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  • Dec 2016
  • Death of John Bailey

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of GCI Pastor John Bailey. Here is an obitua ...

  • Pray for Haiti

    Pastor Joseph Franklin GCI Pastor Joseph Franklin in Haiti requests prayer for his nat ...

  • What about Christmas trees?

    This is our last issue in 2016. The next one will be published on Jan. 4, 2017. The letter ...

  • The church and its ministry (part 2)

    Gary Deddo Here is part 2 of Gary Deddo's essay on the nature of the church and its mi ...

  • RP's son records music video

    Jimmy Kurts, son of Regional Pastor Paul David Kurts and his wife Emma Lee, is a gifted wo ...

  • Registration open for 2017 Denominational Conference

    Registration is now open for GCI's 2017 Denominational Conference in Orlando, Florida! ...

  • GCI-Philippines Advisory Council

    As part of its national church administration system, GCI in the Philippines has an Adviso ...

  • Change in GCI-Canada board

    During a recent meeting of the GCI-Canada board of directors, Frank Gough announced he no ...

  • Death of Jerry Cranford

    We were saddened to learn that GCI elder Jerry Cranford died recently. He had served for m ...

  • Ordinations

    Here is a list of recently ordained GCI elders. Congratulations to all! Richard Mille ...

  • The story behind December 25

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach In my Weekly Update letter last w ...

  • Frank Howard retires

    The following announcement is from GCI-USA Regional Pastor Paul David Kurts. Please joi ...

  • Birth of Henderson's daughter

    We are pleased to announce the birth of Hazel Shaw Henderson, daughter of GCI-Canada pasto ...

  • The power of a good example

    This report, from GCI-Kenya National Director Anthony Gachanja, tells how the kindness of ...

  • Birth of Lippross' grandchild

    GCI elder Roger Lippross and his wife Anthea are celebrating the birth of their granddaugh ...

  • The Shack trailer

    The producers of the movie The Shack recently released the official trailer embedded below ...

  • Equipped for a journey of renewal

    Greg Williams, GCI-USA Director of Church Administration and Development, recently announc ...

  • Hip-Hop outreach in Jacksonville

    GCI's Jacksonville, Florida, congregation pastored by Marty and Yvonne Davey, recently hel ...

  • GCI's educational resources

    This report is from Educational Strategy Task Force member Charles Fleming, who also serve ...

  • Is Christmas rooted in paganism?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach While eating lunch with a pastor ...

  • Neil Earle retires

    Joseph Tkach expresses his gratitude to the Earles New Covenant Fellowship, GCI's cong ...

  • Nov 2016
  • Avoiding the pitfall of panentheism

    By Dr. Gary Deddo Gary Deddo Panentheism is the name of a misleading and misguided ...

  • Worship that is authentic and true

    Dear fellow worshippers, Joseph and Tammy Tkach I recently saw an anonymous blog po ...

  • Paul Smith

    Prayer is requested for Paul Smith, assistant pastor of GCI's congregation in Big Sandy, T ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    GCI's affiliate ministry, Odyssey in Christ, recently hosted an Experiencing the Trinity r ...

  • Visit to Namibia

    GCI-Tasmania pastor Phil Hopwood and his wife Deb, along with GCI-Australia member Jan Jac ...

  • San Francisco church anniversary

    This announcement is from Richard Roberts, pastor of GCI's congregation in the heart of Sa ...

  • Reimagining camp

    This announcement is from Anthony Mullins, National Coordinator of GCI Generations Ministr ...

  • Advent videos

    We are pleased to make available to our congregations and members four Advent-themed video ...

  • Jim Kissee

    Jim Kissee Thanks for your prayers for GCI pastor Jim Kissee (click here for the origi ...

  • Programs or path?

    In an article titled Programs, Paths and Healthy Church Growth, Terry Morgan notes that it ...

  • The church and its ministry (part 1)

    Gary Deddo With this post, we begin an essay from Gary Deddo on the nature of the chur ...

  • Jesus: God's ultimate act of speech

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Joseph and Tammy Tkach An undergraduate speech ...

  • Grace Communion Seminary update

    Here is an update concerning Grace Communion Seminary from GCS President Dr. Gary Deddo. ...

  • De Moeis' daughter wed

    GCI-Netherlands elder Hans De Moei and his wife Denise are happy to announce the wedding o ...

  • Bogota seminar

    GCI's Bogota, Colombia, congregation recently held its annual seminar with 70 members atte ...

  • Jim Kissee

    Two weeks ago, we asked for prayer for Jim Kissee, pastor of GCI congregations in Springfi ...

  • Earl Jones

    Last month we asked for prayer for Earl Jones, pastor of GCI's congregation in Fayettevill ...

  • Glen Weber retires

    On November 6, New Hope Christian Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Eagle Rock, California ...

  • Building a culture of thankfulness

    It's vital that church leaders not only practice thanks-living in their own lives but that ...

  • Conference in Denmark

    Forty six people gathered in Denmark recently for a conference that focused on the topic o ...

  • Thanksgiving and thanks-living

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach On November 24, most of us in the ...

  • Death of Jeremiah Ortiguero

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of retired GCI-Philippines pastor Jeremiah O ...

  • Trey Carlisle honored

    On November 19, GCI member Arthur (Trey) Carlisle will be one of the My Hero honorees at t ...

  • Liberia update

    This update on ministry activity in Liberia is from GCI Mission Developer Kalengule Kaoma. ...

  • Deben Sam

    Deben Sam Some time ago we requested prayer for Deben Sam, our ministry partner in Kat ...

  • Advent-Christmas resources

    The November edition of GCI Equipper provides resources to help congregations and mi ...

  • Joanna D'Costa

    Joseph and Joanna Thanks for your prayers for Joanna D'Costa, wife of GCI-India Pastor ...

  • Nepal update

    GCI Mission Developer Rod Matthews provided this update on our ministry in the nation of N ...

  • Movie: "The Shack"

    A movie currently in production will bring to the screen Paul Young's best-selling book, T ...

  • How to understand the Bible

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach The Bible is one of the world's m ...

  • Jim Kissee

    Jim Kissee, Pastor of GCI congregations in Springfield and Joplin, MO, and former Ambassad ...

  • Canadian member honored

    We learned from Owen Willis (pastor of GCI's congregation in Nova Scotia, Canada) that Dan ...

  • Festivals in Maryland and Majorca

    Worship festivals were held recently in Maryland, USA; and Majorca, Spain. Here are report ...

  • The religion of atheism

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach Shakespeare's line from Hamlet, " ...

  • Using social media

    Many pastors and ministry leaders use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) as ...

  • Oct 2016
  • Typhoon Haima in the Philippines

    A huge typhoon (named Haima internationally, and Lawin in the Philippines) recently hit th ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    A 72-hour Experiencing the Trinity retreat was held recently at Garaywa Camp and Conferenc ...

  • The advantages of pastoral longevity

    In a recent post on the "Developing Church Leaders" blog, Dan Reiland made this statement: ...

  • Concerning the U.S. election

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach Perhaps, like me, you find the cu ...

  • Death of Wilmer Lopus

    We were saddened to learn that GCI elder Wilmer Lopus died on July 24. Born in 1927, in Er ...

  • Conferences, seminars and camps

    Fall is a busy season in GCI with many worship retreats, seminars and camps being held in ...

  • Ingrid Mandel

    As noted last week, Ingrid Mandel (wife of retired GCI Pastor Willi Mandel), recently had ...

  • Blooms' son wed

    Regional Pastor Randy Bloom and his wife Debbie are delighted to announce the recent weddi ...

  • Seeing the Trinity in the Gospels

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all ...

  • Leonard Banks

    Last week we requested prayer for GCI Pastor Leonard Banks. We're thankful to God to repor ...

  • Share Fair: joining Jesus' compassion

    This update is from Pastor Gabriel Ojih, who tells about a recent outreach event in his GC ...

  • Gordons' grandson born

    GCI-New Zealand Pastor Dennis Gordon and his wife Brenda are pleased to announce the birth ...

  • Death of Robert Browne II

    Pastor Browne We had previously requested prayer for GCI-Liberia National Director Rob ...

  • Death of James Stokes

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of retired GCI pastor James ("Jim") Stokes. ...

  • Ingrid Mandel

    Thanks for praying for Ingrid Mandel, wife of retired GCI pastor Willi Mandel (click here ...

  • Festivals and retreats

    GCI congregations and national and regional offices host festivals and worship retreats at ...

  • Crossing Borders

    Crossing Borders (a GenMin mission organization) will embark on its 22nd trip into Mexico ...

  • Michelle Fleming ordained

    We are pleased to announce that Michelle Fleming was recently ordained a GCI elder, now se ...

  • Earl Jones

    Prayer is requested for GCI pastor Earl Jones (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and his wife ...

  • Which is true: materialism or idealism?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach A good friend recently told me ab ...

  • The power of small churches

    Are small churches too small to make a difference for the kingdom? According to Karl Vater ...

  • Leonard Banks

    Prayer is requested for GCI pastor Leonard Banks (Rochester, New York) and his wife Patama ...

  • Hands for Christ's 4th anniversary

    Hands for Christ Community Church, GCI's congregation in Staten Island, New York, recently ...

  • Hurricane Matthew

    As noted in GCI Weekly Update last week, Hurricane Matthew was very powerful and wide-rang ...

  • 2017 GCI Denominational Conference

    We invite you to join us for the 2017 GCI Denominational Conference in Orlando, Florida, ...

  • October Equipper

    The October issue of Equipper is now online. It has seven articles (linked below), with mo ...

  • Texarkana's 50th

    New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Texarkana, Arkansas, will celeb ...

  • Hurricane Matthew

    Prayer is requested for those recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matt ...

  • Seniors serving kids

    This update is from Gabriel Ojih who pastors Pathway of Grace, GCI's congregation in Mesqu ...

  • Thanks to our pastors and elders

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach So far this year I've attended se ...

  • Robert Browne II

    Prayer is requested for GCI-Liberia National Director Robert Browne II. He was admitted to ...

  • Papua New Guinea

    This report on recent developments in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is from John McLean who serve ...

  • Death of Marilyn Canup

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Marilyn Canup, a graduate and employee of ...

  • Sep 2016
  • More than "just a kiss"

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach Did my title get your attention? ...

  • David Orth

    Please pray for David Orth, associate pastor of GCI’s congregation in San Antonio, Texas. ...

  • Ordinations in Texas and Africa

    We are rejoicing in the recent ordinations of several elders in GCI congregations. In Dal ...

  • Joseph D’Costa's wife

    Here is an update concerning the earlier prayer request for Joanna D'Costa, wife of GCI Pa ...

  • Deben Sam

    Here is an update related to an earlier request for prayer for Deben Sam, GCI's ministry p ...

  • Seminar in Peru

    GCI's congregation in La Huaca, Cajamarca, Peru, recently held its annual seminar. Mission ...

  • Children's Ministry training in Ohio

    "When you take a child by the hand, you take a parent by the heart." With this thought in ...

  • Pastoral care of LGBT persons webinar

    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently hosted a webinar with Mark Yarhous ...

  • Is your church friendly to visitors?

    Many churches have friendly members, but are they friendly to visitors? In a recent post o ...

  • Ingrid Mandel

    Retired GCI pastor Willi Mandel requests prayer for his wife Ingrid who fell a few days ag ...

  • Spiritual formation retreats

    GCI congregations in Denver, CO and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (Twin Cities) recently held s ...

  • Embracing infrequent attenders

    In a recent post on his blog, Carey Nieuwhof, teaching pastor of Connexus Church near Toro ...

  • Baguio City health fair

    GCI's Baguio/La Trinidad congregation in the Philippines participated recently in a city-w ...

  • Pat Evans

    Prayer is requested for Pat Evans, wife of Jack Evans, pastor of GCI's congregation in Ken ...

  • Pastor Bill Cooley wed

    Congratulations to Billy Cooley and Carolyn Holley Cooley. Billy and Carolyn were united i ...

  • Invitation to young adult gathering

    Registration is still open for GC Next—a gathering of young adults (ages 18-28) sponsored ...

  • Invitation from Calgary church

    GCI's church in Calvary, Canada, invites you to join them in celebrating their 50th annive ...

  • What about "the problem of evil"?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach People turn away from belief in G ...

  • Southeast Asia and South Pacific update

    Here from Mission Developer Rod Matthews are updates from various places in GCI's Southeas ...

  • Deben Sam

    Prayer is requested for Deben Sam (pictured below), GCI's ministry partner in Nepal. Deben ...

  • Joseph D'Costa's wife

    We were saddened to learn that Joanna D'Costa, wife of Joseph D’Costa, GCI's pastor in Ban ...

  • What God hath wrought

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach In the late 1830s, American artis ...

  • Canada youth camps

    GCI-Canada hosted two youth camps this summer: SEP Silver Meadows and Camp Connections. He ...

  • Death of Tom Pickett's son Andrew

    We were saddened to learn that early Sunday morning, September 11, Andrew Pickett, son of ...

  • Festival registration extended

    Registration for the Good News Festival in Ocean City, Maryland, on October 13-16 (cli ...

  • Help for preachers

    Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael (public domain via Wikimedia Commons) Looking for ...

  • Regional Conference videos posted

    Click here for videos of the plenary sessions and workshops from the 2016 GCI-USA Regional ...

  • Members attacked in Mozambique

    This report is from Tim Maguire one of GCI's Mission Developers in Africa. I recently r ...

  • Expulsion from the Garden: protection, not punishment

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach It's a common misconception to th ...

  • Pastoral housing allowance challenged

    Here is a topic for prayer and perhaps some financial planning. It applies to pastors empl ...

  • September Equipper

    The September issue of GCI Equipper focuses on conducting worship within fellowship groups ...

  • Refugee churches in Kenya

    This report is from Anthony Gachanja, who visited GCI's congregations in Kenyan refugee ca ...

  • Youth camp in Ghana

    This report was compiled from material provided by Assistant Camp Director, Leslie Asare-A ...

  • Outside the Walls in Baltimore

    New Life Fellowship (GCI's Baltimore, Maryland, congregation pastored by Timothy Brassell) ...

  • Aug 2016
  • SoCal churches gather

    Recently, three of GCI's Southern California congregations---New Covenant, New Hope and Ne ...

  • Free webinar: caring for LGBT persons

    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), of which GCI is a member in the U.S., ...

  • Let's be "actively patient"

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We're all familiar with the scripture that says, “ ...

  • Recent ordinations

    Here is a list of recent ordinations. Congratulations to the new elders, their families an ...

  • Intern & Pastoral Resident Orientation

    This report is from Jeff McSwain, National Coordinator of the GCI-USA Ministry Development ...

  • Productivity tips for pastors

    Because a pastor's work is never done, it's important that they manage their time well. Fo ...

  • Death of pastors' brother/uncle

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Larry David Smith, brother of GCI pastor Tom Smi ...

  • Ministry ABCs

    Here from Jeff McSwain (national coordinator of the GCI-USA Intern Program) is a list from ...

  • Medical mission in the Philippines

    GCI's church in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines, recently celebrated their 15th anniversar ...

  • About the GCI Board and plans to relocate our Home Office

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach In this letter I take a look at t ...

  • Good News festival

    New Life Fellowship, GCI's Baltimore, Maryland, congregation, invites you to join them for ...

  • JULY JAM in Kentucky

    For the past 13 years, Mike Stewart and Debby Bailey (members of the pastoral team at Grac ...

  • GCI-Canada pastor retires

    This update is from GCI-Canada Director Gary Moore. Wendy and I recently had the opport ...

  • VBS outreach in Dallas

    This update is from Christine Ojih whose husband Gabriel serves as lead pastor at Pathway ...

  • Pastoral care

    In a recent post on his self-named blog, Chuck Lawless wrote this: Let’s face it, chu ...

  • Taylors receive 25-year honors

    At the recent US Regional Conference held in Orlando, Florida, GCI President Joseph Tkach ...

  • Bait-and-switch?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Bait-and-switch is a commonly used sales tactic. Typically, ...

  • Members impacted by Louisiana floods

    Several members of GCI congregations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA were severely im ...

  • Dady daughter born

    GCI-UK elder Anthony Dady and his wife Alison are pleased to announce the birth of their d ...

  • How do we view nonbelievers?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Here's an important question for us to ponder: How do we ...

  • Ministry events in the Philippines

    Here are links to reports of ministry events in GCI-Philippines: Teaching the art of ...

  • New discipleship resource

    GCI recently published 40 Days of Discipleship, a three-part, self-paced course that leads ...

  • Neil Williams

    Prayer is requested for Neil Williams, brother-in-law of GCI South Africa Director Tim Mag ...

  • Ordinations in Burundi

    Kalengule Kaoma (one of GCI's Africa mission developers) and Eugene Siboman (the acting Na ...

  • Honoring first responders in Dallas

    This update is from Steve Solari, lead pastor at Hope Community Fellowship, GCI's congrega ...

  • GC Next registration now open

    Registration is now open for GC Next---a gathering of young adults (ages 18-28) sponso ...

  • Biblical meditation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Joseph and Tammy Tkach It's an important spiritual disci ...

  • GCI Cincinnati church in newspaper

    GCI's Cincinnati, Ohio (East) church was featured recently in a Cincinnati Enquirer articl ...

  • Visiting GCI's Mozambique churches

    In this report, Caleb Makhela, a pastor in GCI-South Africa, tells about his recent visit ...

  • How should we vote?

    How should we vote in upcoming elections? To help us answer this question, Dr. Tkach recom ...

  • Death in the Biswas family

    Dorothy Biswas We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Dorothy Biswas, sister ...

  • Debbie Young

    Here is an update from Charles Young, lead pastor of GCI's Atlanta congregation, concernin ...

  • August Equipper

    The August issue of Equipper is now available online. It focuses on ministry coaching, ...

  • Jul 2016
  • ACCM class in Dallas

    CAD Director Greg Williams recently conducted an "intensive" (short-term, on site) version ...

  • Paul David Kurts

    Emma and PD Kurts Thanks for your prayers for GCI-USA Regional Pastor Paul David (PD) ...

  • Laurent Poyrault wed

    We are pleased to announce that Laurent Poyrault, who provides voice-overs for the French ...

  • Become a friendlier church

    Last week in this section of Weekly Update, we looked at how we can teach the members in o ...

  • The God who provides

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Some years ago while visiting the British Museum, I was deep ...

  • Mexico mission of incarnation

    The following report is from Lee Berger who leads GenMin's Crossing Borders mission organi ...

  • Last call for a GCI-USA Regional Conference in 2016

    The last GCI-USA Regional Conference in the 2016 cycle is coming to Orlando, Florida, on A ...

  • Paul David Kurts

    PD (on left) being visited in the hospital by GCI Pastor Bill Winn Prayer is requested ...

  • Johnstons' grandson born

    Regional Pastor Ted Johnston and his wife Donna (who live in Foley, Alabama), were in San ...

  • Welcoming visitors to church

    A key challenge of all churches has to do with welcoming visitors to church in ways that h ...

  • The impassible, passible God

    Dear Brothers and Sisters Joseph and Tammy Tkach Down through the centuries, the ch ...

  • Dallas churches celebrate 60 years

    During the recent GCI-USA Regional Conference held last weekend in Dallas, Texas, GCI' ...

  • Brexit and prophecy

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, You have likely heard a lot over the last couple of weeks ab ...

  • Death of Carl Aas' wife

    We are saddened to report the death of Torveig Aas, wife of GCI-Scandinavia Regional Pasto ...

  • South Asia update

    This update is from mission developer Rod Matthews. He reports on developments in South As ...

  • Death of William Condley

    We are saddened to report the death of William Condley (age 77), pastor of GCI's congregat ...

  • Training for children's ministers

    GCI-USA Generations Ministries announced recently that it is sponsoring training for child ...

  • GC Next: young adult gathering

    A GC Next event for 18-28 year olds is being planned for the Martin Luther King holiday in ...

  • Shallenbergers' grandchild born

    Congratulations to GCI-USA Regional Pastor Rick Shallenberger and his wife Cheryl on the r ...

  • July Equipper

    The June Equipper looked at stewardship with a focus on generosity. The recently published ...

  • Death of pastor's mother-in-law

    Thelma (Tracy) Davies, wife of Louis Davies (associate pastor of the GCI congregation in L ...

  • Riding to raise money

    Several members of GCI in Canada recently participated in the 6th annual ride to raise mon ...

  • Retreat in Bogotá

    On June 7-8 in Bogotá, Colombia, about 50 GCI members, including several pastors from Lati ...

  • What about church growth?

    Over the last few decades, much has been written about church growth. For some, the idea i ...

  • Ordination in South Africa

    Tim Maguire, GCI-South Africa National Director, announced recently that in June of this y ...

  • The tragedy of untruthfulness

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, There are two little-known, rarely-observed holidays in the ...

  • Jun 2016
  • Day camp outreach in Cincinnati

    As part of its outreach to the surrounding community, Christ Fellowship Church (a GCI cong ...

  • Prayer matters

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I guess we've all experienced times of desperation when we c ...

  • BLESS your neighbors

    God made an amazing promise to Abram (later renamed Abraham): I will make you into a grea ...

  • Church audit completed

    This announcement is from GCI Treasurer Mathew Morgan. Mat Morgan I am happy to rep ...

  • Birth of Jutsum's grandchildren

    Ross Jutsum, GCI elder and director of State of the Heart Ministries, and his wife Tammy a ...

  • Death of John Coco

    We were saddened to learn of the death of John Coco who had served as an elder in the Chic ...

  • Why something rather than nothing?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, One reason I greatly enjoy the conferences in our fellowship ...

  • Preaching resources

    Preaching is one of the most important tasks for pastoral leaders. Below are links to reso ...

  • Don and Sue Lawson

    Prayer is requested for retired GCI-USA pastor/district superintendent Don Lawson and his ...

  • Karl Reinagel honored

    Karl and Carla Reinagel Karl Reinagel, pastor of New Creation in Christ, GCI's congreg ...

  • Bogotá conferences

    This article compiles reports from GCI mission developer Rod Matthews and others who parti ...

  • Cherishing our Father's love

    Dear child of God, Though I was only 12 years old at the time, I have vivid memories of ...

  • Refugees resettled

    The May 11 issue of GCI Weekly Update told the story of Nova and Joseline Musafiri, refuge ...

  • Conference in Canada

    All are welcome to come for all or part of a GCI-Canada Thanksgiving Conference that will ...

  • Pray Together Sunday

    GCI is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States. Jose ...

  • William Condley

    Thanks for your prayers for Pastor William Condley of Russellville, Arkansas (click here f ...

  • Debbie Young

    We asked recently for prayer for Debbie Young, wife of GCI-Atlanta pastor Charles Young (c ...

  • Death of Eli Toledo

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of GCI-Philippines Pastor Eligio (Eli) Toled ...

  • Elder ordinations; pastor installation

    L to R: Michael, Brenda and Randy Congratulations to the individuals listed below who ...

  • Dubai and the Philippines

    Here are links to reports on recent GCI events in Dubai and the Philippines: “Deeper ...

  • The Spirit's "anointing"

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Some Christians are in the habit of using strange-sounding p ...

  • About disciplemaking

    The church is called to participate with Jesus in his ongoing work to "make disciples" (Ma ...

  • Theology, science and Genesis

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Genesis is perhaps the most debated book in the Bible, large ...

  • GenMin teaching curricula published

    We are pleased to make available to our camps, congregations and ministries a children's v ...

  • William Condley

    As reported in an earlier issue of Weekly Update, GCI-USA Pastor William Condley was hospi ...

  • June Equipper: Cultivating generosity

    The June issue of GCI Equipper focuses on our calling to follow the Spirit in cultivating ...

  • Death of Lowell Blackwell

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of retired GCI pastor Lowell Blackwell. Below ...

  • Mozambique relief

    GCI relief funds and congregations from various nations have been helping provide food to ...

  • May 2016
  • Leading with a limp

    Dear church leader: Are you encountering personal setbacks and struggles? Perhaps it's ...

  • Recent ordinations

    Church Administration and Development recently announced that the following men and women ...

  • Death of Andrew Teng

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of GCI pastor Andrew Teng who formerly pasto ...

  • Victoria church: 50th anniversary

    Congratulations to GCI's Victoria, B.C. (Canada) congregation---they recently celebrated t ...

  • Developments in Togo and Tanzania

    Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's mission developers in Africa, reports on recent developments ...

  • What does it mean to be evangelical?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, We've just completed the fourth of seven 2016 US regional co ...

  • Debbie Young

    Debbie and Charles Young Please pray for Debbie Young, wife of Charles Young who pasto ...

  • Philippines update

    Here are links to articles highlighting recent activities in GCI-Philippines. SEP Mind ...

  • Cyprus Getaway 2017

    Would you like to join us for a week’s holiday on the beautiful island of Cyprus? GCI is h ...

  • William Condley

    Thanks for your prayers for GCI Pastor William Condley (click here for the earlier prayer ...

  • Death of Roger Abels

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of long-time GCI pastor Roger Abels.  Ro ...

  • ACCM course in Martinique

    This report is from Charles Fleming, mission developer for the Caribbean. My wife Carme ...

  • Earthquake in Vanuatu

    This report is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in Southeast Asia and Oceania. ...

  • Civility in politics

    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently posted the podcast of a discus ...

  • Celebrate the Trinity!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Next Sunday (May 22), many Christians will observe Trinity S ...

  • Kenyan refugees

    We are rejoicing that four more refugees from our congregation located in the Kakuma refug ...

  • William Condley

    Prayer is requested for Pastor William Condley (Russellville, Arkansas congregation), who ...

  • What people value in a pastor

    Many are the expectations placed on pastors in our world. But what do church members actua ...

  • Bob Persky

    Bob and Kay Please pray for retired GCI pastor Bob Persky, who lives with his wife Kay ...

  • Regional conferences

    Church Administration and Development (CAD) is holding seven regional conferences in the U ...

  • The spark of life

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The beginning of life has always amazed me. The fact that Go ...

  • Coaching clinic in Columbus

    Church Administration and Development provides a ministry coaching service through a team ...

  • Preaching as performance art

    In a recent Leadership Journal article, Clayton Schmit, professor of preaching at Fuller T ...

  • May Equipper

    The May issue of GCI Equipper is now online. It addresses how we may participate with God ...

  • Death of Larry Pate

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Larry Pate, pastor of GCI's congregation ...

  • Giving thanks for motherhood

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I see motherhood as one of God's greatest creations. I was r ...

  • Church plant update

    Rannie Childress Rannie Childress is lead pastor at New Outlook Christian Fellowship-- ...

  • Death of Arlen Bryant

    We were saddened to learn that GCI Pastor Arlen Bryant died on April 26 in his home in Coo ...

  • Apr 2016
  • Death of Adrienne Pickett

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Adrienne Pickett, wife of Tom Pickett, Pa ...

  • Participating in Christ's humility

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Controversy arose following the Super Bowl this year when th ...

  • Converge West

    GenMin national coordinator Anthony Mullins reports on the Converge West conference held r ...

  • Spreading the gospel in Nepal

    This update is from Rod Matthews, mission developer for GCI in Southeast Asia. Nepal (s ...

  • Having a "front lawn" mentality

    In churches as in neighborhoods, in order to build community, it's vital to get outsid ...

  • Marriage ministry resource

    Leadership Network recently announced that on May 17 (at 1:00 pm EST) they will be con ...

  • Members honored

    Celestine (Cella) Olive is a long-time employee in GCI's home office and a music minister ...

  • Dishon Mills

    In March, we requested prayer for Pastor Dishon Mills who was anticipating oral surgery. T ...

  • Shepherds, not sheriffs

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, You've probably seen movies and TV shows where the local pre ...

  • How to make your church "stickier"

    How can a church attract, connect and retain new attendees? George Surratt, Director o ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    Here are links to updates concerning various recent events in GCI in the Philippines: ...

  • Mozambique relief

    In March, we reported on the assistance GCI is giving to the congregations being impacted ...

  • Equipping for spiritual conversations

    What if we equipped our members to have spiritual conversations with their non-churched fr ...

  • Marketing the gospel?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, In one of his earliest movies, John Wayne tells another cowb ...

  • Advancing the gospel in Bangladesh

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI's Mission Director for the Southern Asia & South ...

  • Beware legalism

    ChurchLeaders.com recently published an article by Frank Powell titled 8 Signs You Lov ...

  • Roger Lippross

    Roger Lippross We're pleased to report that Roger will be going home from the hospital ...

  • Death of Bob Wheeler

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Bob Wheeler, Assistant Pastor of GCI's Eu ...

  • April Equipper: the refugee crisis

    The April issue of GCI Equipper addresses how churches can join Jesus in responding to the ...

  • New developments in Myanmar

    This update is from Rod Matthews GCI's mission developer for Southeast Asia including Myan ...

  • Death of Lloyd Burgess

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Lloyd E. Burgess (pictured as a young man and th ...

  • Roger Lippross

    This is an update on the prayer request from last week for Roger Lippross. Thanks for y ...

