AGC News

Out of the Vortex

Posted by donna on October 26, 2012

Dale_Snyder_book.jpgDale Snyder, a retired AGC Pastor, has written of God's touch upon the Kayapo Indians in the heart of the Amazon.  Being the first-ever person among them has made the encounter even more electrifying!  Dale and his wife Mary and family were in that particular village 10 years; they were in Brazil some 20 years in all. 

Because missions and church planting have always been at the forefront of his life, Dale has committed to making this offer: for every book sold, he will donate $5 of the proceeds to AGC Church Planting!


rick_reed.jpgCongratulations to Rev. Dr. Rick Reed on his new appointment as President of Heritage Bible College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. The AGC has worked closely with Heritage over these many years and look forward to a continuing involvement with this strategic school.


Reconstructing Evangelism

Posted by donna on October 2, 2012

One of the key reasons why evangelical churches today do not see as many "conversions" as in the past is because of how we define “conversion”. Today this concept of "conversion" is in a state of challenge and change...it is under construction!


On a return flight from North Carolina I had a two hour discussion with a 30-something computer analyst from Iran. We began by recounting the great history of the Persian Empire and then moved on to discuss the intersection of Jewish and Muslim worldviews and beliefs. We ended with the similarities between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Later we discussed the key aspects of life and death and why Christ is the key to having a new intimate life with God.


Fair Havens Director Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted by donna on June 22, 2012

receiving_Diamond_Jubilee_medal.jpgJohn Friesen, Executive Director of Fair Havens Bible Centre and Chief Executive Officer of Muskoka Bible Centre was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for Outstanding achievement and remarkable service.    


Heaven and Hell

Posted by donna on June 12, 2012

The whole topic and issue of hell, heaven and eternal punishment and reward has gone from the class room to the pew. It is once more a pressing issue and frankly confusing to many believers in Canada.    

Books like Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” and Francis Chan’s “Erasing Hell” and endless blogs and panels about these books have brought this important theological issue front and center. Even Time Magazine has entered into the discussion. Having read these books and a fair number of blogs and articles on this topic, I felt it was time to weigh in.


Feeling discouraged? Watch this!

Posted by donna on June 4, 2012

We are grateful to Pastor Frank Humphrey for filming this greeting for our Conference delegates.  Please watch and be encouraged!

 


A Tale of Two Gardens

Posted by donna on April 1, 2012

Mark 14: 32- 36 “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples “sit here while I pray”. He took Peter, James and John along with Him and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. “Abba Father” “He said everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will but what You will.”


Renewal as a way of Life

Posted by donna on March 7, 2012

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 “If my people…”

Each year, I pray toward setting a topic, a personal topic, which will have a lasting effect on the life of the AGC. For 2012 I would like us all to consider what it would take to see our churches across Canada become renewed and revived so as to touch our nation with a biblical spiritual awakening.


AGC Update - February 2012

Posted by donna on February 1, 2012

This month I am asking you to pray for our three days of AGC National Summit. Summit is a yearly gathering of our National Board members, the National Commission leaders, the Regional Commission members and the AGC staff. The purpose is to evaluate the performance of the past twelve months in order to help the AGC move toward accomplishing our vision of being a movement of healthy reproducing churches.