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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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... Read the article

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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 ... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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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... Read the article

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August Equipper

Due to GCI's Denominational Conference this month, this issue of "Equipper" has limited content. We'll return in September with a full issue. In the meantime, enjoy the conference and the rest of your summer! Kid's Korner: RCL-synced lesson plans Here is a resource you can use to prepare Children's Church or Sunday School lessons that are synced with the Revised Common Lectionary. RCL sermons for September Here are four sermons synced with the Revised Common Lectionary, covering the 13th through 16th Sundays after Pentecost (in “ordinary time” between Pentecost and Advent): - Sermon for September 3 - Sermon for September 10 - Sermon for September 17 - Sermon for September 24 In case you missed them last month, here... Read the article

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GCI: We are family!

Looking forward to our "family reunion" in Orlando in August, the July issue of "Equipper" (articles and sermons linked below) celebrates the blessings we have in GCI as an international family on mission together with the Triune God. From Greg: Celebrating our family Greg Williams tells about his recent trips to the Philippines and Mexico where he visited members of our GCI family on mission with God. On Leadership: Toward team-based leadership Continuing our series on the characteristics of effective leaders and leadership teams, this article from Rick Shallenberger looks at leadership processes and styles that support team-based leadership. Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 4 Building on what he has covered in this... Read the article

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Retreating to advance the kingdom

The June issue of "Equipper" (articles and sermons linked below) continues our 2017 focus on renewal, noting how the kingdom of God sometimes is advanced by retreating and other counter-intuitive, even counter-cultural tactics. From Greg: Retreating to charge forward Greg Williams encourages pastors to advance renewal in their congregations by going on a spiritual retreat with their leaders. [caption id="attachment_4530" align="aligncenter" width="394"] Greg tells about retreating to the Smoky Mountains (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] On Leadership: Navigating through life: the 5 Gears Rick Shallenberger shows how leaders can be more effective by achieving balance in life's "5 gears," including taking time to... Read the article

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Renewing pastoral priorities

Here is the May "Equipper"---it continues our 2017 focus on renewal by looking at pastoral priorities. The articles and sermons are linked below. From Greg: LEAD-P (priorities for pastors) Greg Williams looks at five priorities for lead pastors. [caption id="attachment_4172" align="aligncenter" width="234"] "The Good Shepherd" by Greg Olsen (used with permission)[/caption] The priority of leadership: growing a strong leader CORE Randy Bloom addresses three characteristics of effective leaders. The priority of preaching: using the RCL Ted Johnston shows how using the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) brings renewal to our preaching. Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 2 Gary Deddo continues to explore union with... Read the article

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