  • With Jesus in suffering and joy

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Do you agree that the media seems to be reaching new lows of ...

  • Annual conference in Guadalajara

    GCI-Mexico recently held its annual conference for pastors and leaders in Guadalajara. It ...

  • Mar 2016
  • Palm Sunday in Montreal

    This update is from GCI-Canada director Gary Moore. My family and I had the pleasure of ...

  • Roger Lippross

    This prayer request is from Anthea Lippross, wife of long-time GCI elder Roger Lippross, w ...

  • Outside the Walls in Jacksonville

    GCI's congregation in Jacksonville, Florida, recently hosted an Outside the Walls training ...

  • Pastors, politics and social media

    As noted in the article in this issue by Joseph Tkach, there is great need to practice ...

  • Politics and the virtue of prudence

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, With the U.S. presidential election cycle in full throttle, ...

  • Last call for Converge West

    GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) is hosting the Converge West event in Encino, Californ ...

  • Festival this summer in Italy

    Daniel Boesch, national director for GCI in Italy, announced recently that a worship f ...

  • GCI mission and vision

    In an article on the GCI website, GCI president Joseph Tkach addresses our shared mission ...

  • Celebrations in GCI-Philippines

    GCI in the Philippines is celebrating both the baptism of new members and the complet ...

  • Justified and sanctified in Jesus

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, As foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, justificat ...

  • Connecting and Bonding conference

    On March 11-13, Jannice May and her assistants hosted the 11th Connecting and Bonding conf ...

  • GCnext gathering for young adults

    Generations Ministries recently announced a GCnext gathering for young adults (age 18-28) ...

  • The new Equipper

    Each issue of the new digital version of Equipper has several articles linked in the r ...

  • Easter from a cosmic perspective

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Perhaps you'll chuckle when I tell you that Does Anybody Rea ...

  • Baptisms in the Netherlands

    We were delighted to learn of recent baptisms in the GCI congregations that meet in the to ...

  • Dishon Mills

    Dishon Mills, who pastors GCI congregations in the Boston, Massachusetts area, will be hav ...

  • Intern Program update

    Here is a video update on GCI's Intern Program from program coordinator Jeff McSwain: ...

  • Ethics for pastors

    The calling to serve the body of Christ as a pastor brings with it a call to high ethi ...

  • Converge East held in Ohio

    About 200 people representing all age-groups attended the GenMin Converge East conference ...

  • Elliott's new son

    We are pleased to announce the birth of Samuel Douglas Elliott, son of GCI Pastor Dennis E ...

  • Good Friday proclaims God's love

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, It was a sunny day in winter---the kind you wish for in Chic ...

  • GCI in Dubai

    This update is from GCI-Philippines National Director Eugene Guzon who returned recently f ...

  • New online version of Equipper

    After being published for over 10 years as an email publication, Equipper has "gone di ...

  • Lowell and Margaret Blackwell

    Margaret Blackwell requests prayer for her husband, retired GCI pastor Lowell Blackwell, a ...

  • Death of Virgil Petcu's wife

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Audrey Petcu, wife of longtime GCI elder ...

  • Bob Klynsmith engaged to be married

    While visiting an art gallery near his home, GCI-South Africa elder Bob Klynsmith met a be ...

  • Gilbert's third grandchild born

    GCI pastor David Gilbert and his wife Hinka are pleased to announce the birth of their thi ...

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Here from Neil Earle is a report on some of the celebrations of Black History Month in GCI ...

  • Preaching/teaching resource: Celebrate the Grip

    Anthony Mullins, national coordinator for GCI's Generations Ministries, announced that Gen ...

  • Roger Abels

    Donna and Roger Abels Since our last update on retired GCI pastor Roger Abel's health ...

  • Beware historical revisionism

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Though interesting and vital, the study of history often lea ...

  • Disaster in Mozambique

    This update is from Tim Maguire, GCI's mission developer in the southern part of Africa. H ...

  • Feb 2016
  • Death of Chris Linke

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Chris Linke, long-time elder in the Thunde ...

  • Grief and joy in the Ramos family

    Raul and Sylvia Ramos The Ramos family is grieving the death of Maria Rivera, mother o ...

  • Death of Wayne Wyman

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Wayne Wyman, long-time elder in GCI's cong ...

  • Cheap grace?

    In his letter this week, Dr. Tkach concludes a three-part series on the topic of God's gra ...

  • Teaching about the Bible and science

    With recent developments in biblical studies and science, pastors and others are often wan ...

  • Helping refugees in Canada

    Gary Moore GCI-Canada National Director Gary Moore reports that GCI congregations in C ...

  • In honor of ministry spouses

    God has richly blessed GCI with hundreds of faithful pastoral leaders. For them we give th ...

  • Don't overlook the "engine" of mission

    According to Christian author and teacher Mike Breen, “The reason the missional movement m ...

  • God's grace: Too good to be true?

    In his letter this week, Dr. Tkach continues a three-part series on the topic of God’s gra ...

  • Seminar in Colombia

    On February 6 to 9, GCI's Baranquilla, Colombia church hosted four GCI congregations at th ...

  • Seminar in Georgia

    On Saturday, January 30, Cathy Deddo presented a day-long seminar titled Wholehearted Life ...

  • Tammy Tkach visits Tucson church

    Along with her mother, May Hall, Tammy Tkach recently visited Grace of God Fellowship, GCI ...

  • Roger Abels

    Thanks for your prayers for retired GCI pastor Roger Abels (click here for the previous up ...

  • Discovery Retreat in Wichita

    On January 30, members of Grace Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Wichita, Kansas, gathere ...

  • Black History Month resources

    February in the U.S. is Black History Month, which celebrates the substantial contribution ...

  • Maximizing your Facebook page

    Many congregation take advantage of social media to communicate with members, friends and ...

  • Embracing our new identity in Christ

    In his letter this week, Dr. Tkach begins a three-part series on the topic of God's grace ...

  • Worley Berisford turns 100

    Worley Berisford, a long-time member of GCI's congregation in Cambridge, Ohio, recently tu ...

  • Converge east

    Converge 2016 ("Celebrate the Grip") is coming! There are two Converge conferences this ye ...

  • Journey with the Master in SoCal

    GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) recently conducted a Journey with the Master conferenc ...

  • Updates from the Philippines

    Here are links to articles that update us on some of the recent events in GCI-Philippines: ...

  • The ultimate mountaintop experience

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, My close friends are amused knowing I'm no fan of mountain c ...

  • Revised evangelism brochure

    In last week's issue of GCI Weekly Update we announced the availability of a new tri-fold ...

  • Hogberg's 50th

    Congratulations to elder and former GCI employee Gene Hogberg and his wife Barbara (pictur ...

  • Ghana camp

    This update is excerpted from a report prepared by Leslie Asare Akoto and Francis Ablordep ...

  • Give the Gospel a chance

    Last week in GCI Weekly Update we featured the topic of evangelism. We continue that focus ...

  • Glenn Bechthold's wife

    Here is a prayer request for Donna Bechthold, wife of Glenn Bechthold who formerly pastore ...

  • Jan 2016
  • June mission trip to Cincinnati

    Great Commission Trips, one of Generations Ministries' short-term mission organization ...

  • South Africa camp

    This update excerpts a report prepared by Johannes Maree (camp director) and Tim Maguire ( ...

  • Walking, talking ads for the gospel

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you well know, our lives are constantly bombarded by adve ...

  • Roger Abels

    Here is an update to previous prayer requests for retired GCI pastor Roger Abels. It was p ...

  • Arlen Bryant

    Here is a follow up to previous prayer requests for GCI pastor Arlen Bryant. As noted i ...

  • Snowblast camp

    This report is from GCI pastor Doug Johannsen. GCI members and guests from Wisconsin, N ...

  • Evangelism tool

    A recent post on The Surprising God blog highlighted a brochure produced by GCI pastor Dav ...

  • Evangelize with confidence

    In this issue of GCI Weekly Update, Joseph Tkach highlights our calling to evangelism (cli ...

  • Sheila Graham

    In a previous post we announced the death of Ed Graham and asked for prayers for his widow ...

  • SEP Mexico youth camp

    SEP Mexico was held on December 28-January 1 a couple of hours from Guadalajara, Mexico. T ...

  • For what are we known?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fred Sanders, professor of theology at Biola University, wro ...

  • "Must-haves" for church websites

    Does your congregation have its own website? If so, is it effective? In a recent post ...

  • Gary Dry

    We received the following prayer request from GCI-USA elder Gary Dry.  After a lot of p ...

  • Roger Abels

    Here is an update related to the prayer request for Roger Abels posted on January 6. D ...

  • Revised policy manuals

    GCI-USA Church Development and Administration (CAD) recently emailed the primary pastoral ...

  • Theology of mission

    On The Exchange blog of Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer wrote recently of the "missional po ...

  • Rejoicing in the Incarnation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, A friend of mine was telling me about the first time he and ...

  • Bogotá Christmas outreach

    GCI's congregation in Bogotá, Colombia, recently conducted “Caritas Felices” (Happy Faces) ...

  • Cincinnati Christmas outreach

    Christ Community Church (one of GCI's Cincinnati, Ohio, area congregations) partnered with ...

  • Reaching out to refugees

    How can the church respond to the refugee crisis? Here, in an update video from Greg Willi ...

  • Thoughts about evangelism

    Below are links to two articles and a blog post that shed light on the important but somet ...

  • Jacki Affeldt

    Here is an update on our previous prayer request for Jacki Affeldt, wife of GCI pastor Geo ...

  • Political activity

    Given that presidential election activity in the U.S. (and elswhere) is heating up, we are ...

  • Crossing Borders trip

    This update is from Crossing Borders director, Lee Berger. In December, for the 10th ye ...

  • Death of Beth Holm's father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Ron Haines, father of Beth (Haines) Holm, ...

  • Increased giving

    A primary challenge faced by churches is encouraging growth in per-member giving. Thom Rai ...

  • Celebrating Epiphany

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy New Year! I hope you and your family were able to be t ...

  • Death of Ed Graham

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Ed Graham, former WCG/GCI employee and hu ...

  • Jacki Affeldt

    Jacki Affeldt, wife of George Affeldt (pastor of GCI's congregation in Sioux Falls, South ...

  • Roger Abels

    Retired pastor Roger Abels recently fell down his basement stairs in the middle of the nig ...

  • Pikeville outreach

    GCI's congregation in Pikeville, Kentucky recently was featured in a report by a local TV ...

  • Dec 2015
  • Happy New Year!

    (image source - creative commons, Wikimedia Commons) Our prayer for you and yours is t ...

  • Christian Leadership intensive

    Greg Williams and Charles Fleming recently team-taught a weekend intensive in Dallas, Texa ...

  • GCI Philippines update

    Here are links to articles giving updates on events in GCI-Philippines: Christmas cele ...

  • Birth of Williams' granddaughter

    We're pleased to announce the birth of Emory Grace Williams, first grandchild of Greg and ...

  • Video Christmas card

    Here from GCI president Joseph Tkach is a video Christmas card titled "O Holy Night." From ...

  • Fellowship Group resources

    We recommend that our very small congregations (those with 15 or fewer people attending--- ...

  • Christmas: celebrating pure innocence

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the joys of parenting is doing something that makes y ...

  • GCI school in Haiti

    In a previous issue we asked for prayer for our school in Haiti. Here is an update from Jo ...

  • Celebrating Jesus' birthday

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, At Christmas we celebrate God’s love for all humanity (John ...

  • Resources for children's ministry

    This update is from Ted Johnston, editor of  Equipper and a regional pastor in GCI-USA. ...

  • Bangladeshi Christians

    In the November 25 issue, we requested prayer for Christians in Bangladesh including those ...

  • Leadership transition in GCI-Canada

    This announcement is from Gary Moore, national leader of GCI-Canada. Gary Moore A c ...

  • Death of Trish Campbell's father

    Trish with her father We were saddened to learn of the death of Earl Coleman, father o ...

  • Colombia graduation

    This update is from Hector Barrero, pastor of GCI's congregation in Bogota, Colombia. T ...

  • Strategic outreach

    Looking toward 2016, many churches will be making plans to conduct outreach events. In doi ...

  • Christmas: a message of hope

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Recently I began a series here on the topic of Christmas. Th ...

  • Death of Jim West

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Jim West, a long-time WCG/GCI employee an ...

  • Twin Cities gathering

    This update is from Doug Johannsen, pastor of GCI congregations in St. Paul and Champlin, ...

  • GenMin-related events

    Here from GenMin director Anthony Mullins is a reminder about some upcoming events of inte ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    GCI members from Mississippi, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin gathered re ...

  • Restructuring? Here are some tips

    Here is a summary of a helpful ChurchLeaders.com article by Ron Edmondson on the topic of ...

  • GCI: on mission with God in 2015

    Here is a video in which GCI President Joseph Tkach provides highlights of GCI, working to ...

  • Leon Cooper

    Leon Cooper, pastor of GCI's congregation in Cottonwood, Arizona, was hospitalized recentl ...

  • A Christmas Carol

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, A few years ago, Tammy and I attended the play A Christmas C ...

  • Avoiding clergy burnout

    Reproduced here is a recent post on The Surprising God blog. It addresses a topic of conce ...

  • Coming in 2016: a new Equipper

    GCI-USA Church Administration and Development made the following announcement in the Decem ...

  • Union & Ministry with Christ

    Recently here in GCI Weekly Update, we published an eight-part series from Gary Deddo titl ...

  • Nov 2015
  • Abner Washington

    Josh McDonald is a new pastoral resident, serving alongside Dave Perry in GCI's congregati ...

  • Women's conference

    Here from Vicki Hart and Tammy Johnson is a report on a women's conference recently held a ...

  • Connecting in Tipp City, Ohio

    GCI's Tipp City, Ohio, congregation (Crossroads Christian Fellowship) has been actively co ...

  • Looking to Advent and Christmas

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Many people are fascinated by signs and symbols that convey ...

  • Pioneering female pastors

    Last week, Greg Williams, director of GCI-USA Church Administration and Development, sent ...

  • Annual worship cycle: using the lectionary

    As a denomination, GCI embraces the historic, orthodox, (western) Christian worship calend ...

  • Christians in Bangladesh

    We've been advised by John Biswas, GCI's National Ministry Leader for Bangladesh, that ISI ...

  • Revisiting the new physics

    This article by GCI pastor and GCS faculty member Neil Earle, tells about Neil’s cousin, D ...

  • Hope, despite evil

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Friday, it took just eight or nine gunmen to terrorize ...

  • Conference in Spain

    This update is from Pedro Rufian, a GCI pastor in Spain. Fifty-five people recently att ...

  • Patrick Quinn

    In August, a new cohort entered the GCI Intern Program (click here for details). We’re run ...

  • Bogota marriage seminar

    This update is from Hector Barrero, lead pastor of GCI's congregation in Bogota, Colombia. ...

  • Death of Shelby Grundy

    This prayer request is from Senior Pulley, wife of GCI-Bermuda pastor Cecil Pulley. I a ...

  • Big Sandy outreach

    This update is from Jerome Ellard, lead pastor at GCI's congregation in Big Sandy, Texas. ...

  • GCI school in Haiti

    This prayer request is from Joseph Franklin, GCI pastor and director of our church school ...

  • The ultimate philosophical question

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, We've all had children ask us questions like, “Where do babi ...

  • Cara Garrity

    In August, a new cohort entered the GCI Intern Program (click here for details). We’re run ...

  • On becoming a great church

    These days we hear a lot about how to become a "great church." Of course, the definiti ...

  • Ted Millhuff celebrates 80 years

    Ted Millhuff (pictured at right with his wife Lila), part of the pastoral team serving GCI ...

  • Becoming community-focused

    This update is from Dustin Lampe, lead pastor at Christ Fellowship Church, one of GCI's Ci ...

  • Canadian conferences

    Penticton, B.C., Canada, was the beautiful location for two inspiring conferences held aro ...

  • John McKenna

    Here's an update on a previous request for prayer for John McKenna, professor at Grace Com ...

  • Ron Dick marries

    We are pleased to announce the recent marriage of retired GCI pastor Ron Dick to Theresa L ...

  • Lakeisha Blake

    In August, a new cohort entered the GCI Intern Program (for details, click here). We're ru ...

  • Typhoon Lando

    A massive typhoon named Lando (Koppu is the international name) recently ravaged the Phili ...

  • Generations Ministries

    This update is from Anthony Mullins, national coordinator for GCI-USA Generations Ministri ...

  • Hope, despite a world of ironies

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fifty years ago, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson announced his ...

  • Death of Frederick Wilson

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of long-time GCI elder Frederick Myiles Wils ...

  • Continuing education

    GCI offers high-quality online courses in theology and biblical studies through two educat ...

  • Ghana

    This update is from Emmanuel Okai, GCI pastor in Ghana, Africa. Since 2001, GCI-Ghana ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 8

    Here is part 8, which concludes an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled “The Christian li ...

  • Vanuatu

    Here is an update from GCI mission developer Rod Matthews concerning GCI's congregations i ...

  • Oct 2015
  • Death of Linda Rex's mother

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Beverly Snuffer, mother of Linda Rex who ...

  • Death of Jeffrey Broadnax's mother

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Bettie Broadnax, wife of Earl Broadnax an ...

  • Jaron Sanders

    In August, a new cohort entered the GCI Intern Program (for details, click here). Over the ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 7

    Here is part 7 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled “The Christian life and our par ...

  • Hawking, science and atheism

    Dear Brothers and Sisters: The movie The Theory of Everything tells the compelling stor ...

  • Baptisms in Africa

    Early this month, we learned that a total of 33 people were baptized in GCI congregations ...

  • John McKenna

    Please pray for Dr. John McKenna, GCI elder and Grace Communion Seminary board and faculty ...

  • 2016 GCI-USA Regional Conferences

    Church Administration and Development is pleased to announce that in 2016, GCI will hold s ...

  • Recent conferences

    Here are reports from several recent GCI conferences. Philippines GCI-Philippines recent ...

  • Love: the revelation of God

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the most enjoyable benefits of my job is meeting many ...

  • Drive-in prayer

    Here is a video that tells the story of a drive-in prayer outreach conducted by one of GCI ...

  • Helping with children's ministry

    Members of the 4/14 Window Group of the GCI congregation in Santa Rosa, Philippines recent ...

  • Pastor appreciation

    October is Pastor Appreciation Month in the United States and Canada. Here is the story of ...

  • Updating church finder information

    This announcement is from Bret Miller, manager of GCI's Information Technology Department. ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 6

    Here is part 6 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled “The Christian life and our par ...

  • Christian Leadership course

    ACCM will soon be holding a special version of its Christian Leadership course, which ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 5

    Here is part 5 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled “The Christian life and our par ...

  • Kenya update

    This update is from Anthony Gachanja, GCI's national director for Kenya. Anthony has been ...

  • New pastoral team in Anchorage

    On September 27, Associate Regional Pastor Tim Sitterley had the blessing of installing Bi ...

  • Jesus is the true center

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Though you've probably not heard of Austrian immigrant Leo H ...

  • Are you called to be a church planter?

    Do you sense God calling you to start a new GCI congregation? The call to be a church plan ...

  • Death of Luann Patrickson

    We were greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Luann Patrickson. Here is a messa ...

  • Camp reports

    Now that we've come to the end of the summer camp season, we have a couple more GenMin cam ...

  • Stephen Larison

    GCI-USA Regional Pastor Randy Bloom provided this update concerning Stephen Larison, son o ...

  • Elders ordained

    Ordination of Jose Ustaris during a festival in the Philippines Here is a list of men ...

  • The gift of singleness

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, In a GCI Weekly Update letter on LGBT issues, I noted that s ...

  • How does a church become younger?

    Thom Rainer of LifeWay, in a recent post on his blog, noted five ways some senior adul ...

  • Willi Mandel

    Here from GCI-Canada retired pastor Willi Mandel is an update related to a previous prayer ...

  • Renewal Church cohort

    A Renewal Church cohort that includes 18 pastors and ministry leaders from the U.S. Wester ...

  • Convention in Ghana

    This update is from Emmanuel Okai, National Ministry Leader for GCI Ghana. The 2015 Ann ...

  • Upcoming mission trip to Mexico

    GCI's Crossing Borders mission organization will be embarking on its 20th trip into Mexico ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 4

    Here is part 4 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled "The Christian life and our par ...

  • Jeff McSwain

    Jeff McSwain (pictured at right), a member of the GCI-USA Church Administration and De ...

  • Sep 2015
  • Some comfort and assurance

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Gospels indicate that Jesus focused much of his ministry ...

  • Pastor on Wheel of Fortune

    GCI pastor Timothy Brassell will appear on the TV game show, Wheel of Fortune, on October ...

  • 70th birthday of pastor in Ghana

    Members of GCI's New Ashongman congregation in Ghana, Africa, recently honored Pastor Solo ...

  • Bettie Broadnax

    Please pray for Bettie Broadnax, mother of Jeff Broadnax who pastors GCI congregations in ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 3

    Here is part 3 of a 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled "The Christian life and our part ...

  • Trey Carlisle

    GCI youth member Trey Carlisle (pictured at right) attends New Hope Christian Fellowsh ...

  • GCI Intern Program orientation

    Below is a video update on the recently held GCI Intern Program orientation. For additiona ...

  • Nepal update

    Rod Matthews, one of GCI's mission directors, provided this update on our ministry partner ...

  • Passing the baton in Wichita

    August 30 was a significant milestone for GCI's congregation in Wichita, Kansas, as the ba ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 2

    Here is part 2 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled "The Christian life and our par ...

  • Ed Graham

    Ed and Shiela Ed Graham, former WCG Television Department employee, has been diagnosed ...

  • Spiritual renewal retreat in Denver

    Several members of Living Grace Church (one of GCI's congregations in the Denver, Colorado ...

  • Death of Max Devereaux

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Max Devereaux from a massive heart attack ...

  • A lesson on leadership

    Below is a video of a TED Talk titled How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Addressing the fun ...

  • Spiritual carbo-loading

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I'm sure you've heard of carbo-loading. The term typically r ...

  • Back to school outreach

    Several of GCI's U.S. congregations recently held special outreach worship services and ot ...

  • Pastors' retreat

    Pastors and pastoral team members from GCI churches in New England, along with GCI Preside ...

  • God's gifts of science and technology

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I've always been delighted by the cool gadgets displayed in ...

  • How technology enhances prayer

    While it is true that digital technology (including texting and various social media) can ...

  • Union & ministry with Christ, part 1

    Here is part 1 of an 8-part essay by Dr. Gary Deddo titled "The Christian life and our par ...

  • Mission trip to Zambia

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, a native of Zambia who serves as a GCI mission develo ...

  • James Reyer

    Your prayers are requested for retired GCI pastor James Reyer who suffered a heart attack ...

  • Christian Leadership class offered

    ACCM recently announced that beginning in November, it will offer its 10-week-long Christi ...

  • Computer scam warning

    Recently, one of our pastors received a pop-up warning on his computer that said something ...

  • Reality and relationships

    Following is an essay from Dr. Gary Deddo titled "What Christian Revelation Understands Ab ...

  • Upcoming U.S. women's gatherings

    Here is information about two gatherings for women coming up in the United States this fal ...

  • Grateful for the Word

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Can I have a word with you in private?" If I were to ask ...

  • Ted Johnston family

    GCI-USA Regional Pastor Ted Johnston requests prayer for his family. Michael Harris, 26-ye ...

  • Intern orientation

    This report is from Jeff McSwain, national coordinator of the GCI-USA Intern Program.  ...

  • Myanmar

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI's mission director in Southern Asia, New Zealand and ...

  • Leeds, England 50th

    GCI president Joseph Tkach and his wife Tammy recently enjoyed sharing in the celebration ...

  • Dying and living daily with Jesus

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, My Dad's sister, Aunt Lil, was the youngest of my grandparen ...

  • Millhuffs' grandson wed

    Pastor Ted and Lila Millhuff of GCI's Tucson, Arizona congregation, are pleased to announc ...

  • Arlen Bryant

    We have requested prayer for Pastor Arlen Bryant who is battling brain cancer (click here  ...

  • Leading in evangelism

    What does authentic evangelism leadership look like? The Billy Graham Center for Evangelis ...

  • Camp reports

    Here are reports from two recent GCI youth camps. YES Camp, Louisiana This Generations M ...

  • Uganda

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's mission developers in Africa. Uganda ...

  • Aug 2015
  • Outreach to Surrey neighbors

    GCI's congregation in Surrey (Vancouver), Canada, recently held an outreach picnic in a pa ...

  • LGBT issues

    Here are some resources that helpfully address LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgende ...

  • Outreach to Kenyan orphans

    With assistance from our Australian churches, GCI's congregations in Kenya, Africa, are he ...

  • The gift of identity

    Dear Brothers and sisters, Our increasingly secular, individualistic culture has lost s ...

  • Spreading the gospel in Cameroon

    GCI in the nation of Cameroon (central Africa) is led by Pastor Jean Ndoudoumou (pictured ...

  • Reaching out in San Francisco

    Here is a video report from GCI-USA leader Greg Williams concerning the community outreach ...

  • Update on Minke's son

    As noted in an earlier prayer request, Brent Minke (18-year-old son of Pastor Craig and De ...

  • Church plant in Brazil

    Hector Barrero, GCI's mission developer for Latin America, reports that a new GCI church i ...

  • Camp reports

    Here are reports from two recently completed GCI youth camps. SEP Tahoe This new GenMin ...

  • The nature of light, God and grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, As a young teen I was seated in a movie theater when the pow ...

  • GCS News

    Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) now publishes a newsletter titled GCS News. To download ...

  • The ultimate fishing story

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Perhaps you remember Wayne's World from the TV show Saturday ...

  • Church-in-the-circle

    The following report is from Lee Berger, pastor of GCI's congregation in Longview, Texas. ...

  • Arlen Byant

    Here is an update from GCI Pastor Arlen Bryant concerning his ongoing battle with brain ca ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    Here are links to reports on recent events in GCI-Philippines: http://my.gci.ph/gci-pa ...

  • Death of Don Engle's and Susie Dick's mother

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Patricia Wilson, mother of GCI Pastor Don ...

  • Minkes' son Brent in accident

    We received the prayer request below from Craig and Debbie Minke. Craig pastors GCI's cong ...

  • Death of David Perry's father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of John M. Perry, father of GCI Pastor David ...

  • SEP Rockies

    Here is a video from GenMin's SEP Rockies summer camp, held recently in Colorado. O ...

  • BEA SoCal outreach

    In addition to its ongoing gospel work in Bangladesh, the Bengali Evangelical Association ...

  • Good news: God is pleased with you!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I saw a Peanuts cartoon recently in which Charlie Brown, tal ...

  • Upcoming conferences in Canada

    Here are announcements about two upcoming conferences being conducted by GCI in Canada. ...

  • UK Ladies' Conference

    This update is from Nancy Silcox GCI in the United Kingdom held its annual Ladies' Conf ...

  • New GCI gospel tract

    We've often been asked for a small booklet (tract) that presents the gospel and includes a ...

  • Graduation celebration

    24-7 Community Church, the GCI congregation in Newark, New Jersey, has emphasized youth mi ...

  • Jul 2015
  • Hunsberger's 50th anniversary

    GCI elder David Hunsberger and his wife Shirley (pictured below) recently celebrated their ...

  • GCS reaccredited

    We're pleased to report that Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) was recently notified that the ...

  • GenMin camp reports

    SEP So Cal This report is from SEP So Cal camp directors Anne and Mark Stapleton. This ...

  • Stay focused on grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I watched a video recently that parodies a TV infomercial---in ...

  • GCI-Canada update

    Here are reports of two recent events in GCI-Canada. Elder ordained in Calgary GCI-Canad ...

  • Death of Diane Kubik's father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Maurice Mallery, former WCG employee and ...

  • A church that acts its size

    It's common for small churches to struggle trying to be something they are not---a big chu ...

  • Jason Frantz

    Jason and his daughter Jocelyn. Born and raised within GCI, Jason Frantz, the lead pas ...

  • Quaffing grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week we noted that when it comes to the freedom that is ...

  • Death of Gary Sefcak

    We were saddened this week to learn of the death of Gary Sefcak who had been employed by W ...

  • "Messy Church"

    This update is from GCI-England Pastor David Bedford. Seven years ago, our congregation ...

  • Anthony Rice given 25 year honors

    During one of the sessions of GenMin's Louisiana Summer Camp held near New Orleans, Pastor ...

  • GCI-France leaders meet

    Leaders and their families from GCI congregations in France met recently outside Paris to ...

  • Celebrating 50 years of SEP

    Here is a video produced by GenMin's SEP So Cal camp in celebration of the 50th anniversar ...

  • Disciple-making vs. discipleship

    The video below from Impact Ministries helps us understand an important difference between ...

  • Don't use 15-seat passenger vans

    It's summer and youth and other church groups often take trips. Thus it's a good time to r ...

  • Can you handle the truth?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, In a key scene in the movie A Few Good Men, defense lawyer L ...

