Missions & Ministry Blog Posts

Finding Common Ground

In order to be effective in missions, one of the first things you must do is seek common ground. The days of "turn or burn" outreach is over - in my opinion. One of the things we have done in the Philippines is to intentionally be a part of the community. Soccer has...

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Planting a church?

Planting a church is just plain tough! The last I checked, the odds are against us! Almost 1/2 of all church starts do not exist after 5 years. By all natural inclinations, we should quit! I mean come on - it's time-consuming, (and with little or no pay), then you...

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Jeff Hoglen and Tonya Hoglen are the founders of Open Arms International Ministries. Jeff is also a pastor, author and certified coach. He serves as the managing editor for churchplanting.com, working closely with Steve Sjogren and the Kindness Outreach Team.

Tonya Hoglen is also the founder of Girlfriends in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.) Women’s Ministry and is a certified Holy Yoga instructor.

Jeff started pastoring in 2000 and was initially involved in youth and children’s ministry. He later entered the world of church planting and has planted or assisted in starting churches in the USA, Africa and Asia. Jeff currently pastors Church at the Creek in Spring Lake NC. This was his first experience doing a replant. (Revitalizing a dying church) He also provides oversight to numerous churches in NC, SC through an organization that he and his wife Tonya started called Open Arms International Ministries. Over the past 5 years, Jeff has teamed with his spiritual fathers to serve as apostolic oversight for DOVE International Philippines which consists of over 21 churches.

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