AGC News

Church Planting Love Offering 2018

Posted by donna on January 19, 2018

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 has been set aside for AGC Churches to participate in the Love Offering to support church planting efforts in the AGC.  Just a small gift of $5 per person will go a long way to funding some specific projects.

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What Can I Do? AGC Refugee Sponsorship Initiative Blog

Posted by donna on January 12, 2018

AGC RSI.PNGIt is so important as a family of churches in Canada that we do not forget our brothers and sisters facing extreme hardship and persecution in other countries.  But what can we do from here? This blog was originally posted on the AGC Refugee Sponsorship initiative website, www.agcrsi.org.

Written by Susan Davis

I have spent the evening again reading emails and messaging with people overseas. As time goes on, these people are becoming friends. We laugh together, we pray for one another, (I think that may be why my wrist is better again), we talk about our days and our children … and I often cry. May I introduce you to a few?

Let me introduce Bethany*.  Her husband Henry had been a teacher at a Missionary School before being charged with blasphemy. Bethany made the mistake of identifying extremists to police and speaking against them in the media. Their village was set ablaze, with explosives being thrown into houses.

When Henry’s name was added to the list of people identified to be killed, they were forced to leave home, and in 2012 they left with their children for what they hoped would be a new life in a new country. Today, Henry is in the IDC again, after spending 18 months there already 2013-2015. As Bethany says, “We request you to please mercy and help us we have no hope to live a life with freedom.” 


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Are we there yet? – by AGC Quebec Director, Del Gibbons

Writing about disciple-making makes me stop and think.  It reminds me of family car trips.  You know what I’m talking about … the voice from the back of the car …  “Are we there yet?”  I can imagine that very question being asked as we look at Dann Spader’s “third chair” illustration of disciple-making.  Are we there yet?  How are we doing, and are we truly disciple-makers? 

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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