  • GCI-Philippines mission in Thailand

    For several years, GCI members from the Philippines have served as missionaries in Thailan ...

  • GenMin camps

    In the U.S., GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) is sponsoring several youth camps this su ...

  • Culture trumps vision

    As noted in a recent Leadership Network blog post, culture—not vision or strategy—is the m ...

  • Shining Christ's light in the darkness

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last month several GCI pastors participated in hands-on evan ...

  • Baptisms celebrated

    It's always a joy to learn of baptisms in our congregations around the world. Recently sev ...

  • Outside the Walls

    As mentioned by Joseph Tkach in his letter in this issue, Pathways of Grace, one of GCI's ...

  • Assimilating new people

    Picture courtesy ACS Technologies website An important issue addressed during the rece ...

  • GenMin mission trips

    In addition to sponsoring camps within the United States, GCI Generations Ministries spons ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    This report is from GCI pastor Karl Reinagel, who pastors a GCI congregation in St. Louis, ...

  • Youth camp/mission trip in Colombia

    Nine young missionaries from the U.S. on a short-term mission trip to Colombia (led by Gen ...

  • A VBS featuring community service

    GCI's congregation in Big Sandy, Texas, recently conducted a Vacation Bible School (VBS). ...

  • The Center of the center

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The issue of global warming (sometimes referred to as climat ...

  • Primer on Trinitarian theology

    Theologian Martin Davis has written an excellent primer on Trinitarian Theology entitled A ...

  • Jun 2015
  • GCI-Australia conferences

    GCI-Australia recently held a conference for pastors followed by a national conference. He ...

  • The practice of prayer

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Many of you know that when I travel I like to extend greetin ...

  • Paul Smith

    As noted in a previous prayer request, Big Sandy, Texas, assistant pastor Paul Smith was i ...

  • Youth camps

    Here are reports on recently held GCI youth camps. Great Lakes Camp (Michigan) Great Lak ...

  • Coaching course

    The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is offering a special reduced pric ...

  • New GCS president installed

    Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) is pleased to announce the installation of Dr. Gary Deddo a ...

  • Evangelism that works

    A recent ChurchLeaders.com article titled "Two Big Reasons Evangelism Isn't Working" notes ...

  • GenMin camps

    Camp Oasis (Tennessee) This report is from Sondra Peters, co-director of Camp Oasis. ...

  • Transgender issue

    There's been a lot of press coverage concerning the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner transgender issue ...

  • Canadian pastor wed

    Congratulations to GCI-Canada pastor Fraser Henderson and his bride Julie Shaw. The couple ...

  • Momentary happiness vs. lasting joy

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I laughed out loud when I saw this scientific formula for ha ...

  • Update from the Philippines

    Here are links to reports on recent ministry activity in GCI congregations in the Philippi ...

  • NAE booklet on God & Science

    In the United States, GCI is a member of The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) an ...

  • Church Under the Tree

    Greg Williams, GCI-USA director of Church Administration and Development, recently visited ...

  • Sunday school curriculum

    The teaching curriculum for this year's Generations Ministries' camps is titled Epic Story ...

  • 16 baptized in the Philippines

    Three GCI-Philippines congregations in Tabaco City gathered recently for the baptism of 16 ...

  • Youth camps

    SEP Luzon GCI-Philippines held a youth camp in Luzon in May (SEP Luzon). Against a backdr ...

  • Learning to celebrate failures

    In the church it's easy to fall prey to the "success ethic" woven into the fabric of Weste ...

  • Rest, rejuvenation & relationship

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I was privileged to participate in a pastors' retreat held r ...

  • Allen Bullock

    We received the following update from Allen Bullock (click here for the original prayer re ...

  • Mulladys' 50th anniversary

    Jim and Marilyn Mullady (at right) with  Pastor Ted and Lila Millhuff Grace of God Fel ...

  • Science, mushrooms & doctrine

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I love science---especially when it benefits our health. A f ...

  • Hans-Juergen Mittag

    Hans-Juergen Mittag, long-time elder in GCI's Munich, Germany, congregation and former dir ...

  • Tom Ecker retires

    Please join us in congratulating Tom and Alberta Ecker. Tom recently retired from GCI empl ...

  • The importance of spiritual disciplines in church revitaliza ...

    In a recent post on the Thom S. Rainer blog, Chuck Lawless, professor of evangelism and mi ...

  • Marcia Fricke

    Here is a prayer request from Dan Fricke, assistant pastor in Reno, Nevada, concerning his ...

  • GCI-Philippines update

    Here are links to updates regarding recent GCI events and people in the Philippines: h ...

  • Charles Taylor

    Charles with his family In an earlier issue of Weekly Update we asked for prayer for G ...

  • GCI-USA update

    In his video update for May 2015 (embedded below), CAD director Greg Williams profiles the ...

  • Paul Smith

    Prayer is requested for Paul Smith, a long-time assistant pastor in GCI's congregation in ...

  • Myanmar and the Middle East

    Here from GCI Mission Developer Rod Matthews are updates on GCI ministry in Myanmar and Du ...

  • May 2015
  • Relief work in Nepal

    Here from GCI mission developer Rod Matthews is an update about the aftermath of the recen ...

  • Avoid mistakes in using social media

    Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is a powerful tool available to churches to connect ...

  • Recent ordinations

    We rejoice when God calls and equips men and women to serve as elders in the body of Chris ...

  • Death of Linda Dick

    Linda Dick Last week we reported that Linda Dick, wife of retired GCI pastor Ron Dick, ...

  • Pete Kendall

    Your prayers are requested for retired GCI pastor, Pete Kendall, who lives in Florida. ...

  • Jesus: embodiment of the law

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week I noted that on the day of Pentecost following Jes ...

  • Death of Perc Burrows

    Shirley and Perc Burrows On March 25, we reported on GCI-Canada elder Perc Burrows' st ...

  • Graham Mitchell

    Your prayers are requested for Dr. Graham Mitchell, GCI elder in Northampton, England. Gra ...

  • Allen Bullock

    GCI retired pastor Allen Bullock of Denver, Colorado, has been diagnosed with colon cancer ...

  • A kingdom perspective on the church

    Several Christian authors are helpfully calling for a recapturing of a kingdom perspective ...

  • Death of Dave Gilbert's father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of David Samuel Gilbert, Jr., father of GCI ...

  • Arlen Bryant

    We noted last week Pastor Arlen Bryant's surgery to remove a brain tumor. Here is a more r ...

  • Linda Dick in hospice care

    Here is a prayer request from Ron Dick, retired GCI pastor, concerning his wife Linda.   ...

  • Death of Gladys Dudley

    Willie and Gladys Dudley We were saddened to learn of the May 14 death of deaconess Gl ...

  • Death of Bill Stenger's daughter

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Yasmin Naomi Plummer, daughter of Dr. Bil ...

  • Death of Carol Schantz's mother

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Carol Schantz’s mother, Margaret Allen. Carol is ...

  • Pentecost

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, There are many themes that are appropriate to preach on the ...

  • Arlen Bryant

    Thanks for your prayers for Arlen Bryant who pastors GCI's church in Cookeville, Tennessee ...

  • NAE Update

    Here are excerpts from the May 2015 Update from the National Association of Evangelicals. ...

  • Charles Taylor

    Charles and Keysha Taylor Prayer is requested for Charles Taylor, lead pastor of GCI's ...

  • Death of David Howe's father

    David Howe Please join us in offering condolences to David Howe, lead pastor of GCI co ...

  • Shepherds of God's flock

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week I reported on two GCI conferences I attended recen ...

  • Transformational leadership

    In a recent post on the Exchange Blog entitled, "4 Necessary Mindsets for Developing T ...

  • Concerning baptism

    Baptism of Christ by Davezelenka. Used with permission, Wikimedia Commons. In GCI we b ...

  • Festival in Spain

    GCI in Spain extends to GCI members and friends a warm invitation to come to Majorca this ...

  • Ministry coach training

    Experienced ministry coaches and other ministers (pictured below, left) who are interested ...

  • Church revitalization

    GCI's Church Administration and Development (CAD) team has multiple responsibilities in se ...

  • NYC: prayer breakfast outreach

    Two of GCI's congregations in New York City recently teamed up to hold a “Feed Your Mind, ...

  • Conferences in Africa

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I write, Tammy and I are in South Africa, where we have t ...

  • Big Sandy: family outreach

    For several years, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (GCI's congregation in Big Sandy, T ...

  • Women's retreat in October

    GCI women and their female friends are invited to attend a fall women's retreat sponsored ...

  • Vanuatu cyclone

    In March, we asked for prayer for our members in Vanuatu who were impacted by tropical cyc ...

  • Apr 2015
  • Arlen Bryant

    Please pray for Arlen Bryant, lead pastor of GCI's church in Cookeville, Tennessee. Arlen ...

  • Dewey Peterson

    Georgia and Dewey Peterson Last week we asked for prayer for GCI pastor Dewey Peterson ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    For an update on recent events (including an ordination) in GCI-Philippines, go to: http:/ ...

  • Festival 2015 in Italy

    GCI in Italy invites you to Festival 2015, coming up in August. To learn more, go to http: ...

  • New church in Kenya

    A congregation in Etago, Kenya (pictured below) recently joined GCI. They decided to do so ...

  • Death of Rick Ridgell

    In past issues we've requested prayer for GCI pastor Rick Ridgell and his wife Pam (pictur ...

  • Our Triune God: living love

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If asked to identify the oldest living thing, some ...

  • Death of Marge Bailey

    Many of those who attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, will remember Marge ...

  • Use Facebook to grow your church

    Social media are powerful tools for reaching existing members and people outside the congr ...

  • Don and Sue Lawson

    Prayer is requested for retired GCI pastor and district superintendent Don Lawson and his ...

  • Disaster in Nepal

    This update concerning the recent earthquake in Nepal is from GCI mission developer, Rod M ...

  • Southeast Asia update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in Asia and the South Pacific. Ba ...

  • Concerning reduced church attendance

    Many churches in North America report reduced church attendance among committed members. S ...

  • Birth of Millers' grandchild

    Bob Miller and his wife Ruth are pleased to announce the birth of another grandchild, Lily ...

  • Birth of Chenys' first child

    GCI Pastor Kernani Cheny and his wife Juliette of Martinique are ecstatic in welcoming to ...

  • Death of Mike Horchak's father

    Joseph and Mike Horchak We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Joseph Horcha ...

  • Patty Mitchell

    Here is a follow-up to the earlier prayer request for Patty Mitchell from her husband Way ...

  • A word of knowledge?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Several years ago, a brother in Christ from anothe ...

  • Philippine church joins GCI

    Last month a milestone in GCI-Philippines occurred when the First Baptist Church of Nabong ...

  • Guadalajara Equipping Conference

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, mission developer for GCI-Mexico and GCI-USA regional ...

  • Size doesn't matter

    As stated in a recent post at ChurchLeaders.com, "No church can do everything. Not if we w ...

  • NAE stands with persecuted church

    At its semiannual meeting on March 5, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) Board ...

  • Update from GCI-USA

    In the video below, Greg Williams, director of Church Administration and Development, prov ...

  • Death of Elder Harry Garden

    Last week, we asked for prayer for Harry Garden (seated at right in the picture), who was ...

  • Effective preaching

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On the way out of church one Sunday, a young boy a ...

  • Death of Elder John Hillerson

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of GCI Elder, John Hillerson on April 10 at t ...

  • An incarnational Trinitarian perspective on ministry

    Youth pastor Brad Turnage presented a "conver-session" at the recent GenMin Converge 2015 ...

  • Harry Garden

    Harry Garden, long-time GCI elder in the Wichita, Kansas area is in hospice care and his w ...

  • GCI Mozambique

    The video below describes the ministry of GCI members in Canada and South Africa, reaching ...

  • New degree option at Grace Communion Seminary

    We are pleased to announce that students can now obtain a theology degree from Grace Commu ...

  • Stay focused on Jesus

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Leading up to Holy Week, my Weekly Update letters  ...

  • Mental health and the church

    Mental illness is an issue that affects us all. How do we as churches respond? For som ...

  • Autumn festival in Denmark

    Carl Fredrik Aas, GCI's regional pastor in Scandinavia, recently announced that there will ...

  • Free retreats and getaways for pastors

    Due to the demands of their calling, pastors often find it difficult to get time away to r ...

  • Death of Val Leech

    Val Leech We were saddened to learn that long-time GCI-Australia employee Val Leech di ...

  • Jesus---the complete salvation package

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Near the end of his Gospel, the apostle John made ...

  • Dewey Peterson

    Georgia and Dewey Peterson Please pray for Dewey Peterson, lead pastor of GCI's congre ...

  • GenMin camp recognized

    The Rock, one of Generations Ministries' summer camps, was recently named one of six top C ...

  • Converge 2015

    Over 350 people gathered for Converge 2015 at the Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center i ...

  • Patty Mitchell

    Wayne and Patty Mitchell Wayne Mitchell, GCI lead pastor in Seattle-Bellevue Washingto ...

  • South Africa camp

    Last December, GCI South Africa held a youth camp attended by 42 children, 57 teens, 26 yo ...

  • Mar 2015
  • Three aspects, one great event

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In his Gospel and epistles, the apostle John tells ...

  • Disaster in Vanuatu

    Here is an update on our earlier prayer request concerning the situation in Vanuatu, which ...

  • Janet Shay retires

    Employees in GCI's Home Office recently gathered for a luncheon to honor Janet Shay for he ...

  • Connecting and Bonding conference

    Jannice May, president of Connecting and Bonding, hosted the annual Lexington, Kentucky co ...

  • GCI Intern Program

    In the video below, GCI Intern Program coordinator Jeff McSwain invites candidates to appl ...

  • Avoiding pastoral burnout

    From time to time, in the "Church Development" section of GCI Weekly Update, we address th ...

  • Perc Burrows

    Prayer is requested for GCI-Canada elder Perc Burrows. Perc is suffering with various heal ...

  • Jim Cook

    Please pray for Jim Cook, pastor of the GCI church in Bangor, Maine. Jim suffered a mini-s ...

  • Birth of Eckers' great-granddaughter

    GCI-USA pastor Tom Ecker and his wife Alberta are pleased to announce the birth of their t ...

  • Death of Susan Williams' father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Susan Williams' father, Paul Lang. Susan ...

  • Jesus' benediction

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Often when travelling, I'm asked to speak to GCI c ...

  • Dangers faced by seasoned pastors

    We often hear about the dangers faced by rookie pastors, but there are some faced by those ...

  • GCI-UK ordination

    A special celebration took place on March 15 when Brian Smith was ordained as an elder in ...

  • Disaster in Vanuatu

    The island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific recently was devastated by a powerful cyclone. ...

  • Odyssey in Christ retreats in the Philippines

    GCI in the Philippines recently hosted Odyssey in Christ retreats in two locations. Here a ...

  • Journey with the Master

    JWM in SoCal The last issue of Weekly Update reported on a Journey with the Master (JWM) ...

  • Mission trip to Colombia planned

    Janet Morrison and Ashley Ticas (pictured at right), recently visited GCI's congregation i ...

  • Appreciating Christ's sacrifice

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While reading a list of the 100 best novels writte ...

  • Birth of Hendersons' grandson

    Gavin and Sinead Henderson, along with their one-year old daughter, Nova, are delighted to ...

  • A.D.---Easter outreach

    Greg Williams, director of GCI-USA Church Administration and Development (CAD), recently a ...

  • Luann Patrickson

    Here is an update from retired GCI-Canada pastor George Patrickson concerning his wife Lua ...

  • Developments at Hands for Christ

    Hands for Christ Community Church (HC3), is GCI's newly planted church primarily for deaf ...

  • GenMin camp curriculum published

    Anthony Mullins, coordinator of GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) announced recently tha ...

  • Appreciating our baptism

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We watch spellbound as the magician, wrapped in ch ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    Here are links to updates concerning a single's event and reopening of a church in GCI-Phi ...

  • Journey with the Master

    New Hope Christian Fellowship in Eagle Rock, California, recently hosted a Journey with th ...

  • Joining Jesus in the Father's mission

    As followers of Jesus, our high calling and privilege is to join with Jesus in his continu ...

  • U.S. pastors' retreats

    In 2015, GCI-USA is hosting retreats for lead pastors (and equivalent leaders) and their s ...

  • Death of pastor's son

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Michele (Mike) Bertuzzi, 51 year-old son of dece ...

  • Feb 2015
  • Colombia conference

    GCI's congregation in Barranquilla, Colombia, which is pastored by Sonia Orozco, recently ...

  • Marcia Briggie

    Lloyd Briggie, pastor of GCI's congregation in Bowling Green, Kentucky, requests prayer fo ...

  • "Because" magazine

    GCI in the United Kingdom publishes an online magazine named Because. Links to the rec ...

  • Sue Lauchlan

    Here is a prayer request from GCI-Canada pastor Colin Lauchlan concerning his wife Sue. Co ...

  • Caribbean youth ministry strategy gathering

    GCI youth ministry leaders from throughout the Caribbean met recently in Nassau, Bahamas t ...

  • Jesus: tempted on our behalf

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Scripture tells us that Jesus, our High Priest, wa ...

  • Converge registration about to close

    Registration for the GCI-USA Converge conference closes on Friday, February 27. A few hote ...

  • Tammy Tkach visits Tucson

    Tammy Tkach recently visited GCI's congregation in Tucson, Arizona, which is pastored by T ...

  • Elders ordained

    We are pleased to announce that the following men and women recently were ordained as elde ...

  • Youth camp directors trained

    GCI in the Philippines recently conducted training for the men and women who direct their ...

  • Matthew Rakestraw

    Jonathan Rakestraw, the pastor of GCI’s church in Tallahassee, Florida, along with his wif ...

  • Regional pastor commissioned

    Greg Williams, director of GCI-USA Church Administration and Development, recently visited ...

  • Embracing our true identity

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In our high-tech world, all it takes to make a fak ...

  • Outreach ideas

    Road to Emmaus, by Lelio Orsi; public domain via Wikimedia Commons Is your congregatio ...

  • GCI at Exponential 2015

    Exponential is the premier annual U.S. gathering of church planters and others who are int ...

  • Baptisms in the Netherlands

    According to Frans Danenberg (national director of GCI in the Netherlands), GCI's congrega ...

  • Evangelical alliances

    Grace Communion International is a member of several national evangelical alliances around ...

  • Death of Mark Palmerino

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Mark Palmerino, an elder in GCI's Holden, ...

  • Church planting networks

    Tom Nebel, who is a church planting consultant, recently addressed a gathering of U.S. reg ...

  • Shallenberger's first grandchild

    As you can tell from the pictures below, GCI-USA regional pastor Rick Shallenberger and hi ...

  • Celebrating new members

    This update is a praise report from Dustin Lampe, lead pastor of GCI's Cincinnati, West co ...

  • Helping members in Mozambique

    Tim Maguire, the national director of GCI in South Africa, recently requested funds from t ...

  • Leadership succession

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As you know, we’re in a time when the aging Boomer ...

  • Death of Lil Rice

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Lil Rice, wife of former WCG pastor Phillip Rice ...

  • Death of Eddie MacMillan

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Eddie MacMillan, a long-time elder in the ...

  • Ministry coaching services

    In the video below, Anthony Mullins gives an update about the ministry coaching services p ...

  • Invisible visibility

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I find it amusing when people exclaim, “If I can’t ...

  • Central America leaders' conference

    GCI recently held a leaders' conference in San Salvador, El Salvador. Led by regional dire ...

  • Pastors' retreat in SoCal

    In 2015, instead of regional conferences, GCI is hosting retreats for senior pastors (and ...

  • New GCI-Germany website

    GCI in Germany recently launched a new website at http://wkg.gci.org/#. It features "Speak ...

  • Black History Month

    February in the United States is Black History Month. The background is helpfully explaine ...

  • Jan 2015
  • Snowblast in Minnesota

    Snowblast 2015 was held recently in Minnesota. This intergenerational winter camping event ...

  • Law and grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, while listening to Billy Joel's s ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    Here are links to updates about GCI-Philippines missions, single's activities and conferen ...

  • New Pastors' Orientation

    The GCI home office recently hosted several new pastors and their spouses for New Pastors' ...

  • Floods in East Africa

    This prayer request is from Tim Maguire, one of GCI's Missions Directors serving in Africa ...

  • The Nicene Creed's Trinitarian roots

    Is GCI's incarnational, Trinitarian theology a recent innovation? Some make that claim ...

  • Media in Europe

    We're pleased to announce two GCI media developments in Europe. Our program "Speaking of L ...

  • Converge 2015

    The Converge 2015 conference is coming up in March. Generations Ministries national coordi ...

  • Roger Guilbert

    We received the following prayer request for Roger Guilbert, a long-time GCI elder in Fran ...

  • Interesting church facts

    Here are some interesting facts about the church from the January 2015 issue of Church ...

  • GCI Intern Program update

    GCI Intern Program coordinator Jeff McSwain met recently with GCI-USA regional pastors and ...

  • New GCS President

    The following announcement is from Dr. Russell Duke, President of Grace Communion Seminary ...

  • Being aware and alert

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. several yea ...

  • Converge is coming!

    This announcement is from Anthony Mullins, national coordinator of GCI Generations Ministr ...

  • National Marriage Week USA

    National Marriage Week USA is coming up on the week leading up to Valentine's Day (Feb ...

  • Three aspects of one mission

    In the video below, Heber Ticas, national coordinator for GCI Church Multiplication Minist ...

  • LGBT issues

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A hot topic in the media these days is the way Chr ...

  • Boxing club outreach

    Steve Solari, senior pastor of Hope Community Fellowship, GCI's church in The Colony, Texa ...

  • Death of Norm Foster

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Norm Foster on January 3. Norm was a long-time e ...

  • GCI-Philippines

    For recent updates on people and ministries in GCI-Philippines, go to http://my.gci.ph/cat ...

  • Pastor succession

    It was a day of mixed emotions recently at Christ Fellowship Church (one of GCI's churches ...

  • Death of pastor John Paul Jones

    We received the sad news from Robert McKinney, GCI pastor in Nassau, Bahamas, that John Pa ...

  • Crossing Borders winter mission

    This update is from Lee Berger, the director of Generations Ministries' Crossing Borders m ...

  • Lois Peterson graduates

    Lois Peterson, wife of GCI elder Rick Peterson who serves in GCI's church in Big Sandy, Te ...

  • Luann Patrickson

    Here from retired GCI-Canada pastor George Patrickson, is an update on the previous prayer ...

  • Keep bivocational ministry from imploding

    The apostle Paul was bivocational---both a church planter and a tent maker. In GCI, mo ...

  • New church chartered

    Grace Communion Fellowship (GCF), a GCI church plant in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los ...

  • Faith: active or passive?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In explaining Trinitarian incarnational theology, ...

  • Youth outreach

    GCI's congregation in Barranquilla, Colombia recently held a community outreach event. Mem ...

  • New camp director

    Generations Ministries' national coordinator Anthony Mullins recently announced the appoin ...

  • Dec 2014
  • Appreciation and anticipation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The month name "January" is from the Latin word ja ...

  • Church-related statistics

    Here are excerpts of interest from the December 2014 issue of ChurchPulse: Millenn ...

  • Bob Persky

    Thanks for praying for Bob Persky concerning his open-heart surgery. On December 17, Bob u ...

  • Parsons' 50th anniversary

    Congratulations to Sonny and Jane Parsons on their 50th wedding anniversary! They were mar ...

  • Christmas outreach

    This year the town of Big Sandy, Texas did not have anyone to set out their traditional Ch ...

  • Vision clarification

    As the new year begins, many church leadership teams will meet to prayerfully clarify thei ...

  • Jesus: the double agent

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the traditional day for celebrating the birth o ...

  • Advent outreach

    Pictured below is the worship service on the first Sunday of Advent at New Hope Christian ...

  • Advent sermon prep

    Looking for assistance in preparing Advent/Christmas sermons (or sermons any other time of ...

  • Ordinations in GCI South Africa

    GCI in South Africa recently announced that two elders were recently ordained to serve in ...

  • Blooms' 1st grandchild

    GCI regional pastor Randy Bloom and his wife Debbie are celebrating a lot of “firsts.” The ...

  • Richard Ridgell

    Here from his wife Pam, is an update on Pastor Richard Ridgell's battle with cancer. Click ...

  • Johannsens' 40th

    Congratulations to GCI pastor Doug Johannsen and his wife Betty. The couple celebrated the ...

  • Jesus: Merely a myth?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Advent-Christmas season is a time of joy, hope ...

  • Exploratory trip to U.S.

    Rey Taniajura, GCI-Philippines missions director, recently led a group of Filipinos on a j ...

  • Bob Persky

    Please pray for Bob Persky, who recently retired as senior pastor of GCI's congregation in ...

  • Susan McNutt

    Susan McNutt is the director of Base Camp NW, one of Generations Ministries' U.S. youth ca ...

  • Life Club meetings

    Geoff Sole provided the following updates on Life Club meetings held recently in various l ...

  • Helping the poor

    Following (with the author's permission) is text excerpted from a post at The Walking Gree ...

  • Magnificent joy!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recently, three couples who are our dear friends s ...

  • Philippine typhoon

    This update is from GCI-Philippines director Eugene Guzon. Last weekend, typhoon Hagupi ...

  • Family first: reaching in and reaching out

    Word of God Christian Fellowship, GCI's church in Canfield, Ohio, recently hosted three no ...

  • Paulina Barrero graduates

    Congratulations to Paulina Barrero, wife of GCI-Colombia pastor Hector Barrero. Paulina re ...

  • Jesus: our true worship leader

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In his first letter to his young protégé Timothy, ...

  • Southern Asia & South Pacific update

    This update is from GCI mission developer Rod Matthews. India: festivals celebrate God’s ...

  • Equipper correction

    The cover letter in the recently distributed issue of Equipper was incorrect in stating th ...

  • Church joins GCI

    Ron Ratliff, pastor of Creek Valley Church in Edina, Minnesota, has been tracking with GCI ...

  • Sharing God's love in the Philippines

    Here is a video of one GCI's congregations in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. What a blessi ...

  • Death of Elaine Vernon

    We were saddened to learn that Deb Paz's aunt Elaine Vernon died following her lengthy bat ...

  • Missional church book

    GCI Church Administration and Development, USA recommends the book Tradecraft for the Chur ...

  • Nov 2014
  • Death of Neil Earle's father

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of George W. Earle, father of GCI-USA pastor ...

  • Fall youth camps

    Here are reports on GCI youth camps recently held in Mexico and Oklahoma. Mexico This re ...

  • Church Planting Networks

    Several leaders from GCI-USA recently attended a meeting in Dallas, Texas of the Church Pl ...

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week most of us in the U.S. will celebrate Th ...

  • Day of Nations event

    Here is a video of the "Day of Nations"---a community outreach event conducted by Comunion ...

  • Hilary Irusta

    Hillary Irusta serves as a pastoral resident in GCI's Greensboro, North Carolina church, w ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    Thirty-one GCI members from the U.S., the Caribbean and the Philippines gathered recently ...

  • Death of Melvin Brady

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Melvin Brady, father-in-law of retired GC ...

  • UK conference

    Joseph and Tammy Tkach, together with Gary and Cathy Deddo recently participated in a GCI- ...

  • Hopwood wedding

    Congratulations to GCI-Australia pastor Phil Hopwood and his bride Deb (Isaac). The couple ...

  • Steve Dobritch

    Steve Dobritch, pastoral resident in GCI's Canfield, Ohio, church, grew up near Cincinnati ...

  • Senior pastor succession

    As a church planting movement, GCI is committed to participating with Jesus in his mission ...

  • Advent: Jesus yesterday, today and forever

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sometimes we are so excited about celebrating the Inc ...

  • 2015 mission trip to Nepal

    Janet Morrison, leader of Generations Ministries' Great Commissions Trips, recently an ...

  • Worship resources for small churches

    We consulted recently with worship minister Ross Jutsum, asking for his recommendation of ...

  • Updates from Thailand and the Philippines

    Here is a link to a report on a GCI retreat in Thailand that ended with several baptisms: ...

  • Carrie Smith

    Carrie Smith, who serves as a pastoral resident in GCI's congregation in Clarksville, Tenn ...

  • Ideas for community outreach

    In the video below, GCI pastoral resident Carrie Smith shares with a GCI 2014 regional con ...

  • GCI youth camps

    Youth camps are a vital way that GCI participates with Jesus in advancing the Father's mis ...

  • How big is hell?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Unless Tammy is travelling with me, I never know w ...

  • Festival in Spain

    150 GCI members, family and friends from 12 countries gathered recently in Majorca, Spain, ...

  • Church planting summit

    Last week, 24 church pastors, regional pastors and GCI ministry leaders (see picture below ...

  • Converge 2015 - registration open

    All GCI members, families and friends are invited to Converge 2015. We are expecting a cap ...

  • Emmanuel Okai

    Margaret and Emmanuel Okai Many of us have heard the stories, “When I was your age I u ...

