AGC News

Bill's Blog: To What End? Part Three

Posted by donna on October 2, 2018

church reproduction.jpgI love being a grandfather, albeit a very young one, at least in my mind! I’m “Papa” to three beautiful little girls, Ava, Audrey & Elia, and we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first grandson at the end of October! Before I was Papa, I was “Daddy” to three very special little girls who grew up far too quickly. Yet, before I was Daddy, I was and hope I still am, “honey” to a very special lady.  This in a sense describes what church reproduction is all about. The natural outcome of a loving and nurturing relationship is children … biological, adopted or even those specially cared for and included as members of the family. My girls saw and experienced our love as parents, our commitment to the Lord and in some way, it set a model for them to follow with their own families. Yes, there were many bumps along the way, as no family is perfect.

I often hear the question; Does the AGC plant churches, or do churches plant churches? I believe it should be the missional activity of each local church to multiply itself in a new community of faith, like parents having, loving and caring for children and eventually, perhaps grandchildren.

There is a South American fable called The Charcoal Seller that goes something like this; “A charcoal seller was asked; What do you believe? I believe what the Church believes, he responded. And what does the Church believe? It believes what I believe.” I recently googled “church reproduction.” There were immediately 34,100,000 results! It’s a popular topic. And like the fable of the charcoal seller, many would say that they have a value for church reproduction without being able to define or describe what it is. There are many definitions and good ideas. But what does it mean for us in the AGC? The third END that I want to focus on this month is CHURCH REPRODUCTION.

Click here to continue reading...


Bill's Blog: To What End? Part Two

Posted by donna on September 4, 2018

lincoln.jpgI laugh every time I read this quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” You cannot turn on the news, internet, or social media without being bombarded with the term “fake news.” How do we evaluate what is being reported as true? As Christians, we are called to biblical truth. Unfortunately, the concept of truth is changing and often becomes whatever people want it to be in the new world of relativism. We need biblical wisdom to engage our world with both the hope and the truth of the Gospel.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL BLOG POST


Bill's Blog: To What End?

Posted by admin on August 1, 2018

Over the next several months, I’d like to talk about the ENDS. Not the END, but our AGC ENDS – the strategic ministry initiatives by which we accomplish our stated purpose as an Association. With the recent change in our AGC structure, we are focusing on four primary areas of ministry activity that give substance to our vision of being … A Movement of Healthy Reproducing Churches.

Kaemingk book.jpgNATIONAL COMPASSION & JUSTICE:  This is a new END for us. It was birthed from a deep compassion to address the heart-wrenching plight of Syrian refugees. Our Syrian Refugee Initiative has been the framework enabling several AGC churches to sponsor Syrian refugee families as they arrive in Canada to begin a new life, free from the sufferings of war, persecution and destitution that many have experienced.

As Christians, and as an Association of churches, compassion must be a part of our ethos. Throughout Scripture we see the compassionate heart of God.  God’s compassion is extended through His Son, who took the world’s punishment on the cross that made it possible for us to be reconciled to the Father.


National Conference 2018 - "Abide"

Posted by donna on July 17, 2018

DSC_0033.jpgWe are still reliving many wonderful memories of Conference 2018 in beautiful Niagara Falls!  Pastor Adi Caciula of Bridletowne Park Church in Toronto provided us with some truly stunning photographs of Conference.  We've included just a few in this post, but please go to this link to view all of them.  Thanks Adi! 

DSC_0189.jpg


Conference Videos Now Online

Posted by donna on June 14, 2018

Abide logo - final - web.jpgDuring our recent "ABIDE" National Conference, several videos were shown that are now available to view online.  

Farewell video.PNGMany churches and pastors contributed video clips for a farewell video for outgoing President Bill Fietje.  While not all of the content could be used, we were able to create a wonderful video celebrating Bill's 15 years with the AGC.  Bill will personally be given all of the video clips so that he can see every greeting that was sent in.  To view this video, click here.

In addition, there were three videos shown highlighting current AGC church planting projects.  To view these videos, click the links below:

Risen City Church - Mike Rutledge

Benediction Church - Mike Mileski

St. Clair Community Church - Matt Pamplin


Bill Allan installed as AGC President

Posted by donna on June 2, 2018

Bill's installation.jpgRev. Bill Allan was installed as President of the Associated Gospel Churches on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Redeemer Bible Church in Niagara Falls, ON.  Earlier that day, delegates to the National Conference affirmed the recommendation of the National Board with an overwhelming majority  positive vote. 

Rev. Glenn Rider had the honour of leading the service of installation, with outgoing President Dr. Bill Fietje and others offering prayer as Rev. Allan begins his term as President.  To learn more about Bill, click here.

Tom.pngThe vote for President was not the only important vote to take place at Redeemer Bible Church.  Rev. Dr. Tom Lambshead was affirmed as the Regional Director for AGC East during the AGC East portion of the Conference.  Tom has been the interim RD since September, and will now take this role on in a full-time capacity.  Click here to learn more about Tom.  

Congratulations to Bill and Tom!  


Homegoing of Billy Graham

Posted by donna on February 21, 2018

Billy Graham.PNGPresident Bill Fietje shares some thoughts on the homegoing of Dr. Billy Graham

Click the link below to read:

Billy Graham news release 


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.


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


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