‘Virtual Prayer Vigil’ Saturday for Cincinnati Ministry Education (Plus News Briefs)
‘Virtual Prayer Vigil’ Saturday for Cincinnati Ministry Education (Plus News Briefs)

The president and trustees of the newly formed Christian Church Leadership Foundation are seeking prayer support this Saturday from those who desire the continuation of Cincinnati ministry education in the wake of the closing of Cincinnati Christian University.

The CCLF was created largely through the efforts of Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., and contains the work of what were CCU’s Russell School of Ministry, the Center for Church Leadership, and the George Mark Elliott Library.

The 24-hour “virtual prayer vigil” will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. During that day, each member of CCLF’s leadership will pray for at least one hour and fast for at least one meal to ask God for his wisdom and blessings. Joining them will be employees in Cincinnati and Moberly, trustees of Central Christian College of the Bible, and alumni and friends of CCU and CCCB around the world. All are invited to spend whatever time they have available making these requests known to God, in humility and unity.

A guided prayer topical guide will be provided Friday night via Facebook (www.facebook.com/theCCLF), with participants invited to include their own Scripture quotations, specific prayers, or supportive amens during the vigil, which will last until midnight Saturday evening. Participants can mark themselves as attending at CCLF’s Facebook page.

Christian Church Leadership Foundation’s mission is to educate current and future church leaders in theories, practices, and doctrines that contribute to healthy, effective, and relevant ministry. The CCLF operates in partnership with Central Christian College of the Bible with financial sponsorship by The Solomon Foundation. An accredited extension site in the Cincinnati area is yet to be announced. More information is available at www.cccb.edu/cincinnati or at www.ccleadership.org.

Trustees of the Christian Church Leadership Foundation, LLC, include Phil Claycomb and John Derry (both of Dallas, Texas); Bob Hightchew (Verona, Ky.); Gene McCoy (Columbia, Mo.); Shawn McMullen (Lawrenceburg, Ind.); Larry Pechawer (Joplin, Mo.); and David Roadcup (Hebron, Ky.).

CCLF leadership includes David Fincher (president); Dick Hess (director of advancement); Jeffrey Derico (executive vice president); Tim Wallingford (executive director of the CCL Network); Bobby Jackson (academic dean); Ray Horton (dean of students); and James Lloyd (director of library services).

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News Briefs

Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon

A GoFundMe page created three weeks ago to benefit Cincinnati Christian University faculty and staff who are now in need due to the closing of the university has reached its goal of $25,000 but is continuing to accept donations.

Organizer Mark A. Taylor wrote on Jan. 2: “Today we received a check for $2,500 from Owensboro Christian Church, sent directly to our checking account. This and some other gifts of that type, put our total funds raised above our $25,000 goal. Even as we’re thanking God for this total, we’re praying for more gifts to help the 26 brothers and sisters still unemployed.”

Click here to learn more and to donate.

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The Hills Church in Evansville, Ind., plans to purchase 12.6 acres at 2905 N. Green River Road in anticipation of constructing a campus facility there.

“Our facility will serve as a community center designed to be a ‘gift’ to our city,” lead pastor Patrick Garcia said. “Our current timeline is to break ground mid-2020.”

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Boise Bible College has begun its 75th year of equipping servant leaders for the church worldwide. BBC started in the basement of a church pictured in a Dec. 31 Facebook post. That same post asks people to share their favorite memories of the school.

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Hope International University has established food pantries at its Fullerton, Calif., campus and at Nebraska Christian College, Papillion, Neb., as a free resource for any student who does not have enough to eat.

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Johnson University Florida will host a Mosaic Roundtable from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Speakers at the gathering on diversity at the Kissimmee campus will include Travis Hurley, director of Dream of Destiny, and Gonzalo Venegas, senior pastor of Encounter Christian Church, expected to launch at that campus in September. Register at johnsonu.edu/Mosaic/.

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Longtime Christian church minister Dick Alexander of Cincinnati posted on Facebook that police pulled him over at dusk recently after someone alerted police about a “suspicious looking guy running.” Alexander wrote, “It didn’t take too long to convince them that I was neither drunk nor very dangerous.” Still, he whimsically wondered whether he had been profiled for “running while old”!

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Jim Phillips, 85, of Grayson, Ky., a friend of Kentucky Christian University who had a seven-decade career in newspaper and radio journalism, died Dec. 30. Mr. Phillips was a longtime elder at First Church of Christ, Grayson, where he also served as Sunday school superintendent for nearly 60 years.

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Community Church, Babylon, N.Y., launched on Sunday. The Orchard Group church plant meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 300 W. Main St. in Babylon, on Long Island. Lou and Allie Pizzichillo serve as planters.

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Manchester Christian Church sponsored “Christmas at the Arena 2019” at SNHU Arena Dec. 23. “We got to worship with 9,258 members of our community and we can’t wait to see how God moves through MCC!” the church wrote on Facebook.

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Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, Ind., was one of a handful of churches in its area that helped pay off $2 million in medical debt for local families.

The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reported that three churches raised $15,000 and used the services of RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit, to leverage that investment to eliminate the medical debts of 1,600 families in eight counties.

Justin Horey has an article in February’s issue of Christian Standard about other Restoration Movement churches that have partnered with RIP Medical Debt.

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Send news to cs@christianstandardmedia.com.

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