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Christian Apostolic Church Gets New Pastor, Launches Website & Community Campaign
Growing the church and expanding its presence in the community takes time, but is worth the effort, says new pastor.
Saturday, January 18, 2003 -- Christian Apostolic Church, located on N. 20th Street at Arlington, now has not only a new pastor and first lady, Reverend and Mrs. Doug & LaDonna Joseph, but also has launched a campaign to expand its presence in the communities of Clarksburg, Bridgeport, and surrounding towns. The new pastor comes highly recommended, having ministered at the church's international headquarters offices for nearly seven years. He concluded his time there in the role of Media Director for the Home Missions Division, which serves the needs of both new and established churches across the US and Canada.
Pastor Doug Joseph has extensive experience in design and considerable skill in public relations, brand awareness, and marketing, having headed up creative teams for advertising in major publications including Time magazine, USAToday, and MacLean's magazine, a Canadian publication similar to Time. Rev. Joseph also served as team leader for a national public relations/evangelism project called "Ready To Be Free" during its groundwork phase, and he still serves as coordinator for the program, now in its second year of work to bring continuity to various public relations efforts of the Home Missions Division of the United Pentecostal Church International (the parent organization of Christian Apostolic Church).
"Ready To Be Free is both an evangelism effort and a P.R. campaign," says Joseph. "The idea is to inject centralized, web-based evangelism capabilities into all our P.R. efforts, and also to instill good P.R. value into all our efforts that were previously evangelism-only. By creating and then attaching a consistent brand-image across the board to all our evangelism efforts, we increased the overall effectiveness of everything we were already doing. We didn't reinvent all our 'wheels,' but we painted a brand-image on a lot of existing 'wheels.' We also created some new tools—really effective and exciting tools—like CD-ROM-based Bible studies that show testimonies on-screen using QuickTime video, and a broad appeal website that serves as a central landing place for souls in search of truth or who are trying to locate one of our 4,200 churches across the US and Canada. That address is www.readytobefree.com."
Christian Apostolic Church has been winning converts and making disciples in Clarksburg for over 30 years. Rev. Joseph is the church's fourth pastor. The church's recharged vision for getting the gospel message out to the community includes a renewed zeal for personal witnessing (using new gear from the Ready To Be Free program), teaching in-home Bible studies freely available to all, and reaching out to the church's former members, as well as ongoing efforts to elevate the community's awareness of the church and its services—through both old-fashioned door-knocking and new technologies, like CD-ROMs and the church's new web site, available at: www.cac.us.com.
A new Bible study group, consisting of local police officers and dispatchers, has chosen the church as their first location to meet. "That has caused even more excitement," Rev. Joseph adds, "In just the couple of months since we've been here, the Lord has helped us to reach new people. Each time a newcomer is touched by God's Word and filled with the power of God's Spirit, it makes all our efforts worth while. We're very excited about the future... about the potential here."
Send mail to Pastor Joseph at
firstname.lastname@example.org for prayer, or for free,
in-home Bible study.