AGC News

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.  


Bill's Blog: "Chasing the Lion" - A Personal Story

Posted by donna on June 8, 2017

ChasingtheLion (002).pngPresident Bill Fietje shares a very personal story in his latest blog...

Those of you who receive emails from me may have noticed that under my signature, I always have a quote from Hudson Taylor, one of my life’s hero’s. Taylor once said, “Without the element of risk there is no need for faith.”

The life of a disciple of Jesus Christ was never meant or promised to be without risk; quite the opposite in fact. Jesus said “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34f)

Jim Elliot, famed martyr, is noted to have said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he can never lose.” Jim Elliott was killed along with several other young men on the shores of a remote river in the jungles of Ecuador.

I’d like to relate a personal story that illustrates how I came to understand more fully the words that Jesus spoke and that Elliot echoed.

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holy spirit.jpgThis past January, I joined a team that travelled to Steinbach Manitoba to experience a Church Renewal weekend. For four days, we experienced what God is doing in the lives of the people at Southland Church. For the past two decades, they have walked with God, demonstrating life in the Spirit through confession, prayer, worship, and transformational obedience to God’s Word.

Pastor Ray Duerksen and his wife Fran have experienced God building into their lives. They teach from experience, often through years of real life challenges with which most people could identify. The central teaching is best understood as ‘going back to the ancient basics’ rather than finding the ‘new and improved’ which often captures merely out of our curiosity.

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Eph 2vs8.png"Irresistible Grace...Effectual Call"

For centuries, church theologians, both scholarly and novice, have been in a bitter struggle about the moment and manner of conversion. This doctrine of salvation has divided serious students and orthodox believers into two camps.

Arminians, following the teachings of Jacobus Arminius, believe that every person, having been made in the image of God, can apply faith in their life. Arminians know that salvation is the gracious gift of God to people, but each person must apply their faith, as small as it is, to receive and activate the salvation freely offered and made known through the Holy Spirit. In short, faith precedes regeneration. Followers of John Wesley and all the denominations that come from that camp would hold to this belief. This would include our friends in the Salvation Army, as well as many brands of the more charismatic or Pentecostal denominations.

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Canada East Strive Retreat

Posted by donna on March 15, 2017

6b1520fb-d878-425a-a898-f01a910c87c8.jpgMarch 10 - 12 was the Canada East Strive Senior High Retreat at Muskoka Woods.  Visit the Youth Page for pictures & videos!


Evangelism.PNGWhen speaking with Nicodemus, Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind, which cannot be seen, but whose effect is evident.  Perhaps the clearest evidence of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit is seeing unregenerate people continually coming to Christ and receiving salvation … becoming “born again.”

The Scriptures have one central theme from Genesis to Revelation and that is the redemption, reconciliation and restoration of all things back to God the Father through the work of Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 1:1-10 captures this theme perfectly.  This theme is only made known through the process of revelation.

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Bill's Blog: Holy Spirit and Spiritual Renewal

Posted by donna on February 1, 2017

Holy Spirit Come.PNGThe Apostle Paul reveals the secret of Holy Spirit renewal in Romans 12:1-12 - “I appeal to you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)

Paul took 11 chapters to outline what God’s grace means to us, His children. It is all the work of God for His elect. It is Paul’s manner to begin with doctrine and move to practice, and he does so here. Paul makes it clear that we have a vital role to play in living out this grace, and it is to our spiritual benefit to obey God’s injunctions to us.