  • Fundraising for ministry

    As we participate with Jesus in the Father's mission to the world, we encounter the need f ...

  • commUNITY retreat

    About 70 participants (pictured below) from six GCI congregations in the Northwest gathere ...

  • The big bang points to creation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, For several decades, the prevailing view in cosmol ...

  • Oct 2014
  • Luann Patrickson

    Retired GCI-Canada pastor George Patrickson sent in this prayer request for his wife Luann ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 7

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Partners in a church planting movement

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As Gary Deddo points out, when it comes to searchi ...

  • Philippine members attend NYC summit

    Rey Taniajura, missions director for GCI Philippines, reports that he and three other GCI ...

  • Bangladesh mission update

    GCI elder John Biswas returned recently from a mission trip to Bangladesh. The trip was co ...

  • New CAD-USA structure

    Members of GCI's U.S. Church Administration and Development (CAD) team met recently in Dal ...

  • Sonia Orozco

    Here is a prayer request from GCI-Colombia pastor Sonia Orozco: Please join my family a ...

  • Tribute to John Halford

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, John Halford While it is with a heavy heart th ...

  • Death of John Halford

    John enjoying one of his favorite activities We were saddened to learn that John Halfo ...

  • Inviting seniors into mission

    In the video below, GCI pastor Mike Swagerty invites fellow "senior citizens" to get invol ...

  • Celestine Olive

    Here is a video that profiles Celestine Olive, a GCI elder who serves in the GCI home offi ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 6

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Friends and Family Day in Jacksonville

    About eight years ago, Christian Family Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Jacksonville, Fl ...

  • December mission trip to Mexico

    Since 2006, GCI Generations Ministries' Crossing Borders mission trips have delivered hund ...

  • Philippines update

    Here are links to updates concerning people and events in GCI-Philippines: Congregatio ...

  • Charles Shelton

    In July, prayer was requested for Charles (Chuck) Shelton, elder in GCI's London, Kentucky ...

  • John Halford

    As Weekly Update readers know, it was determined that John has multiple cancerous tumors i ...

  • The problem of pain

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I've often heard worship leaders begin a service b ...

  • Tools for evangelism

    The Love2020 website from Mission America catalogs various tools to use in equipping p ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 5

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • ORM activities

    At left: Jannice and Curtis May Curtis May, director of GCI's affiliate ministry, the ...

  • Africa update

    Baptisms in Kenya and Malawi GCI-Kenya national director Anthony Gachanja reports eight b ...

  • Pastor appreciation

    Throughout the year, certain days, weeks and even months are set aside for thanking the mo ...

  • John Halford

    Joseph Tkach (center) and Rick Shallenberger (right) were visiting with John (left) when ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 4

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Conference in Peru

    GCI mission developer Hector Barrero and his wife Paulina recently traveled to Peru where ...

  • Our true identity and significance

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today’s common wisdom says we must strive to make ...

  • Death of Saundra Nichols

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Saundra Nichols, wife of Phil Nichols who ...

  • Videos about disciplemaking

    Here are two short videos on disciplemaking/discipleship. The first offers a disciplemakin ...

  • Phil Hopwood engaged

    We are pleased to announce that Phillip Hopwood, pastor of GCI's congregation in Tasmania, ...

  • Elaine Vernon

    We asked recently for prayer Elaine Vernon, who is Deb Paz's aunt (click here to read the ...

  • Recent ordinations

    We are pleased to announce that the following individuals recently were ordained as elders ...

  • Jesus is our Atonement

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, For many years, I fasted on Yom Kippur, the Jewish ...

  • Hands for Christ 2nd anniversary

    Hands for Christ, a newly planted GCI church in Staten Island, New York, celebrated its se ...

  • James Newby

    GCI pastor James Newby requests prayer for himself. In being treated for an infection, it ...

  • Lorraine Wilson

    Thanks for praying for Lorraine Wilson, wife of GCI pastor Warren Wilson. She had been bat ...

  • Death of Siedschlag's son

    The GCI pastor in Fargo, North Dakota, Richard Siedschlag and his wife Erma, arrived home ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 3

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Dan Rogers visits Alaska churches

    Dan Rogers, director of U.S. Church Administration and Development recently visited Alaska ...

  • Genevieve Brown celebrates 100 years

    The family of GCI member Annetta “Genevieve” Brown is delighted to report that Genevieve w ...

  • South Pacific update

    This update is from GCI mission developer Rod Matthews who works in Southern Asia and the ...

  • Sep 2014
  • Death of Ted Herlofson

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Ted Herlofson at age 79 on September 11. Ted was ...

  • Ebola epidemic

    Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Liberia, Africa. The Ebola epidemic there is n ...

  • Smooth transitions

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last week was an important and positive milestone ...

  • Quezon City church 10th anniversary

    In August, GCI's Quezon City, Philippines, church celebrated its 10th anniversary. The cel ...

  • Greg Williams

    Susan and Greg Williams Greg Williams is the associate director of GCI Church Administ ...

  • Effective offering services

    How does your congregation conduct the offering segment of your weekly worship service? Do ...

  • John Halford

    This update on John Halford's continuing battle with cancer is from his daughter, Becki Ha ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 2

    In an essay entitled “Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Series on the Holy Spirit, part 1

    In an essay entitled "Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Sp ...

  • Death of Joan Backhus

    Jerry and Joan We were saddened to learn that Joan Backhus, wife of GCI pastor Gerald ...

  • Trumpets: a festival fulfilled in Christ

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I was greatly saddened to learn last week that ...

  • Steve Smith

    Karon and Steve Steve Smith, pastor of GCI's congregations in Modesto, Santa Rosa and ...

  • New mission launch near Guadalajara

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, GCI-USA regional pastor and mission developer for Mexi ...

  • Death of Bernie Schnippert

    Bernie and Arlene We were saddened to learn of the death of Bernie Schnippert on Septe ...

  • Africa update

    This update is from GCI pastor Rick Shallenberger who recently visited Malawi and Ghana on ...

  • Elaine Vernon

    Prayer is requested for Deb Paz's aunt, Elaine Vernon. She is beginning another battle wit ...

  • ChurchNext training videos

    In an earlier post, we reported on the ChurchNext training conducted in July in Asheville, ...

  • Death of John Connors

    We were saddened to learn that GCI elder John Connors died of pancreatic cancel on Septemb ...

  • Evangelism resources

    Here are helpful resources related to the topic of evangelism (involving ministries of cul ...

  • 17 baptisms in Tipp City, Ohio church

    CrossRoads Christian Fellowship, the GCI church that meets and ministers in Tipp City, Ohi ...

  • Thérèse Cayer

    Please pray for Thérèse Cayer, wife of GCI-Canada elder Denis Cayer. The couple serves the ...

  • Amazing trust

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As a child, there were many things I wanted to be ...

  • Rand Holm

    Rand Holm, GCI pastor in Southern California requests prayer. He will be having surgery on ...

  • Persecuted Christians

    As we pray for persecuted Christians around the world, our prayers can be informed by a le ...

  • Death of Woody Corsi

    We were saddened to learn that GCI-Oregon elder Woody Corsi died on September 2. Cards ...

  • John Halford

    This update on John Halford's request for prayer is from his daughter Becki Halford Brown. ...

  • Update from Asia and the Pacific

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in South Asia, New Zealand and the ...

  • U.S. camp reports

    Here are reports from several of the 20 U.S. camps sponsored by GCI Generations Ministries ...

  • Ebola crisis in Africa

    This prayer request is from Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's mission developers in Africa. ...

  • Willi Mandel

    This is an update to a previous prayer request for retired GCI pastor Willi Mandel and his ...

  • Essex Golden Oldies

    GCI's congregation in Essex, England is pastored by Tony Goudie. It's a lively church, wit ...

  • Death of Robert Haycraft

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Robert Haycraft, a member of the pasto ...

  • Online books from GCI

    In addition to posting on our website (GCI.org) and here in GCI Weekly Update, we also pub ...

  • Ruel Guerrero

    Marilou and Ruel Guerrero Ruel Guerrero, our pastor in Las Vegas, Nevada, learned at a ...

  • Jesus loves messes

    Here's a thought-provoking video that speaks to our participation in mission with Jesus. H ...

  • Developing leaders

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: How do you feel about being evaluated or evaluatin ...

  • Aug 2014
  • God's grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ask 20 ministers from multiple denominations to de ...

  • Intern orientation, Jeff McSwain

    The GCI Intern Program recently held an orientation conference in Durham, North Carolina, ...

  • Manfred Kraus

    Please pray for Manfred Kraus, who at age 75, leads a GCI house church in southern Germany ...

  • David Botha

    David and Lynne Botha David Botha’s first love was the game of cricket. Now pastoring ...

  • Regional conferences completed

    The 2014 round of GCI regional conferences in the U.S. was completed recently in Orlando, ...

  • Mike Morrison reviews book

    Grace Communion Seminary dean of faculty, Michael Morrison, recently reviewed a helpful bo ...

  • Lorraine Wilson

    This update on a previous prayer request for Lorraine Wilson is from her husband, GCI past ...

  • Tom Ecker

    Alberta and Tom Ecker Tom Ecker, pastor of GCI's congregations in Beaumont and High De ...

  • Camper recites poem

    In the video below, Collette Bliss, a camper at GenMin's The Rock camp in North Carolina, ...

  • Estonia summer school

    This update is from Carl Fredrik Aas, GCI's regional pastor for Scandinavia. I retu ...

  • Fast facts

    Here are some "fast facts" about people in the U.S. and elsewhere, published in the August ...

  • Hardwired to believe?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In The Message, Eugene Peterson has a wonderful wa ...

  • Death of Lexie Ellis

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Lexie Ellis, wife of retired GCI pastor Mark Elli ...

  • John Halford

    This update on John Halford's progress is from his daughter Becky (for the previous report ...

  • Gold nugget verses

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, David Letterman, who hosts the CBS Late Show, is k ...

  • Church buildings

    Churches of all sizes face the challenge of providing adequate space for worship services ...

  • Camp curricula available

    This announcement is from GenMin national coordinator Anthony Mullins. Occasionally pas ...

  • Please update your records

    This announcement is for U.S. pastors and those who assist them with record keeping. A ...

  • Mary Snyder

    Mary and Cliff Snyder Mary Snyder, who with her husband Cliff (a retired GCI pastor) d ...

  • Pastor transition in Fort Wayne

    Donna and Roger Abels Pastor Roger Abels recently retired after more than 40 years of ...

  • Pray for Iraq

    The following is a prayer request from Leith Anderson, president of the National Associati ...

  • Rex Dela Pena

    Sheila and Rex Rex Dela Pena, regional leader and pastor for GCI in the Philippines, s ...

  • Mike Rasmussen

    Here from Mike Rasmussen is a praise report, following up on his previous prayer request. ...

  • Jodie Haist

    Prayer is requested for Jodie Haist, wife of Brad Haist who pastors GCI churches in Sagina ...

  • Youth camp reports

    Here are reports from recently held GCI-USA Generations Ministries sponsored youth camps. ...

  • Pastor transition in Boston area

    Long-time GCI pastor Bill Ford retired in June from GCI employment. Bill and his wife Harr ...

  • Freedom service

    GCI's Church of the Living Waters in Charlotte, North Carolina, went "old school" in holdi ...

  • Setting a course for life

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I hope you are as excited as I am to read the repo ...

  • Raul Ramos

    Sylvia and Raul Raul Ramos, pastor of Desert Oasis Community Church, the GCI congregat ...

  • Rick Ridgell

    Pam and Rick Ridgell Prayer is requested for Richard (Rick) Ridgell, pastor of GCI's c ...

  • John Meyer receives award

    John Meyer (pictured at right), a GCI elder who lives in Tracy, California, recently was a ...

  • Evangelism resources

    Looking for resources to equip your congregation to share in the Lord's work of evangelism ...

  • Jul 2014
  • Truth or trendiness?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters is Christ, Have you noticed how it's getting harder to determ ...

  • Death of Ginny Deitrich

    We were saddened to learn of Ginny Dietrich's recent passing. Ginny was the wife of GCI el ...

  • Multiplying Filipino disciple-makers

    GCI Philippines denominational leaders Rex de la Pena and Rey Taniajura recently attended ...

  • John Halford

    Here from his daughter Becky (Halford) Brown, is a praise report concerning John Halford. ...

  • Stories of transformation

    Stories of the transformation of established churches are told by Ed Stetzer on The Exchan ...

  • GCnext meetings

    Church Administration and Development (CAD) held important meetings last week in Asheville ...

  • Salute to veterans

    On June 29, GCI members from the Portland and King City, Oregon, areas hosted the annual K ...

  • Robert McKinney

    Nathania and Robert Robert W.T. McKinney, GCI senior pastor in the Bahamas, was born i ...

  • Death of Greg Williams' father

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Greg Williams' father, Dean Williams. Greg is the ...

  • Al Neumann

    Rose Neumann requests prayers for her husband, Al, an elder in our Glendora, California ch ...

  • Additions to GCI.org

    CAD-USA wishes to draw your attention to new content on the GCI website (www.gci.org/). CA ...

  • Crossing Borders: missionaries of encouragement

    This update is from Lee Berger, director of Crossing Borders, a GenMin mission trip minist ...

  • Keep your passwords safe!

    This announcement is from Bret Miller, manager of information technology at GCI headquarte ...

  • Ordinations

    Participants in recent U.S. regional conferences were blessed to witness the ordination of ...

  • What causes war?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I'm sure you've heard it said that most wars have ...

  • Canadian youth camps

    This update is from Gary Moore, director of GCI-Canada and his wife Wendy. We just retu ...

  • Bharat Naker

    Bharat and Urvashi Bharat Naker, pastor of GCI's congregation in Adelaide, Australia, ...

  • Linda Holladay

    Prayer is requested for Linda Holladay, wife of Charles Holladay who pastors GCI's congreg ...

  • Vetting ministry opportunities

    Churches and ministries often have more opportunities for ministry than they have time and ...

  • NYC Journey with the Master

    This update is from Anthony Mullins, national coordinator for Generations Ministries. R ...

  • Philippine leaders graduate

    Five leaders from GCI's church in the south part of Manila, Philippines, recently graduate ...

  • Charles Shelton

    Prayer is requested for Charles Shelton, a GCI elder in London, Kentucky. Two years ago Ch ...

  • Nsama Kaoma

    Nsama and Kalengule Please pray for Nsama Kaoma, wife of Kalengule Kaoma, GCI mission ...

  • Halford grandson born

    Phillip Halford, a longtime GCI-UK employee (now semi-retired) is pleased to announce an a ...

  • Going to hell in a handbasket?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While watching the news as a young lad with my gra ...

  • Don Engle

    Alix and Don Engle Don Engle, pastor of Grace Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Wichit ...

  • Leonard Banks

    Leonard and Patama Banks Leonard Banks, senior pastor of Abundant Grace Church, our GC ...

  • Ministry coaching

    Through Church Administration and Development (CAD), GCI-USA trains and certifies ministry ...

  • Our true identity

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I can’t count the number of times I've heard the p ...

  • Grace Communion Seminary

    Grace Communion Seminary is currently in the process of re-accreditation review with Dista ...

  • Himalayan Bible School graduation

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in southeast Asia. The inaugura ...

  • John Connors

    John Connors, Boston-area GCI elder, is battling pancreatic cancer and suffering from seve ...

  • Kay Persky

    Bob and Kay Kay Persky, the wife of Bob Persky (senior pastor of GCI's Pathway of Grac ...

  • Summer camps

    Summer is a busy season for youth camps in GCI around the world. Here are reports from rec ...

  • Ginny Dietrich

    Here from her husband Larry Dietrich, is an update on the previous prayer request for Ginn ...

  • Tipp City outreach

    The article below was published in a local newspaper concerning the community outreach of ...

  • Woody Corsi

    This prayer request is from Woodrow (Woody) Corsi, associate pastor in GCI's congregation ...

  • Mission Developers meet

    This update is from Charles Albrecht who serves on the GCI-USA Church Administration and D ...

  • Ginny Dietrich

    This prayer request for Ginny Dietrich is from her husband Larry Dietrich, a member of the ...

  • Bernie Schnippert retires

    This announcement is from GCI president Joseph Tkach. Due to ongoing health struggles, ...

  • Pentecost in the Netherlands

    In this update, GCI-Netherlands national leader Frans Danenberg reports on the Pentecost c ...

  • Sue Lawson

    Retired GCI district and church pastor Don Lawson updates us here on the health of his wif ...

  • Mike Rasmussen

    Here is an update from Mike Rasmussen on his previous prayer request. Mike is battling pro ...

  • Willi Mandel

    This is an update to a previous prayer request for retired GCI pastor Willi Mandel and his ...

  • Bernie Schnippert

    Bernie Schnippert, who recently retired as GCI's General Counsel, grew up in Pittsburgh, P ...

  • The sure and eternal Word

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Though in growing up in this denomination I develo ...

  • Hindrances to evangelism

    LifeWay president Thom Rainer wrote recently about seven obstacles that hinder many church ...

  • Jun 2014
  • Pastor and family in Les Mis

    GCI district and church pastor Paul David (PD) Kurts, his wife Emma Lee and their son Jimm ...

  • Larry Van Landuyt

    Larry and Judy Van Landuyt Larry Van Landuyt pastors two GCI congregations in Californ ...

  • Ninfa Rigatuso

    Prayer is requested for Ninfa Rigatuso, widow of Montreal (English) congregation elder Ton ...

  • GenMin camps completed

    Generations Ministries (GenMin) reports the successful completion of three of its summer c ...

  • Lorraine Wilson

    Lorraine and Warren Warren D. Wilson, pastor of GCI's congregations in Summersville an ...

  • John Halford

    Here from his daughter Becki (Halford) Brown, is an update concerning John Halford who is ...

  • Mike Rasmussen

    Mike and Juli, following Mike's surgery Mike and Juli Rasmussen send their thanks for ...

  • Adrienne Pickett

    This prayer request is from Tom Pickett who pastors GCI's congregation in the Fort Worth, ...

  • Bowling Green's 46th

    Grace Communion Bowling Green, the GCI congregation meeting in Bowling Green, Kentucky, re ...

  • The Big Bang

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article quoted ...

  • Lead better by communicating better

    In a recent post at pastors.com, Rick Warren writes helpfully about the need for pastors ( ...

  • Planting churches for the deaf

    As reported by pastor Mary Bacheller, Hands for Christ Community Church, GCI's new church ...

  • Community VBS in Big Sandy

    GCI's congregation in Big Sandy, Texas recently participated with five other area churches ...

  • Howard Blakeney receives honorary doctorate

    Howard (center) pictured with family members. GCI church and district pastor Howard Bl ...

  • What is hell?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Scanning the radio dial while driving to work, I t ...

  • Willi and Ingrid Mandel

    Retired GCI pastor Wilhelm (Willi) Mandel has been in and out of the hospital since May 18 ...

  • Church audit completed

    The following message is from GCI president, Joseph Tkach I am happy to report that Cap ...

  • Neil Earle

    Susan and Neil Earle Neil Earle, pastor of New Covenant Fellowship, our GCI congregati ...

  • Journey with the Master in Seattle

    This update is from Tori Emerson, a member in GCI's Kenmore, Washington congregation. ...

  • Father's Day

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of my thrills as a young father was going home ...

  • Ministry training in Martinique

    A ministry training seminar was held recently on the island of Martinique. Forty-seven lea ...

  • Making disciples with Jesus

    Living Grace Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Kansas City, Missouri, has been working t ...

  • Dishon and Afrika Mills

    Dishon and Afrika Dishon and Afrika Mills, GCI church planters living in Randolph, Mas ...

  • Willard High

    Willard and Brenda High Willard High spent the first 20 years of his life in North Car ...

  • Cross-generational church life

    This update is from Anthony Mullins, Generations Ministries national coordinator. One o ...

  • The simplicity that is in Christ

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The cartoon below gives me a lasting chuckle, thou ...

  • Harry Sullivan

    Harry and Tina Sullivan Harry Sullivan pastors three GCI churches in the United Kingdo ...

  • Mission trip to Korea

    GCI Missions Philippines, headed by Dr. Rey Taniajura, visited Seoul, South Korea in May o ...

  • Please pray for a sister congregation

    This prayer request is from GCI pastor Rand Holm. A couple of days ago, I was shocked t ...

  • John Halford

    This update on John Halford is from his daughter, Becki Halford Brown. The original messag ...

  • May 2014
  • Reading the Bible

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The Guinness Book of Records calls it the world’s ...

  • Death of Harry Sneider

    We were saddened to learn recently that long-time Ambassador College employee Dr. Harry Sn ...

  • SEP Luzon

    In early May, 111 youth campers and over 50 staff members (pictured below, click to enlarg ...

  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

    Here is a video of a lecture given by Gary Deddo at the recent GCI international Mission D ...

  • Trinitarian youth ministry

    Below is a video in which GCI Generations Ministries national coordinator Anthony Mullins ...

  • Rex Morgan

    Rex and Marilyn Morgan Rex Morgan, a GCI pastor in New Zealand, grew up in Rotorua, Ca ...

  • Getaways for pastors

    Pastors---are you and your spouse needing time away to rest and refresh? Thankfully, in th ...

  • Yesterday, today and forever

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: One of the verses in the Bible that has always int ...

  • Greg Williams receives DMin

    Susan and Greg Williams Greg Williams, who serves as the associate director of GCI-USA ...

  • Hillary Irusta receives MDiv

    On May 19, GCI elder and former Internship Program participant, Hillary Irusta, graduated ...

  • Mein Kong

    Chew Yeng and Mein Kong Mein Kong, GCI pastor in Malaysia, grew up in Kampar, a small ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    This update is from Carmen Fleming, who serves as a spiritual director for Odyssey in Chri ...

  • A Sign Forever

    This article, which was first published in Odyssey Magazine, is found on GCI's website a ...

  • New Heights outpost

    This update is from GCI-USA district pastor David Gilbert A common refrain from campers ...

  • Easter Sunrise Service

    Members and guests from several GCI congregations gathered at sunrise on Easter Sunday at ...

  • David Husmann

    David and Linda Husmann David Husmann, pastor of GCI congregations in Sioux City, Iowa ...

  • 20 questions for preachers

    Preaching is a craft that, like any other, needs careful honing. In an article posted at C ...

  • Tkaches visit Colombia

    This update is from Hector Barrero, GCI regional director for Latin America and pastor of ...

  • Mike Rasmussen

    Juli and Mike Rasmussen We are saddened to learn that GCI district and church pastor M ...

  • Exponential Conference

    Several GCI members recently attended the Exponential Conference, East in Orlando, Florida ...

  • Ordinations

    We are pleased to announce several recent elder ordinations: Tony Polera, Toronto East ...

  • The Good Life

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We all want The Good Life, don’t we? But what, exa ...

  • Update on Burundi

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's mission directors in Africa. It reports ...

  • Trish Clauson: Going Forward

    The day following the death of her husband, GCI district pastor and church pastor Arnold C ...

  • New church in the Philippines

    New Creation Fellowship held its inaugural worship service on April 13 in Binan City in th ...

  • Mike Feazell awarded

    On April 12 retired GCI vice president, Dr. J. Michael Feazell (pictured at left), rec ...

  • Concerning motherhood

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Research shows that women, on average, talk about ...

  • Church "re-planting"

    In developing an established church, it is sometimes helpful to "re-plant." In a recent Ch ...

  • Apr 2014
  • Here they go again!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, First it was the Millennium Bug, threatening to de ...

  • Guadalajara Conference

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, mission director for GCI in Mexico. Small group di ...

  • Consider video conferencing

    In ministry, frequent, effective communication is vital. Yet often we are unable to meet f ...

  • Death of Arnold Clauson

    District and church pastor Arnold Clauson died peacefully at home on April 26, with family ...

  • John Halford

    In the last issue of Weekly Update we requested prayer for John Halford. Here is an update ...

  • David Howe

    Ann and David Howe “I’m a geek and a nerd and I live on the bleeding edge of technolog ...

  • Converge 2015

    After two years of Converge gatherings in two regional locations, GenMin will be holding C ...

  • Philippine youth camp

    In line with its 2014 theme, “Forward Together On Mission With God,” GCI-Philippines is co ...

  • Shirley Moskel

    In the last issue of Weekly Update, we announced the death of Shirley Moskel. Here her hus ...

  • John Halford

    Prayer is requested for John Halford, special assistant to GCI president Joseph Tkach. Joh ...

  • Death of Shirley Moskel

    We are saddened to learn of the death on April 18 of Shirley Moskel, wife of GCI pastor Jo ...

  • SoCal cohort forms

    On April 12, a group (pictured below) of 20 GCI pastors and leaders from California and Ne ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    Here is a recent update on Arnold Clauson from his daughter Rachelle who is helping with h ...

  • A tasty sandwich

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Have you ever picked up one of those small, multi- ...

  • Forth Worth 50th

    GCI's Forth Worth, Texas congregation will hold its 50th church anniversary on July 5, 201 ...

  • Jamaican youth honored

    Ranaeil Thompson (pictured at right) is a member of GCI's church in Kingston, Jamaica. He ...

  • Bill Linge

    Bill Linge, pastor of GCI's congregation in Boise, Idaho, grew up near Seattle, Washington ...

  • TCAT follow-up

    Eight leaders from New Creation in Christ, a GCI congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, gath ...

  • Roger Abels honored

    At the recent GCI-USA regional conference in Chicago, recognition was given to Roger and D ...

  • Updates from Asia

    These updates are from GCI mission director Rod Matthews. India: reaching out to children ...

  • Janet Warner's husband

    Prayer is requested for David Warner, husband of Janet Warner, pastor of GCI's Las Cruces, ...

  • Updates from Canada

    GCI Canada director Gary Moore provided this update. Montreal English church celebrates ...

  • Ted Johnston

    Donna and Ted Johnston Ted Johnston, a member of the GCI's US Church Administration an ...

  • Do we know them?

    The Holy Spirit places in our hearts the desire to reach out to non-believers with the gos ...

  • Three Rs for Easter

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Teachers tell us that to lay the foundation for a ...

  • John Moskel's wife

    Please pray for Shirley Moskel, wife of GCI pastor John Moskel. Shirley is in the final st ...

  • Mohan Jayasekera hospitalized

    Mohan and Nihara Jayasekera Mohan Jayasekera who pastors a GCI church in Perth, Austra ...

  • Update on Google competition

    In February, we reported on the "Africa Connected" competition being held by Google. We le ...

  • Kernani Cheny

    Kernani and Juliette Cheny Kernani Cheny is a bi-vocational pastor serving GCI's congr ...

  • 40th year celebrations in Ghana

    GCI in Ghana, which has about 700 members, is conducting a year-long celebration of its 40 ...

  • Don't Cry for Jesus

    A Holy Week meditation by Gary Deddo "Don't Cry for Jesus" was one of the most memorable ...

  • Easter Sunday

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This letter is the second in a two-part series tha ...

  • Journey with the Master

    Journey with the Master (JWM) is a series of weekend intensives offered by GCI in the US t ...

  • Death of Dana Loter's mother

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Loter, mother of Dana Loter who leads th ...

  • Free leadership equipping material

    Looking for good quality, low cost training materials to use in equipping the pastors and ...

  • Mike Horchak

    Pam and Mike Horchak Mike Horchak, senior pastor of GCI churches in New Orleans and Ha ...

  • Seminar in Argentina

    This update is from Hector Barrero, GCI mission developer in Central and South America. ...

  • Palm Sunday

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Early in its history, the Christian church, desir ...

  • The benefits of growing small

    Trying to get bigger, many churches spend much time, energy, and money in the pursuit of ...

  • Death of Larry Hinkle's grandson

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of GCI pastor Larry Hinkle's 19-year-old gran ...

  • Converge East

    This update is from Anthony Mullins, coordinator of GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin). ...

  • Mar 2014
  • Small church myths

    Given the media emphasis on megachurches (and the myths often promulgated), pastors of sma ...

  • Tom Kennebeck

    Tom and Sandy Kennebeck Tom Kennebeck, pastor of Northland Community Church, GCI's con ...

  • On loving your unchurched neighbors

    GCI pastor Tom Smith recommends the video below. It's a 13 minute-long presentation given ...

  • Walter Deptula

    The newspaper article below tells about Walter Deptula, pastor of GCI's congregation in Na ...

  • Church development in Tacloban

    During a recent trip to Tacloban, GCI Philippines National Director Eugene Guzon, accompan ...

  • Seminar in Colombia

    This update is from Sonia Orozco de Vengoechea, pastor of GCI's church in Barranquilla, Co ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    Trish and Arnold Since our last update on GCI pastor Arnold Clauson, he has continued ...

  • Guarding against a cruel hoax

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It will soon be April Fools' Day. Surfing the inte ...

  • Does God hear the prayers of sinners?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I'm often asked if God hears the prayers of a sinn ...

  • Prayer retreat

    Odyssey in Christ, a GCI affiliate ministry, recently held a Transforming Prayer Retreat i ...

