Resources for the Journey Ahead

In this issue we introduce new preaching resources and provide articles on stewardship, evangelism and the relaunch of a GCI congregation. From Greg: Equipping for GCI's Next Chapter GCI President, Greg Williams, looks ahead to the future, noting the role of GCI Equipper in preparing us for what lies ahead. Healthy Church: Receiving the Offering Here is an infographic that addresses receiving offerings in church. Reflections on Stewardship Santiago Lange addresses the important topic of stewardship. GC Hickory Relaunch A conversation addressing the relaunch of GCI's church in Hickory, NC. Whole-Life Discipleship: Evangelism in a Post-Christian World Randy Bloom addresses evangelism---a key aspect of discipleship. Prayer Guide:... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... 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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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,... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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. [caption id="attachment_7193" align="aligncenter" width="176"] Andrew Young[/caption] 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... Read the article

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