Incarnational Trinitarian Theology

ITT is the foundation of team-based, pastor-led ministry. Are we practicing what we preach? By Glen A Weber, Retired Pastor – US Central Region Support Team One of the greatest experiences in my 46 years in full-time ministry was listening to the 25 hours of teaching about the “Nature of God” from Dr. Kyriakos Stavrinides in the early 90s. The lectures focused on the Person of the Holy Spirit and his relationship to the Father and the Son. I was hooked! Roughly ten years later, Dr. C. Baxter Kruger was invited to speak at one of our GCI (WCG at the time) International Conferences and he opened my mind to the life of the Trinity – perichoresis! I had been excited about the impact of the Holy Spirit as a Person, but now the... Read the article

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Healthy Church Focus

Equipper asked a number of GCI pastors around the world the question: “What is your main focus at this time in your pathway toward healthy church?” A tendency among leaders is to focus on too many things at once – address all the challenges at the same time. This is our goal, but is it where the Holy Spirit is leading us? As we seek to follow Christ, we want to ask him for clarity of focus. Where are you leading us, Lord? What do you want our group or congregation to focus on? Following are the responses from around the world – edited only for space. Mentoring leaders in the process of building the three Avenues, especially the Love Avenue. - Bharat Naker, Australia Our main focus is to help people understand how valued... Read the article

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Healthy Church Challenges

Equipper asked several pastors and ministry leaders around the world the question: What is your greatest challenge for healthy church? Answers were edited for space. It is our hope these answers might inspire discussion among your leadership teams. Our ageing congregations and scarcity of young adults and children.– Jackie Mills, UK The greatest challenge we have faced on the way to becoming a healthy church is having the focus turn from what today's society considers a healthy church to be (fancy buildings, large attendance, exciting live worship performances, all kinds of programs and events to keep people busy) to what we should be as Jesus has called us to love this world and share the glorious message of the gospel. - Terry... Read the article

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What is a Healthy Church?

Grace Communion International president, Greg Williams, has set a goal for GCI churches to be the healthiest expression of church we can be. Equipper asked several pastors and ministry leaders around the world to define healthy church in a sentence or two. The responses were encouraging and perhaps a bit challenging. In order to include more quotes, we edited several down to a main point. See if you see some common themes, which we will summarize at the end of the quotes. A healthy church is Christ focused, in loving fellowship and intentionally seeking the Spirit’s lead in wisely being Christ’s body in the community, physically and digitally. – Bharat Naker, Australia A healthy church worships Jesus Christ and insists... Read the article

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If Only We Had…

… young families, teenagers, more people, a building or better place to worship, someone under the age of ___ in our church, a seasoned pastor. What do you believe you need to make your congregation or fellowship group successful? I love to look at a Scripture with new eyes – asking God to help me see something I haven’t seen before, or to understand something I perhaps misunderstood before. Admittedly, this has caused me some pain over the years as he has revealed to me things I’ve misinterpreted, misunderstood, or completely ignored. I was recently reading Matthew 9 and came to the last verse of the chapter, which I’ve heard and used many times in sermons.  “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the... Read the article

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