Preparing for a New Year of Ministry

With Advent and the start of a new year of ministry (worship and witness) at hand, this issue helps us think about three key aspects of healthy church— worship liturgy, church leadership and worldview conversion.

From Greg: Adjust Your Posture
Greg Williams urges church leaders to embrace a vital aspect of Healthy Church—having a posture that is open to receiving new, younger leaders.

Healthy Church: R.E.A.L. Teams (part 2)
This infographic continues our series looking at team-based ministry.

Worldview Conversion: Addressing Idolatry
Charles Fleming addresses a key aspect of a Christ-centered worldview.

Worldview Conversion: The Power of Liturgy
Ted Johnston explores the role of liturgy in whole-life discipleship.

What About Liturgy?
Santiago Lange looks at the value of liturgy for the church.

Revised Common Lectionary (Year C)
Here are the readings for the new worship year that begins with Advent.

Prayer Guide: October 2018
Here are GCI-related topics to pray about each day during October.

Kid’s Korner: Teaching Kids About the Christian Year
Ted Johnston gives tips on helping kids understand the Christian year.

RCL Sermons
Here are sermons for November that sync with the Scripture readings set out in the Revised Common Lectionary:
November 4, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 18, 2018
November 25, 2018

In case you missed them last month, here are the sermons for October:
October 7, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 28, 2018

Healthy Church: Key Aspects

This issue addresses both Healthy Church and Worldview Conversion, with articles on mentoring, team-based ministry and whole-life discipleship.

From Greg: Let’s Be Sponsor-Mentors
Greg Williams addresses a vital step in our journey toward Healthy Church-–providing sponsor-mentors for new, younger leaders.

Healthy Church: R.E.A.L. Teams (part 1)
Here is an infographic that looks at team-based ministry—a key aspect of church health, and a key component of the faith, hope and love venues.

Healthy Church: Connection Card
Here is an infographic that looks at the use of a connection card to build relationships (the love venue) with the people who visit your church.

Worldview Conversion: The Role of the Church
Charles Fleming looks at the important role church leaders have in facilitating worldview conversion—a key aspect of church health.

Worldview Conversion: Whole-Life Discipleship
Gary Deddo explores the vital role whole-life discipleship plays in facilitating worldview conversion.

Prayer Guide: September 2018
Here are GCI-related topics to pray about each day during September.

Kid’s Korner: Loving Our Kids to Life
Lance McKinnon explores the calling youth and children’s ministers have in helping our kids develop a Christ-centered worldview.

RCL Sermons
Here are sermons for October that sync with the Scripture readings set out in the Revised Common Lectionary:
October 7, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 28, 2018

In case you missed them last month, here are the sermons for September:
September 2, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 16, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 30, 2018

Worldview Conversion | Healthy Church

This issue of GCI Equipper begins two new series of articles exploring the important topics of Worldview Conversion and Healthy Church.

From Greg: Worldview Conversion
Greg Williams introduces a series of articles on worldview conversion, which is facilitated by whole-life discipleship.

Worldview Conversion: What and Why
Ted Johnston defines worldview and shows how it shapes our sense of personal identity and ethics.

Healthy Church: Faith, Hope & Love Venues
Greg Williams begins a series on healthy church, looking at the three venues where church health emerges.

Kid’s Korner: Back-to-School Blessing
Georgia McKinnon looks at conducting a back-to-school blessing service.

Prayer Guide: August 2018
Here are topics related to our GCI family to pray about each day in August.

RCL Sermons
Here are sermons for September that sync with the Scripture readings set out in the Revised Common Lectionary:
September 2, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 16, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 30, 2018

In case you missed them last month, here are the sermons for August:
August 5, 2018
August 12, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 26, 2018

Challenges in leadership and life

This issue looks at challenges church leaders face at church and in their personal lives. Also included are the July Prayer Guide, articles on leadership and suffering, and RCL-synced sermons for August.

From Greg: Mind the Gap
GCI Vice President (and Incoming President) Greg Williams urges GCI leaders to take action now to close the gaps between what we say we value and what we actually do.

Prayer Guide: July 2018
Here are topics from our GCI family to pray about each day in July.

On Leadership: Power Test
Rick Shallenberger examines a primary source of a leader’s influence.

God’s Answer to Suffering
Gary Deddo addresses the question: Why does God allow us to suffer?

Kid’s Korner: We Believe
Lance McKinnon reviews GCI’s new tool for discipling kids.

RCL sermons
Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for August:
– Sermon for August 5, 2018
Sermon for August 12, 2018
Sermon for August 19, 2018
– Sermon for August 26, 2018

In case you missed them, here are the sermons for July:
Sermon for July 1, 2018
Sermon for July 8, 2018
Sermon for July 15, 2018
Sermon for July 22, 2018
Sermon for July 29, 2018

Journeying on with Jesus

This issue explores several aspects of our journey with Jesus in articles from Greg Williams, Santiago Lange and Georgia McKinnon. This issue also includes the June Prayer Guide and RCL-synced sermons for July.

From Greg: Pilgrimage of the Faithful
Greg Williams looks at the seasons of change and movement in our lives and compares them to the faith-filled journey of Abraham and Sarah.

June Prayer Guide
Here are topics from our GCI family to pray about each day in June.

