Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Update from GCOTV School of Ministry


Wow! That is really all we can say when we look at how God has blessed over the past six months. On March 29th, 2019 Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry e-mailed out the first “Study in the Life of Christ and the Gospels” free of charge to pastors and college presidents to help them educate their ministers, and members.
Six months later we have seen God do so much with this study (Life of Christ):

  • Currently being used in 43 Countries
    • 114 ministries/churches 
    • 30 college/Bible Institute and Seminaries.  
    •  With 19 students completing the study and receiving their certificate of completion in four countries.
  • August 19th, 2019 we also made available the “Study in the Book of Genesis.” However, this study we are unable to provide a certificate for, it available free of charge as well.   
God has expanded our vision, over the past six months God has allowed me personally to use my talents and education to help colleges throughout Africa and India to train their pastors and ministers. We have written a facilitator and student manuals that are available to Bible colleges, seminaries, Bible institute, and school of ministries.  Allowing your local instructors to teach courses on “Christian Counseling” (This study is currently already being used by 22 schools in 13 countries). In addition, a course on “Addictions.” should be released within the next month.

What does God have planned? Besides are continuing work here at Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry local campus, which we are seeing some amazing things happen with our students.  We our currently working on several projects for our students internationally. Some educational resources to watch for:

  • A Study in the Book of Acts, this will be designed like the Life of Christ Study and the Book of Genesis study (no certificate will be offered).
  • A Facilitator and Student guide are being developed for:
    • Excellence in Leadership
    •  Pastoral Theology
Friends, if you’re interested in any of these studies please e-mail me at gcotv.schoolofministry@gmail.com …. Please share what study you are interested in as well as your name, where you are from, and name of your ministry or school.

Another exciting announcement is that in the Spring of 2020 I will be traveling with my dear friend Dr. Charles Travis to Uganda to speak both at local churches, but to educate minister to pastors and church leadership in Pastoral Theology. More details coming on this soon. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Reflecting on Generals of Faith!

Sitting here at my desk reflecting on the upcoming weekend, as my son (Rev. Ethan Allen) and I prepare to host the Logos Global Network – Greater Cincinnati Regional Fellowship and how that I’m going to be allowed once again to spend time with one of the Generals of the Faith (Dr. Charles Travis).

I have been blessed to have known Dr. Travis for just over 17 years, and I personally consider him one of my pastors, friend, and mentor. We have stood and cried together at Ground Zero, we have prayed together at the many alters, and we have shared stories of success and yes even some failures.

Honestly, I have not met many men or women that I would personally call Generals of the Faith, because when I look at the General’s of the Faith the list starts in Hebrews 11, and then moves to include men like Apostle Paul, Apostle John, then through out history men like Spurgeon, Wesley, and Finney. Men that stood the test of time to reflect the values of Christ in their life. As I reflect over the past 40 years of ministry, I have had few Generals of the Faith in my life. I personally think of Dr. Lougheed, Dr. Rawlings, Dr. Webb, and others. However, I have many more "Fellow Soldiers" and I will forever be thankful for both.

As I reflect on the legacy of the few Generals of the Faith that I have encountered I have noticed three key traits … (I pray as men and women think of me, they will see these same traits, not as a General of the Faith but as a faithful pastor)\

  • You can tell that they have been in the presence of Christ today and have a direct connection with Him.
  • They understand the Word of God and know how to make it alive to everyone they encounter.
  • They love Jesus and it shows in everything they say and do.

As I spend time this weekend, I will not only spend it with Dr. Charles Travis, I will also spend it with the gentleman I currently call pastor who will argue that he doesn’t fall into the ranking of General of the Faith. However, I will argue that, for me Dr. Roger Webb, Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley and Chancellor of our School of Ministry is in the same category with Dr. Travis and other men of faith.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New book ...


Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just republished “Christian in Recovery: “A Supplemental Workbook for Individual Counseling Sessions” this workbook was originally published in 2002 and we are now offering on Amazon Kindle for only $.99 … The workbook is designed to help Pastors, Counselors, and other professionals successfully help individuals dealing with addiction.  Providing activities, suggestions, and resources. Please download your copy today 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The tragedies of Suicide keep coming:


 The news was released today of Megachurch pastor Jarrid Wilson, known for his mental health advocacy, dies by suicide. (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/megachurch-pastor-jarrid-wilson-known-his-mental-health-advocacy-dies-n1052301)
This heart-breaking story coming as we are in the mist of National Suicide Prevention week (September 8th – 14th, 2019).

