Stories of Good News

The Good News is a monthly report of effective ways congregations among churches of Christ in the United States are spreading the Word in their communities.

Please read all of these "good news" stories to find good ideas for your church to use.

The Good News is one of the many ways in which Oklahoma Christian University serves churches.

Recent Articles

Good News for April: From a Dog Show in Kansas to Popular Children’s Bible Lessons from NZ

The April Good News shares stories about a highly popular set of Bible lessons from a missionary in New Zealand, a group producing widely-used evangelistic materials, a special occasion for a small Oklahoma church and an outreach at a dog show in Kansas.  You will find the stories interesting and uplifting.

We really need you to take survey which the Oklahoma Christian Church Relations Department is doing to learn more about why some members do and others do not do more in evangelism.  We now have about 800 respondents but need to exceed 1,000.  Please help us gather the best data we can.  Click on the following link:  Please also send this link to your congregational email list and ask them to participate.  We hope to close the survey by the end of April.  Thanks for your help.

Our friend, Jerry Lawlis, who sends out Good News to his Red River Encampment list each month, asked us to mention that his annual tour to the Bible lands is on September 6-20.  You can get details at

Interesting words on the back of a dump truck—Don’t wait to go to church until six strong men have to carry you there.

Posted on April 17th, 2014

New Zealand Missionary Provides Children’s Bible Lessons All Over the World

Mary Nelson

by Stafford North

Mary Nelson and her husband David have been serving as missionaries in New Zealand for seventeen years.  Mary does the usual things there of teaching children, providing hospitality, and visiting, encouraging, and teaching church members at the Otumoetai Church of Christ where she attends.
Mary decided several years ago, however, to give particular attention to teaching children, knowing that helping them have a good Bible knowledge is crucial for the future of the church.  Having developed some lessons, she not only used them …


Posted on April 17th, 2014

LCGI Supplies Materials World-Wide

Leadership & Church Growth International, headquartered in Florence, Alabama, is a non-profit ministry supported by churches of Christ and individuals to provide materials for outreach and spiritual growth all around the world.  Since it began in 1983, LCGI has reached across the U. S. and into numerous other countries.  Many thousands of church leaders and other Christians have received information and training that has helped them to grow spiritually and to use their abilities more effectively to build up the church. Information can be downloaded from their website free of charge while audio and …


Posted on April 17th, 2014

Sunday Devotional at Dog Show

By Richard Benjes

[The following story is a good example of how we should be looking for opportunities to contact people who could be impacted by the gospel.  Remember that Jesus said to the church in Philadelphia— “I have set before you an open door which none can shut” (Revelation 3:8).]

Sunflower Cluster is an American Kennel Club ( AKC) dog show held at the Kansas Pavilions, near Wichita, Kansas. The Cluster is the combined effort of Wichita Kennel Club, Hutchinson Kennel Club, Salina Kennel Club and Wichita Dog Training Club. The Cluster has been put on for over 50 …


Posted on April 17th, 2014

Small Oklahoma Church has Encouraging Event

The church of Christ in Carnegie, Oklahoma, has dwindled down to about a dozen people, most of whom are elderly.  As with many churches in this situation, shall the congregation close or try to keep going to serve the people in their small town?

The Carnegie congregation, with the help of Jim Weaver, who works with Rural America Ministries, has decided to work hard to continue.  As a beginning step in this process, on Sunday, March 23, the church scheduled a special service for Sunday night.  They widely advertised it among churches in the area.  With …


Posted on April 17th, 2014