Monday, August 12, 2019


Rev. Don Allen, Jr PhD
Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry
1709 Nowlin Ave. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Dear Family & Friends:
            As Lee and I write this letter Spring of 2020 seems a long way off. However, the reality is, it’s not that long.
            We would like to share with you an amazing opportunity that I (Don) have this coming Spring (2020). I have been given the opportunity to preach and teach in East Africa. I will be traveling with my dear friend Dr. Charles Tavis; President of both Aidan University & Logos Global Network. While in East Africa I will have the opportunity to minister to Pastors in a Conference on Effective Pastoral Ministries, as well as preach the Gospel to hundreds of church leaders who in turn will then reach thousands.
Over the past several years this has been a personal dream of mine to teach pastors around the world. With the recent launch of our directive study program through GCOTV (Grace Church of the Valley) School of Ministry currently reaching 41 countries with over 110 ministries, and untold number of students involved in using the study.  This trip will also give me the opportunity to meet with pastors and students that are engaged with GCOTV School of Ministry and using the Life of Christ Study, and other studies we are currently developing and plan to share soon.  
            Now the reason for this note, we need your help. The need is Two-fold, (1) We need your prayers that all required plans come together as we move forward, (2) help in covering the cost to go and minister. The total budget for this very extensive trip is only $4500.00, all inclusive. We are asking you to pray about what God would have you to do in helping make this trip possible.
Friends, we have made arrangements with Grace Church of the Valley so that your donation can be tax deductible. If you go to  https://gcotv.com/give/ and go to Mission, then make a note in the memo line for Don Allen’s trip, and the funds will be applied to the account. Or you can mail a check or money order to GCOTV @ 1709 Nowlin Ave. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 with the same designation.

Sincerely
Don Allen, Jr.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Time for the Next Great Awakening …

Throughout the late 1800’s there was political nightmare happening in America. This nightmare eventually erupted into a Civil War. However, what is also interesting it also ushered in some of the Greatest Revivals in history. As I sit today reading the news, listening to people talk, and realize we are once again in the midst of a political nightmare. I listen to the President talk and yes even tweet (personally I wish all their tweet accounts were shut down), I hear presidential candidates, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, political advisors, and sadly, Pastors commenting back and forth.

Realize, just as with the events of the mid-1800’s the only true survival for America is a great move of God, Yes a real National Revival, from the White House to the Farm House, from the Department of Education to the classroom, from the Pentagon to the local military base. Yes, even from the National Cathedral to the local church. It is time once again for America to seek a real solution, it is time for Men and Women of prayer to stand up and pray for revival. It is time for so called Men and Women of God to go into their prayer closets and seek God and shut up in public.

It is time for Men and Women of God to step into their calling and preach repentance to a nation as John the Baptist did, it is time for these men and women to preach the truth of scripture and not a personal interpretation of the scripture. When we look at the Great Revivals of History there is one consistent theme "Scripture is the Word of God, and Confession of Sin and Repentance"

We want to see the political battles stop, racism stopped, the violence in the streets stopped, the abortion of unwanted children stopped, we must stop tweeting our opinion, and do it God’s way "First Chronicles 7: 14 .. the King James Version puts it this way "If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"

What I find interesting in this passage is that he is talking to the believer, the Baptist, Methodist, and Assembly of the God, Church of Christ, and Charismatic non-denominational and yes even the Catholics. It is time for the CHURCH to seek HIM (Christ) and let him do the healing. It is time to simply pray, seek, and repent.

I’m convinced that the Greatest Revival is yet to come, the only question is how bad will we allow it to get before we seek it?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

New Certificate Program



We are excited to announce a New Certificate Program this fall at GCOTV School of Ministry. If your in the Greater Cincinnati please join us and earn your “Certificate in Leadership Excellence”



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hard to believe it is the 4th of July!


         I was sitting here reflecting on tomorrow and the meaning of the4th of July.  As I share with my family and friends it appears to mean so many different things.
         To me it is a celebration of the history of the United States of America, the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly. As a nation we have endured 243 years of successes and failures. We have seen the peaceful transition of government (both the presidency and congress), and some would agree that others were totally out of control.
         Historically, 13 colonies sent men with different religions, political beliefs, and yes even different views of human rights. Yet they were able to come together and form a political system that has allowed for a Nation that has accomplished so much not only here within our borders, but around the world.
         We have freedoms that other countries only wish they could have because of those events 243 years ago. I personally thank God daily that I have the privilege to live in the United States, a country that has sent more missionaries around the world than any other nation in history. A country that has given more in humanitarian aid around the world than will ever be known, a country that fought for the freedom of other nations as well as our own. 
         The 4th of July is not only about celebrating this country’s history, it is about celebrating how God has blessed this country. As you reflect on this day, do me a favor!
Read your Bible, Read the Constitution, Study History and pray that God continues to bless the United States of America!


Monday, June 17, 2019

Amazing Day!



              Yesterday was Father’s Day, for our family it wasn’t a typical Father’s Day.  Yes, it started out with me sharing a message on what it is to be a Biblical Father in chapel at the hospital. Then heading to church to hear a message by our guess speaker.

              However, that was the end of similarity to previous Father’s Day. Understand that this is not a complaint, in fact it is the opposite, it is a tribute to my amazing wife, and my son, daughter-in-law, and my daughter. Because they didn’t make it about me, they made it about family!

