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Homosexual rights activists gain influence in public schools (10/17/04)

Church’s prayer births children’s ministry (10/17/04)

Partner program revitalizes dying church (10/10/04)

Church music festival attracts variety of visitors (10/10/04)

Churches urge compassion for alienated smokers (9/19/04)

Youth ride wooden waves in church parking lots (9/12/04)

A/G, COGIC join forces through inner-city campus (9/12/04)

Christians respond to victimized women and children (8/29/04)

Growing slavic church shares new facility (8/29/04)

Couple embarks on capitol prayer tour (8/29/04)

ADHD requires multifaceted treatment approach (8/22/04)

Small congregation grows — by planting churches (8/22/04)

‘Under God’ stays in Pledge of Allegiance, at least for now (8/8/04)

Church reaches out to those feeling loss (8/8/04)

Churches act pre-emptively to reduce risk of abuse (7/25/04)

Credit cards ensnare record number of Americans (7/25/04)

Church helps out with donated CD, recycled buses (7/25/04)

New wave of pastors minister to emerging adults (7/18/04)

‘Walking Witnesses’ raise thousands for missions (7/18/04)

Healing center offers alternative medicine (7/18/04)

Growing number of Hispanics impact economy (7/11/04)

'Busy' couple finds time for compassion ministry (7/11/04)

Hand-copied Bible leaves 40-year legacy (7/11/04)

Pastor ends hunger strike when strip club promises to sell (6/27/04)

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Fourth of July outreach draws thousands (6/27/04)

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Funds for Easter play buy groceries instead (5/30/04)

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Health experts implore Americans to get fit (5/9/04)

Leaders say Christian faith stems recidivism (4/25/04)

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Tutoring improves lives, opens doors for evangelism (3/21/04)

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A/G women seize new ministry opportunities (2/29/04)

Investment in early spiritual maturity reaps rewards (2/22/04)

Christian families respond to foster care opportunities (2/15/04)

Childless couples grapple with emotional roller coaster, faith challenges (2/8/04)

Few men seek help from abortion grief, guilt (1/18/04)

Women who answer God's call provide valuable local ministries (1/11/04)

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A/G, COGIC join forces through inner-city campus

By John W. Kennedy (9/12/04)

The Assemblies of God and the Church of God in Christ have entered into a corporate partnership to operate the School of Urban Missions, an urban Bible college that combines theological education and practical hands-on training in Oakland, Calif., and New Orleans. The school offers an associate of arts degree in biblical studies, with practicums in areas such as homeless shelter ministry, church planting, and outreach to gang members.

This marks the first time that the two Pentecostal fellowships have embarked on such a joint project. Previously the A/G had sole possession of both campuses, but collaboration with a like-minded Pentecostal group is designed to produce a more effective ministry. COGIC, a predominately black fellowship, is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country.

SUM has more than 150 students this term, around two-thirds of whom are African-American.

“A/G district superintendents and COGIC bishops have been trying to find ways to work together,” says A/G U.S. missionary George Neau, who is school chancellor. “Now we’re going forward.”

Representatives from the two fellowships signed a partnership agreement at an August 21 dedication service of the Oakland campus.

“Those who see the unifying move of God will rejoice in the coming together of the Assemblies of God and the Church of God in Christ to accomplish God’s purpose of preparing men and women for relevant and effective ministry,” says W.W. Hamilton, secretary to the COGIC general board.

SUM Oakland opened five years ago. MAPS RV workers helped keep the renovation of the 15,000-square-foot educational facility — which includes a library, student lounge, classrooms and computer lab — to $650,000 and construction of a new 300-seat chapel to $500,000. The chapel and bookstore are part of the 20,000-square-foot administrative building, which includes dormitories to house 100 residents. The campus is now worth $7 million.

Neau founded the first SUM in New Orleans in 1992. The school meets in a three-story, 17,000-square-foot building.

“The church in contemporary America has to face the reality of changing demographics and philosophy to be effective,” says A/G Assistant General Superintendent Charles Crabtree. “The Lord will build His church in the middle of urban sprawl, and He will build His church with denominational cooperation and racial harmony in a Pentecostal paradigm.”

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