To What End? Part 4

Posted by donna on November 2, 2018

apple.PNGI love apples. Always did, still do. I try to eat an apple every day. As kids, we’d ask my mom for a snack and she’d give us an apple. If we asked for some cookies, or a chocolate bar we’d get an apple. I also ate more than my share of apple pie and apple-crisp, after all it’s still apples! Apples are good for you; “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

As a society we are much more health conscious, maybe obsessed, than we likely were in the past. Consider all the TV, internet and radio adds that focus on some aspect of health … getting healthy, maintaining your health or overcoming some health issue. There are volumes of information available on vitamins, supplements and miracle drugs promising all sorts of wonders.  Then there’s the exercise equipment and workout programs that promise the strength and vitality of an eighteen-year old even though you are seventy-five!

As Christians we also need to be aware and intentional in caring for our spiritual health and the health of our churches. Just as healthy bodies function better and more efficiently, so spiritual health and healthy churches allow us to be more effective for the Kingdom. Our fourth END in the AGC is CHURCH HEALTH & LEADERSHIP. What does it mean to be a healthy church and a healthy leader? We need to be deliberate in answering this question if we are to be a movement of healthy reproducing churches.

You can’t force anyone to eat an apple, exercise regularly or maintain a healthy lifestyle. A physician friend once told me that most Canadians would rather medicate than change their lifestyle. It’s just easier. How sad. You can provide resources, training and coaching that can help people move in the right direction.  However, there always needs to be a personal initiative and ownership towards one’s own individual health.

The AGC has many resources available to help our churches and leaders maintain and grow spiritual health. Our Regional Directors, working together with our Regional Councils, are actively providing relevant resources in this area. We have Ministry Leaders Gatherings and Pastor’s Cafes as well as in-depth assessment materials that help lay out a plan to move towards better spiritual health for both churches and leaders. Why not connect with a Regional Director and see where we can help you and your congregation to not only maintain good spiritual health, but also grow in spiritual health for the sake of the Kingdom.

So . . . will that be a McIntosh, Gala, Granny Smith, Ambrosia, Spartan, Golden Delicious, Courtland, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Fuji?

Wishing you good health,

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Bill Allan
AGC President                                                                                                                                                              

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