See one year ago yesterday (June 16, 2018) an amazing lady passed away, my mother-in-law took her final breather here on earth.  Our relationship was unique we didn’t always see eye to eye, and we both had our moments of being stubborn. However, there was one thing we both agreed on is we loved the same people. So, at 3:00 p.m. on Father’s Day we stood at the Graveside of this amazing lady with all her children, daughter and son in-law’s, grandchildren (all but one, who lives out of the area), and great-grandson.

              For me is was bitter sweet, because as we stood at Mom’s (yes that is what I called her) graveside my mind went back 10 years ago in 2009 when in May of that year my mother passed away, and 45 days later my father passed away (Ironically, we would bury my father on his birthday June 17, 2009) so for me as I prayed with the family, I heard my own voice crack, and the tears start to run down my cheeks as I reflected on the greatest lesson these three people taught me (my mother and father, as well as my mother-in-law.

Here it is …. Love your family despite what they do, because it is the only one you have.

              I realized a long time ago; Father’s Day is not about all that the kids can do for me. It is about my Family and how I’m able to encourage them to stay close to one another and God. Three things I pray every day for my family.

1)      That they know Christ as Savior, and I will see them in Heaven!
2)      That God has and continues to wrap a hedge of protection around them and keeps them safe.
3)      That God blesses them spiritually, physically, and financially.



Friday, May 24, 2019

The challenge of education!

            I recently have been talking with individuals about their personal educational goal and objectives. What do you want to learn? Also focusing on how are you going to accomplish this?

            It is amazing to me how many people don’t have an educational goal or the desire to achieve beyond where they are currently in their life. Now understand I’m not talking about necessarily going back and doing another degree. However, I’m talking about learning something new that is going to move you forward in your career or within the church structure, or in your personal Christian walk.

            Most people know that I have multiplied doctorates (yes, I know all that and $5.00 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbuck, maybe). However, what most folks don’t realize how disorganize my thinking is when I’m attempting to study on my own. So, I have used my college education, as well as the studying for Certificates, and my Licensures to help me focus on learning things that will benefit my career which for me happens to be Preaching/Teaching about Christ and being a Christian Counselor, and Chaplain. Over the past 40 years of ministry and within my professional work as a Counselor I have learned three essential of learning.

1)     Focus on your passion, and then move from there!

a.       What is it your passion about and want to relate to others, then begun to study the topic and consume everything you can on that topic. When I became Director of a Drug Treatment program, I went back to school to complete my Bachelors, and changed my major from Pastoral Ministries to Christian Counseling and would go to consume everything I could read on the topic to the conclusion of receiving a PhD in Psychology and Christian Counseling.

 

2)    Find people of like to passion to challenge you to learn!

a.       I will never be able to thank men like Dr. Jeff Baker, Brack Strong, and Gary Sweeten that challenged me to learn about Christian Counseling and helped me become the counselor I am today, as well as the presenter that I am within the professional community. What ever you desire to be, surround yourself with people that are doing it right, asked them to direct you in your learning process.

 

3)    Finish what you start!

a.       Like many of you I have a real struggle finishing what I start, I get sidetracked easily with family, friends, and ministry opportunities. It takes people such as my wonderful wife of 33 years to keep me on task and moving forward. I didn’t quite even through there was times it seemed impossible to complete the degrees or achieve the licensure for various programs. As a result, we have seen wonderful opportunity for ministry and professional achievements.

 

If you can do these three things you will be able impact your world around, you. The foundation to learning is simple “Get Started, Keeping Going until finished, and then find a New Challenge, and do it again” As I sit here and write this blog post I’m contemplating what the next learning challenge is in my own personal life, and honestly the future looks bright.

 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Amazing Graduation ....


Yesterday, May 19th, 2019 was an amazing day at:



I was given the privilege to share in the Graduation of Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry, preach the message in the morning service, and share the State of the School and it was an amazing time of celebration and reflection.

Let me share some of the highlights …

We celebrated our 2nd graduation class (completing our 3rd year of study) four ladies received their “Certificate of Christian Studies”
 
 
and six individuals from Ethiopia received the “Certificate of Completion in the Basic Study of the Life of Christ and the Gospels.”
 

We currently have students working on the “Basic Study in the Life of Christ and the Gospels” in 19 countries, representing 40 ministries/schools, with over 300 students working on the course. We truly are having a global impact. 

The 2019/2020 School year kicks off September 11, 2019 with our Wednesday Night classes, and at we are excited that we will have several individuals that will be working on completing their “Diploma in Christian Studies” this year, along with a new group of students completing their “Certificate in Christian Studies.”  We are also excited that Dr. Roger Webb (Chancellor of GCOTV School of Ministry) will be offering a 15-credit hour “Certificate of Excellence in Leadership” this course will meet on five Saturdays (five hours each) throughout the school year and will include reading and homework assignments.

In addition to these awesome reports, this coming June (2019) Dr. Webb will be ministering and providing training for pastors and community leaders leading to a “Certificate of Completion in Excellence in Leadership” in Kenya, and I will be traveling with our dear friend Dr. Charles Travis of Aidan University to Uganda & South Sudan (April 2020) and providing training and  a “Certificate of Completion in the Studies in Pastoral Ministry” to pastors and ministers there.

Please pray for God continue wisdom and blessing on this ministry as we attempt to train leaders within our own church, community, and around the world.

 

Rev. Don Allen, Jr PhD Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry 1709 Nowlin Ave. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 Dear Family & Fri...