Missions News

by Wednesday, 12 October 2016 09:10

ICOC West Africa School of Mission Launched in Lagos

History was made in the ICOC West African region as the much awaited ICOC West Africa School of Mission was launched in Lagos, Nigeria.

The ICOC School of Mission is a training academy for young, vibrant breed of well-trained leaders in our fellowship which aims to take the mission to a new and even greater height. This school is made possible by the selfless financial support of our sister congregations in the U.S. Funding for the West Africa School of Mission was provided by the Tom Beam Foundation for 20 participants from across six countries in West Africa, and the Mission Point Church in San Antonio, Texas is supporting five Lagos campus interns, with counterpart funding from the Lagos Church of Christ.

by Saturday, 01 October 2016 15:58

The Mystery of the “Sunday Visitor"

I hate missing phone calls - my mobile phone is where I store all my contacts, friends, and follow-ups for church. So whenever I miss a call, or receive quick calls from people I’m supposed to know, or met once - but have no idea who they might be - they end up in my phone directory with names like “I’m Not Sure Who This Is?” or “Called Me On Friday,” or even just “WHO?”…

by Friday, 23 September 2016 15:07

Good News from St. Louis Young Professionals

Something amazing has been happening at the Gateway City Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Several years ago, the church started a young professionals ministry with a vision of growth that would spread from one small neighborhood to all over the St. Louis area.

by Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:15

Planting a House Church in Bend, Oregon

Prior to May 2016, Bend, Oregon represented a city in the middle of Oregon, the home of my close friend Kathy Daniel, and a city that was waiting for a church planting from our fellowship of churches. However, my brief email inquiry on the University Church of Eugene website on May 15th forever changed my relationship with Bend. My inquiry was to simply ask when the Bend church planting was going to start, for I was looking out for the best interest of my friend Kathy Daniel.

The Boyd and Mitchell families visiting Bend.
However, the conversation my husband and I had with Kelly Boyd, the leader of the Eugene church, set in motion the Mitchell family (me, my husband and our 19-year-old daughter) selling our California home and buying a home in Bend to start a house church. The time between the email inquiry and owning a home in Bend occurred in a short 16 weeks. On September 4, 2016, we pulled into the driveway of our new home in Bend where our agent was waiting to hand us the keys. We opened the door to a new life and new relationship with Bend.

by Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:44

Three ICOC Nigeria Churches Get Four Full-Time Leaders

On Sunday, September 4, the Lagos Church of Christ sent out four interns from the campus ministry to go lead churches in various parts of Nigeria. The inspiring and energy-packed ceremony, which was presided by Emmanuel Emeh, evangelist and leader of the region, was witnessed by members of the Lagos campus ministry and their invited friends. The ceremony took place during the region's regular Sunday worship service at their new venue, "The Function Room" of the University of Lagos Guest House.

by Friday, 16 September 2016 15:14

New Church Planting in Akron, Ohio

The American Commonwealth Region of U.S. churches (ACR) have unified not only as a region of churches in fellowship, but in our vision of planting churches to spread the gospel in region of the world! The Akron-Canton Church of Christ is the first cooperative church planting in which all of the entire ACR is financially supporting the church for three years.

by Thursday, 08 September 2016 12:34

Adventure of a Lifetime

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” -- Ephesians 3:20

From the incredible fellowship, laughing until our stomachs hurt, and worshiping and praying with disciples from all over the world, traveling to Indonesia and Singapore was an experience that was more than all I could have ever asked for or imagined. 

by Monday, 15 August 2016 14:11

The Long Journey to Faith

We would like to encourage you with the story of Michael Jacobs, 59, of Marietta, Georgia.

Mike was brought up Jewish (bar mitzvah, rich cultural heritage, values of education and hard work, on so on). He married Lori, a vivacious Methodist girl. A year or two after their second son was born, Lori was reached out to by their neighbors Stephen and Susan Adkins, and became a disciple in 2001. For the sake of family unity, Mike decided to accompany Lori and the boys to church.

by Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:11

Two Men Met at Reach2016 Become Christians

Anthony Bedford was met during Reach2016 by Jeremiah Lindley, a brother from The Memphis Church. He was immediately opened to the power of God when seeing nearly 17,000 people worship together.

by Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:31

High School Best Friends Become Brothers in Christ

Great news from the Antelope Valley Church of Christ! We recently had one of the most inspiring baptisms in the history of our church and we want to share it with you all! Here’s the story: 

Hello, my name is Dillon Bennewitz, and together with my best friend Michael Griggs, we made Jesus Lord of our lives on Sunday, July 31, 2016! Michael and I met each other in 2005. Both of us were part of the high school football team. I played offensive line, and Michael was the heart and soul, and inspiration for the team.

Although Michael was born with cerebral palsy and by the age of 12 was unable to walk anymore, he possessed motivation and speaking skills unlike anyone else. Michael was put in the position of leading the team through inspirational speeches, and motivational stories.