  • Free Exponential webcast

    Over the last few years, GCI's Church Administration and Development team has recommende ...

  • Become a better presenter

    A key skill for pastors, ministry leaders and other speakers, is the ability to give effec ...

  • Philippine workshop

    GCI Philippines held a strategic planning workshop recently in the Bicol area. It was led ...

  • Roger Abels

    Donna and Roger Abels Roger Abels, senior pastor of GCI's congregation in Fort Wayne, ...

  • Canadian camps

    This update from GCI Canada director Gary Moore concerns developments in GCI's Canadian ca ...

  • Jan Flynn: Teacher of the Year!

    Jan and Ross Flynn Congratulations to Jan Flynn, wife of GCI pastor Ross Flynn. Recent ...

  • Big Sandy church outreach

    New Beginnings, GCI's church in Big Sandy, Texas is known for its service to the community ...

  • More about science vs religion

    Recently in GCI Weekly Update, we've looked at the related topics of creation vs. evolutio ...

  • Philippine relief mission

    As a denomination, GCI is providing financial and manpower assistance to aid the relief ef ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 6

    In this concluding article in a six-part series on the kingdom of God, Gary Deddo examines ...

  • Black History Month celebration

    This update is from Sandra Hamilton, a ministry leader in Christ Community Church, one of ...

  • Lexie Ellis

    Last week we requested prayer for Lexie Ellis concerning forthcoming surgery to remove a r ...

  • Todd Woods

    Todd teaching at the GenMin camp that he directs. Todd’s parents began attending the W ...

  • Converge West

    This update is from GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) director Anthony Mullins. The f ...

  • Live long and prosper!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, About 1900 years ago, the writer of the epistle kn ...

  • Jackie King

    Jackie King, wife of elder Dan King in the Joplin, Missouri church is suffering from a sev ...

  • Ron Robinson family

    Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Robinson (left and right), Doreen (center), Gabriella and her brothe ...

  • Lexie Ellis

    About a year ago we requested prayer for Lexie Ellis, wife of retired GCI-Australia pastor ...

  • Can we trust science?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Perhaps you remember these lyrics from a popular s ...

  • Flooding in Burundi

    Pastor Eugene Sibomana, representative for GCI in Burundi, submitted this request for pray ...

  • Regional conference in SoCal

    Greg Williams The first of the 2014 round of GCI-USA regional conferences was held in ...

  • David Pickett

    This prayer request is from GCI pastor Tom Pickett for his son David Pickett, pastor of GC ...

  • Tyler church outreach

    As part of an outreach project, New Covenant Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Tyler, Texa ...

  • Anthea Lippross

    Anthea Lippross Thanks for your prayers for Anthea Lippross. Her husband Roger reports ...

  • Death of Marie Allworth

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Marie Allworth after a battle with cancer ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 5

    This is part 5 of a 6-part series by Gary Deddo on the important, yet often misunderstood, ...

  • Feb 2014
  • Tammy Tkach visit

    Tammy Tkach, wife of GCI president Joseph Tkach, recently visited GCI's Tucson, Arizona co ...

  • CNT-west

    This update is from Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM) leadership team member Glen Web ...

  • Stuttgart church 40th

    On February 8, GCI's Stuttgart, Germany congregation celebrated its 40th anniversary with ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 4

    This is part 4 of a 6-part series by Gary Deddo on the important, yet often misunderstood, ...

  • Cecil Pulley

    Cecil and Senior Pulley Cecil Pulley, pastor of GCI's congregation in Bermuda, grew up ...

  • Broadnaxes' first grandchild

    Pastor Jeff and Karen Broadnax of GCI's Columbus and Chillicothe, Ohio churches are please ...

  • Anthea Lippross

    This prayer request is from GCI elder Roger Lippross concerning his wife Anthea. Prayer ...

  • Jamaica Jam

    In the video below, Annie (Fleming) O’Donnell tells about a mission trip to Jamaica conduc ...

  • Creation vs. Evolution

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The ongoing creation versus evolution debate made th ...

  • Millhuff's 55th anniversary

    Congratulations to GCI pastor Ted Millhuff and his wife Lila from Tucson, Arizona. They ce ...

  • Ron Felling

    Barbara and Ron Felling “I'm a history nut,” says Ron Felling, pastor of Grace Fellows ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 3

    This is part 3 of a 6-part series by Gary Deddo on the important yet often misunderstood,  ...

  • Vote for GCI in Google competition

    This announcement is from Tim Maguire, GCI's mission director in southern Africa. It is a ...

  • Two interns installed as pastors

    A primary tool for recruiting and training new GCI pastors in the United States---a key pa ...

  • Zimbabwe councils commissioned

    Joseph Mpofu, GCI's national director in Zimbabwe, Africa reports that January 18 was "a g ...

  • Special price on a helpful book

    GCI Church Administration and Development frequently recommends that congregational leader ...

  • Concerning suffering, peace & hope

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Because some of my dear friends are going through ...

  • SE Asia update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in SE Asia. Malaysia: women's con ...

  • Sonny Parsons

    Sonny and Jane Parsons Sonny Parsons, who grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, pastors GCI ...

  • George Affeldt

    This update on George Affeldt's condition is from his daughter Jennifer (Affeldt) Giddens. ...

  • Who is God?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was England's best-known p ...

  • Philippine singles camp

    Single adults from 15 GCI churches in the Philippines gathered recently for a year-end cam ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 2

    This is part 2 of a 6-part series by Gary Deddo on the important, yet often misunderstood, ...

  • Church multiplication summit

    This update is from Randy Bloom, director of GCI's Church Multiplication Ministries. GC ...

  • Naomi Biswas

    Naomi and John Biswas GCI elder John Biswas, director of the Bengali Evangelical Assoc ...

  • SEP Australia

    This update is from Alaric Kurzawa. SEP 2014 in Australia was held on January 6–17. The ...

  • Concerning Medicare

    This announcement is provided by GCI treasurer, Mat Morgan. GCI pastors and other famil ...

  • Mat Morgan

    Mat and Pam Morgan During most of his formative years, Mat worked on a farm. “Starting ...

  • Understanding the kingdom

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Jesus told his disciples to pray, "your kingdom co ...

  • Nassau community center

    This update is from Robert McKinney the pastor of GCI's congregation in Nassau, Bahamas. ...

  • GenMin mission trips

    In the video below, Lee Berger, who coaches the directors of GenMin's missions trips, repo ...

  • Bernie Schnippert

    This health update and prayer request is from Bernie Schnippert, GCI's legal counsel. I ...

  • The kingdom of God, part 1

    This article by Gary Deddo is the first in a 6-part series addressing the important, yet o ...

  • Death of Debbie Klynsmith

    Bob and Debbie We are saddened to announce the death of Debbie Klynsmith, wife of GCI ...

  • Google competition

    This prayer request is from Tim Maguire, GCI's mission developer in southern Africa. An ...

  • Church Next Training East

    Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM), part of GCI Church Administration and Development, ...

  • Jan 2014
  • New pastor installed

    We are pleased to announce that Daniel Espinoza was ordained an elder and installed as pas ...

  • Evaluating outreach events

    It's good to evaluate our church events---thinking about their effectiveness. A post at Ch ...

  • SEP South Africa

    This update is from Tim Maguire, GCI South Africa director and Southern Africa mission dev ...

  • Celebrating Black history and marriage

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week let me draw your attention to two celebr ...

  • George Affeldt

    The family and congregation of long-time GCI pastor George Affeldt request your prayers fo ...

  • Pastor's son commissioned

    P.D. and Jimmy Kurts We are pleased to announce that Jimmy Kurts, son of GCI pastor Pa ...

  • Martinique 50th anniversary

    This update is from Kernani Cheny, a pastor in GCI's congregation on the island of Martini ...

  • Clifton Charles

    Clifton and Pearl Charles Clifton Charles is a regional pastor who also pastors two GC ...

  • Meeting in Paris

    The National Ecclesiastical Council of GCI in France met recently in Paris. James and Shir ...

  • Standing Together meetings in Utah

    Greg Johnson (at left) with Joseph Tkach Joseph Tkach and Mike Feazell were in Utah re ...

  • Converge 2014

    You are invited to Converge 2014 with the theme, Let's Build Something Together!. We reque ...

  • New church started

    A new GCI church was launched recently in Masterton, New Zealand. Of the 25 people who att ...

  • Tom Pickett

    Tom Pickett, pictured at right with his wife Adrienne, pastors New Hope Christian Fell ...

  • Second worship service started

    GCI's congregation in Orlando, Florida, pastored by Steve Schantz (at left in the picture ...

  • Outreach in Colombia

    GCI's church in Barranquilla, Colombia conducted an evangelistic outreach at Christmas tim ...

  • Clean and Unclean

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the early days of our church’s transition from ...

  • Birth of Redmonds' grandson

    Congratulations to Alan and Carolyn Redmond (Alan pastors GCI's church in Winnipeg, Manito ...

  • Hands of Hope

    This update is from Charles Norris who coordinates Hands of Hope, an outreach ministry of ...

  • Death of Ollie Baker

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Ollie Baker, senior pastor of the GCI church in P ...

  • Is God a family?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I'm sometimes asked why we no longer refer to God ...

  • Crossing Borders mission trip

    This update is from Lee Berger, the director of Crossing Borders (part of GenMin's mission ...

  • Todd Crouch

    Todd Crouch (pictured at right with his wife Denise) is living one of his life’s dream ...

  • Jesus' Acceptance, part 2

    Here is the second part of a two-part article by Gary Deddo. For part one, click here. ...

  • Spanish-speaking leader development

    This update is from GCI district and church pastor and church planter Heber Ticas. For ...

  • Death of Gervaise Amundson

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Gervaise Amundson, wife of GCI pastor Don Amundso ...

  • Mike Swagerty

    Sandy and Mike Swagerty Mike Swagerty’s career track made a radical turn at a young ag ...

  • Jeff McSwain ordained

    We are pleased to announce that Jeff McSwain (at center in the picture at right) was ordai ...

  • Death of Miles Johnson

    Miles Johnson We are saddened to learn of the death of GCI elder Miles Johnson who ser ...

  • Abner Washington's 90th birthday

    GCI retired pastor Abner Washington, who lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, recently ...

  • Exponential 2014

    GCI Church Administration and Development recommends Exponential 2014---a conference for p ...

  • Jesus' Acceptance, part 1

    Here is part one of a two-part article by Gary Deddo. For part two, click here. Christi ...

  • SE Asia update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    Here is an update on the health situation of GCI district and church pastor Arnold Clauson ...

  • Good news from all over

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy New Year to all of you! And thanks to those ...

  • Dec 2013
  • Merry Christmas

    Christmas greetings! Sometimes it's nice to state the obvious---that's what most Christ ...

  • 2014 US regional conferences

    GCI's 2014 US regional conferences will be held in seven locations. With the theme shown a ...

  • Mexican youth camp

    This update is from Samuel Mercado who directs GCI's youth camp in Mexico and serves as di ...

  • Christmas outreach

    The following update is a reprint of an article in the Tipp City, Ohio newspaper announcin ...

  • Typhoon recovery

    GCI Philippines national director Eugene Guzon recently visited the areas of the Philippin ...

  • New grandparents

    Suzanne, Luciano and grandbaby We're delighted to announce that GCI pastor Luciano Coz ...

  • John Knaack

    John and Hannah Knaack John Knaack, pastor of Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Buff ...

  • Ruth Miller

    This note from Pastor Bob Miller updates an earlier prayer request for his wife Ruth. R ...

  • Central America visit

    This update is from Hector Barrero, GCI's mission developer in Central and South America. ...

  • Ruth Miller

    This note from pastor Bob Miller updates an earlier prayer request for his wife Ruth. ...

  • Dan Rogers

    Dan and Barbara Rogers Dan Rogers serves GCI as the director of Church Administration ...

  • Church-Next Training in Glendora

    GCI Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM) announced recently that it will be conducting C ...

  • Crosswalk Camp

    This update is from GCI district and church pastor Mike Rasmussen who also directs GCI's C ...

  • Africa report

    This report is from Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's mission developers in Africa. East A ...

  • UK magazine launched

    James Henderson, GCI's national director in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, announced ...

  • A different kind of revolution

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you know, Nelson Mandela died last week at age ...

  • The power of ministry coaching

    Anthony Mullins Dan Rogers announced recently that Anthony Mullins, in addition to his ...

  • Ruth Miller

    Bob and Ruth Miller GCI Birmingham, Alabama pastor Bob Miller requests prayer for his ...

  • GenMin Converge conferences in 2014

    Anthony Mullins, director of GCI Generations Ministries, spoke recently about the GenMin C ...

  • Does it matter when Jesus was born?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In this season of Advent, most Christian churches ...

  • Philippine relief efforts

    We have requested prayer and donations to assist the people suffering the aftermath of Typ ...

  • Experiencing the Trinity retreat

    GCI's Odyssey in Christ ministry recently conducted an Experiencing the Trinity spiritual ...

  • New GenMin motto

    This update is from Anthony Mullins, GCI's Generations Ministries director. GenMin's advis ...

  • Richmond, VA church 50th anniversary

    GCI president Joseph Tkach recently visited GCI's Richmond, Virginia church to join in the ...

  • Jonathan Rakestraw

    Carolyn and Jonathan Rakestraw Jonathan Rakestraw is the bivocational pastor of GCI's ...

  • Mission outreach in Colorado

    In October, nine representatives of GCI's Generations Ministries M25:40 Missions gathered ...

  • New Guinea mission trip

    GCI SE Asia mission developer Rod Matthews along with Mark Latham, GCI's pastoral coordina ...

  • Nov 2013
  • Webers' grandsons born

    GCI district and church pastor Glen Weber and his wife Connie, who live in Southern Califo ...

  • Millhuffs' great grandaughter born

    GCI pastor Ted and Lila Millhuff of Grace of God Fellowship in Tucson, Arizona are pleased ...

  • Bob and Betty Druien

    Please pray for Bob Druien and his wife Betty.  Bob is retiring from serving as the bi-voc ...

  • Saying grace

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the last two issues of Weekly Update our focus ha ...

  • Baptisms in Kenya

    Anthony Gachanja, GCI's national leader in Kenya reports the recent baptisms of 10 people ...

  • Seminar in Bogotá

    GCI in Colombia held its annual seminar in the city of Bogotá in early November with 76 me ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    This update is a follow-up to an earlier prayer request for Arnold Clauson from his wife T ...

  • District meeting in Memphis

    District pastor Rick Shallenberger and regional pastor Randy Bloom met with part of Rick's ...

  • Charles Young

    Debbie and Charles Young “My wife and I were victims of an armed robbery in a grocery ...

  • Becky Tirabassi event in Texas

    Christian author and speaker Becky Tirabassi will be speaking at an event in Tyler, Texas ...

  • Speaking of Life: Advent series

    In celebration of Advent, you will find online, beginning November 29, a series of Speakin ...

  • Typhoon Haiyan recovery

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI's national director in the Philippines. It was filed ...

  • Suzanne Cozzi

    GCI pastor Luciano Cozzi provided this update to the previous prayer request for his wife ...

  • A conversation with GenMin leaders

    GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) administrative leaders met recently in Denver to make ...

  • Church grand opening

    Here is a video "snap-shot" of the grand opening of a new GCI church in Los Angeles. ...

  • Is grace too good to be true?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Non-believers and even some believers see God’s grac ...

  • Jason Richards

    This report on answered prayer is from Jason's grandfather, GCI elder Martin Manuel. For a ...

  • Too much grace?

    By Gary Deddo Sometimes I hear expressed a concern that we emphasize grace too much. Th ...

  • Ordinations

    We are pleased to announce that the following men and women were recently ordained as elde ...

  • Suzanne Cozzi

    Here from GCI pastor Luciano Cozzi is an update to the previous prayer request for his wif ...

  • Typhoon Haiyan aftermath

    This update from GCI Philippines director Eugene Guzon describes the terrible aftermath of ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    This update is a follow-up to an earlier prayer request for Arnold Clauson from his wife T ...

  • CAD leadership transitions

    Several members of GCI's US Church Administration and Development (CAD) team met recently ...

  • Anne Stapleton ordained

    During recent CAD team meetings held in Denver, Colorado, Anne Stapleton was ordained a GC ...

  • Carions' grandchild born

    GCI minister Olivier Carion and his wife Susan are delighted to announce the birth of thei ...

  • Horchaks' daughter weds

    GCI district and church pastor Mike Horchak and his wife Pam are pleased to announce that ...

  • Lookin for love...

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I saw the picture of the two shops shown belo ...

  • Larry Hinkle

    Joanne and Larry Hinkle Growing up in the restaurant business, Larry Hinkle learned an ...

  • Canadian celebration

    GCI Canada recently held a Thanksgiving Celebration in the city of Moncton, New Brunswick. ...

  • Archaeology: is the Bible reliable?

    Years ago, Dr. Herman Hoeh, now deceased, suggested that I subscribe to the magazine Bibli ...

  • Frank Howard

    Frank and Leslie Howard Frank Howard is likely the only GCI pastor with a 40-year-old ...

  • Changing seasons

    In the video below, GCI leader John Halford talks about the challenges of growing old grac ...

  • Suzanne Cozzi

    This prayer request is from GCI pastor Luciano Cozzi. Luciano and Suzanne My wife S ...

  • A little church with big impact

    The mission statement of In His Grace Community Church, GCI's congregation in Kenockee, Mi ...

  • Engage conference

    This update is from GCI pastor Mark Porter who coordinated the conference.   Ov ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    This update is a follow-up to an earlier prayer request for Arnold Clauson from his wife T ...

  • Oct 2013
  • Arnold Clauson

    This update is a follow-up to last week's prayer request from Trish Clauson concerning her ...

  • Mindanao festival

    "Because God loves everyone, we in the church should not exclude anyone." This was the res ...

  • 2nd anniversary for L.A. church plant

    This update is from church planter and district and church pastor Heber Ticas concerning t ...

  • Mullins' wedding

    We are pleased to announce that on October 26, Generations Ministries director Anthony Mul ...

  • John Howard

    Sue and John Howard The Howard family came to Kansas in the 1850s as farmers and John ...

  • Death of Tony Hammer

    We are saddened to learn of the recent death of John David (Tony) Hammer. He was 83 years ...

  • SEP Rockies camp

    This update is from Sarah Miles who directs the GenMin camp in Colorado---SEP Rockies. ...

  • Knowing God

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In Psalm 113:5-6, the psalmist asks: "Who is like ...

  • Myrtle Beach conference

    This update is from district and church pastor Howard Blakeney. Earlier this month, abo ...

  • Impending doom?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last week the world breathed a sigh of relief as t ...

  • Philippine earthquake

    GCI members living in the areas affected by the earthquake in Bohol report that despite ma ...

  • Ethiopia mission

    Mary Snyder reports here on a recent mission trip she made to Ethiopia. Mary and her husba ...

  • Jim Friddle

    Please pray for retired GCI pastor Jim Friddle. He remains weak as he recovers from a drug ...

  • Webers' grandson

    Glen and Connie Weber request prayer for their daughter-in-law, Carolyn, who is due to giv ...

  • Thailand mission

    This update is from Philippine members Carmina Gonzales and Beth Leyva. Nine GCI member ...

  • Canadian co-pastors

    As seen in the picture below, GCI Canada director Gary Moore recently led a ceremony insta ...

  • Los Angeles church launches

    We are happy to report the official launch of Grace Communion Fellowship on October 20. As ...

  • David Gilbert

    David and Hinka While attending confirmation classes for the Lutheran church, David Gilb ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    This update concerning GCI district and church pastor Arnold Clauson is from his wife Tris ...

  • Atheist chaplains?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Why is it that atheists often are seen as rational ...

  • Arnold Clauson surgery

    We asked last week for prayer for GCI district and church pastor Arnold Clauson (click her ...

  • Philippine earthquake

    This prayer request is from GCI Philippines director Eugene Guzon. On October 15, a mag ...

  • International conference videos

    Video and audio recordings of some of the presentations at the 2013 International Denomina ...

  • A church planting story

    This update is from GCI-USA regional pastor Ted Johnston. It was my pleasure and privil ...

  • Seminar in Peru

    Hector Barrero, GCI mission developer in South America reports that GCI's churches in Peru ...

  • Dewey Peterson

    Dewey Peterson, pastor of GCI's church in Crossville, Tennessee, tells his story: Geor ...

  • Retreat in Spain

    Pedro Rufian submitted the following report about a recent GCI retreat in Majorca, Spain. ...

  • New Heights Camp

    This update from camp director Dishon Mills reports on New Heights Camp. Dishon Mills ...

  • Unanswered prayer?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We believe that prayer is vital to a life of faith ...

  • Alex Rowan engaged

    Alex Rowan, a GCI-USA pastoral intern serving at GCI's Ground Zero church in the Denver, C ...

  • John Meyer

    John Meyer With October being Pastor Appreciation Month in the US and Canada, it's nic ...

  • Arnold Clauson

    Arnold and Trish Clauson Prayer is requested for Arnold Clauson who serves as a distri ...

  • Greensboro 50th

    Christian Reconciliation Fellowship, the GCI church in Greensboro, North Carolina recently ...

  • L.A. church plant preview services

    Here is an update from Angie Tabin on progress of the GCI church that she and her husband ...

  • Netherlands update

    Frans Danenberg This update, from GCI-Netherlands national leader Frans Danenberg, rep ...

  • Conventions in Africa

    Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's church directors and mission developers in Africa, provided ...

  • Marie Allworth

    Many who worked at the WCG/GCI denominational headquarters when it was located in Pasadena ...

  • Philippine festival

    GCI Philippines held its annual festival in Baguio City on September 12-15. The theme was ...

  • Pastor appreciation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In last week’s Update, I wrote that it was the 18t ...

  • A journey of change

    This article was written by GCI regional pastor Ted Johnston in 1996 for the benefit of co ...

  • Sep 2013
  • GenMin update

    Anthony Mullins, who directs GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin), recently reported on pro ...

  • Fighting in the Philippines

    This prayer update is from GCI Philippines director Eugene Guzon. Prayer is requested c ...

  • Harry Kall

    Harry and Ruth Kall Harry Kall, who pastors GCI's church in Cicero, Illinois, grew up ...

  • Baptisms in Colombia

    Pastor Hector Barrero reports that his GCI congregation in Bogota, Colombia is rejoicing i ...

  • Colorado floods

    GCI Denver, Colorado area pastors report that no GCI members were harmed in the recent ter ...

  • Reaching out

    Sam Butler Sam Butler pastors GCI congregations in Grand Rapids and Ravenna, Michigan ...

  • It's about relationships

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I recently traveled to Staten Island, Ne ...

  • Grace & obedience

    By Gary Deddo Following centuries of debate, it seems that Christians still have not sett ...

  • St. John's church 40th anniversary

    GCI's St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada congregation recently celebrated its 40th anniversa ...

  • Cathy Deddo

    Last week, prayer was requested for Cathy Deddo following the death of her mother. Here is ...

  • Do grace and law conflict?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, God has provided a wonderful plan of salvation, ba ...

  • GCI Ethiopian mission

    Mary and Cliff Snyder Please pray for Cliff and Mary Snyder, leaders of the GCI Genera ...

  • Rannie Childress

    Rannie Childress recently was named senior pastor of GCI's congregation in Attalla, Alabam ...

  • Becky Valekis honored

    Becky Valekis, wife of GCI pastor Jim Valekis, serves as an elder and ministry leader in G ...

  • Death of Cathy Deddo's mother

    Mary Allin with her great grandson We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Cat ...

  • Marty Davey

    Marty and Yvonne Davey Marty Davey, who pastors GCI congregations in Jacksonville, Flo ...

  • Turning activity into efficiency

    Though we understand the importance of time alone with God, sometimes ministry activity cr ...

  • Holy Spirit: person or power?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Some claim that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal p ...

  • Connecting and Bonding Conference

    The 16th annual Connecting and Bonding Conference was held recently in Ontario, California ...

  • GCI Netherlands

    Here is a short video that shows GCI's members in the Netherlands: On YouTube at ht ...

  • Staten Island Women's Retreat

    Hands for Christ Community Church, a newly planted GCI congregation in Staten Island, New ...

  • Death of Arthur Alvarez

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Arthur Alvarez, who worked in security on the Amb ...

  • Mark Mounts

    Mark and Debra Mounts Mark Mounts, pastor of Community Christian Fellowship in Houston ...

  • Prayer and evangelism

    Here’s a short video with Ed Stetzer talking with Evangelical Free Church pastors about th ...

  • Beware the health and wealth gospel

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Though we have learned as a denomination to apprec ...

  • Burrows' 60th

    Belated congratulations to Perc and Shirley Burrows who a year ago celebrated their 60th w ...

  • Akers' grandson born

    Terry and Nancy Akers, who both work at GCI headquarters, are pleased to announce the birt ...

  • Report on US camps

    As we look back on the summer camp season of 2013, we rejoice in all that God did in and t ...

  • Conference resources

    Bret Miller of the GCI IT department has posted at http://churchtech.gci.org/ materials he ...

  • Aug 2013
  • Christian celebrations

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Do you remember the song I Love a Parade? It celeb ...

  • Baptism service

    CrossRoads Christian Fellowship, GCI's church in Tipp City, Ohio, held a baptism service o ...

  • Pastors recognized

    This update celebrates milestones in the lives of several GCI pastors and pastor couples. ...

  • Death of Gloria Ortiguero

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Gloria Ortiguero, wife of GCI-Philippines pastor ...

  • Maceo Hampton

    Maceo and Phoebe Hampton Please pray for retired GCI pastor Maceo Hampton. Last Friday ...

  • Women's retreat

    About 40 Canadian GCI women held a retreat recently in Cornwall, Ontario. Here are picture ...

  • Amazing birth story

    This update is from GCI pastor George Hart who reports on the recent birth of his granddau ...

  • Jason Richards

    This update is from Jason's grandfather, GCI pastor Martin Manuel. Click here for a previo ...

  • Interning a new pastor

    In the short video below, GCI pastor Rick Shallenberger reflects on his experience in serv ...

  • GCS graduation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We all love to celebrate milestones in our lives-- ...

  • Back to school blessing of children

    This update is from James Humphries who pastors GCI's congregation in Mt. Sterling, Kentuc ...

  • Mike Feazell launches pod-cast

    Retired GCI vice president Mike Feazell recently launched With Mike, a personal podcast th ...

  • Report from US church planters

    In the video below, some of our US church planters report on exciting recent developments. ...

  • Thanks from Alvah Pyle's family

    On behalf of the family, we would like to express our love and appreciation to those who r ...

  • Fort Worth 50th anniversary planned

    GCI's congregation in Fort Worth, Texas invites GCI members and friends to join them in ce ...

  • Flemings' daughter wed

    GCI Caribbean mission developer Charles Fleming and his wife Carmen recently celebrated th ...

  • Jeffrey Broadnax

    Karen and Jeff Broadnax Family and Christianity are the two things that mark the childho ...

  • John Kehn

    GCI district pastor David Weber reports that GCI pastor John Kehn in Scottsbluff, Nebraska ...

  • Birth of Jutsums' granddaughter

    Ross Jutsum, leader of State of the Heart music ministry and his wife Tammy are pleased to ...

  • A journey into pastoral ministry

    Here is a video of an interview with Jason and Julie Frantz discussing Jason's experience ...

  • Ray Meyer retirement party

    Ray Meyer and his wife Carol recently celebrated Ray's retirement after 40 years serving a ...

  • Canadian Silver Meadows Camp

    GCI Canada recently held its week-long Silver Meadows Camp. Over 100 campers and staff par ...

  • Tom Smith

    Pam and Tom Smith Many years ago, Tom Smith who pastors GCI congregations in Pittsburg ...

  • New GenMin mission organization

    Mary and Cliff Snyder GCI Generations Ministries recently announced that M25:40 Missio ...

  • Divine healing or deliberate hoaxing?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I believe that God heals. Healing was a significant ...

  • Troy White

    Please pray for Troy White, pastor of GCI's congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tro ...

  • GCS graduation

    Grace Communion Seminary recently reached an important milestone in graduating its first c ...

  • Denominational Conference report

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing this from Orlando, Florida where our ...

  • Meet our US pastoral interns

    In his June 19 Weekly Update cover letter, Joseph Tkach highlighted the US Pastoral Intern ...

  • Heber Ticas

    Heber and Xochilt Ticas “I enjoy the fact that in GCI I have found a home,” says Heber ...

  • Death of Alvah Pyle

    Alvah Pyle We are saddened to learn of the death of Alvah Pyle, widow of Norvel Pyle w ...

  • Youth track at Orlando conference

    The video below is a montage of pictures from the Generations Ministries' sponsored teen-y ...

  • Tony Murphy ordained

    Rudy and Tony (in the center on the left side) are congratulated following their ordinati ...

  • Raymond Epperson

    Prayer is requested for Ray Epperson who for many years worked in the Ambassador Auditoriu ...