I’m always amazed how many people believe that pastors don’t struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The reality is that pastors, their wives, and children are more likely to struggle than the average church member (that is not based on any scientific research, simply my observation).

I believe that there are three key reason pastors, and their families struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, and that suicide becomes a means to cope with the pain.

  1. Isolation … To many pastors today are separated from people that should be giving them support and encouragement. Over the years I have watched pastors who claim to have best friends. However, have never shared with them their personal struggles of depression, anxiety, and other personal issues due to the fact they did not want to look weak in their faith, or fearful of being judged as not faithful enough to do their job.
  2. Ego … (Get over it) Yes, I’m talking to pastors, I have been in pastoral ministry for 40 years and I’m guilty of this as well. I can’t share with the congregation what is happening in my life because I need to be strong for them. I was recently with a pastor that had been going through a crisis in his personal life (his brother had recently passed), outside of a Facebook post to the church about the funeral he never shared anything with his church about the events leading up to the death, in which his brother had been in hospice for 5 weeks. Ironically, this same pastor had recently got on a church member for not calling him when the individual’s mom was in the hospital. 
  3. Failure to get into God’s word … When I was in Bible college a dear professor shared (not sure if this a director quote, but close) "You will never be able to take on the challenges of life, if this book (Bible) is simply a Text Book, and not your Life-Giving Book." I have found myself too many times looking for a sermon, an outline for a class, or reading for the next assignment and not reflecting on the passage that is helping me personally deal with life issues in front of me.

So how do we change this …

  1. We find a minimum of 5 people that we can talk to about what is going on in our lives and we get honest. (Bold statement here … Only one of these should be a pastor). Individuals (we should also limit the amount of people on this that are family), that will not only pray with us but will go with us to get help if we need it, will stand with us when there seems to be no hope. Yes, even will go to the medical professional and hold us accountable for the medication that is prescribed.
  2. We learn about our illness and how its effects our thinking … When I was diagnosis with Attention Deficit Disorder at age 47, (yes we all knew something was going on long before that) I spent a lot of time attempting to understand how my thinking was different from others, and what I could do to off-set the rapid thoughts that got me in so much trouble way too many times, or inability to sit still and focus. I learned to work with my wife, children, best-friend, and pastor to find skills that allow me to accomplish the task assigned as well as not getting caught up in the negative thinking that often comes. In learning about ADD/ADHD I was able to better understand how it was treated and skills to cope.

Number Three is for the Church … Get off your high horse and come down to reality. If we prayed for, encouraged people, walked with people, and supported people with mental illness the same way we did someone with cancer, heart disease, knee pain, etc. We would not see the crisis that we are currently seeing. I know individuals that are scared to death to mention they have depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, or another mental health illness because of being judged as weak, having lack of faith, or in some cases even being demon possessed. Please stop the madness and provide the support to help people heal and recover from these illnesses and be an active productive member of our churches.

Friends, I don’t know what Pastor Jarrid Wilson was thinking the day he chooses to step in to eternity. However, God knows the pain that he was feeling emotionally that drove him to this decision, and where his relationship was at with HIM (God) at the time. The question I have is who else knew and who is accountable within the church for failing to be the friend, pastor, and prayer warrior that should have provided a safe place to talk and find help.

The reality is with over 45,000 suicides nationwide, this is happening way too much, and it’s time for the church to step up and help focus as a non-judgmental place of support, encouragement, prayer, and friendship.



 
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

God help me stand in your place today!


I was reading Proverbs 25: 6-7 today … what a powerful passage of scripture. When you read those words in Christian Standard Bible they jump off the page: "Don’t brag about yourself before the king, and don’t stand in the place of the great; 7 for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here!" than to demote you in plain view of a noble."


I’m fearful that too many preachers are promoting themselves above the place that God has called them to be. I was taught humility as a young preacher and even today I still hold on to these truths.

  • I always allow the minister where I’m preaching or teaching to give my title that will be used such as Reverend, Doctor, Pastor, Bishop or Minister.
  • I always sit on the front row or with my wife if she is there until the pastor asks me to come to the platform.
  • I always respect the position of authority over me (Pastor/Bishop). I’m a guest at his church and acknowledge their position, and never assume that I have some special anointing or right to be there.

  • I fear that too many preachers/pastors have come to believe their own press releases on Facebook, LinkedIn, or their Website. It is time we sit down and be humble in the presence of God and allow him to promote us to his place of prominent.

