AGC News

Bill's Blog: "For Unto us a Child is Born..."

Posted by donna on December 6, 2017

Christmas 2017.jpgRecently, I received an email from a family in our AGC Association.  With great fanfare and accompanying photos, they were announcing the birth of their new child. “It’s a BOY!” read the caption. I can totally relate to the wonderful feeling and excitement of welcoming a newborn son or daughter. The sheer relief, especially when the new life has safely arrived, brings such joy. There is also that sense of future and destiny for this new life and for the family itself. The family is growing, and the future looks brighter.  It is a mystery wrapped up in a reality.

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AGC National Board announces Presidential Candidate!

Posted by donna on November 22, 2017

The AGC National Board is pleased to introduce Rev. Bill Allan as the candidate for AGC President!  Read the letter from Moderator Win Bowman and Bill's biography at this link: Introduction of AGC Presidential Candidate

Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous pour la version Française; Présentation du Candidat Présidentiel de l'AÉÉ

Please watch this short video to get to know Bill.


Getaway Retreat - What are the kids up to?

Posted by donna on November 13, 2017

Nick's video.PNGEver wonder what the kids are doing at the Getaway Junior High Retreat? 

Our MC Nick Pegg took a stroll around Muskoka Woods to find out...

 

 

 

 

 

 


they left their nets.jpgOne of the reasons I have grown to love the book 4 Chair Discipling is because of the mental picture it portrays.  I am a visual learner, and so, when I have a picture it just speeds up the learning process and helps me to work better with the people in my sphere of influence.

As a pastor, I desire to see people in the church grow spiritually.   4 Chair Discipling is a tool that can help with that process.  First, we bring people in through the first chair invitation of “Come and See” (John 1:39.) This is such an exciting part of the process and our churches should always have individuals who are seeking the purpose or meaning of life. 

It is my personal conviction that most evangelical churches in Canada have people who made it to chair two, but then, for whatever reason, haven’t moved on to chair three and four.  I don’t have any data to support this statement other than personal experience.   I am more than willing to be proved wrong in this conviction. 

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4 chairs.pngOne of the occupational hazards faced by many pastors and ministry leaders is the few unbelievers with whom we spend time or have a personal relationship.  If we expect to convince those we lead of their need to invest in “Chair 1” people, which are those who do not yet know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, then we need to lead them by modeling such relationships.  Working primarily with already churched people does not excuse us from evangelistic relationships with those who are not yet Christ followers. Continue reading...


Bill's Blog: Making Disciples

Posted by donna on September 5, 2017

4 Chair.jpgDuring Jesus’ nearly four-year ministry on this earth He spent much of His time making and developing His Disciples.

As we read the gospel narratives we discover many occasions on which Jesus developed a few key men and women who would literally turn the world upside down.

In a short period of time, Jesus, anointed by the power of the Spirit, chose His followers carefully. He walked with them and helped them grow in their knowledge and faith. Intentional about growing faith and commitment in His Disciples, He took the time to do so.  He grew His Disciples, teaching them to put their faith into action.  Jesus was and is the Master Disciple Maker.

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Appointment of Interim Canada East Superintendent

Posted by donna on August 15, 2017

Tom web.pngI am very pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Tom Lambshead has been appointed to be the Interim Canada East Superintendent. Tom will replace Laird Crump, who begins his assignment as Lead Pastor of The Campus Church in Aurora on September 11, 2017.

Tom is a long time AGC pastor and leader and we are excited to have him on the National Team.  He will be on a part time contract with the AGC from September 1, 2017 to June 2, 2018. 

Please read Tom’s bio below and pray for him as he begins this role.  Once we have him established on our AGC system, we will send his contact details.  

Dr. Willem Fietje
President, Associated Gospel Churches


Bill's Blog: Summer 2017

Posted by donna on July 19, 2017

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Summer is finally here and I want to encourage all of you to spend time with your families, to rest and recharge … to be still and know that He is God.  Before you know it, turn around twice and the fall preparations will be upon us.

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Laird Crump Transitioning to New Ministry

Posted by donna on July 12, 2017

A word from Bill Fietje:                                                                                      

Laird 14.JPGOur Canada East Superintendent, Laird Crump, has accepted the invitation to be the next Lead Pastor of The Campus Church in Aurora ON, one of our member AGC churches.  We congratulate Laird on this step of faith and obedience.

Laird has kept me in the loop throughout this process and we have had much discussion on God’s leading throughout these past several weeks. Laird assures us that there was not a "push" factor in this decision. He has really enjoyed his role as Canada East Superintendent. His motivation to accept the invitation from The Campus was more of a “pull” toward the local church pastorate. Simply put, he and Joey want to obey God's clear call upon their lives. The vote was almost unanimous for them to accept this call.

Moving forward, the plan is that Laird will remain in his current role until mid-September 2017, and then assume his new position at The Campus Church. Laird will continue teaching 4-Chair Discipleship and assist in the AGC Church Health and Leadership Commission in a volunteer capacity.

Laird, we love you and look forward to a continuing relationship as you help give vision and leadership to the AGC from this new and strategic opportunity of service in the Kingdom. We will miss you, but look forward to our on-going relationship and ministry as you lead one of our AGC churches.  Thank-you for a job well done. We pray for God's blessings on you and Joey and your family, as well as on the Campus Church.

Please join in prayer as we seek God’s direction for Laird’s replacement.

Blessings,

Willem Fietje
President

Read a statement from Laird here: Laird Crump transition


Canada East Conference - "Chasing the Lion"

Posted by donna on June 14, 2017

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What an amazing time at Fair Havens as Canada East churches joined together for our regional conference, "Chasing the Lion"!  

Conference attendees enjoyed learning from our keynote speakers and workshop leaders, spending time in worship and praise, and taking time to pray for one another.