the Northern Cheyenne people in Montana – an inspirational read which reminds us that giving of oneself to minister on behalf of the Lord is its own blessing (page 29). Also included in this edition: Datelog 2017 – important PCG and district event/activity dates to reference throughout the year (page 23); a preview of the upcoming PCG General Convention (page 12); and a feature on the European Continental Conference held in England (page 16).

The Blessedness of Giving

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 90, No. 3, December 2016

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger centers on the faithfulness of God. Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV) tells us: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” We find examples of God’s faithfulness throughout the Bible, as well as from our own personal experiences. General Bishop Loyd Naten shares his thoughts on the subject in his column on page 6; and

General Secretary Dan Coleman reminds us we can always count on God, even during times of despair (see page 8).

Touched by faith, our dedicated PCG youth turned out in numbers for this year’s Summerfest held in Phoenix, Arizona. Highlights of the program, including the results of the National Talent Expo and Impact Bible Quiz competitions, start on page 26.

Also featured in this edition: an introduction to our newest PCG district – the Northeast District (page 12); a thank you to long-time staff member Peggy Allen, who retired earlier this year (page 10); and our annual memorial tribute to those PCG ministers who passed away in 2015 (page 15). Blessings to each of you as we enter this fall season.

The Faithfulness of God

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 90, No. 2, September 2016

General Convention

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 89, No. 1, April 2015

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger recaps the 2015 General Convention and Summerfest programs held June 22-26 in Arlington, Texas. More than 1,000 people gathered, prayed, sang, and joined in fellowship to worship as a PCG family. It is our hope this edition captures some of the countless memories of GenCon15—serving as a momento for those who were able to participate and as a window into the week for those who were unable to attend.  
We thank all of you for your unending support as our organization moves forward into a new season. We want to welcome General Bishop Loyd Naten as he transitions from the general secretary’s office. And we warmly greet Dan Coleman, who leaves his position as Michigan District bishop to assume the role of general secretary.


Finally, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to former General Bishop Charles Scott for his leadership and service to the PCG community. To Brother Scott: we appreciate your dedication over the past eight years and wish you all the best in your future endeavors

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger focuses on General Convention 2015. As this exciting time approaches, we have kept the idea of Transformation on our hearts. In order to continue growing as a unified church, we are learning to embrace God’s transformation within ourselves. We are learning to listen to His message so that we may better serve others as we grow.  


Throughout this edition, we cover all the necessary steps to make registering and attending General Convention and Summerfest 2015 a breeze. We explain how to easily register online, suggest where to book a great hotel, and reveal the week’s events all in one issue. We have even created websites for more information.  In addition, there are outlines explaining the coming transformations within our PCG Church structure. This issue also contains narratives from our leadership regarding challenges faced during times of change and thoughts on embracing God’s word in our hearts and lives. We pray that you are opened and gently guided as we connect with you on the transformation of our amazing PCG family.

General Convention

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 89, No. 1, April 2015

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger focuses on vision and transition. Transition is a part of life, and understanding and navigating the changes we face is imperative for our Christian walk. This special edition emphasizes maintaining focus on vision while navigating transition throughout the different seasons of life and ministry.


This edition contains vision casting and commentary from the leadership of the Pentecostal Church of God and offers challenging viewpoints on pursuing God’s will throughout the seasons of change. We pray that you are enlightened and uplifted as you take a deeper look into the vision God has given the leadership of the Pentecostal Church of God movement

What Will Be Our Church Story?

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 88, No. 4, December 2014

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger is dedicated to prayer. Paul writes powerful instructions to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (KJV). As believers, we are called to pray.

 

The articles and columns in this issue will take a look at various aspects of prayer and hopefully provide inspiration for both personal and corporate prayer. This issue also contains the highlights from Summerfest 2014 in Baltimore, MD, including the winners of the National Talent Expo and Impact Bible Quiz National Tournament.

Prayer

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 88, No. 3, September 2014

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger is dedicated to global missions. The powerful instructions of Christ in Matthew 28:19, to ”Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” still carry a heavy responsibility today as they did over 2,000 years ago. The call of God to “Go” is one that can never be overemphasized and must remain a core value of each and every believer.