    Folks don’t misunderstand me, I’m very proud of who I am: President of a School of Ministry, having been active in ministry for 40 years, having earned three doctorates, and taught in churches and conferences throughout the Midwest and Northeast. However, all that doesn’t compare to when a Pastor allows me to humbly come into his pulpit and share God’s word. Remember, it is not about what you did yesterday, it’s about what you’re doing and peaching today.

    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.

     

    Friday, April 19, 2019


    What is your ministry challenge?

              Please understand I feel that there is a difference between ministry challenge and ministry desires. I have come to believe over the past 40 years that my ministry challenges (what God had me doing at that moment in time for him) was not always my desire. However, it was my calling for that moment.

              The Apostle Paul puts it best in Acts 16 where Paul desire to go certain places an preach, and the Holy Spirit said No. Was the desire wrong, I don’t personally believe so. A statement that is used around our church is “Is it Good or God” there can be some Good ministry opportunities, but it is not in God’s plan for you.

              Within the first 10 years of ministry I attempted to pastor 4 churches. Honestly none of them were what any of us would call successes. However, also within that time I served as Associate Pastor of some churches with what many would call successful. Now having been in ministry for 40 years I have realized that Pastoring is not my calling. However, excepting the Ministry Challenge of serving as 2nd man is.  

              Ephesians 4: 1 I have come to believe this verse should be the foundation of our Ministry Challenge … Do I walk worthy of my vocation? It is ironic that the Greek word for vocation is also translated “Calling” … Paul had a vocation or calling to minister where God lead within the opportunities and talents God gave him. Paul was a Greek trained, Jewish Pharisee that God prepared to minister to the Gentiles throughout the region. Paul could have stood in the same rooms as Aristotle, Socrates and challenged them to think differently.

              Forty years ago, I took my first Associate pastor position at just 19 years old, since then I have thrived within this position always having a sense of purpose and joy. Within that position of Associate, I have been involved in the educational process of believers whether serving as a youth pastor, children’s pastor, men’s leader, or president of a local church school of ministry with a world-wide impact.
              
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I go back to my original question: What is your 
    ministry challenge? God has a ministry challenge for you personally, and he will reveal it and use you personally in great ways as you walk worthy of your vocation (calling) …

    However, we need three things to be successful in the vocation (calling).

    1)     We need a personal relationship with God the father, his Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Be willing to listen to them speak and move us in the calling they have, not the calling of my parents, pastors, friends, or well-meaning individuals. As Pastors used to say when I was in Bible college “We have enough Momma called Daddy sent preachers and if you are one of them go home and don’t waste our time

    2)    We need a group of individuals that you trust (Mature Christians … This should include pastors and lay-people) that can speak honestly about what God is saying to you and pray with you to hear the voice of God and not of men.

    3)    We need to become a Student of the Word of God, and by doing this we see how God moved in the past lives of his saints and we will see how he can and will move and lead in your personal vocation (calling).

    Friends, today I have embraced my vocation (calling) with all my education and experience I still serve as the 2nd man to an awesome pastor. Yes, by title I’m the President of a School of Ministry a title I resisted for several years. However, if you ask me personally “what is your ministry challenge” it is simple “Help Dr. Roger Webb reach a world for Christ through the Ministry of Grace Church of the Valley. Yes, it is true that God has seen fit to give me the additional Ministry Challenge of impacting lives within a Mental Health Hospital as a Chaplain, ironically, I view that as a great teaching opportunity.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, find and accept your ministry challenge and move forward with what God has for you to accomplish.


    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Time fly's


    Wow how time fly’s when you are having fun doing what you love. It is also very hard to believe that it was 35 years ago today on (April 17th) that I was Ordained by the Pastors and my home Church at the Flint Baptist Temple (Burton, Michigan) into the ministry. Ironically, I was ordained on my parent’s anniversary who would have be celebrating their 60th today (they both passed away in 2009).  I would not be where I am in ministry today without their encouragement and support, of my parents and some awesome Men of God that he used to train me to be the minister, teacher, and preacher I am today. Thank you all I miss you!

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    To excited


    Too excited ….

                  The past year has been an amazing time in my life, as I have just turned 59 years old and pushing that BIG 6-0, and have just celebrated 33 years of marriage to my Best Friend.  I’m seeing God move in my life like no other time.  Now don’t get me wrong we have seen God move and had lots of great ministry opportunities over the years.