Worship in Spirit and Truth
Santiago Lange looks at the controversial but important topic of worship.

Kid’s Korner: Fun in the Son
Georgia McKinnon looks at the busy summer season in children’s ministry.

RCL sermons for June 2018
Here are Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for July:
Sermon for July 1, 2018
Sermon for July 8, 2018
Sermon for July 15, 2018
Sermon for July 22, 2018
Sermon for July 29, 2018

In case you missed them, here are sermons for June:
Sermon for June 3, 2018
Sermon for June 10, 2018
Sermon for June 17, 21018 (Father’s Day)
Sermon for June 24, 2018

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 Common Lectionary-synced sermons for June:
Sermon for June 3, 2018
Sermon for June 10, 2018
Sermon for June 17, 21018 (Father’s Day)
Sermon for June 24, 2018

In case you missed the sermons for May, here they are:
Sermon for May 6, 2018
Sermon for May 13, 2018 (Ascension Sunday)
Sermon for May 20, 2018 (Pentecost)
Sermon for May 27, 2018 (Trinity Sunday)

Challenges for GCI church leaders

GCI is committed to giving its leaders high support and high challenge. This issue of GCI Equipper extends multiple challenges and offers help in meeting them. Also included are RCL-synced sermons for May.

From Greg: Pursue healthy church
A challenge to pastors and facilitators to equip their members for ministry.

Relate to your community
A challenge to church leaders to become known within their communities.

Lead like the apostles
A challenge to leaders to emulate the leadership qualities of the apostles.

Kid’s Korner: Give your kids a lift
A challenge to children’s ministers to teach about Jesus’ ascension.

RCL sermons for May 2018
Here are Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for May:
Sermon for May 6, 2018
Sermon for May 13, 2018 (Ascension Sunday)
Sermon for May 20, 2018 (Pentecost)
Sermon for May 27, 2018 (Trinity Sunday)

In case you missed the sermons for April, here they are:
Sermon for April 1, 2018 (Easter)
Sermon for April 8, 2018
Sermon for April 15, 2018
Sermon for April 22, 2018
Sermon for April 29, 2018

The craft of preaching

This issue of Equipper examines the craft of preaching, concludes Cathy Deddo’s essay, and provides RCL-synced sermons for April.

From Greg: Preach with passion
Greg Williams urges us to preach passionate, Christ-centered sermons.

Key concepts in preaching
Dan Rogers offers advice on ways to faithfully preach the Word of God.

Preaching with the lectionary
Ted Johnston lists advantages of aligning our sermons with the RCL.

Resources for preachers
Here are links to various resources that help preachers grow.

Video for starting the church service
Here is a video for congregations to use in starting the worship service.

Videos for Holy Week
Here are videos that could be used for call-to-worship in services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Wholehearted, part 2
Cathy Deddo concludes her essay on the Christian life.

Kid’s Korner: Children’s ministry resources
Georgia McKinnon recommends children’s ministry curricula.

RCL sermons for April 2018
Here are Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for April:
Sermon for April 1, 2018 (Easter)
Sermon for April 8, 2018
Sermon for April 15, 2018
Sermon for April 22, 2018
Sermon for April 29, 2018

In case you missed the sermons for March, here they are:
Sermon for March 4, 2018
Sermon for March 11, 2018
Sermon for March 18, 2018
Sermon for March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday)
Sermon for March 29, 2018 (Maundy Thursday)
Sermon for March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

Growing as church leaders

This issue of GCI Equipper focuses on ways church leaders and leadership teams can, through the Spirit, grow in ministry with Jesus. 

From Greg: Don’t offend or be offended
Greg Williams addresses an aspect of leadership competency that is exemplified by Andrew Young and addressed in Scripture.

Andrew Young

On Leadership: Be interested before being interesting
Rick Shallenberger reminds leaders of the importance of listening deeply.

On being and building a REAL team
Greg Williams explores what it means to be truly team-based.

The heart of team-based leadership
Ted Johnston notes that love is the foundation of team-based leadership.

Kid’s Korner: On leading children
Lance McKinnon explores our calling to help children see Jesus.

RCL sermons for March 2018
Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for March:
Sermon for March 4, 2018
Sermon for March 11, 2018
Sermon for March 18, 2018
Sermon for March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday)
Sermon for March 29, 2018 (Maundy Thursday)
Sermon for March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

In case you missed the sermons for February, here they are:
Sermon for February 4
Sermon for February 11
Sermon for February 18
Sermon for February 25

2018: A year of transitions

This first issue of GCI Equipper in 2018 looks forward to a year of transitions in GCI—below are links to the articles and sermons.

From Greg: Celebrating Jesus’ headship
Looking forward, in faith, to the various transitions coming in 2018, Greg Williams reassures us that Jesus is head of his church, GCI included.

On Leadership: Confidentiality
Rick Shallenberger addresses the vital topic of maintaining confidentiality.

Kid’s Korner: Start with a thankful heart
Lance McKinnon encourages us to minister out of a heart of thankfulness.

RCL sermons for February 2018
Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for February:
Sermon for February 4
Sermon for February 11
Sermon for February 18
Sermon for February 25

In case you missed the sermons for January, here they are:
– Sermon for January 7
– Sermon for January 14
– Sermon for January 21
– Sermon for January 28