New Information On Re-opening Kid's Church and Re-entering the School System is located at the bottom of this page.
The Pastor's Companion
The role of the Pastor's Companion is a vital part of the ministry. Each companion brings giftings into the calling of the parsonage home. I am grateful for each person, sacrifice and personality expressed in the lives of our pastor's companions. Thank you for the high honor to work along side of you in the ministry.
This page has been started with you in mind. I want to share with you, pray with you, encourage you, and even cry with you. Each week, I will place a devotion on here for you to read and contemplate the goodness of God. I will share resources and information through on-line sights, books, or other forms of media. Together we will grow in the Lord and draw closer to each other.
Currently, the times we are living in are unstable at best. We are all navigating through unchartered territory. I pray for you and your family daily. The first devotion centers around the feelings associated with the new normal that we are experiencing. You can read it on-line or print a copy to read later.
It is my prayer that this new avenue of connection will be a source of strength to you in your ministry. May God richly bless you.
"God Power" July 21, 2020
Written by Karen Harper
Colossians 2:9-10, New International Version
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
My kids have a saying: “Harper Power!” My husband started that with the boys when they were young and their Grandfather enjoyed that phrase too. Many times I’ve heard Brittany use it and it reminds her that she is strong. The key to saying, “Harper Power,” is that you have to throw up both arms while making a fist with each hand and flex your muscles. As you are doing that, you raise your voice and cry out, “Harper Power!” There is something that happens inside of you when you hear your name mixed with the word POWER. You feel emboldened and undefeatable! You could try it with your name too—Throw your arms up, make a fist and yell out “(Last name) Power!” Did it work? Did it make you feel invincible? You may not look stronger, but you might feel stronger! In the end, we realize our name does not make us stronger, but the connection that we have to family empowers us.
Today, I am coining the phrase: “GOD POWER!” Yes, I am strong—but God is stronger! The Word of God reminded me that “He is head over every power and authority.” Christ lives in me and I have GOD POWER! As a Child of God, I have the ability to call on His Name and He promises to hear and to answer. GOD POWER! His power is with me in the sad times and in the happy times. His power is present on the job and in the laundry room. His power is strong when I am faced with adversity and when I am called to serve someone else. It’s “GOD POWER!”
I forget how strong He is when I look around at what is going on in my world. This America is not the same “safe” place that it was just 10 years ago. I have been blessed to travel to a few different countries and I have always been thankful when I returned home. I am still grateful for my Home in America and my Constitution that was based on God. However, I am not blind to the unrest that has permeated our Country. During these times, it is easy to forget how powerful God is, but He reminded me through His Word that “He is the head over every power and authority.” I’m not telling you to “name it and claim it.” Just because you claim something in Jesus’ Name, does not mean He will give it to you. However, recognizing the Power of God IN us, makes us stronger. GOD POWER! Defeat and despair is no match to the Power of God in us!
Throw up your arms, make your fists and say, “GOD POWER,” when you are faced with fear. Throw up your arms, make your fists and say, “GOD POWER,” when you are faced with adversity. Throw up your arms, make your fists and say, “GOD POWER,” when you are insecure about your future! God is in control! We are stronger with Him as the Head and Authority over all! GOD POWER!
Minister Debbie Parton
Pastor's Wife &
Regional Prayer Coordinator
Minister Debbie Parton is the Pastor's Companion at Harvest Worship Center in Taylor, MI. She is also the Regional Prayer Coordinator. She has a powerful prayer life and ministry. Sis. Debbie has written a prayer that she has prayed for you and I am posting it for you to see and hear as you pray it over yourself. Prayer is a weapon that Satan has no defense over! We will be a conqueror!
I come to you today in the precious name of Jesus on behalf of our Pastor's companions. They stand so faithfully with their spouses and I thank you for their dedication. I pray for their encouragement, send them true friends that will stand with them as they support ministry and family life. May they be strong and courageous in their thought life. Let fear and doubt be far from them. Fuel their thought with faith and the fire of the Holy Spirit. May they learn to cast all their worries and anxiety on you, for You care deeply about their needs. When they face disappointment and obstacles, let them rest in the fact that you are still on the throne and you have not changed. I pray for their spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial well being. May they prosper and be in good health as their soul prospers. Let them know they have been called by you to their positions and you have called and equipped them for the journey ahead. You did not call them to be successful, you called them to be faithful. I pray they would not only be attentive to your voice but when they hear you speaking, they would have the boldness to obey quickly. Give them clear guidance and direction. Let their words bring life, hope and peace. I pray Eph. 1:17-18 over these precious companions.
"I ask that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you."
I bless you in Jesus Name.
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Re-Opening Kid's Church and How to Navigate the "New Normal" with the new School Year
Miranda Harper is a 5th grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary in Clarksville, IN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Psychology and Counseling from Ball State University. She has worked in children’s and worship ministry for nearly 15 years. Miranda has been involved in planning and directing Vacation Bible School, summer camps, conferences, and various children’s ministry events. She is married to Stetson Harper and currently lives in Jeffersonville, IN.
Migrating Your Child back into the School System
by Miranda Harper
Jennifer Roarke has a passion and calling for teaching, ministering, and growing the Kingdom of God. She answered her calling to full-time children's ministry, along side her husband, Derek, beginning in 2015 in North Carolina. Being a Kentucky native, they returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they currently serve as Kentucky State Children's Ministry Directors, as well as Children's pastors in their local church. Derek and Jennifer have two young children, Harper and Hadley, who have inspired them to dig deeper to find creative ways to reach every child to share the Message of God's love.