All Generations

We Prayerfully Value All Generations: We celebrate all generations and acknowledge that each is essential in the Body of Christ. We honor those who have gone before us and empower those who are following.  The contribution of each generation is welcomed and encouraged as we pursue our God given destiny.


IPHC Minister Celebrates 102nd Birthday

IPHC minister Rev. F.M. Spargo celebrates his 102nd birthday today. An ordained minister in the Cornerstone Conference, to our knowledge Rev. Spargo is the oldest living IPHC minister. His pastor, Dr. Danny Penny, from the Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church, shares this tribute to Rev. Spargo. Rev. Spargo and Katherine were married April 27, 1940, and they...
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All Generations: Harold Presley

Not a Gap, But a Generation Bridge About 55 years ago, I learned the importance of relating to different age groups. I asked a man who was 25 years older than me, “How can I get Jesus in my heart?” at that time, I was in first grade. He led me into a relationship with...
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All Generations: The Shirey Family

Boomers. Generation X. Millennials. These words punctuate every arena of life and culture—in advertising, media, fashion, and ministry. Entire books have been published describing the generalities of these generational groups. We tend to categorize generational, cultural, economic, educational, racial, and other differences when discussing people. The demographic categories we use to describe groups of people...
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The Marathon of Life and Ministry

Written by Irvina Parker The main definition of the word ‘marathon’ is a long-distance race, which measures 26 miles and 385 years. The word ‘marathon’, for me, has always been tied to something more closely related to the binge watching of movies (although I really don’t do much of that either), or crafting (the more...
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Loving God and Loving People at 96

On September 26, 1943, I was born to Laddie and Beulah Thornton as Frances Ann. Over these 75 years I have been blessed by the example of their lives and the lessons they taught me. For over 30 years, they served as pastors in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. My mother never saw herself as...
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Discipling our Children in the Way of Christ

Written by Dr. Michelle Anthony Nothing is more important than discipling our children. Discipleship is the mission we have been entrusted with in the Great Commission and our children are our first priority in this endeavor. As we look at the example of Jesus we see that although all were invited to follow Jesus, only...
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All Generations

Written by Holly Terry Reaching all generations together in the world that we currently live in seems to be a challenge. In my 35 years of serving in ministry, I have heard these famous words time and time again from our senior generation, “I have done my time and I am not sure what I...
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All Generations Thoughts

Written by Stephen Jones   I believe there were eleven pews on one side, twenty-two total. They were arranged in two sections with a center aisle and two narrow aisles along the outside walls. Stained-glass windows lined those white-washed block walls and each one was marked on the bottom with a small memorial marker. That...
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I remember hearing this phrase in my childhood all too often. I was told how things were done different back in the days – mostly trying to relate to my situation at the moment. Sometimes it was reminiscing, sometimes it was educational and informative, but for some odd reason I felt this phrase always had...
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Arise, Wake Up!

Written by Summer Sneed   In Mark 5, we read the story of two people who had life-changing encounters with Jesus: a suffering woman and a sleeping girl. The woman’s life was difficult and full of misery. Her identity in her community and culture was defined by her deteriorating physical condition. This made her unclean...
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Remember & Celebrate

Written by Dr. Michelle Anthony   Have you ever thought about how many traditions involve a meal or even a feast? There’s something about sitting around a table sharing food that has been prepared by the people you know and love, as well as sharing conversation without the distractions of, oddly what often keeps us...
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Take Your Place

Written by Amie Stockstill   It was a nerve-racking moment to walk into a beautiful, upscale restaurant with ten couples who you have looked up to for years without ever having the opportunity of knowing. My date, the honored guest, had been my youth pastor for six years and this was our very first date. It...
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All Generations: Bob Cave

We do not have to look far for examples in God’s word of how the people of all ages had to work, play, and thrive together to accomplish their purposes in life. My wife, Carol, and I started in missions in our early forties, so we have now become part of the senior generation of...
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Passing the Flame

By Linda Morris Thomas   “I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old … things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,...
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Brave Vulnerability

Written by: Erica Campbell I had a conversation with a woman, very dear to me, who has walked through incredible emotional hardship. Over the course of her life, she has experienced rejection from her father initially, then from within her family, others, and finally from her own husband—the last of which is most painful for...
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Faith For All Generations

Written by: Michelle Anthony If we want our faith to endure for all generations, we must become increasingly confident and focused about the kind of faith we are trying to pass on to our children and grandchildren. Let’s look at what God has to say about faith. First, when Jesus speaks of His imminent return...
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The Intergenerational Ministry of Mary and Elizabeth

Written By: Kaleigh Bishop One of my favorite Biblical examples of intergenerational ministry comes from what we typically think of as, “The Christmas Story.” If we take the time to study this passage, we will see a powerful example of what can happen when generations work together in advancing the Kingdom of God. Luke chapter...
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All Generations: Kevin & Summer Sneed

Summer and I left the USA to begin our work at East Africa Bible College when we were 25 and 23 years old. We knew we were young, but our youth was especially noticed by people in Kenya. One Sunday morning, soon after we arrived in the country, we were invited to speak in a...
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We Prayerfully Value All Generations

By Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.   “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:5   Psalm 100 is a perfect Scripture passage to reflect upon the fifth IPHC Core Value, “We Prayerfully Value All Generations.” A Psalm of Thanksgiving, it begins with a series of Hebrew...
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Gilgal - A Heritage Remembrance