                  However, now just seems like that TIME of Great Opportunities …
                  In June of 2018 I was given the privilege to become the Chaplain at Summit Behavioral Healthcare (State of Ohio Dept of Mental Health Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio) a full-time position ministering to both the patients and staff.

                  Four years ago, the Lord directed my wife Lee and I to Grace Church of the Valley an awesome church with some of the most amazing people. Shortly, after starting at GCOTV Pastor Roger Webb asked me to be President of GCOTV School of Ministry (https://gcotv.com/connect/school-of-ministry/) . We are now coming up on completing our third year and having our 2nd Graduation with a told of 7 graduates (with last years graduation and this years). We have also gone global …

                  Wow never thought we would see this opportunity to impact the world … Just two months ago (February 2019) we published “The Study in the Life of Christ & the Gospels” and made it FREE to pastors, churches, colleges, and other ministries through out Africa. We simply contacted many of the folks I have on my LinkedIn and Facebook accounts and asked them if they wanted it. The response was amazing; within two months we have students completing the course in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Eritreans. With at least 70 students working on the course and that number could be higher.  We have recently reached out to individuals with connections in India, Haiti, Nepal, Pakistani, Argentine, and other countries. We can’t wait to see what God does.  When the individual completes the course of study either individuality or as a group, they receive a “Certificate of Completion” from GCOTV School of Ministry.

                  Another great opportunity for us at GCOTV School of Ministry our Pastor/Chancellor Dr. Roger Webb will be in Kenya this summer ministering to a group of pastors and upon completion of the program we will grant them a Certificate of Completion in Excellence of Christian Leadership.  We have also received invitations (not yet accepted) to minister in Uganda. I’m sure there will be other invitations over time.

                  Friends, we do have a Prayer Request, over the years the Lord has continued to lay on my heart the pastors and ministers of the Appalachian Region of America, in providing educational opportunities to individuals that are seeking help in better communicating God’s word. We are currently seeking to partner with churches or ministries to accomplish this vision.  Please pray God open’s the perfect connection.

                  Of course, I continue to serve on the Faculty and Board of Aidan University in Jacksonville, FL and as an Adjunct Faculty of New Life Temple Bible College (Cincinnati, Ohio) … Wow I sound busy! But it is about the fun of serving Christ and impacting lives with the Gospel ….

    Do me a HUGE Favor …
    Pray that God gives us opportunities to impact the World even more!
    Rev. Don Allen, Jr. PhD

    If you know of someone that would like to partner with us on the “Study in the Life of Christ and the Gospels” please have them contact me @


    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Reflecting on God’s calling!

    As I was reading my devotional "Time with God" this morning I was intrigued by the call of Matthew/Levi the Tax Collector. The story plays out in three separate passages of scriptures (Matthew 9:9 and Mark 2:14; and Luke 5:27) in two of the verses the name is Levi in the other it is Matthew, so why the difference? The answer is simple Matthew the name Greek form with the meaning "gift of Jehovah" and Levi is Hebrew with the meaning "Gift of Yahweh."

    So, what makes this individual unique in his calling? We must understand the term Tax Collector, this is a Jew that works for the Roman government collecting taxes for the Roman’s to finance their wars and lavish lifestyles, basically it was believed that he was stealing from the poor to finance the rich. Matthew/Levi lifestyle was funded by any additional money he could extort from people beyond what they owed and what the government paid him as a salary. We know for fact he was an employee of the Roman’s, as well as a tax collector who was educated and had a good business sense.
    I love the simple but direct wording of Jesus to Matthew! Follow (Strong’s Concordance states it means "to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him :") ME! (Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Teacher/Rabbi, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the guy that in just a few years will die on the Cross for you and the entire world.


    I’m convinced that Christ is simply stating the obvious "Follow Me." Focusing on the event just shortly after Matthew’s calling, we see the impact that Matthew has on his friends, he invited the other Tax collectors (the cities outcast into one room) to dinner and introduced them to Jesus. I’m often amazed at the excitement and simplicity of new Christians and their desire to introduce their friends to Jesus. They don’t care about the critics, the people judging them, people questioning their motives, they simply want their friends to know Jesus.

    As I reflect on this story (passage) I must ask myself and you three questions.
    Have I (you) met Jesus, the savior of the world? However, more importantly is He the savior of your personal soul?
    Have you chosen to FOLLOW HIM as he has called you to? And, as you follow him have you become a disciple (student) of Christ?
    Have you invited any of your friends recently to meet your Savior and Friend Jesus Christ?