  • Jul 2013
  • US church structure

    GCI Church Administration and Development USA (CAD), led by Dan Rogers, recently announced ...

  • Retreats in Africa

    This update is from African mission developer Kalengule Kaoma. GCI pastors and their wi ...

  • Allan Barr

    Edna Barr sent us this prayer request concerning her husband, retired GCI district and chu ...

  • Becky Deuel celebrates new grandchild

    Pastor Becky Deuel of Wisconsin is celebrating the birth of her first grandchild, Lillian ...

  • Trustworthy stewards

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Taking care of our denomination’s financial affair ...

  • Brian Carlisle wedding

    Congratulations to GCI pastor Brian Carlisle who on June 28 was married to Anne Kimani. Br ...

  • Theaters for churches

    Is your congregation looking for a place to hold worship services? In the US, many Regal T ...

  • Timothy Brassell

    Tim and Donna Brassell Timothy ("Tim") Brassell pastors the GCI congregation in Baltimor ...

  • Sky-diving pastor

    GCI pastor Mike Rasmussen and his wife Juli---both avid skydivers---are seen tandem jumpin ...

  • Death of Joe Kotora

    Joe Kotora We are saddened to learn of the death of long-time GCI elder and employee J ...

  • Coded messages

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In our modern age of smart bombs and unmanned dron ...

  • Williams' grandson sings in France

    Tyler Acton, grandson of retired GCI regional pastor Ken Williams and his wife Nancy, tour ...

  • Crossing Borders: all about relationship

    This update is from Lee Berger, director of Crossing Borders, one of GCI Generations Minis ...

  • Technology questions

    GCI's IT department is offering a workshop at the upcoming Denominational Conference in Or ...

  • Death of Jim Turner

    We are saddened to learn that retired GCI pastor James ("Jim") Turner died unexpectedly on ...

  • Monte Wolverton engaged

    Monte and Kaye We are pleased to announce that GCI elder and former long-time headquar ...

  • Joel Irusta

    Karen and Joel Irusta Joel Irusta, pastor of GCI's congregation in Greensboro, North C ...

  • Chicago church 50th anniversary

    In early July, Shepherd’s Community Church (South Holland, Illinois), along with Pastor Wi ...

  • NAE update

    Here are excerpts from a recent National Association of Evangelicals Update. Supreme Co ...

  • Ambassador reunion planned

    A reunion of alumni of Ambassador College, Pasadena is planned for 2015. Though a date has ...

  • Octogenarian members honored

    On June 23, Living Grace Church, GCI's congregation in Vermont, honored four octogenarian ...

  • Philippine mission trip

    In April, eight members representing several of GCI's Philippines congregations participat ...

  • Disaster relief in West Virginia

    In this update, Linda Nichols-McCarty, an elder in GCI's church in Ripley, West Virginia, ...

  • Disaster relief in Haiti

    This update is from GCI Caribbean mission director Charles Fleming. Below are pictures ...

  • The Rock summer camp

    This update is from GCI pastor Linda Rex. She reports on the recently held US Generations ...

  • Paul Metzger on evangelism

    Trinitarian theologian Paul Metzger wrote recently about evangelism on his Patheos.com blo ...

  • When we oppose ourselves

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I couldn’t resist sending you the picture below. H ...

  • Stuart Mahan

    Here is a short video with Stuart Mahan who pastors GCI's congregation in Toledo, Ohio. St ...

  • Endorsing institutional chaplains

    Last year GCI in the US began offering endorsement of GCI elders who are serving as chapla ...

  • Celebrating freedom

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we in the United States celebrate Independence ...

  • Skills for leading transformation

    In our world of rapid change, pastors frequently are called upon to help their congregatio ...

  • James Egbert

    James in concert Many Weekly Update readers will recognize the Egbert name. Jeb and Ba ...

  • A Deeper Walk

    Seminar host pastor George Hart As part of the recent GCI pastoral intern gathering ne ...

  • Women's retreat in Maryland

    The women's ministry of New Life Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Baltimore, Maryland i ...

  • Millers' second grandchild born

    GCI pastor Bill Miller and his wife Kathy are thrilled to announce that they are now grand ...

  • SE Asia update

    This update is from a report by Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer for SE Asia and the Pa ...

  • Jun 2013
  • Barreros' son graduates

    GCI mission developer and national director Hector Barrero and his wife Paulina provided t ...

  • Jeff Chandler

    Jeff and Trish Chandler Jeff Chandler, pastor of  the GCI church in Jonesboro, Arkansa ...

  • Pastor escapes disaster

    GCI pastor Mark McCulley and his wife Joanne recently narrowly escaped a disaster that occ ...

  • Glenn Roberson camp scholarships

    This announcement is from GCI Generations Ministries director Anthony Mullins. Glenn R ...

  • Preaching resources

    Through its ministry development website, GCI Church Administration and Development (CAD) ...

  • Pastoral succession planning

    Below is a video of an interview with retired GCI pastor Ray Meyer. He discusses the pasto ...

  • Canadian camp fundraiser

    This update is from GCI Canada member Mark Yandt who was one of the riders in the event. ...

  • Mullins and Gill engaged

    Here's a happy announcement from Anthony Mullins who directs GCI's Generations Ministries. ...

  • Encouragement for preachers

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Throughout church history, the importance of preac ...

  • SEP Florida

    SEP Florida, a GCI Generations Ministries camp, held its 2013 summer session on June 11-14 ...

  • Australian general conference

    The Australian National Conference, Life Together in Christ, was held on the beautiful Gol ...

  • Backyard Bible camp

    GCI's congregation in Kansas City, Missouri, recently held a backyard Bible camp for child ...

  • Death of Amber (Schnippert) Patrick

    Prayer is requested for the Schnippert family in accordance with this very sad announcemen ...

  • Pastoral Internship Program

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The 1940s were a time of great growth for evangeli ...

  • Eric Warren

    Eric and Amy Warren Eric Warren pastors Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a GCI congrega ...

  • Scripture: God's Gift, part 6

    Here is the sixth and concluding article in a series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scriptu ...

  • Mark McCulley

    The day after Christmas in 2007, Mark and Joanne McCulley packed a truck and moved from So ...

  • SEP Philippines

    In May, 51 campers from the Philippines participated in the SEP Visayas camp held at the W ...

  • Mays' second grandchild born

    GCI elder and ORM director Curtis May and his wife Jannice are pleased to announce the bir ...

  • Church trends

    Here are some interesting church development-related trends compiled by Mission America.  ...

  • Father's Day

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tkach dad and son June 16 is Father’s Day in t ...

  • Dizons become grandparents

    GCI pastor Bermie and Carmelita Dizon are thrilled to announce the birth of their first gr ...

  • David Dizon speech

    GCI member David Dizon, son of GCI pastor Bermie and Carmelita Dizon, was named valedictor ...

  • Floods in Europe

    This prayer update is from Santiago Lange, one of GCI's missions directors for Europe and ...

  • Life Clubs

    Several GCI Life Clubs are now operating in various locations around the world. These club ...

  • Joe Kotora

    Long-time GCI elder Joe Kotora is hospitalized and needs our prayers. Joe worked at chu ...

  • Alaska church planting

    Randy Bloom (at left) and Rod Koop (at right) meet with GCI Alaska church leaders. Ran ...

  • NAE Update

    Here are excerpts from the May 2013 Update of the National Association of Evangelicals (NA ...

  • Starting new small groups

    One of the most effective ways for churches to multiply disciples of Jesus and disciplemak ...

  • Blakeney earns master's

    Congratulations to pastor Howard Blakeney who recently graduated with a master's degree in ...

  • Tornado relief work

    This update on GCI's relief work following the recent tornadoes in the Oklahoma City, Okla ...

  • Jason Richards

    Over the last couple of years, we've had several prayer requests for 12 year old Jason Ric ...

  • Pray for leaders

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As ancient Israel approached her darkest hour, Isa ...

  • May 2013
  • Sharing Jesus' love

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I have just returned from a quick visit ...

  • Rod Dean

    Rod Dean, GCI pastor in Sydney, Australia, grew up in one of the beachside suburbs of Sydn ...

  • Worship funnies

    A seminary student was leading the music for a small church. His first Sunday "jitters" be ...

  • Scripture: God's Gift, part 5

    This article is part five of a six-part series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scripture. Fo ...

  • Montreal outreach

    This update from Pamela Gebauer describes an event our French-speaking congregation in Mon ...

  • Tornado relief

    This update concerning the aftermath of the tornado that devastated Moore Oklahoma is from ...

  • Legal services

    Here is an announcement from GCI's Legal Department. It appears that some of our new pa ...

  • Pastor's home burns

    Prayer is requested for Pastor Gary Dry and his wife Diane. Gary is the pastor of GCI's co ...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes

    This update about the recent tornadoes near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is from Mike Rasmussen ...

  • Muslim outreach

    Dr. John and Naomi Biswas and Roger Lippross, representing GCI and the Bengali Evangelisti ...

  • Worship styles

    The following is excerpted from the NAE Newsletter. Emerging from the Jesus Movement of ...

  • SEP Philippines

    GCI in the Philippines recently held one of its youth camps (called SEP) in Luzon at the A ...

  • Adopt a youth camp

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We continue to receive heart-rending reports of th ...

  • Williams' grandson

    Retired GCI regional pastor Ken Williams and his wife Nancy are delighted to announce that ...

  • Global Outreach Day

    The video below tells of Global Outreach Day---an evangelism initiative that will occur on ...

  • Bill Miller

    Kathy and Bill Miller Bill was born in Harvey, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. ...

  • Cinco de Mayo celebration

    New Covenant Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Glendora, California recently celebrated ...

  • Scripture: God’s Gift, part 4

    This article is part four of a six-part series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scripture. Fo ...

  • Exponential West

    We recently reported on the 2013 Exponential Conference held in Orlando (click here for th ...

  • Ray Meyer

    Ray Meyer currently serves as the senior pastor of the GCI congregation in Kansas City, Mi ...

  • GenMin video

    Here is an introductory video from GCI Generations Ministries, featuring GenMin director A ...

  • Pentecost and media

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Day of Pentecost celebrates the coming of the pr ...

  • Jason Richards

    Here is an update on Jason from his grandfather, GCI pastor Martin Manuel. Since the la ...

  • Les Schmedes' memorial service

    Here is a follow-up to the previous prayer update concerning the death of GCI retired past ...

  • In praise of mothers

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Television scriptwriters know that if you want a s ...

  • Youth scholarship

    The Mary Lee Bellamy Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Mrs. Mary ...

  • SEP Philippines

    SEP Mindanao, a GCI youth camp in the Philippines, was held on April 24-28. The camp's the ...

  • Jutsum 35th anniversary

    We're pleased to announce that GCI elder and music minister Ross Jutsum and his wife Tammy ...

  • Spiritual formation seminar

    GCI's Odyssey in Christ ministry is offering a spiritual formation seminar on Sunday June ...

  • Preaching resources

    The May issue of Equipper features resources on preaching. That issue and all past issues ...

  • Jonah's story

    Jonah in the hospital GCI pastor Doug Johannsen reports that Jonah Skrove, a 16-year-o ...

  • Bermie Dizon

    Dizon family Bermie Dizon, senior pastor of GCI churches in Inglewood and Altadena, Ca ...

  • Celebrating Jesus' Ascension

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Next week, many Christians will celebrate the Asce ...

  • Easter children's outreach

    GCI's Tucson congregation held its second annual Easter-themed children's outreach on Apri ...

  • Scripture: God’s Gift, part 3

    This article is part three of a six-part series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scripture. F ...

  • George Hart

    George and Vicki Hart “My father died when I was four years old,” shares George Hart who ...

  • Jason Richards

    Here from GCI pastor Martin Manuel is an update on his grandson Jason (click here for the ...

  • Exponential Conference

    Last week, over 75 GCI leaders joined with about 5,000 others at the Exponential Conferenc ...

  • Shirley Faulkner

    Here is an update from GCI elder Dexter Faulkner on the earlier prayer request for his wif ...

  • Death of LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    We were saddened to learn that LaVerne Wyatt-Paige, beloved wife of GCI Phoenix pastor Mic ...

  • Gridleys' 50th anniversary

    GCI elder Barry Gridley and his wife Wendy are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary ...

  • Apr 2013
  • Thailand & Bangladesh

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI's mission developer for SE Asia. Death of Karen Eld ...

  • Marsons' 50th anniversary

    Congratulations to Don and Anne Marie Marson who recently celebrated their 50th wedding an ...

  • Mike Rasmussen

    Mike and Juli “I grew up at a time where kids could be kids,” said Mike Rasmussen, who ...

  • Sermon outline

    Following is a sermon outline that expands on the message of Holy Week and the season of E ...

  • Filipino Discipleship Pathway

    GCI in the Philippines recently adopted a Discipleship Pathway for use in their churches. ...

  • Canada & Mozambique

    This update is from Gary Moore, GCI's national director in Canada. Ordinations in Vancouv ...

  • About the Bible

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Although I have written hundreds of articles, I ha ...

  • Jason Richards

    We have had prayer requests from time to time for Jason Richards. His grandfather is GCI p ...

  • Death of Leslie Schmedes

    Leslie Schmedes We are saddened to learn of the death of retired GCI pastor Leslie "Le ...

  • Death of Thomas McCrimmon

    Mac with members of the church he faithfully served. We are saddened to learn of the d ...

  • Thai mission

    Decerel Pilarca, an English teacher and GCI missionary in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand to ...

  • Converge East

    "I think it was one of the happiest, most positive conferences I have ever attended in the ...

  • Karl Reinagel

    Carla and Karl “I love having a front row seat to watch how God is working in the live ...

  • Scripture: God's Gift, part 2

    This article is part two of a six-part series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scripture. Cli ...

  • Baptisms and ordination

    GCI's congregation in Hazard, Kentucky recently experienced the joy of baptizing nine peop ...

  • LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    As reported last week, LaVerne is in serious condition. Here is an update from district pa ...

  • Death of Robert Bragg

    We were saddened to learn that former GCI pastor Robert Bragg died early today (April 17). ...

  • Prayer for the nations

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This Monday, three people died and nearly 200 were ...

  • Guadalajara conference

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, GCI mission director for Mexico and a US regional past ...

  • Why prophecy?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “If at first you don’t succeed; fail, fail and fai ...

  • Philippine emerging leaders

    GCI Philippines recently held a three-day-long seminar for a group of young emerging churc ...

  • Easter sermon

    Below is a video produced by NewLife Fellowship showing a sermon that Dan Rogers gave on E ...

  • Lexie Ellis

    Last week, we asked for prayers for Lexie, who had come through an operation to remove a b ...

  • Death of Perskys' son

    Ted Persky We are greatly saddened to learn that Michael Ted Persky, son of GCI Dallas ...

  • LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    As reported in an earlier prayer update, LaVerne Wyatt-Paige, wife of GCI Phoenix pastor M ...

  • Bob Regazzoli

    Kathy and Bob “My heart's desire is for all those who have been hurt by our past teachin ...

  • NAE Update

    Here are excerpts from the April issue of "Update" from the National Association of Evange ...

  • Hillary Irusta ordained

    We are pleased to announce that Hillary Irusta was ordained an elder in GCI on March 17. ...

  • East from West

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, At this time of year, we celebrate the great sacri ...

  • James Newby

    James and Karen James Newby, pastor of GCI churches in Joliet and NW Chicago, Illinois ...

  • Memphis church visit

    Dan Rogers recently visited the GCI congregation in Memphis, Tennessee where he gave an ex ...

  • Medical-dental mission

    On February 23 GCI's congregation in Talisay City, Philippines conducted its first medical ...

  • Todd Martin receives doctorate

    Todd Martin Congratulations to GCI Canada pastor Todd Martin who recently was awarded ...

  • Lexie Ellis

    Last week we asked for prayers for Lexie, who is battling cancer. Since that request, she ...

  • Church planting networks

    Through Church Multiplication Ministries, GCI is making significant progress in forming di ...

  • Scripture: God's Gift, part 1

    This article is part one of a six-part series by Gary Deddo on interpreting Scripture. For ...

  • Mar 2013
  • Glen Weber

    Glen and Connie Weber (and grandbaby!) Glen Weber, pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowsh ...

  • Easter resources

    Many reading this are putting finishing touches on messages for Maundy Thursday, Good Frid ...

  • Argentine visit

    This update is from Hector Barerro, GCI missions director for Latin America. Dan preac ...

  • Joan Backhus

    Gerry and Joan Backhus Jerry Backhus, who pastors GCI's congregation in Hillsdale, New ...

  • Good Friday & Easter Sunday

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the next few days, we will be celebrating the ...

  • Pam Horchak

    This prayer update is from GCI pastor and district pastor Mike Horchak. It provides a foll ...

  • Interview with Paul Young

    Paul Young William Paul Young, author of the best selling book The Shack, was intervie ...

  • Lexie Ellis

    Lexie Ellis, wife of retired pastor Mark Ellis in Australia (and sister of John McLean), h ...

  • Church planting summit

    A key goal for GCI in the US is to see church planters, congregations and district network ...

  • Pam Horchak

    GCI district pastor Mike Horchak requests prayer for his wife Pam. She has not been feelin ...

  • Larry Wooldridge

    Larry and Connie Wooldridge Larry Wooldridge, who pastors GCI churches in Meriden and ...

  • On reading the Bible

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thomas Edison once said, “There is no expedient to ...

  • Pastoral internship

    A primary GCI goal is to multiply young pastoral leaders. An important tool toward that en ...

  • Sermon outline

    From time to time here in Weekly Update, we'll provide sermon outlines for the use of past ...

  • Grandchildren born

    Here are three recent birth announcements. Easton and Reagan Pastor Ted and Lila Mi ...

  • US field structure changes

    Dr. Dan Rogers, director of GCI Church Administration and Development (CAD) in the US, rec ...

  • La Verne Wyatt-Paige

    Last July, LaVerne Wyatt-Paige, wife of Michael who pastors the GCI church in Phoenix, Ari ...

  • Tammy Tkach visit

    On March 10, Tammy Tkach visited the worship service of GCI's congregation in Tucson, Ariz ...

  • New Pastor Orientation

    Each year, GCI Church Administration and Development, USA hosts New Pastor Orientation at ...

  • Einstein and theology

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, March 14 is Albert Einstein’s birthday. He was bor ...

  • Steve Schantz

    Steve Schantz, pastor of  GCI congregations in Orlando and Melbourne, Florida, grew up in ...

  • Health seminar

    In an effort to reach out to people in Loma Linda and Redlands, California, John and Naomi ...

  • Rogers visit Bogota

    GCI Church Administration and Development, USA director Dr. Dan Rogers and his wife Barbar ...

  • John Biswas mission trip

    On March 15, GCI member Dr. John Biswas, who directs the Bengali Evangelical Association ( ...

  • Speaking of Life closed captioning

    GCI Media has recently upgraded the Speaking of Life video series to provide a closed capt ...

  • Holy Week preaching resources

    On LifeWay's website (at http://www.lifeway.com/Keyword/easter+sermons?type=learn), there ...

  • Lecture about T.F. Torrance

    GCI Media recently posted the video of a lecture from Greek Orthodox theologian George Dra ...

  • Los Angeles Filippino church plant

    This update from Angie Tabin reports on the progress that she and her husband Saddie are m ...

  • Living Water

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I encourage you to read the Mozambique prayer upda ...

  • Mel Dahlgren

    Barbara and Mel Dahlgren Mel Dahlgren, who serves as the senior pastor of GCI's congre ...

  • Continuing education

    Dan Rogers, director of GCI Church Administration and Development, recently announced new ...

  • Mozambique

    Below is an update on the situation of the GCI churches in Northern Mozambique. For a prev ...

  • Connecting & Bonding

    This update is from Jannice May, who coordinates Connecting & Bonding, which is a para ...

  • Charles Albrecht family

    Prayer is requested for Charles Albrecht and his extended family. Charles serves as operat ...

  • Colombia seminar

    This update is from Sonia Orozco, the pastor of one of GCI's churches in Colombia, South A ...

  • Feb 2013
  • Resources for Holy Week

    Videos for Holy Week worship services Many pastors and ministry leaders are now prepari ...

  • Beware theological labels

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As our understanding of who God is (our theology) ...

  • Answering questions about our theology

    This update is from Gary Deddo, who serves on GCI's media team and as personal assistant t ...

  • Brian Queener

    This prayer update is from GCI pastor Mark Queener concerning his son Mark. For the last p ...

  • Death of Marj Friddle

    We were saddened to learn of the death of our dear sister, Marj Friddle, wife of retired G ...

  • Bob Miller

    Bob and Ruth Bob Miller, pastor of three GCI churches in Alabama (Birmingham, Good Hop ...

  • GCI Netherlands magazine

    This update is from Frans Danenberg, GCI ministry leader in the Netherlands. A new door ...

  • RABIM in Thailand

    This update concerns GCI's Rayong Bible Ministries (RABIM), operating in Thailand. Its lea ...

  • Philippine Advisory Council meets

    Philippine Advisory Council Eugene Guzon, national director of GCI Philippines recentl ...

  • Big Sandy couple honored

    GCI members Jerome and Helen Ellard were recently named "Man and Woman of the Year" by the ...

  • Johannsen grandson born

    This announcement is from GCI pastor Doug Johannsen and his wife Betty. Our daughter Da ...

  • Social media use

    More and more GCI pastors, ministry leaders and congregations are finding out how useful s ...

  • Mozambique

    This prayer update is from GCI Mozambique church secretary Manuel Vasco. For the earlier p ...

  • Bangladesh multi-purpose center

    From its Disaster Relief Fund, GCI donated US$30,000 to the Bengali Evangelical Associatio ...

  • The best story of all

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I enjoy reading a book or watching a movie in whic ...

  • Lynn Lawrence

    Lynn was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in California, married a Canadian and moved aro ...

  • Brian Queener

    Mark Queener This update is from GCI Pastor Mark Queener concerning his son Brian. For ...

  • Death of Glenn Roberson

    We are saddened to learn of the untimely death of Glenn Roberson. Many GCI members will re ...

  • Mozambique

    Last week we asked for prayer for GCI members in Mozambique who have been devastated by th ...

  • Computer tip

    GCI's IT Department is receiving increasing numbers of requests from US pastors asking for ...

  • New church in the Netherlands

    This report on the start of a new GCI church in the Friesland province in the north of the ...

  • Rex Dela Pena

    Please pray for the family of GCI Philippines area leader and pastor Rex Dela Pena (pictur ...

  • Mexico youth camp

    GCI Mexico recently held a youth camp on the beach at Guayabitos. Total attendance was 30, ...

  • Richard Parker retires

    Two Southern California churches recently bid farewell to their senior pastor, J. Richard ...

  • Insights about churches

    Chuck Lawless, Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary, recently shared ten insi ...

  • ConneXions conference

    This update is from Carrie Smith a GCI pastoral intern serving in the San Diego, Californi ...

  • Prayer relationships

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Artists typically depict prayer as going upward fr ...

  • Santiago Lange

    This prayer request is from GCI Germany's national director Santiago Lange who asks for pr ...

  • Tuskegee Airman visits

    This update is from George Hart who pastors one of GCI's churches in the Cincinnati, Ohio ...

  • Brian Queener

    This prayer update is from Mark Queener and his wife Rhonda, concerning their 33-year-old ...

  • Boston church plant

    GCI elder Dishon Mills with his wife Afrika are in the process of planting The Redeemed of ...

  • Mozambique

    Pastor Manuel Vasco, the GCI contact in the African nation of Mozambique reports that Nort ...

  • Howard Blakeney

    Howard and Wanonia Howard Blakeney, a district pastor and senior pastor in South Carol ...

  • ORM update

    This update is from Curtis May, director of The Office of Reconciliation & Mediation ( ...

  • Financial assistance rules

    This announcement for GCI churches in the US is from GCI legal counsel Bernie Schnippert. ...

  • Converge West

    About 85 leaders from GCI Generations Ministries' camps, mission trips and administration ...

  • Black History Month

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Black History Month reminds us of the important pe ...

  • Jan 2013
  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Here is an update on a previous prayer request, provided by Surgay's wife Jan. Surgay r ...

  • Brian Queener

    This prayer update is from Mark Queener and his wife Rhonda, concerning their 33-year-old ...

  • Death of Loretta Cooley

    We were saddened to learn of the death of Loretta Young Cooley, wife of Billy Cooley who i ...

  • Universalism?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Some claim that Trinitarian theology teaches unive ...

  • Haiti

    This update is from Joseph Franklin, the pastor of GCI's church in Haiti, which sponsors a ...

  • Bonnie Albrecht

    This prayer update is from CAD office manager Charles Albrecht concerning his mother Bonni ...

  • Catherwood 50th anniversary

    We rejoice in the announcement of the 50th wedding anniversary recently celebrated by reti ...

  • Discipleship pathway

    In the video below, GCI pastors Jim and Becky Valekis discuss the discipleship pathway the ...

  • Dee Bulante

    Dee Bulante, senior pastor of GCI's churches in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington ...

  • Christmas evangelism

    Lascan Sikosi, the pastor of GCI’s Kutima Mulilo congregation in Northern Namibia, held an ...

  • Snowblast

    This update is from Doug Johannsen, GCI district pastor and Snowblast camp leader. ...

  • GCI elder honored

    Gadson & Orzola Burgess The Florida Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida ...

  • The value of stories

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When she was younger, my daughter Stephanie would ...

  • Birth of Chaplain Henderson's fifth child

    Nashisha before the birth Congratulations to GCI Navy Chaplain Jonathan Henderson ...

  • L.A. church plant

    This update is from district pastor Heber Ticas, the senior pastor of Comunion De Gracia, ...

  • Brian Carlisle

    Brian Carlisle, pictured at right with Anne, his fiancée, is the senior pastor of Living H ...

  • Brian Queener

    This update about Brian Queener is from his father, GCI pastor Mark Queener. For additiona ...

  • Three is the loveliest number

    In a Christianity Today article titled, "Three Is the Loveliest Number," Michael Reeves ex ...

  • East Africa update

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma who is GCI national director in Zambia and missions di ...

  • NAE update

    The National Association of Evangelicals publishes NAE Insight. The theme of the new i ...

  • Rocky Mountain Retreat

    GCI-USA's SEP Rockies camp and Ground Zero Church recently hosted the annual Rocky Mountai ...

  • Philippines singles' camp

    65 singles from seven GCI Philippines congregations and fellowships attended a year-end ...

  • Praying for peace

    Following Christmas Day gang violence that left three innocent bystanders dead in Pasade ...

  • Holms' granddaughter

    This prayer request is from GCI pastor Rand Holm and his wife Beth concerning their grandd ...

  • Facebook for churches

    If your church doesn't have a presence on Facebook, you may be missing out on an effective ...

  • Death of Glen A. Weber Sr.

    Glen A. Weber Sr. of Wheatland, Wyoming passed away on Tuesday, January 15---two weeks bef ...

  • Brian Queener

    This prayer update is from Mark Queener and his wife Rhonda, concerning their 33 year old ...

  • The value of Pi

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, For most of us, there is nothing more intimidating ...

  • Al Nelson

    Al Nelson, the pastor of GCI's church in Montpelier, Vermont, says that he feels close to ...

  • Crossing Borders mission trip

    This update is from Lee Berger, Crossing Borders director. Children open shoeboxes ...

  • South Africa update

    This update is from Gary Moore, GCI national director in Canada. Gary and his wife Wendy a ...

  • Peter Lindop

    Lillian and Peter Lindop Peter Lindop pastors GCI's congregation in Rotorua, New Zeala ...

  • Becoming a neighborhood church

    This update is from Ted Johnston who serves in ministry development and communications wit ...

  • International Conference

    Registration is now open for the GCI 2013 International Conference being held this summer ...

  • Church planting networks

    Through its Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM), GCI Church Administration and Developm ...

  • Solomon Islands update

    This update is from Rod Matthews who is GCI missions director in Southern Asia and the Pac ...

  • In search of knowledge

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Author and evangelist Ravi Zacharias tells of bein ...

  • Religious polarization

    This update is from Charles Fleming, GCI mission director in the Caribbean. He shares exce ...

  • Mark Queener

    Mark Queener Before becoming a part of WCG/GCI, Mark Queener was an on-air radio and t ...

  • Converge: GenMin summit

    The annual summit of Generations Ministries is now known as Converge. This gathering has a ...

  • Christmas in Brisbane

    This update is from GCI Australia pastor Bob Regazolli. Ross Jutsum leads the children ...

  • GCS registration now open

    Registration for the spring semester at Grace Communion Seminary opens at 9 a.m. (Pacifi ...

  • Birth of Deddo's grandson

    Cathy Deddo with her newborn grandson Wesley This prayer update is from Gary and Cathy ...

  • Death of Grace Stokes

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Grace Stokes, wife of retired GCI pastor Jim Stok ...

  • Christmas in Staten Island

    This update is from Pastor Mary Bacheller concerning Hands for Christ Community Church--a ...

  • Shirley Faulkner

    The following prayer request is for Shirley and Dexter Faulkner. Dexter and Shirley are bo ...