By Melanie Atkinson Wayne   One of my favorite messages I ever heard my daddy, Pastor Tony Atkinson, deliver was a message about Gilgal, the place where the Israelites built memorials of remembrance. I was young--middle-school aged, but I remember it like it was yesterday. He hauled big rocks to the front of the sanctuary...
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All Generations: Beulah Sturkie

An Interview on the Value of All Generations Who are you? Beulah Sturkie. How old are you? 85. What do you do on the mission field? The states have been my mission field and, for years, my calling has been to pray for people. After my husband passed, I felt God calling me to Emmanuel...
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Gator Wrestler to Church Planter

By Audra Williams Smith   From a gator wrestler to church planter, this is the story of my grandparents and the IPHC since the early 1900s. Looking back at the generations before me, I can remember the stories of how they prayed and sought God’s plan and when God spoke, they moved. Their willingness to...
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All Generations: Joe & Maggie Delport

We prayerfully value all generations We have served as missionaries in various capacities over a span of thirty years. Looking back, we both realize that there has been quite a number of generational changes taking place at least every decade. From the time of typing newsletters with a typewriter to the current advanced technological era...
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4 Essentials For A Lasting Legacy

By Bishop Manuel Pate   An inheritance is what we will leave to our children and family, but a legacy is what we will leave in them. It is our imprint upon their souls. My parents’ imprint on my soul runs deep. Lamar and Mary Alice Pate served together as IPHC missionaries in Zambia and...
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All Generations: Michael & Leslie Tignor

You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been. – Maya Angelou This well-known phrase rings true as we all consider the importance of generations working together. There is so much that younger generations can and must learn from those who laid the foundation before them. There is also...
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Please read: Isaiah 46:3-4 (NLT/Amplified Bible) and use the following as devotional or study guide! R - E – S – P – E – C – T – when read as individual letters, doesn’t it make you want to break out singing Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit song? Respect – it is defined as a...
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Thinking Of The Next Generation

I grew up on a farm a few miles south of Lake City, South Carolina, and have only faint memories of my grandparents. Dad and Mom took us to church from my earliest childhood. We were poor but didn’t know it, and if anyone had told us we were poor, we would have been offended....
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All Generations: Brian Sawyer

Who can carry the torch? I am thankful for the fifth Core Value of the IPHC, “We Prayerfully Value All Generations.” It is because the IPHC values ALL Generations that believers like myself can work hand in hand with those who have gone before us, at the same time with those coming behind us. I...
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Investing In the Next Generation. Can a 120 year old care for a toddler? Does a 120 year old have the energy to impact and influence its community and its movement? Should we trust a 120 year old to foster and care for the next generation of leaders? These are some of the questions we...
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For this Child She Prayed

There was a story once told about a family who owned a vase.  The vase was a family heirloom, passed from generation to generation for hundreds of years.  To the parents who now owned this vase, it was priceless.  One weekend, the parents were going to go out for the evening and the vase, which sat on a...
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All Generations: Ben and Marianne Janssen

By. Ben and Marianne Janssen So Even to Old Age and Grey Hairs So even to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:18 As the Lord called us to missions more than twenty years...
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Generational Stewardship For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 100:5 I am grateful for the invitation to provide an article highlighting our 2018 Theme “We Value All Generations”. I’m thrilled that IPHC is placing such great emphasis on Generations. As I pondered, prayed, and prepared for this...
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His Plans and Purposes

For five generations, my family has been a part of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. My dad is a fourth-generation minister in the denomination, and the IPHC is all I have known my entire life. I am thankful for the heritage and legacy that I have as being a part of the IPHC family. I...
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Earlier this month, EVUSA hosted what was dubbed the "EVUSA Leadership Gathering," in Oklahoma City. Conference Bishops, Evangelism Directors and other IPHC leaders from all over the nation were invited to participate. It was the first major opportunity of the year to let the American church hear from EVUSA and for vision for the next...
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Anthony, Michelle & Marshman, Megan; Seven Family Ministry Essentials (LifeSprings Resources)

Conley, Bayless; From Generation to Generation (Answers Press)

Elmore, Tim; Generation iY (Poet Gardener Publishing)

Hanson, Amy; Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50 (Jossey-Bass)

Hudson, Sophie; Giddyup Eunice (LifeSprings Resources)

McKnight, Scot; A Fellowship of Differents (Zondervan)

McIntosh, Gary L.; One Church Four Generations (LifeSprings Resources)

Parsley, Ross; Messy Church (David C. Cook)

Reyes, Luis; Reach a Generation (Creation House)

Robinson, Natasha Sistrunk & Morgan, Elisa; Mentor for Life (Women’s Ministries Book for 2018)

Stanley, Andy; Next Generation Leader (LifeSprings Resources)

Stark, David; Reaching Millennials (Bethany House Publishers)

White, James Emery; Meet Generation Z (Baker Books)

Equipping Baby Boomers for Ministry (Christianity Today)

Discipling Emerging Adults (Christianity Today)

Discipling Teens (Christianity Today)

Gifted for Leadership: Intergenerational Ministries (Christianity Today)

Intergenerational Ministry (Christianity Today)

Intergenerational Outreach: Come Together for Effective Ministry (Christianity Today)

Reaching Every Generation Assessment Pack (Christianity Today)