    As we reflect on these three questions, it is imperative that we Know HIM (Christ) as Savior, we are Following HIM to be His disciple (student) and sharing our faith with others is the foundation of Christ’s calling today for us.

    Like Levi/Matthew are you Following HIM?

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Not a time for silence!


                  For decades I have sat on the sidelines of the abortion issue, knowing in my heart it was wrong and arguing privately with people that it was. However, not writing or publicly taking a major stand.

                  With the resent vote of 44 United States Senators including all the current Democratic Presidential candidates and the recent signing into law of the authorization (law) to allow abortion up to the moment prior to birth is a disgrace.

     In 1973 the decision of Roe vs Wade shocked most of America stating that a women has the right to choose if her unborn baby lives or dies, and then ask a doctor to perform the abortion. This goes against the very foundation of American history and our values as Judeo-Christians that we have claimed for two centuries.  Science has been ignored, there is no logical conclusion that life doesn’t begin at conception. However, a group of people thought they know more than God, Science, and due to their own selfish choice to allow abortion.

                  We have come a long way not only in America but around the world since the end of World War II (I love studying history) and it is often said if we fail to study history, we are going to repeat it. Sadly, the US Senate and the Governors have repeated history. The two documents below detail the events of the Nuremburg Trials that took place following World War II where 14 German Men were charged and found guilty of War Crimes (among their crimes ordering, condoning, or committing abortions).  I challenge you to read the articles and understand that our Senators, Governors, Abortion rights groups, and abortion doctors are no different than that of the NAZI they so desperately condemn.

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    Friday, February 22, 2019

    What is the greatest threat to the church today?



                Is radical Islam the greatest threat to the church today? Is the socialist agenda that is being pushed today the greatest threat? Without reservation I will say NO!

    Within the political climate of our day we see the Socialist, Islamic extremist, and liberal bias flooding the news, the social media, and sadly even the pulpits of America. Church leaders opening the doors to individuals that have a radical different belief to that of Christianity in order to promote Social Justice, Tolerance, and yes even harmony.

    I heard it several years ago and have realized how true it is today with our current environment, “if you’re living for God people aren’t going to like it!”

    I have concluded in my own personal life, and I believe it based on the foundational truths of the scripture.  The greatest threat to the church today is “Casual Christian’s” … What do I mean by that statement: Just like Casual dads/mom they have a relationship with their children, but they are not providing for them or actively involved in their children’s’ lives. I think we have a lot of “Casual Christians” men/women that have met Christ but have not grown in a relationship with Christ and aren’t participating in that relationship.

    I see five things that “Casual Christians” need to change!

    1)      Casual Christians need to stop looking for the world’s answers to their spiritual questions, they need to stop accepting every teaching that comes over social media as the gospel, and they need to stop listening to the unbiblical teaching of the day.

    2)     Casual Christians need to pull their Bibles out (yes, I’m talking about the paper copy) of the desk drawer, off the bookshelf, or from under the bed and read it. Write in it, study it, compare scriptures and learn what it says for you!

    3)     Casual Christians need to find and attend a Bible teaching church. It is time to stop attending the social club and the self-motivational church that only promotes feeling good about yourself and teaching what the social culture of the day said we should teach and ignore the truth of scripture.

    4)    Casual Christians need to be discipled! Hangout with mature Christians that can help you grow and walk out your Christian faith.

    5)     Casual Christians need to understand the facts of the Bible:

    a.     The Bible is the Word of God from cover to cover, and everybody will be judged by it.

    b.     Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life on this Earth.

    c.     Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our Sins, and whether we like it or not; it is only through that sacrifice we will get into heaven and miss hell.

    d.     Jesus Christ arose from the grave on the 3rd day, and because of that event we have assurance that we will be with him in heaven if we accept him into our heart as Lord and Savior.

    e.     Jesus Christ defeated the devil (regardless if you believe he is real or not) and has taken away the devils power over my life.

    The facts are simple! Jesus loves me, but he made the provision for my eternity through his personal will for us (written out in the Bible) … Know me (Trust Christ as Savior), Follow me (do it my way), Proclaim me (share who I am with others), Keep my Commandments (what I say you can and can’t do), and stop being a Casual Christian and become a “Active Child of the King”.

    Update from GCOTV School of Ministry

    Wow! That is really all we can say when we look at how God has blessed over the past six months. On March 29 th , 2019 Grace Church of th...