  • The pastor's calling

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we begin a new year, I want to focus on the cal ...

  • Brian Queener

    Mark Queener, pastor of GCI's Belleville, Illinois congregation and his wife Rhonda reques ...

  • Dec 2012
  • Bangladesh mission trip

    This update is from John Biswas, GCI missionary who leads the Bengali Evangelistic Associa ...

  • US regional conference recordings

    A new page at GCI.org features audio and video recordings of this year's US regional confe ...

  • Philippine Typhoon Pablo

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI national director for the Philippines and mission de ...

  • Charles Albrecht receives 25 year honors

    Dan Rogers (left) and Joseph Tkach (right) make presentation to Charles Albrecht (center) ...

  • Grace Stokes

    This update is from retired pastor Jim Stokes concerning his wife Grace. For an earlier up ...

  • Sonia Vengoechea

    Sonia Vengoechea with her husband Luis For Sonia Vengoechea, serving as a pastor for G ...

  • Philippine theology conferences

    This update excerpts reports from GCI Philippines media and communications coordinator Len ...

  • The meaning of Christmas

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Though we are in the Christmas season when we cele ...

  • Gordon Green

    Marilys and Gordon Green Gordon Green, GCI regional pastor and pastoral developer in S ...

  • Jamaica mission

    Fleming sisters with Pastor Steve Schantz at Jamaican mission fundraiser Significant t ...

  • Disaster Relief Fund

    This update concerning the GCI Disaster Relief Fund is from GCI Treasurer, Mat Morgan. ...

  • Genealogies of Jesus

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jes ...

  • The New Atheists

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I marvel at the way God created humanity in his ow ...

  • Myanmar (Burma) update

    The following update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission director in Southern Asia & Sou ...

  • NAE update

    The following is excerpted from the December NAE Update. Most Unmarried Evangelical Mil ...

  • Ministry to older adults

    On the Youth and Family Ministry page of GCI's Generations Ministries website (click her ...

  • Bonnie Albrecht

    This prayer update is from Charles Albrecht (of GCI Church Administration and Development) ...

  • Anthony Rice

    Anthony and Karen Rice Anthony Rice pastors GCI churches in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, ...

  • L.A. church planting update

    This update is from Angie and Saddie Tabin, the Filipino couple who are in the process of ...

  • Nov 2012
  • Mission America update

    Here is information from Mission America concerning trends in the church and society at la ...

  • Preaching is a team sport

    Many GCI congregations are learning the value of team-based ministry, including using a te ...

  • Preparing for Advent

    Ruth Haley Barton writes about preparing for Advent in a recent eReflections post: Th ...

  • Tim Sitterley

    Linda and Tim Sitterley For a couple years Tim Sitterley, senior pastor of GCI churche ...

  • Here's good news

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You probably know about the 1815 Battle of New Orl ...

  • Guadalajara conference

    On November 17-19, GCI Mexico held its National Conference in the city of Guadalajara. The ...

  • Jason Richards

    We are thrilled to report that a perfect heart match has been found for GCI pastor Martin ...

  • John Biswas

    John Biswas is presently on a Mission trip to Bangladesh where he will be visiting as many ...

  • Leroy Joiles

    Joiles family Leroy Joiles, who pastors the GCI congregation in Christian Penn, Jamaic ...

  • How churches will develop

    Church leaders, denominational executives, and religion researchers gathered in Colorado r ...

  • Don Paz

    Don and Deb Paz Prayer is requested for Don Paz, husband of Deb Paz who serves as Jose ...

  • Marj Friddle

    Jim and Marj Friddle Following the prayer request from last week, we learned that doct ...

  • GCI pastor honored

      Larry Oglesby On November 10, Larry Oglesby, pastor of GCI's Columbus, Georg ...

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week, in the US, we will celebrate the nation ...

  • Marj Friddle

    Jim and Marj Friddle Please pray for Marj Friddle, wife of retired GCI pastor James (" ...

  • 50th wedding anniversary

    Maman and Papa Andre Disashi-Ludiha and Cecile Onema-Akanyi recently celebrated their ...

  • New director for Souled Out camp

    Ashley Todd Anthony Mullins, director of GCI Generations Ministries, recently announce ...

  • Philippines 50th anniversary

    This year, GCI in the Philippines is celebrating its 50th anniversary in festivals titled, ...

  • Doug Johannsen

    Doug and Betty Johannsen Doug Johannsen, pastor of GCI's churches in St. Paul and Cham ...

  • Superstorm Sandy

    This update concerning the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is from John Newsom, pastor of GC ...

  • Welcoming visitors

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Gary Deddo, who recently joined us as a full-time ...

  • Vanishing seekers

    A recent Holy Soup blog from Thom Shultz of Group Publishing notes that though "much of th ...

  • Preaching with imagination

    This article from GCI pastor George Hart supplements the current issue of Equipper on prea ...

  • Superstorm Sandy

    As of today, we've not heard of any GCI members in affected areas who experienced signific ...

  • The testimony of the Christian life

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the m ...

  • Death of Epeli Kanaimawi

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Ratu Epeli Kanaimawi, the first elder to be ordai ...

  • Journey with the Master

    A Journey with the Master (JWM) retreat was held recently in Bremerton, Washington with 12 ...

  • Odyssey in Christ

    Retreat participants GCI district pastor Larry Hinkle, reports that Odyssey in Christ ...

  • Dennis Wheatcroft

    Sidni and Dennis Wheatcroft Dennis Wheatcroft has a distinction few pastors can claim- ...

  • Oct 2012
  • BEA public lecture

    This update is from BEA director John Biswas. John Biswas (left) welcomes guests On ...

  • Charles Shelton

    Here is an update from Charles Shelton concerning his previous request for prayer.  I w ...

  • Grace Stokes

    In the last Weekly Update we asked for prayer for Grace Stokes. Here is an update from her ...

  • EFC meeting in Canada

    This report is from GCI Canada national director Gary Moore. Fraser Henderson I rec ...

  • Mission America

    GCI in the United States is a member of Mission America, a coalition of Christian leaders ...

  • Conference in Colombia

    95 people attended GCI's annual conference in Colombia, South America. This joyful time ...

  • In praise of shepherds

    October being Pastor Appreciation Month, we offer here a short video vividly illustrating ...

  • Monster storm; pastor appreciation

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I write this letter from France (where I'm atte ...

  • Teaching about financial stewardship

    One of the challenges faced by pastors and other church leaders is teaching the congregati ...

  • Freedom in Christ

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Do you ever play Monopoly? This board game has two ...

  • Grace Stokes

    Grace and Jim Stokes Your prayers are requested for Grace Stokes, wife of retired GCI ...

  • Shoe box outreach

    New Life Fellowship, GCI's congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, gathered recently to procl ...

  • Africa update

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, one of GCI's national and missions directors serving ...

  • Jim Roberts

    Jim Roberts’ passion is jewels, both kinds. “I’m a serious rock, mineral and crystal colle ...

  • Canada update

    This update is from GCI Canada national director Gary Moore. It was a privilege and joy ...

  • Cautions about Facebook use

    Facebook is a great tool for building and maintaining relationships with people both insid ...

  • Phil Hopwood

    Phillip Hopwood, GCI Australia pastor in Hobart, Tasmania was born and raised in Launcesto ...

  • Raul Ramos

    Please pray for Raul Ramos, one of GCI's pastors in Southern California. Sylvia and Ra ...

  • NAE: extending our reach

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you may know, Grace Communion International in ...

  • UK Life Clubs

    Life Club is a speech club that includes men and women of all ages. It is being used as an ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Jan Kalamaha reports that her husband Surgay is improving and has been moved to a rehabili ...

  • Missional Churches video

    In a recent GCI Weekly Update cover letter, Joseph Tkach asked, Why be concerned about mis ...

  • Peru update

    About 55 members and children from Lima and La Huaca, Peru gathered in Piura on September ...

  • Craig Minke

    Debbie and Craig Minke Craig Minke is one of GCI's newest pastors. After serving as an ...

  • World Food Day

    In the U.S., GCI is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). A rece ...

  • What's so special about Trinitarian theology?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Learning more about the nature of God has dominate ...

  • Don Marson

    Don and Anne Marie Marson Don Marson has been serving as the pastor of GCI's church in ...

  • Ghana convention

    Cleo and Catharine Sturdivant More than 500 members and guests from GCI congregations ...

  • Philippines' 50th

    On September 11-16, 1,231 GCI members gathered in Baguio City to celebrate the 50th annive ...

  • Colombia outreach

    Sonia Orozco, GCI's pastor in Barranquilla, Colombia, recently led an outreach event in th ...

  • Kingdom-minded children

    Parents and children's ministers will find helpful the video embedded below, in which Paul ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Here is an update on the previous prayer request. Surgay is now in a nursing home in Mi ...

  • Jesus: the ultimate "alpha male"?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Commenting on the differences between men and wome ...

  • Death of Maria Sinkler

    We are saddened to learn from Canadian National Board member Gerry Sinkler that his wife M ...

  • Sep 2012
  • David Gibbs

    Alberta and David Gibbs David Gibbs, pastor of GCI's Birmingham, England church and hi ...

  • Brigida Rufian

    This update from GCI Pastor Pedro Rufian in Spain, is a follow-up to the previous prayer r ...

  • Asia update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI's mission director for Asia. India Daniel Zacharia ...

  • Sound advice

    Here's sound advice from a seasoned pastor in the form of Ten Reminders for Christian Life ...

  • Why be concerned about mission?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In Clean Jokes and Inspirational Stories, Rod Dykstr ...

  • Maria Sinkler

    This update is from Canadian National Board member Gerry Sinkler concerning his wife Maria ...

  • The Story of God

    Steve Sabol, the creative force behind NFL Films, died this week at age 69. Steve was cons ...

  • Hands for Christ launched

    We are pleased to announce that the "launch service" for Hands for Christ -- the newly pla ...

  • Death of David Wainwright

    We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. David P. Wainwright. He died peacefu ...

  • Birth of Holms' grandchild

    This birth announcement comes from GCI pastor Rand Holm and his wife Beth. We are pleas ...

  • Bill Linge receives GCS diploma

    Joseph Tkach with Bill Linge At the recent GCI U.S. regional conference in Aurora, Col ...

  • New GCI pastor Linda Rex

    Sunday, September 16 was a day of great celebration as Linda Rex was commissioned as the n ...

  • Shoebox mission

    GCI's Crossing Borders mission program goes into Mexico twice each year: for a week in the ...

  • Creation out of nothing

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the more enigmatic questions posed by our u ...

  • George Affeldt

    Pastor George Affeldt George Affeldt, pastor of GCI's Sioux Falls, South Dakota church ...

  • L.A. church plant

    This update is from district pastor Heber Ticas who is the senior pastor of Comunion De Gr ...

  • India mission trip

    This August, a team of seven Americans (pictured at right), including two high school stud ...

  • Deborah Paz receives 25-year honors

    Left to right: Don Paz, Deb Paz, Joseph Tkach At a recent employee meeting, GCI presid ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Here is an update on the previous prayer request. Surgay is now in a rehabilitation hos ...

  • Small group curriculum

    GCI Church Administration and Development has recently published The Walk, a small group c ...

  • Thomas Friedrich

    Thom and Marlene Friedrich Thom Friedrich is the pastor of Sonlight Christian Fellowsh ...

  • Changing our worldview

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recently, in an interview given a few days before ...

  • Fostering an evangelistic culture

    Pastors and ministry leaders have many important responsibilities. One is to help shape wi ...

  • Brynn and Sasha Armstrong

    Brynn and her dad, Pastor Aaron Armstrong Aaron Armstrong, co-pastor of GCI's Ground Z ...

  • GCI Philippines adjusts to loss of Jessup Bahinting

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI's national director in the Philippines. He writes co ...

  • Eric and Pat Shaw retire

    In this Update post we congratulate Eric and Pat Shaw on the occasion of their retirement ...

  • Mohan Jayasekera

    Mohan and Nihara Mohan Jayasekera is the pastor of GCI's congregation in Perth, Austra ...

  • Grace from first to last

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Grace is the first word in our name. We did not ch ...

  • Making disciples with Jesus

    By living and sharing the gospel, we are participating in what Jesus is doing through the ...

  • It takes all kinds of churches

    In GCI, our vision is for "all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of ...

  • Aug 2012
  • Children's sermons

    Some congregations include a short children's sermon as part of their worship service. Lis ...

  • Cultivating, planting and reaping in Ohio

    CrossRoads Christian Fellowship (CCF), GCI's congregation in Tipp City, Ohio, has for the ...

  • Album by pastor's wife

    Deborah Glenister Deborah Glenister, whose husband Gary pastors a GCI congregation in ...

  • L.A. merger: Leaving a legacy

    This update is from Eric Shaw, pastor of Community Life Fellowship (CLF), the GCI congrega ...

  • LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    Here is an update from Michael Wyatt-Paige concerning his wife LaVerne (click here for the ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Here is an update on the previous prayer request. Surgay's wife Jan tells us that he is ...

  • Becky Deuel

    Becky Deuel, co-pastor of the Appleton, Wisconsin congregation, is a long-time GCI member. ...

  • Hurricane Isaac

    As we post this issue of GCI Weekly Update, hurricane Isaac has made landfall in southeast ...

  • Chicago Southside 50th

    This announcement is from Willard High, the pastor of Shepherd's Community Church, a GCI c ...

  • Looking back—and forward

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have had a busy week. I began it in Indianapolis ...

  • Ground Zero camp reunion

    This update is from Ground Zero Church co-pastor Anthony Mullins. Ground Zero Church, G ...

  • Future shock?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One day last week, I was standing in a grocery sto ...

  • Africa mission trip

    GCI Canada member Leigh Smithson recently made a mission trip to Africa where he visited v ...

  • Staten Island church plant

    Mary Bacheller This update is from Pastor Mary Bacheller, who reports on the progress ...

  • Death of Jessup Bahinting

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI national director in the Philippines. Pastor Jes ...

  • Camp Connections

    The Canadian eastern youth camp (Camp Connections) was held recently. Camp director Lynn L ...

  • Johnstons receive 25 year honors

    Left to right: Russell Duke, Ted Johnston, Joseph Tkach, Donna Johnston and Dan Rogers ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    Here is an update to the previous prayer request. We are pleased to report that Surgay ...

  • William Mankhomwa

    William and Chrissy Mankhomwa William Mankhomwa, a Research and Test Development Offic ...

  • Jonathan Rakestraw awarded GCS diploma

    Left to right: Jonathan Rakestraw, Dr. Tkach and Dr. Duke At the recent Regional Confe ...

  • Healthy hospital visits

    People make hospital visits for all sorts of reasons, including duty, friendship, repaymen ...

  • Bonny McQueary

    Together with Hugh Steiginga and Sarah Faulkner, Bonny McQueary serves on the pastoral tea ...

  • Surgay Kalamaha

    This prayer request is from district pastor Doug Johannsen concerning Surgay Kalahama, GCI ...

  • Jason Richards

    We have had several prayer requests concerning Jason Richards (click here for the last one ...

  • Sikh community

    During the closing worship service at the recent Orlando, Florida GCI Regional Conference, ...

  • Bahamas mission trip

    This report is excerpted from an article in the August 13 edition of The Freeport News. It ...

  • Africa update

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, GCI's missions director for central Africa. LIBERIA ...

  • A vision for church planting

    Church planting is a key part of GCI's vision of all kinds of churches, for all kinds of p ...

  • We belong!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the problems with religious jargon is that ...

  • A community of discernment

    A ministry team is called to be a community of discernment - by the enablement of the Holy ...

  • Chaplain ordained

    On August 5, Major Chaplain Joseph (Bo) Welch was ordained a GCI elder serving as a U.S. m ...

  • Jamaica mission trip and VBS

    For the past four years, GCI's Kingston, Jamaica church has hosted a week-long Vacation Bi ...

  • Warkentin family

    Maureen Warkentin, who works in GCI’s home office in Glendora, California, requests prayer ...

  • Camps update

    Here are video reports from four 2012 U.S. camps sponsored by GCI Generations Ministries: ...

  • Hans-Juergen Mittag

    Prayer is requested for Hans-Juergen Mittag, a GCI elder in Germany. He has a malignant gr ...

  • Death of Charlie Piscitello

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Charlie Piscitello who formerly pastored the GCI ...

  • Thailand update

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI's national leader in the Philippines and mission dir ...

  • Pastor Don Hussell

    Alice and Don Hussell Don Hussell, GCI Senior Pastor in Ripley, West Virginia, lives 3 ...

  • Strong theology vs. weak theology

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the best definitions of theology is the one ...

  • Australia Pastors Conference

    Here is a group picture from the recent GCI Australia Pastors Conference. Click here for a ...

  • Developing relationships with unchurched neighbors

    Here are links to eight videos that, taken in order, paint a helpful picture of ways to de ...

  • Barbara Miller ordained

    Barbara Miller On July 8, District Pastor Tim Brassell ordained long-time GCI member B ...

  • Serge Volpe graduates

    Serge Volpe We are pleased to announce that Serge A. Volpe, a GCI elder serving in Whi ...

  • Dulcinea Reneé debut

    Dulcinea Reneé, who is 16 years old, attends GCI's church in Bellevue, Washington with ...

  • Worship Workout

    This update is from Jeff Chandler who pastors the GCI church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. We ...

  • Colombian members interviewed

    Sonia Orozco, pastor of GCI's church in Barranquilla, Colombia and several members from he ...

  • Members in Muslim countries

    This update is from Eugene Guzon, GCI National Director for the Philippines and one of the ...

  • Death of Hector Cruz

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, GCI's Mission Director for Mexico. I am saddened to ...

  • Ministry coaching

    GCI Church Administration and Development (CAD) provides ministry coaches to new church pa ...

  • Daniel Leon's outreach

    Daniel Leon, a member of GCI's New Hope Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles and veteran of ...

  • Friends and fellows servants

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, ...

  • Jul 2012
  • Leslie Howard's book published

    Leslie Howard Leslie K. Howard has had her first book published. Leslie is a ministry ...

  • Olympian, Reuben Ross

    Nat and Mary Ross are members of GCI's congregation in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. They ...

  • Bogota church baptistry

    GCI's congregation in Bogota, Colombia used to conduct baptisms at a nearby swimming pool. ...

  • Evangelistic small groups in Ohio

    GCI's congregation in Tipp City, OH (CrossRoads Christian Fellowship) has been activel ...

  • On mission

    Here is food for thought concerning our participation, through the Spirit, with Jesus in t ...

  • Charles Shelton

    Here is an update on the previous prayer requests for Charles Shelton. Charles reports ...

  • Death of Kayte Wolverton

    We are saddened to learn that Kayte (Youngblood) Wolverton died on July 21 following a lon ...

  • How was God at work?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In John 5:17, Jesus said, "My Father is always at ...

  • Pastoral Internship Program

    In the video below, Greg Williams, coordinator of GCI's U.S. Pastoral Internship Program j ...

  • Visit from Texas Governor

    Left to right: Jane Parsons, Governor Rick Perry, Pastor Sonny Parsons The office of T ...

  • LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    Here is an update on the previous prayer request for LaVerne Wyatt-Paige. LaVerne has b ...

  • Mitch Vasseur given 25-year honors

    Mitch Vasseur and Joseph Tkach The GCI home office staff in Glendora, California gathe ...

  • U.S. camps map

    Here is a map that shows camps in the U.S. sponsored by GCI Generations Ministries (click ...

  • Help for new pastors

    GCI Church Administration and Development, USA provides help to prospective new full-time ...

  • Africa mission trip

    This prayer request is from GCI Canada director Gary Moore. Please pray for Leigh Smith ...

  • Camp reports

    Northern Light Camp (U.S.) This update is from Todd Fox, former director of Northern Ligh ...

  • Audrey Nickel

    This prayer request is from Deborah Paz concerning her mother Audrey Nickel. Please pra ...

  • Elaine Elliott

    This update is from Steve Elliott concerning his wife Elaine (click here for the earlier p ...

  • Facing our mortality

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I get older, I become more concerned about heal ...

  • LaVerne Wyatt-Paige

    Michael Wyatt-Paige, GCI's pastor in Phoenix, Arizona sent in this prayer request for his ...

  • Brigida Rufian

    Pedro Rufian, our pastor in Spain, sent in this prayer request for his wife Brigida. I ...

  • Blessing of children

    Grace of God Fellowship, GCI's church in Tucson, Arizona, recently held a special church s ...

  • Crossing Borders mission trip

    This report is from Crossing Borders director Lee Berger. This summer was Crossing ...

  • Spanish-speaking churches

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, mission developer for Spanish-speaking GCI churches in ...

  • Filipino youth training

    This update is from pastor Ben Babol, the pastoral team chairman of the GCI Philippines co ...

  • Vacation Bible School

    This summer, several GCI congregations are conducting a Vacation Bible School (VBS). They ...

  • A Deeper Walk

    GCI's Jacksonville, Florida congregation recently hosted A Deeper Walk - a seminar present ...

  • Theology video posted

    We have posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BROjIHxhkyo a video of theologians discus ...

  • Continuing education program

    U.S. pastors participating in track two of GCI's Pastoral Continuing Education Program may ...

  • Higgs boson: the God particle?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, There was some exciting news last week. Scientists ...

  • Kayte Wolverton

    Kayte Wolverton, wife of long-time GCI elder Monte Wolverton, is fighting cancer. Recently ...

  • Death of Wilmer Thompson

    We recently received a note from Mrs. Jo Ann Thompson that her husband, Wilmer G. Thompson ...

  • Bonnie Albrecht

    This follow up to a previous prayer request is from Bonnie's son, Charles Albrecht. I j ...

  • Church Development resources on GCI.org

    The GCI.org Church Development web page has been updated. It now provides a catalog of the ...

  • Southern Asia and South Pacific update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in Southern Asia and the South Pac ...

  • Celebrating freedom

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week, Americans celebrate their national holi ...

  • Colorado Springs fires

    Please continue to pray about the wildfires burning in and around Colorado Springs, Colora ...

  • Howard Blakeney graduates

    Congratulations to Howard Blakeney who pastors GCI's congregation in Marion, South Carolin ...

  • Short-term mission trips

    Through Generations Ministries, GCI in the U.S. facilitates short-term mission trips to lo ...

  • Broadnaxes receive 25-year honors

    At a worship service last Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, GCI president Joseph Tkach present ...

  • Beth Holm

    This prayer request is from GCI pastor Rand Holm, concerning his wife Beth. Rand and Beth ...

  • Jun 2012
  • Wildfires in Colorado

    We receive reports daily about the huge wildfires burning in Colorado and elsewhere in the ...

  • Bob Miller retires

    Last weekend at the U.S. Regional Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, GCI president Jos ...

  • Focused outreach

    Below is a video interview with two members of Living Hope Fellowship, the GCI congregatio ...

  • GCI Philippines update

    Here are updates about two recent GCI activities in the Philippines. Outreach to children ...

  • Flooding in Minnesota

    This update is from GCI pastor Gordy Lindquidst who lives in Minnesota where there has bee ...

  • Williams receive 25 year honors

    At the recent U.S. Regional Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, regional pastor Greg Wi ...

  • CrossWalk camp

    The following update is from CrossWalk camp director Mike Rasmussen. CrossWalk is a GCI Ge ...

  • GCS receives accreditation

    The following update is from Russell Duke, the president of Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) ...

  • Christianity: Only for dummies?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When Tammy is not with me, I never know who might ...

  • Bonnie Albrecht

    This prayer request is from Charles Albrecht who manages the GCI Church Administration and ...

  • Glendora 40th anniversary

    With about 170 people in attendance, New Covenant Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Glen ...

  • Bryce Minke graduates

    This update is from GCI-Canada pastor Craig Minke and his wife Debbie. Allow us to shar ...

  • Randal Dick graduates

    Congratulations to long-time GCI elder Randal Dick who graduated last week with a Ph.D. in ...

  • Standing Together visits HQ

    Standing Together, a group of evangelical pastors from the Salt Lake City area, recently ...

  • Elaine Elliott

    This update is from Steve Elliott concerning his earlier request for prayer for his wife E ...

  • Tabins arrive in U.S.

    As reported in a previous update, the Tabin family was approved by the U.S. government to ...

  • Politics and the pulpit

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The candidate to oppose President Obama this fall ...

  • Church planting network

    Linked below is a video that excerpts comments from GCI pastors in a district meeting in M ...

  • Charles Shelton

    Here is an update on Pastor Charles Shelton (a follow-up to the earlier prayer request). ...

  • Indianapolis 50th anniversary

    New Life Christian Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Indianapolis, Indiana is celebratin ...

  • A challenge to churches

    In a recent post on his ...in the meantime blog, David Lose asks, "Will churches go the wa ...

  • Jane Parsons

    Please pray for Jane Parsons, wife of Sonny Parsons who pastors GCI churches in Big Sandy, ...

  • Thoughts about Father

    Dear children of our heavenly Father, Next Sunday (June 17) is Father's Day in the U.S. ...

  • Sharon Washington and Donna Dunbar

    Following are updates from Pastor David Perry concerning previous prayer requests for Shar ...

  • Camp reports

    Following are reports on two GCI youth camps held recently. SEP Visayas: Jesus is More th ...

  • Canadian Thanksgiving Conference

    GCI Canada’s 2012 Thanksgiving Conference will be held in beautiful Penticton, British Col ...

  • Pastoral intern commissioned

    GCI-USA pastoral intern Jason Frantz, his wife Julie and their children are moving fro ...

  • Celebrating 50 years

    GCI congregations in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines recently celebrated their ...

  • Ken Williams retires, Greg Williams appointed

    Last weekend at the U.S. Regional Conference in Somerset, New Jersey, GCI presiden ...

  • Cozzis receive 25 year honors

    At the recent U.S. Regional Conference in Somerset, New Jersey, Pastor Luciano Cozzi a ...

  • Yorkton, Canada church 40th anniversary

    This update is from Gary Moore, GCI's national director in Canada. The Yorkton, Sas ...

  • GCI Germany 50th anniversary

    This update is from Santiago Lange, GCI's national director for Germany. On Pentecost S ...

  • Sharon Washington

    Sharon Washington, wife of Abner Washington, assistant pastor in New Life Christian Fellow ...

  • Understanding prophecy

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A journalist heard about an old Jewish man who had ...

  • Grenada retreat

    This update is from Charles Fleming, GCI's missions director for the Caribbean region. ...

  • Donna Dunbar

    Donna Dunbar, wife of Jim Dunbar, assistant pastor in Living Hope Fellowship, Lafayette, I ...

  • GCI school in Haiti restored

    This update is from Charles Fleming, GCI missions director in the Caribbean region. We ...

  • Core leadership skills

    The cartoon at right reminds us that leading a church or ministry is no easy task. Certain ...

  • Death of Jim Carlisle

    We are saddened to learn of the death of  Jim Carlisle, father of Brian Carlisle who pasto ...

  • GCS accreditation

    Please pray about the ongoing accreditation process for Grace Communion Seminary (GCS). ...

  • May 2012
  • David Pickett

    David Pickett, pastor of GCI's congregation in Burleson, TX recently experienced tingling ...

  • Elder ordinations

    GCI Church Administration and Development announced the following list of recently ordaine ...

  • Memorial Day reflections

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Monday the United States celebrated Memorial ...

  • Crossing Borders interview

    Recently, Johnny and Mollie Weatherman (alumni of GCI's Crossing Borders mission trip) wer ...

  • GCI endorses Navy Chaplain

    A couple of years ago, Jonathan Henderson, then assistant and youth pastor in a non-de ...

  • Tell good stories

    The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) recently launched The Good Sto ...

  • SEP Philippines

    GCI's SEP camp in Luzon, Philippines was held in May. Participants in the six-day camp inc ...

  • Young people & digital media

    Parents and churches are challenged to adapt to the communication styles and technologies ...

  • Brain Rules for meetings

    Molecular biologist John Medina is author of the best-selling book Brain Rules: 12 Princip ...

  • Theology in perspective

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Peanuts cartoon strip below, Lucy is like s ...

  • Spiritual formation seminar

    This update is from Mark McCulley, a district and church pastor in the Denver, CO area. ...

  • Joe Dailey

    This update from GCI legal services administrative assistant Evelyn Dailey is a follow up ...

  • Philippine Missions Fest

    This update is from Beth Leyva, member of the GCI Philippine Missions Team. GCI Philipp ...

  • Mark Porter graduates

    Congratulations to Mark Porter, who leads the pastoral team in the GCI congregation in Mil ...

  • Mission Developers conference in Chicago

    This update is from Rick Shallenberger who was a guest at the conference. Nine Internat ...

  • Conference honors

    At the recent U.S. Regional Conference in Chicago, several individuals were recognized ...

  • Glendora church 40th anniversary invitation

    GCI's Glendora, CA congregation will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 16. The celebr ...

  • Eric Wilding's graduation

    We are pleased to announce that Eric Wilding, a GCI elder and professor at Grace Com ...

