From Greg: Hitting the Refresh Button

Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders, [caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="200"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] Thanks for your prayers! The move of our international Home Office from Glendora, CA, to Charlotte, NC, is now complete. It's been an exciting and busy time. Moving employees, supplies, records, furniture, etc. across 2,400 miles was no small operation! Despite some challenges, surprises and a lot of work, the move has given us opportunity to hit the "refresh button," yielding several benefits. First are the significant financial savings (see Mat Morgan's comments below). Second, the relocation provides opportunity to re-brand GCI a bit (see Michelle Fleming's comments below). Third, our new... Read the article

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On Leadership: Multiplying Mentors

By Rick Shallenberger, GCI-USA Regional Pastor This is number 8 in Rick's series on leadership. For other articles in the series, click a number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. [caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="133"] Rick Shallenberger[/caption] My friend asked me if I wanted a job helping him install sprinkler systems. I didn’t know the first thing about sprinkler systems, but I needed a job, so I said yes. Besides, how difficult could it be to glue some pipes together, add some sprinkler heads and hook the system up to water. I was completely unaware of how little I knew about installing sprinkler systems. First of all, it’s called an irrigation system, not sprinkler systems, but I’m getting ahead of myself. ... Read the article

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Church growth: Up, In and Out

This article is by Santiago Lange, one of GCI's pastors in Germany. [caption id="attachment_8720" align="alignright" width="176"] (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] A story is told about the great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (pictured at right), the first person to discover the magnetic meridian of the North Pole and to discover the South Pole. On one of his journeys, Amundsen took a homing pigeon with him. When he had finally reached the top of the world, he opened the bird's cage and set it free. Imagine the joy of Amundsen's wife, back in Norway, when she looked up from the doorway of her home and saw the pigeon circling in the sky above. No doubt she exclaimed, "He's alive!" Empowered for mission So it was... Read the article

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Kid’s Korner: GCI Resources Website

This month's Kid's Korner is from Equipper Editor Ted Johnston. [caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="150"] Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)[/caption] As noted in Greg's letter, we've launched a new GCI Resources website. It provides a catalog of resources to use in discipling people of all ages, kids included. Here are highlights of what the Resources website provides related to discipling kids: GenMin. Beginning with the landing page at https://resources.gci.org/genmin, you'll find information about Generations Ministries, the youth ministry arm of GCI. Information is given about GenMin's camps, short-term mission trips and... Read the article

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Sermon for June 24, 2018

Scripture Readings: 1 Sam. 17:32-49; Ps. 9:9-20; 2 Cor. 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Sermon by Linda Rex from Mark 4:35-41 Trusting God in the Storms Introduction Fear is a powerful force. At a basic level we respond by fighting or fleeing. When we encounter someone we view as unsafe, we typically respond in fear, resisting being in relationship with them. Unfortunately, that's how some people respond to God. We humans often see ourselves as all alone in the world. Perhaps in times of trouble in the past we depended on others, only to be let down, even betrayed. Based on that experience, we view ourselves as our only savior. But that's a big problem, for many of the things we face in life are beyond our capacity to handle. We cannot... Read the article

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A New Day in GCI

In this issue, Greg Williams explores the benefits of GCI's Home Office relocation. You'll also find articles on church growth and leadership development, along with the May prayer guide and sermons for June. From Greg: Hitting the Refresh Button Greg looks at the benefits of moving GCI's Home Office to Charlotte, NC. Church Growth: Up, In and Out Santiago Lange explores the example of the Acts 2 church. On Leadership: Multiplying Mentors Rick Shallenberger offers advice on how to multiply mentors. Prayer Guide for May Here are topics for prayer for each day in May. Kid's Korner: GCI Resources Website Ted Johnston shares information about the new GCI Resources website. RCL sermons for June 2018 Here are Revised... Read the article

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Sermon for June 17, 2018 (Father’s Day)

Scripture Readings: 1 Sam.15:34-6:13; Ps. 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Cor. 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 Sermon by Sheila Graham from Mark 4:26-34; 1 Sam. 16:6-13; 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Ps. 92:12-15 That's How Our Father Thinks Introduction Today is Father’s Day---a day to honor our fathers and those who have acted as fathers in our lives. Fathers are important, not only to the stability of the family and as an example to their sons and daughters, but to our view of God as our heavenly Father. When we think of God, many of us tend to think of him as we do our human father. If we had an easy-going, rather laid-back father, we may think of God as sort of our anything-goes good buddy. If our father virtually or actually abandoned us, we may have a... Read the article

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Sermon for June 10, 2018

Scripture Readings: Gen. 3:8-15; Ps. 130; 2 Cor. 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Sermon by Michelle Fleming from Gen. 3:8-15 and 2 Cor. 4:13-5:1 Know Your Limits Introduction No Boundaries, Limitless, Breaking Through---these could easily be titles of three New York Times bestselling books. All three titles reflect our insatiable desire for inexhaustible strength and the unfettered ability to fulfill our wildest dreams. Our culture inundates us with lies, constantly hawking products and lifestyles that promise to make us better, faster, stronger, happier, healthier, wealthier. But the reality is that we humans are extremely limited, and we are dependent upon a gracious God for our very breath. Without the air he provides, we won't... Read the article

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Sermon for June 3, 2018

Scripture Readings: Deut. 5:12-15; Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18; 2 Cor. 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6 Sermon by Martin Manuel from Mark 2:23-3:6 Jesus is our Sabbath Introduction “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” was the Lord's command to Israel as part of the covenant he ratified with them through Moses at Mt. Sinai. As Israel was about to enter the Promised Land, Moses repeated this command in Deut. 5:12-15 (our Old Testament reading today), explaining that God's intent in giving the Sabbath to Israel was to provide rest for everyone, including Israel's servants and work animals. Though Gen. 2:2 says God "rested" from creating on the seventh day, it is not until Israel is at Mt. Sinai that the Torah uses the word "Sabbath." It... Read the article

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