AGC News

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.

A Christmas Tale...

Posted by donna on December 2, 2011

Like so many of you all, I was raised in a rural setting. Those formative years shaped me and gave me a deep appreciation for life at many levels. Even before I was following Christ closely, I was never unaware of His work in my life. Mostly, God spoke to me by positive interactions with godly people who cared for me but also cared for others. They were people who lived their Christianity in very tangible ways.

Transitioning Well

Posted by donna on November 3, 2011

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One of the makings of a healthy Association and a healthy church is the number of pastors who stay in their churches for many years and are able to grow and change with the growth and change in that local church.

In the AGC, it is not uncommon to see a Senior Pastor ministering to the same local church for a long tenure often exceeding two decades and in some cases creeping toward and exceeding three decades in the same church with a good history of ministry.

Thanksgiving & Neo-Calvinism? Bill explains the link...

Posted by admin on October 6, 2011

The transition of seasons makes me 'reflect-full', especially at Thanksgiving. 

It is important to be thankful for all that God has given to us. Thanksgiving also reminds us of God’s creative handiwork as we observe the changing seasons. The cool weather days we readily enjoy before our Canadian cold returns in a few months.

Favourite Books

Posted by admin on September 19, 2011

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Our Best Friends

If you are like me, you would part with almost anything except your books. Books are not only tools of the trade for pastors, but friends as well. Books cheer, counsel, advise and empower us to be what we are. They are a constant source of correction and challenge and so we go to them again and again.