AGC News

Decision re: National Conference 2020

Posted by donna on April 3, 2020

After much deliberation and prayer, the AGC National Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the AGC National Conference scheduled for May 28-30 in Kelowna. Please read the detailed letter from the AGC Moderator and President posted below.

Important decision regarding AGC National Conference 2020 


AGC Office Closure

Posted by donna on March 24, 2020

Dear AGC Family,

Today during our video staff meeting, I read from 1 Peter 4:7-10 as an encouragement and instruction as to how we should live, especially in the new reality we are all experiencing. The goal of each member of our AGC team is to “use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms”. The COVID-19 pandemic will not change this. However, we will be closing our physical office location in Burlington, ON effective today, March 24. This closure will be in effect until April 6th, at which time we will re-evaluate.

During this time, our staff is available and ready to serve! You can continue to call and email and we will respond. Our office phone will be forwarded to our Administrative Assistant, Donna Leung, who will pass on any information to the appropriate staff member.

It is important that we continue to connect with one another, pray for each other, and find ways to serve others in the name of Jesus. If you need some assistance, please be in touch.

In Christ,

Bill Allan
President


RESOURCES FOR MINISTRY GATHERINGS

Posted by donna on March 19, 2020

Dear AGC family,

As we continue to serve amidst the COVID-19 outbreak we want you to know first, and foremost, that we are praying for you! We recognize that the rapid changes in our world have affected all of us individually and as church families. The AGC office remains open, albeit with reduced staff for the next couple of weeks, and we are ready to serve you in any way we can. All National Leadership is available via email and mobile phone, and we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.

Thank you to those that responded to the inquiry of how you are doing church in this situation. God is good and we give thanks for the many that are using creative means and media to be the church. If your church does not have digital capability I would encourage you to look at the list below and participate with those that do offer alternatives for worship, the Word and gathering as the church. Simply click on the church name to take you to their link.


Memo re: COVID-19

Posted by donna on March 12, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we want to encourage our AGC family of churches to remember that God is in control.  Please listen to directives from Canadian Health officials to help you determine local church protocol in terms of dealing with this virus.

Please also see the recent CCCC blog post for other useful information.

AGC ministry functions remain unaffected, and we look forward to seeing you at National Conference in Kelowna at the end of May.


Bill's blog: In it, Not of it - A New Me

Posted by donna on March 4, 2020

One of my favorite New Testament letters also happens to be one of the shortest. The Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon tells the story of an escaped slave, Onesimus, who is encouraged to return to his master, no longer as a slave, but as a brother.

onesimus.pngThe apostle Paul writes to Philemon; “I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment ... For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but as more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother” (Philemon vs. 10, 15-16).     

How can this be? What had changed? It was the transforming power of the Gospel in the life of Onesimus. It was seen in both the inward and outward standing of who Onesimus was, and who he now is. That same Gospel’s transforming power that also redeems us and now works in us, through the Holy Spirit to conform us to Christ.

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Bill's blog: In it, Not of it - Our Place in the World

Posted by donna on February 3, 2020

Romans 12 2.pngLater this Spring the AGC will celebrate our National Conference with the theme; In it, Not of it - Transformed. As I thought through the implications of what it means to be in the world, but not of it, I concluded that there is a greater purpose for us as believers to be here, at this time, wherever God has placed us. That purpose is eternal and therefore we must have an eternal perspective rather than an earthly or temporary one.

Too often we fall into the danger of short-sightedness, of only seeing current circumstances and we fail to see God’s bigger plan. In the immediate, we see difficulty, hardship, illness and suffering. We see broken relationships and a world that seems to be spinning out of control.  

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Bill's blog: Biblical Resolutions for a New Year

Posted by donna on January 6, 2020

bulletin board.jpgI’ll be honest, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I’m too much of a realist, and I hate setting myself up for failure! I typically would be one of the 25% who abandons their resolution within the first two weeks of January! It is also very depressing to hear that only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution keep or achieve them!

A quick google search brings out some interesting facts about New Year’s resolutions. Most are self-focused. The top four resolutions, according to one study are:

Diet & health-related - 71%                             
Exercise more - 65%                                     
Save more, spend less, pay debts - 32%               
Quit smoking/drinking - 21%

Having said that, I do think that it’s important to take time to regularly review how we are growing as disciples of Jesus. New Year’s is a good time to do this as we are filled with anticipation and expectation for new opportunities. Let me suggest THREE BIBLICAL RESOLUTIONS that each of us may practice and use as a template for our spiritual growth.

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Bill's blog: Christmas and the Gift of Grace

Posted by donna on December 2, 2019

The perfect gift for the person that has everything! That’s what the commercial said as it went on to describe why everyone, especially the person who has everything, would need one of these special super-duper gizmos. I didn’t buy the sales-pitch, and I didn’t buy the super-duper gizmo. If a person has “everything,” why would they need something else?

gift.jpgA gift is often unexpected, undeserved, valued and treasured because of the thought that went into selecting and presenting it. As it is with the Gospel. It’s the greatest gift of all time, for all people. We could do nothing to earn it ourselves, even though we often tried. It was undeserved because of our sin. It is valued and treasured because of the cost Jesus paid suffering and dying on a Roman cross. And it was, and still is, freely offered to all who would receive it.

At Christmas we often think about gift giving, trying to find that special something for that special someone. God had similar thoughts. We are His special creation, created in His image and we bear His image. Yet sin, violence, anger, hatred and conflict has marred that image and separated us from our Heavenly Father.

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bottle shoes.pngBefore you judge, walk a mile in my shoes . . .    Grace impacts our life at times in ways we wished it didn’t. We all find it easy to rush to judgment based on outward appearances, rules, and our own sense of right and wrong. Judging others, in some way alleviates our own guilt until we’re confronted by grace. Why is that? Grace impacts our life.

If the impact of grace on my life first begins with my perception of God, then moves to my perception of myself, then the most logical next step is that: it impacts my perception of others. And therein lies the conundrum we often face. Before I judge, walk a mile in their shoes.

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grace 2.jpgThe Roman poet Ovid wrote about Narcissus in Greek mythology. He was very handsome and very proud. When he saw his reflection in a clear still pool, he could not stop looking at himself, nor pull away. There he died of thirst or starvation, depending upon the version you read. The term narcissist is a word often used in today’s selfie-focused society. Perceived external beauty triumphs over inner beauty, integrity and character. To make ourselves better in all ways, we just need to compare ourselves with someone “less” and believe the lie that we are better.

Grace has a way of bursting that bubble. As we saw last month, grace first impacts our perception of God. When we see who God is, when we understand His nature and His character, our focus on self shifts.

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