Sermon for January 6, 2019 (Epiphany)

Note: January 6, the day of Epiphany, begins a season in the Church calendar also called Epiphany (or Epiphany Season). For a Surprising God article explaining its meaning, click here. Scripture Readings Isa. 60:1-6 • Ps. 72:1-7, 10-14 • Eph. 3:1-12 • Matt. 2:1-12 A Light to Follow (Matthew 2:1-12, NRSV) Note to preacher: As an introduction, you might show the Visual Bible video enactment of the Magi's visit as recorded in Matthew's Gospel. To find it online, click here (and continue to 10:05). You've no doubt heard the story of the three wise men, the Magi, come from the East to visit the newborn Jesus. Some of the ways the story is traditionally told are inaccurate. For example, the Bible does not say how many Magi there... Read the article

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Tools for Building Healthy Churches

The links below connect to the Ministry Toolbox on GCI's newly-launched Resources website. The tools found there are designed to assist congregations in pursuing our healthy church vision.  Healthy church results from several factors, including the two addressed below: healthy leadership and healthy ministries. Healthy Leadership (REAL Teams) Healthy church leadership is pastor-led and team-based---what GCI refers to as REAL teams. For an infographic explaining what this means, click here. For videos that give additional detail, click on these links: Introduction to REAL teams Relationally connected Enthusiastically engaged Affirming Liberating leaders Healthy Ministries (Faith, Hope & Love Venues) ... Read the article

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