Compiled by Jim Nieman
The Best Christian Workplace Institute has honored 76 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2020.
Among those churches, mission organizations, and parachurch ministries honored:
• 2|42 Community Church, Brighton, Mich.
• Canyon Ridge Christian Church, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Compass Christian Church, Chandler, Ariz.
• Northridge Christian Church, Milledgeville, Ga.
• StoneBridge Christian Church, Omaha, Neb.
• CDF Capital, Irvine, Calif.
• Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Wooster, Ohio
• Cookson Hills, Kansas, Okla.
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Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif., will begin fall semester in a remote learning arrangement. In conjunction with Friday’s announcement, HIU president Paul Alexander listed various implications, including no fall sports (except cross country) and reductions in tuition and student fees.
HIU had been planning to start the fall semester with classes consisting of half students attending in-person and the other half viewing remotely.
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The Solomon Foundation has launched Project HOPE, a fund-raising campaign to help rebuild and restore the Lewis Street Church of Christ building after it was fire-bombed during riots in Little Rock, Ark., on May 30.
The $2 million fund-raising campaign was announced during a Facebook Live event in July that featured senior minister Jameel O. Robinson and other faith leaders in that city. CEO Doug Crozier made a $10,000 donation to start the campaign, and The Solomon Foundation will match 10 percent of every gift given, up to a total matching gift of $200,000.
Watch the announcement video at TSF’s Facebook page or on Vimeo. To learn more, go to www.projecthope2020.com. Donations are being accepted via that website or by mailing a check to Lewis Street Church, 2716 Lewis St., Little Rock, AR 72204 or to The Solomon Foundation, 16965 Pine Lane, Suite 200, Parker, CO 80134 (please write “Lewis Street Church/Project HOPE” in the memo line).
By the way, our friends at The Christian Chronicle recently wrote a feature story about the church and its minister.
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Joe Harvey’s self-published book On the Road with Mandy Harvey 2018-2019 is available at lulu.com. Harvey has served as road manager for his daughter Mandy since her fourth-place finish during season 12 of America’s Got Talent. The book is a “collection of memories and musings” from 14 months on the road as Mandy “pursued her dreams as a singer and songwriter, who happened to be deaf.” Joe Harvey formerly served as assistant dean and professor with Johnson University Florida.
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Lifeline Christian Mission is offering supporters an opportunity to go on “Virtual Mission Trips” to Haiti and Honduras. Lifeline writes, “You’ll experience the sights and sounds of the field through exclusive videos created by our staff on the ground, daily devotions, optional Zoom calls, and cultural insights from the locals. You can spend as much or as little time on this experience as you’d like.” The opportunity is available to students, individuals, families, and church groups. Associated costs/donations will help to sustain those ministries. Learn more at lifeline.org.
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Point University president Dean Collins shared recollections of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s visit to campus in 2010 in a column at the school’s website. Lewis, a towering figure in the civil rights movement and a congressman since 1987, died July 17.
Collins wrote, “No doubt God strengthened this humble yet tenacious leader many times in his life as he fought for human dignity and the rights of all people, especially those of color, who did not experience the same privileges as white Americans.”
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Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., will host an all-day team-building seminar called “Nurturing Healthy Conflict” on Oct. 9. Shan Caldwell, executive pastor at Indian Creek Christian Church (“The Creek”) in Indianapolis will lead. Cost is $40 and includes lunch. Learn more at cccb.edu.
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The Kingdom Partnership recently was created to provide support programs, workshops, and various other services to support ministers and their families.
Founder and director Richard Creek invites interested individuals to attend KP’s inaugural “Fall Summit” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at Stella (Neb.) Community Church. Registration is required for the free event, which will feature “timely presentations, power roundtables, and awesome fellowship.” Direct questions to Creek at RDCreek@cox.net or (402) 391-4364.
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“It just feels a little more in keeping with the way things were done in the Scriptures,” senior pastor Wayne Kent said of the outdoor baptisms. Among those baptized was Kent’s radio show producer, Brett Zerfowski, whom he has known for a decade.
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