 

The articles and columns in this issue will inspire and hopefully reignite a new passion inside of you towards our responsibility in fulfilling the Great Commission. As you read the stories of our modern-day Pentecostal missionaries who have answered the call to go, we pray that you are encouraged and motivated to action. We all play a significant

role in the global mission of the Church, and whether we give, pray, or physically go, the goal is still the same: fulfilling the Great Commission.

 

Stapled in the middle of this issue you will find our 2014 Pentecostal Messenger Memorial Edition, which features the obituaries of the PCG credentialed ministers who have passed away in 2013. We are truly grateful for these humble servants of Christ who have given so much for the Kingdom of God, and who have served the Pentecostal Church of God. We honor their life and legacy, and we remain committed to continuing on in the work of the Lord, knowing that their individual race has now been won.

Global Missions

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 88, No. 2, June 2014

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger is dedicated to life issues. Pastor Robert Schuller said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” As believers, it is imperative that we understand the words of Christ in Matthew 5:45, “for He makesHis sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”(NKJV).

 

The articles and columns in this issue include various life issues that people face each and every day. As you read these stories, we believe you will not only be inspired in your walk with Christ, but also feel the comfort and the strength of the Holy Spirit to make it through any valley or challenge this life may present.


—PM

Life Issues

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 88, No. 1, March 2014

This issue of The Pentecostal Messenger is dedicated to the family. The family is a very familiar topic for periodicals and is a great theme to focus on, especially this time of the year.


The articles and columns in this issue cover a variety of aspects of what we know as the family, hopefully relating in some facet to each one of our readers. As you read this issue, we hope that you are encouraged and inspired to cultivate a healthy family environment that will be an example for the society in which we currently live. As we wrap up the publishing year of 2013, we wish you a Merry Christmas and pray God’s absolute best for you in the coming new year!


—PM

Family

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 87, No. 5, December 2013

 

This issue of the Pentecostal Messenger is dedicated to discipleship. Discipleship as we know it is a very common term in the church world, but yet also a very broad term extending to many aspects of life. The articles and columns in this issue include various facets of discipleship such as personal discipleship, continuing education, and local church discipleship programs. As you read these stories we believe that you will be inspired to, not only become a better disciple, but also gain a fresh vision to disciple those who have been placed under your sphere of influence.

 

—PM

 

Discipleship

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 87, No. 4, September 2013

 

This special edition of Pentecostal Messenger focuses on the 2013 Biennial General Convention of the Pentecostal Church of God and the 2013 Summerfest held by Impact Student Ministries. The articles and pictures in this special edition will give you a glimpse into the Holy Spirit-saturated week that the constituency of the PCG shared together. The report of the General Bishop and the newly re-elected General Secretary will give insight into the present and future of the PCG.

 

—PM

 

Special Edition: General Convention Report

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 87, No. 3, June 2013

 

This issue of Pentecostal Messenger focuses on the very broad topic of Church Culture.  Our goal was to highlight modern-day Church activities/practices, such as Multi-site Churches, Church Planting, Technology, and Multi-Services, to list a few.  The articles, ideas, and stories in this issue will hopefully serve as an inspiration to church leaders and lay leaders alike, regardless of the size, style, or demographic of your church. Together we learn, inspire one another, and become better leaders to fulfill the call of God on our lives.
 

—PM

All About Church Culture

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 87, No. 2, June 2013

 

In your hand, you hold a piece of PCG history. Since 1919 this publication has served as the official voice of the Pentecostal Church of God. In 1927 this publication was renamed The Pentecostal Messenger. Over the past 90 years, The Messenger has taken on various looks, styles, and formats while always staying true to the mission. What exactly is that mission? The mission of the PM is simple: To impart the message of Jesus Christ, strengthen believers, resource the church, and promote the essential values of the PCG.


You now hold the latest redesign of the PM. Hours of diligent work have been dedicated to this redesign, in an attempt to bring you the best publication possible. Some new features include:


• New Sections: absolute, connected, global, and relevant (reinforcing our essential values)
• New Columns: we have added two new columns, including a guest writer column
• New Content: designed to be informative and resourceful
• New Size: paving the way for digital publication and distribution

Outreach

The Pentecostal Messenger, Volume 87, No. 1, March 2013

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