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

Remembering our journey of renewal

This December issue of GCI Equipper (articles and sermons linked below) looks back at our journey of renewal in 2017.

From Greg: A look back at 2017
Greg Williams takes a look back at our journey with Jesus as seen in the issues of GCI Equipper published this year.

Wholehearted, part 1: Finding Fellowship in Jesus
Cathy Deddo presents part 1 of a 2-part essay addressing the nature of the Christian life.

Kid’s Korner: Focus on the child
Lance McKinnon shares an encouraging message about the love the Father has for the kids we minister to as parents and youth ministers.

RCL sermons for January, 2018
Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for January:
– Sermon for January 7
– Sermon for January 14
– Sermon for January 21
– Sermon for January 28

In case you missed the sermons for December, here they are:
– Sermon for December 3 (Advent 1)
– Sermon for December 10 (Advent 2)
– Sermon for December 17 (Advent 3)
– Sermon for December 24 (Advent 4)
– Sermon for December 31

Preparing for Advent-Christmas

This November issue of “Equipper” (articles and sermons linked below) is focused on helping you prepare for the upcoming Advent-Christmas season.

From Greg: Go tell it on the mountain!
Greg Williams encourages us to use the upcoming Advent-Christmas season and every day to share with others the good news of Jesus.

On Leadership: Go to the source
Continuing our series on leadership, Rick Shallenberger addresses an approach that avoids the problem of making decisions based on gossip.

Kid’s Korner: Using Christmas to teach children about Jesus
Ted Johnston shares ways parents and children’s ministers can use Christmas to teach kids the good news about Jesus.

RCL sermons for December
Here are five sermons synced with the Revised Common Lectionary. They cover the four Sundays of Advent and the Sunday following Christmas:
– Sermon for December 3 (Advent 1)
– Sermon for December 10 (Advent 2)
– Sermon for December 17 (Advent 3)
– Sermon for December 24 (Advent 4)
– Sermon for December 31

For a series of videos produced by GCI for Advent last year, click here, or watch them here:

In case you missed the RCL-syned sermons for November, here they are:
Sermon for November 5
Sermon for November 12
Sermon for November 19
Sermon for November 23 (Thanksgiving)
Sermon for November 26 (Christ the King Sunday)

Our journey with Jesus

In the October issue of “Equipper” (articles and sermons linked below) we continue our celebration of GCI’s ongoing journey of renewal.

From Greg: Our journey from trial to abundance
Greg Williams shares an encouraging message from Norva Kelly concerning GCI’s journey with Jesus from trial to abundance.

Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 5
Gary Deddo concludes his series, looking back at two topics addressed in the essay: the Christian life and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Kid’s Korner: Let’s play “Simon Says”
Jeff Broadnax encourages us to begin with the who and why of children’s ministry before proceeding to the what and how.

RCL sermons for November
Here are five sermons synced with the Revised Common Lectionary. They cover the 22nd through 25th Sundays following Pentecost, with an extra sermon provided for Thanksgiving.
Sermon for November 5
Sermon for November 12
Sermon for November 19
Sermon for November 23 (Thanksgiving)
Sermon for November 26 (Christ the King Sunday)

In case you missed them last month, here are the October sermons:
– Sermon for October 1
– Sermon for October 8
– Sermon for October 15
– Sermon for October 22
– Sermon for October 29

Transformed by Jesus

This issue of “Equipper” celebrates GCI’s transformation, which is leading us to more active participation in what Jesus is doing to reach out to those outside the walls of our churches. This month’s articles and sermons are linked below.

From Greg: Celebrating Our Transformation
Greg Williams rejoices in GCI’s continuing transformation as seen at the recent We Are GCI conference, and as illustrated in the story of Zacchaeus.

Hospitality “Outside the Walls”
Josh McDonald shares a message in which he encouraged his congregation to extend hospitality to others “outside the walls” of the church.

Kid’s Korner: Thoughts from Walt Disney
Jeff Broadnax shares insights about ministry to children and teens gained from a recent visit to Disney World.

RCL sermons for October
Here are five sermons synced with the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), covering the 17th through 21st Sundays after Pentecost (in “ordinary time” between Pentecost and Advent):
Sermon for October 1
Sermon for October 8
Sermon for October 15
Sermon for October 22
Sermon for October 29

In case you missed them last month, here are sermons for September:
– Sermon for September 3
– Sermon for September 10
– Sermon for September 17
– Sermon for September 24