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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! 

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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!  


Bill's Blog: ABIDE

Posted by donna on May 3, 2018

Growing up in a missionary family, our children learned the full meaning of the word “goodbye.” We lived in remote areas of central Thailand and twice a year our kids had to fly off to attend boarding schools in Malaysia. They knew that goodbyes were part of the often-unwanted aspects of missionary life.  Fortunately, for the most part, it was a positive experience. Often, it was Lois and I who had the meltdowns as we watched the plane take off. Yet, goodbyes are part of saying hello.

This historic AGC National Conference May 31st -  June 2nd, will be both “goodbye” and “hello.”

Having had the privilege of serving the AGC these past fifteen years, it is time to say our goodbyes, and hello to Presidential Candidate Bill and Michele Allan. The Allan’s have served as missionaries and mission leaders and have also served in one of our AGC churches these past years.  I am delighted to see the way God has led the Allan’s to accept this great challenge and opportunity.

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Bill's Blog: "The Cup of God's Wrath"

Posted by donna on April 5, 2018

Capture.PNG(Revelation 14:9-10)

Not Enough Options

While attending Engineering College, I was growing in my awareness of biblical truth and theology. I remember as if it was yesterday having informal debates with my classmates and professors about the nature of life, death, heaven and hell. On one occasion I declared that there is only one true way to God and heaven, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We were all close friends by this time and there was free and open communication. Yet, the response from one of my friends was a simple, “there aren’t enough options.”  In other words, there must be other choices.

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 love.jpg“Beloved let us love one another for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7) ESV.

The early church father, John Chrysostom (345-407 AD) in his sermon, “Dying to Sin” writes, “For God is not so well pleased with being our Master as He is with being our Father….  God’s exceeding desire to be loved comes from loving exceedingly.”

God loves us extravagantly! He wants us to learn and grow to love Him with extravagance. He desires that we love others as the Golden Rule stipulates.

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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 


grapes.jpgLaird Crump is a former AGC staff member, serving as the Canada East Superintendent from July 2014 - September 2017.  He is currently the Lead Pastor of The Campus Church (AGC) in Aurora, ON.

OK, … let’s do a quick review.  When we study the life of Jesus, we observe four challenges that outline His discipleship process.

  1. Come and see
  2. Follow me
  3. Fish for men
  4. Go and bear much fruit.

Although there are many nuances in the discipleship process, (and certainly the process is rarely completely linear), the discipleship journey can be seen in these four steps, or, for the sake of our illustration, these four chairs.

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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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