  • Community outreach

    GCI's congregation in Tipp City, OH (CrossRoads Christian Fellowship) had a key role in th ...

  • Immigration reform statement

    GCI president Dr. Joseph Tkach announced recently that as a member of the National Associa ...

  • Hannah Albrecht's baptism

    CAD operations manager Charles Albrecht and his wife Susi are pleased to announce that the ...

  • Haiti update

    This update is from Joseph Franklin, GCI's national ministry leader in Haiti. There a ...

  • Leslie Schmedes

    Here is an update on retired pastor Leslie Schmedes (click here for the original request). ...

  • Hispanic heritage celebration

    This update is from Neil Earle, senior pastor of GCI's congregation in Glendora, CA. ...

  • Is image really everything?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The author of Hebrews tells us about God-fearing m ...

  • Allen Olson

    Former GCI pastor Allen Olson has been battling Huntington’s disease for the last few year ...

  • David Orth

    This update is from David Orth, associate pastor of GCI's congregation in San Antonio, TX. ...

  • Virginia Beach 41st anniversary

    This update is from Curtis May. On the weekend of April 21-22, my wife Jannice and ...

  • Love Wichita

    This update is from Ross Hays of Grace Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Wichita, Kansas ...

  • Happy Mother's Day

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Mother’s Day in the U.S. is next Sunday (May 1 ...

  • Amber (Schnippert) Patrick

    A few weeks ago we passed along a request for prayer for Amber sent in by her father and G ...

  • Marriage ministry

    Current cultural trends and legal changes in marriage, families, relationships and sexual ...

  • Transformational Church

    This update is from Stuart Mahan, senior pastor of the GCI congregation in Toledo, OH. ...

  • Tucson outreach

    This update is from elder Ted Millhuff. After two months of donations at services o ...

  • Death of Al Yeager

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Al Yeager, husband of Sheila Yeager and the pasto ...

  • Joe Dailey

    This update is from Evelyn Dailey, who serves as Bernie Schnippert's administrative assist ...

  • Denise Olson

    A few weeks ago, we requested prayer for Denise Olson, wife of GCI pastor Ray Olson (click ...

  • Small church resources

    For a helpful list of resources for small churches, see the links posted on Small Church.c ...

  • Charles Shelton

    In a previous update we requested prayer for Charles Shelton, the pastor of the London, KY ...

  • Philippine leadership training

    This update is from Pastor Rex Dela Pena, National Youth Director for GCI Philippines. ...

  • Why bother with theology?

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Many people find theology to be complicated, confusi ...

  • Leslie Schmedes

    Leslie Schmedes was admitted recently to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Southern Califo ...

  • Nepal update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission director in Southern Asia, New Zealand and t ...

  • Africa update

    This update is from Kalengule Kaoma, mission director for Central Africa. Zambia The Zam ...

  • Apr 2012
  • Jimmie Friddle

    Jimmie's wife Marj recently sent this update (see the original prayer request at https://u ...

  • Mission and ministry capacity

    A key task for church leaders is to lead congregations in planning for the future. This in ...

  • Hampton's 50th anniversary

    Congratulations to retired GCI pastor Maceo Hampton and his wife Phoebe. They celebrated t ...

  • Pastoral intern summit

    This update is from Carrie Smith, a GCI pastoral intern in the San Diego, CA, area. On ...

  • Steve McVey

    We recently requested prayer for Steve McVey (https://update.gci.org/category/prayer/page/ ...

  • Global Day of Prayer

    On May 27, Christians all over the world will assemble for the Global Day of Prayer (GDO ...

  • Mexico conference

    This update is from Lorenzo Arroyo, who works in U.S. Church Administration and Develo ...

  • Tim Sitterley

    GCI pastor Tim Sitterley recently suffered a heart attack. We thank God that he survived. ...

  • Women's retreat in Texas

    This update is from Janalee Swisher. New Covenant Fellowship, the GCI congregation in T ...

  • Thoughts about liturgy

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In my Weekly Update letter last week, I discussed ...

  • Death of Wilma Wilson

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Wilma Wilson, wife of Frederick Wilson, the ...

  • Jewel Love

    In September 2011 we gave an update on Jewel Love, who is battling prostate cancer. Here i ...

  • Thoughts about worship

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the last two decades, our denomination has made ...

  • Spiritual Retreat in Spain

    GCI's churches in Spain invite members and friends from all around the world to join them ...

  • Bangladesh update

    This update is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission director in Southern Asia, New Zealand and t ...

  • Church planting networks

    Several GCI church districts in the United States have formed networks to facilitate the p ...

  • Latin America update

    This update is from Hector Barrero, GCI missions director for Latin America.  About 60 ...

  • Steve McVey

    Please pray for Steve McVey and his wife Melanie. Steve, who leads Grace Walk Ministries,  ...

  • Churches on Facebook

    Several GCI congregations are finding that having a Facebook page is a helpful way to comm ...

  • Joyce Frankel

    Please pray for Joyce Frankel, wife of GCI pastor Richard Frankel. Joyce had surger ...

  • Death of Virginia Shaw

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Virginia Shaw, mother of GCI district pastor and ...

  • Jesus: the unexpected Messiah

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Why didn’t Jesus go down in history as a failure? ...

  • Deben Sam

    We learned recently that Pastor Deben Sam, GCI ministry partner in Nepal, was severely ...

  • Charles Shelton

    GCI London, KY pastor Charles Shelton requests our prayers. He was recently hospitalized w ...

  • Canada update

    This update is from GCI Canada director Gary Moore. I recently had a most enjoyable vis ...

  • Haiti update

    The following update is from GCI's pastor in Haiti, Joseph Franklin. In the past six mo ...

  • Fountain of Life Broadcast

    This update is from Todd Crouch, who pastors Fountain of Life Church, the GCI congregation ...

  • John Nelson

    We recently requested prayer for John Nelson who is part of the team that pastors the Pike ...

  • Why young Christians leave

    A recent Barna survey identifies six reasons why young Christians leave the church. Read a ...

  • Death of Jean Alice Hopwood

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Jean Alice Hopwood, mother of Phil Hopwood who is ...

  • Tabin immigration approved

    This update is from Randy Bloom, director of GCI Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM). ...

  • CMM Summit

    The following update is from GCI Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM) director Randy Blo ...

  • Mineral Wells 40th anniversary

    Grace Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Mineral Wells, WV held a special service on Marc ...

  • GCI pastor awarded Ph.D.

    Last February, Roger Galstad who pastors the GCI congregation in Eau Claire, WI, was award ...

  • Death of Marcelina Dela Pena

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Marcelina Dela Pena, mother of GCI Phillipines pa ...

  • Small Change for Haiti

    This update is from John Halford who serves as an elder in the GCI congregation mentioned ...

  • A message for Holy Week

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, There was something about the regional conference ...

  • Jimmy Friddle

    Marj Friddle requests prayer for her husband, retired GCI pastor Jimmy Friddle. Jim ...

  • Denise Olson

    Please pray for Denise Olson, wife of Raymond Olson who pastors the GCI congregation in Wa ...

  • Mar 2012
  • Church websites

    In an age dominated by digital media, having a church website can be a helpful (even neces ...

  • Maceo Hampton

    Retired GCI pastor Maceo Hampton has been battling prostate cancer. Here is his praise rep ...

  • De La Rosa wedding

    On March 25, GCI pastor Gildardo De La Rosa was united in marriage to Karina Hernandez ...

  • A redemptive moment

    GCI pastor Neil Earle recently wrote the following short article for his congregation's we ...

  • The written word reveals the Living Word

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In our Statement of Beliefs, in the section concer ...

  • VBS training offered

    Carla Sethna, a member of the GenMin Mission Event Resource Team has announced that Freedo ...

  • Update on L.A. church plant

    The following update is from GCI pastor and U.S. district leader Heber Ticas concerning th ...

  • Vision for outreach

    In the videos below, Jeff Broadnax and David Marquis - both GCI pastors in Ohio - discuss ...

  • John Nelson

    John Nelson was ordained last month as an elder and commissioned as a member of the Grace ...

  • Mission Event Resource Team formed

    In service to GCI churches, Generations Ministries (GenMin) sponsors both camps and missio ...

  • Ordinations

    Though we don't always know of all ordinations around the world, here are some that we've ...

  • Report on Namibia

    The following report is from Tim Maguire, GCI mission developer in Southern Africa. ...

  • Ingrid Mandel

    We received this prayer request from Ingrid Mandel, wife of retired GCI pastor Willi Mande ...

  • Reaching out with the gospel

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: What is the best, most effective way to share the ...

  • Members publish books

    Two GCI members recently had books published: Mike Feazell Mike, who retired from GCI in ...

  • Steve and Elaine Elliott

    Some time ago we asked for prayer for Elaine, wife of Steve Elliott of Turlock, CA (click ...

  • Thailand and Vanuatu

    The following report is from Rod Matthews, GCI mission developer in SE Asia, New Zealand a ...

  • Haitian church seeks affiliation

    The following report is from Joseph Franklin, GCI pastor in Haiti. Recently, I was appr ...

  • Death of Ira Queener

    We are saddened to announce the death of Ira Queener, father of Mark Queener who pastors G ...

  • Asian GCI conference

    John and Naomi Biswas, Roger Lippross, and Robin and Arline Connelly left from Southern Ca ...

  • 21st century loaves & fishes?

    The following report is from GCI member Vladimir Grishin. Every year Grace Christian Co ...

  • A new generation of leaders

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In my letter to you this week, I want to draw your ...

  • Place-sharing with Jesus

    Copyright 1984 Doug Hall and Christianity Today International/BuildingChurchLeaders.co ...

  • Jim Roberts retires

    At the recent Ontario, CA regional conference, GCI Pastor General Joseph Tkach present ...

  • GenMin summit

    GCI’s Generations Ministries (GenMin) recently held its annual summit at Mt. Lebanon Camp ...

  • CAD announces new leaders

    GCI Church Administration and Development (CAD) director Dr. Dan Rogers recently announced ...

  • John Nelson ordained

    Long-time GCI member John Nelson was recently ordained an elder in the Pikeville, KY c ...

  • Medical mission in India

    The following report is from Raymond Olson, pastor of The Harbor Missionary Church, GCI's ...

  • Amber (Schnippert) Patrick

    The following prayer request is from Amber's father and GCI legal counsel, Bernie Schnippe ...

  • Feb 2012
  • Growth via Bogota marriage classes

    The following update is from Hector Barrero who pastors GCI's congregation in Bogota, Colo ...

  • Free books by Steve McVey

    We have taped several You're Included interviews with Dr. Steve McVey (view one at www ...

  • Our mission and vision

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We have just concluded the first of our 2012 US re ...

  • Avoiding ministry burnout

    The following post is from GCI regional pastor Ken Williams. Ministry burnout is a ...

  • PD Kurts appointed GCI chaplain coordinator

    The US military requires that its chaplains be endorsed by a denomination or other recogni ...

  • Working with cohabitating couples

    Pastors often ask about how to counsel and otherwise work with couples attending their con ...

  • GCI members in the heart of San Francisco

    San Francisco Community Fellowship (SFCC), is a dynamic GCI congregation in the heart of S ...

  • Prediction addiction

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I can relate to the cartoon above (used with per ...

  • Bulante-Heimsoth engagement

    On February 12, Dee Bulante, pastor of the GCI congregation in Portland, OR, gave a se ...

  • Growth of school in Thailand

    This update is from John Halford, editor of GCI's Christian Odyssey magazine. On Fe ...

  • Resources for making disciples

    Below are links to two helpful resources from Verge. They address key skills and approache ...

  • GCI Malawi report

    GCI pastor and district pastoral leader Rick Shallenberger recently traveled to Africa on ...

  • GCI Philippines update

    50th anniversary celebrations 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Grace Communion Internati ...

  • Naomi Biswas

    In the last Update, we asked for prayer for Naomi Biswas. She is feeling better, though sh ...

  • Jason Richards

    The following update on Jason Richard's condition was sent on February 11 by his grandfath ...

  • Big Sandy members honored

    This report is from Sonny Parsons, senior pastor of the GCI church in Big Sandy, TX. ...

  • Death of Ina Moore

    The following is from Gary Moore, GCI national director in Canada. I'm saddened to anno ...

  • GCI Mozambique report

    Click here to watch a video report from GCI South Africa national leader Tim Maguire conce ...

  • GCI Malawi report

    GCI pastor and district pastoral leader Rick Shallenberger recently traveled to Africa on ...

  • Free preaching webinar

    A free webinar (web-based seminar) on preaching is being offered on March 15 from 1:00-4:0 ...

  • Tammy Tkach visits Tucson

    Tammy Tkach visited Grace of God Fellowship in Tucson, AZ, on January 29. She gave a sermo ...

  • Real love

                           A Leadership cartoon by Lee D. Johnson.|Copyright © 2010 Christia ...

  • Roy Page retires, Craig Minke installed

    After over 47 years of faithful service as a GCI minister and church pastor, Roy Page ...

  • Birth of Charly Maduka

    Santiago Lange, GCI national director in Germany, and his wife Elke are pleased to ...

  • Naomi Biswas

    Please pray for Naomi Biswas, wife of John Biswas, the leader of the Bengali Evangelical A ...

  • GCI Zambia report

    GCI pastor and district pastoral leader Rick Shallenberger recently traveled to Africa on ...

  • Carlton Green

    The following prayer request is from Rand Holm, a GCI pastor in Southern California. Fo ...

  • Online donation system improved

    The GCI IT Department announces improvements to the GCI online donation system. Individ ...

  • US pastoral internship program

    This report is from Greg Williams who coordinates the GCI US Pastoral Internship Program o ...

  • Steve and Elaine Elliott

    Many of you reading this will remember Steve Elliott who has spoken at GCI conferences ...

  • Jason Richards

    Following is an update on Jason Richards, grandson of GCI pastor Martin Manuel (the last u ...

  • Black History Month

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, February is Black History month in the USA, in whi ...

  • The spirit of prophecy

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Richard Frankel, one of our pastors in the Chicago ...

  • Milo Umlas commissioned

    The GCI congregation in Pampanga, Philippines rejoiced on January 22 as national director ...

  • ACCM classes

    A valuable resource for ministry equipping is Ambassador College of Christian Ministry ...

  • Thanks to Scott Wertz

    Employees at the GCI home office in Glendora held a party on January 11 to say goodbye ...

  • Anthony Mullins commissioned

    GCI elder Anthony Mullins recently relocated from Atlanta to the Denver area where he ...

  • NAE: Loving the Least of These

    As a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), GCI is frequently updated o ...

  • Teens serve homeless

    Teens from New Hope Christian Fellowship (the GCI congregation in the Eagle Rock area of L ...

  • Ed Stetzer blogs about GCI

    In a recent LifeWay Research blog post about relating to those outside orthodoxy, Ed S ...

  • Jan 2012
  • Death of James Harvin

    We are saddened to announce the death of GCI friend and co-worker James Harvin of Long ...

  • Mexican youth camp

    The following report is from Samuel Mercado, national youth ministry leader for GCI in Mex ...

  • Historic gathering of denominational leaders

    On January 13, Joseph Tkach (GCI president) and Russell Duke (GCI vice president) were gue ...

  • Death of Verlantina Dizon

    We are saddened to announce that Verlantina Dizon died on January 12. She is the mothe ...

  • A cloak of invisibility?

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I read in the news recently how scientists have ma ...

  • GenMin Summit registration

    The annual Generations Ministries (GenMin) Summit will be held on March 2-4, 2012 at the M ...

  • Baxter Kruger videos

    GCI media has posted videos of a "Free to Live" conference conducted for GCI by Trinit ...

  • Snowblast

    The following report is from Doug Johannsen Snowblast 2012 was held January 14-16 at Ir ...

  • Mary Bacheller ordained

    Mary Bacheller was ordained an elder on January 15 during the worship service at New L ...

  • Social media in ministry

    Several GCI congregations are finding that social media (such as Facebook) is a useful too ...

  • The challenges of communication

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As those called to be God's fellow workers (1 Cor. ...

  • Barranquilla, Colombia church

    The GCI congregation in Barranquilla, Colombia has 45 members and an average attendance of ...

  • ORM praise report

    In a GCI Weekly Update announcement last December, it was noted that Curtis May, who d ...

  • Alwis wedding

    GCI Australia pastor Mohan Jayasekera and his wife Nihara are pleased to announce the rece ...

  • Larry Hinkle graduates

    On December 17, GCI pastor Larry Hinkle graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ash ...

  • Transitioning your church without killing it

    To participate actively and skillfully in mission with Jesus in an increasingly post-Chris ...

  • Outreach in Ohio & Indiana

    The videos below are interviews with GCI senior pastors Jim Valekis (Tipp City, OH) and Ro ...

  • The presence and power of Jesus

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Every part of life is enriched by the presence and ...

  • Death of Anne Robey-Graham

    The following is from Gary Moore, GCI director in Canada. We are saddened to announ ...

  • Preaching resources

    The January issue of Equipper highlights the importance of preaching and offers resources ...

  • Outreach in Madrid

    This report is from Pedro Rufian in Spain. GCI members in Madrid are thanking God f ...

  • New FaithTalk training videos

    The CAD Ministry Development Team offers training to facilitators of FaithTalk groups - a ...

  • Continuing education program

    CAD has posted an updated edition of the Pastoral Continuing Education Program Guide at ht ...

  • Black History Month ideas

    As noted in the January issue of Equipper, February in the U.S. is designated as Black His ...

  • Larry Wooldridge graduates

    We are pleased to announce that on December 17, GCI pastor Larry Wooldridge graduated ...

  • The Christmas epistles

    For a helpful article from Jeff McSwain on the importance and meaning of the incarnation, ...

  • Birthday gifts for Jesus

    Two GCI members, Kayla Shallenberger from Cincinnati, OH, and Carrie Smith from Pittsburgh ...

  • New Zealand earthquake

    This report is from Philip Baldwin. Another major earthquake rocked Christchurch, NZ on ...

  • Birmingham 50th anniversary

    Birmingham, Alabama, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on February 12, 2012. Birmingham ...

  • On turning 60: Looking forward

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As the New Year begins, I was amused to see that t ...

  • Gary and Cathy Deddo

    In the last issue of Weekly Update it was announced that Dr. Gary Deddo is now working par ...

  • Destruction in the Philippines

    Eugene Guzon, GCI national director in the Philippines, writes concerning the recent devas ...

  • Jason Richards

    The following prayer update is from GCI pastor Martin Manuel concerning his grandson Jason ...

  • Death of Byron Duke

    We are saddened to announce the death of Byron Duke who died unexpectedly on Monday aftern ...

  • Transformational Church consulting services

    In 2012, the GCI U.S. Ministry Development Team will continue to provide Transformational ...

  • Portland Christmas outreach

    This report is from Living Christian Fellowship member Paul Hailey. Living Faith Ch ...

  • Crossing Borders mission trip

    The following report is from Lee Berger who directs the GenMin Crossing Borders mission te ...

  • Dec 2011
  • Short-term mission trips

    “Going on short-term mission trips has changed me. I now see my whole life as a mission fi ...

  • Death of Robert McAlexander

    We are saddened to announce the death of Robert McAlexander, associate pastor in Eugene an ...

  • New videos

    GCI media announces the posting of a new 2-part Dimensions in Ministry interview with ...

  • KJV library display

    On November 1 GCI Pastor Neil Earle and his wife Susan were invited to set up a “400 Y ...

  • Death of Dennis Lawrence

    We are saddened to announce the death of Dennis Lawrence, a GCI pastor in Montreal Can ...

  • Mike Feazell retiring

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, By now, many of you are probably aware that Dr. Mi ...

  • 100th birthday

    For the last seven years New Hope Christian Fellowship (the GCI congregation in Eagle ...

  • Jamaica convention

    The following report is from Charles Fleming, GCI Missions Director for the Caribbean regi ...

  • Birth of Sophie Weber

    Glen and Connie Weber, who pastor New Hope Christian Fellowship, the GCI congregation in E ...

  • Janna Jones

    Here's an update from Jim Kissee on his daughter Janna Jones: I just arrived home and w ...

  • Tipp City Christmas outreach

    The following report is from Becky Valekis, wife of Jim Valekis, senior pastor of CrossRoa ...

  • Jesus' present coming

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am reminded of a funny story about three boys, a ...

  • Sermon videos

    Some GCI congregations need video sermons to fill in when live sermons are not possible. T ...

  • Africa update

    The following report is from Kalengule Kaoma, GCI Mission Developer in Central Africa: Gh ...

  • Janna Jones

    Here is an update to an earlier prayer request for Janna Jones from her father, GCI pastor ...

  • Curtis May to participate in COPS conference

    Curtis May, director of the GCI-affiliated Office of Reconciliation and Spiritual Medi ...

  • Crossing Borders to Mexico

    A group of missionaries from GenMin's Crossing Borders ministry are leaving on Friday, Dec ...

  • Death of Marie Lee

    We are saddened to report the death of long-time GCI member Victoria Marie Lee, 86, of ...

  • Honolulu congregation

    The following report is from Glen Weber who serves as senior pastor of New Hope Christian ...

  • Philippine conference

    A Pastoral Team Conference for GCI Northern Luzon pastors and ministry leaders was held No ...

  • Christmas videos

    Here are two videos that might be helpful in Christmas-themed Bible studies or youth Sunda ...

  • Nov 2011
  • Hazel Roberts

    Please pray for Hazel Roberts, wife of Jim Roberts who pastors the GCI congregation in ...

  • England: Back to Church service

    On Sunday September 25, members of the GCI/WCG congregation in Manchester, England combine ...

  • Africa update

    The following report is from Kalengule Kaoma, GCI Missions Director for much of Africa. R ...

  • Ordinations

    We are delighted to report two recent elder ordinations and a pastor commissioning. Ga ...

  • Thanksgiving outreach

    The following report is from George Hart, pastor of Christ Community Church (CCC), one of ...

  • A message of hope

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, When I read Scripture these days I do so through a ...

  • Community Cafe

    Good News Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Nashville, TN (pastored by Jonathan Stepp) h ...

  • Members in Kinshasa

    We received word that our members in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo were being ...

  • Angola

    On September 2, GCI members from Luanda visited Bengo Catete, which is 44 kilometers away. ...

  • December Equipper

    The December issue of Equipper is now available online at http://mindev.gci.org/Web%20Docu ...

  • Advent greetings

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, To those in the U.S., happy Thanksgiving!  And to ...

  • Dr. John McKenna

    Dr. John McKenna is doctrinal advisor to Grace Communion International and a Grace Communi ...

  • GenMin camps & mission trips report

    Anthony Mullins who leads GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) camps and mission trips, sub ...

  • Birth of Ethan Mills

    Bill and Kathy Miller are happy to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Eth ...

  • FaithTalk

    GCI in the United States advocates the formation of evangelistic small groups referred to ...

  • Thanksgiving and praise

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In the United States, next Thursday (November 24) ...

  • South African church

    As is the case in other parts of the world, our churches in South Africa are facing diffic ...

  • Amphibious Christians

    The following is from an article titled, "Amphibious Christians Make the Best Contemporary ...

  • Children's Closet ministry

    The following report is from GCI member Mary Fozard: With our nation facing a weak econ ...

  • Report from Canada

    The following report is from Gary Moore, national director for GCI in Canada. For healt ...

  • Wichita 50th anniversary

    GCI's Wichita, Kansas congregation is planning its 50th anniversary to be held on December ...

  • Crossing Borders mission

    Lee Berger who leads the Generations Ministries Crossing Borders mission submitted this up ...

  • Alisha Austin

    In this occasional feature of GCI Weekly Update, we will profile some of our GCI membe ...

  • Rex Dela Pena

    Here is a prayer update from Rex Dela Pena, one of our pastors in the Philippines: My f ...

  • Asia and the Pacific

    The following report is from Rod Matthews, GCI's Mission Director for Southern Asia, New Z ...

  • European conferences

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:   Thank you so much for the many thoughtfu ...

  • Colyer tapes posted

    Video and audio recordings of lectures from theologian, Dr. Elmer Colyer on "Participatory ...

  • Dells Celebration

    About 400 people attended the GCI Dells Celebration held in Wisconsin Dells, WI on Septemb ...

  • Death of Anne-Marie Kennedy

    We are saddened to learn of the death of Anne-Marie Kennedy. She died on November 7 from a ...

  • Odyssey In Christ Retreat

    From October 27-30, 17 people gathered for the first Odyssey in Christ spiritual formation ...

  • Philippine Festival

    Members from the Philippines attended the annual Philippine Festival on October 28-31 ...

  • Big Sandy revisited

    The following report is from John Halford. When Ambassador University in Big Sandy ...

  • Roy Page

    Roy Page, GCI's pastor in Vancouver and Prince George, Canada recently had a heart attack ...

  • Bernie Schnippert

    The following note is from Bernie Schnippert. Recently I gave a health update in which ...

  • New church launched in L.A.

    A recent report in GCI Weekly Update told of the work of our San Fernando, CA church in st ...

  • On being evangelical

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: An interesting map appeared recently in USA Today. ...

  • Oct 2011
  • Discipleship or grace?

    Is there a conflict between discipleship and grace? Is discipleship a form of legalism? Th ...

  • Death of Ken Buck

    We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Ken Buck, a long-time GCI elder who in re ...

  • Ministry with Jesus

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Followers of Jesus (the Bible calls them disciples ...

  • Sermon prep for busy pastors

    Many pastors, particularly those who are bivocational, are pressed for time in their sermo ...

  • Colombia retreat

    This report is from Hector Barrero, national director for GCI in Colombia. Our annual r ...

  • Family camp

    Tori Emerson submitted this report about Generations Ministries' NW Connections Family Cam ...

  • Evangelism: simple

    We sometimes make evangelism more complicated than it is. For simple ways to engage your c ...

  • Swiss retreat

    GCI members in Switzerland recently gathered in the town of Zug for a few days of study, p ...

  • Atlanta church anniversary

    Living Hope Christian Fellowship, one of GCI's congregations in the Atlanta area, recently ...

  • Participants in God's work of evangelism

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During the recent ministerial conference in Canada ...

  • Bernie Schnippert

    Dear friends, As you know, I have been recovering very well from the four “Tumor kills” ...

  • Mission trip in Africa

    In September, missionaries from Grace Missions of U.S. Generations Ministries led a two-we ...

  • New superintendent for churches in Mexico

    Joseph Tkach recently announced a change in the oversight of GCI churches in Mexico. U ...

  • Michael Wyatt-Paige

    Please pray for Michael Wyatt-Paige, who pastors two GCI congregations in Phoenix. Michael ...

  • ORM conference

    Curtis May, director of the Office of Reconciliation and Spiritual Mediation (ORM), submit ...

  • Penticton retreat

    Gary Moore, national director for GCI in Canada submitted this report. Wendy, Kylie ...

  • Al Nelson

    GCI pastor Al Nelson sent the following update concerning the flood damage that he and his ...

  • International Day of Prayer

    November 13 is the International Day of Prayer. This year the theme is Hearing Their Cry. ...

  • Felix Johnson

    The following update concerning Felix Johnson is from his wife Melba: Felix is home fro ...

  • Janna Jones

    Janna Jones, the daughter of GCI pastor Jim Kissee, gives the following update: I would ...

  • OMNIA: SEP Rockies

    OMNIA was the theme for SEP Rockies, the Generations Ministries camp in Colorado. OMNIA is ...

  • Philippine Festival 2011

    Philippine members gathered at Teachers Camp, September 21-25, for Festival 2011 with the ...

  • Peru Seminar

    The following report is from mission developer Hector Barrero. About 40 people recently ...

  • Sharing God's life and love

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As I look over the list of activities and events t ...

  • Ghana Convention 2011

    Convention 2011 in Ghana took in two locations on September 8-11. The theme was “Come Cele ...

  • Ideas for reaching out

    Church planter and blogger Josh Reeves (http://joshreeves.tumblr.com/) has posted a helpfu ...

  • NZ Conference

    This update is from mission developer Rod Matthews. This summer, a conference for the G ...

  • Forward together, through prayer

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As you know, I often close my Weekly Update letter ...

  • Dishon Mills sermon

    Here is a sermon from Dishon Mills, the GCI church planter who is forming a team to start ...

  • Trip to Sri Lanka

    The following report is from Mohan Jayasekara, GCI director in Sri Lanka. I am amaz ...

  • On mission in Malawi

    Kayla Shallenberger and Carrie Smith, two young GCI members from the United States, are on ...

  • Seminar in Phoenix

    Thirty-one people representing five congregations gathered in Phoenix, AZ for a Ministry D ...

  • Karen Torgerson

    The following update on Karen is from Doug Johannsen. Betty and I visited Karen this we ...

  • Marj Friddle

    The following praise report is from Marj Friddle. Dear family and friends, I have ve ...

  • Irish ordinations

    The highlight of this year’s Irish Autumn Harvest Festival (held Sept. 11-17), was the ord ...

  • SEP UK report

    SEP UK was held for two weeks this August in the stunning environment of Loch Lomond, Scot ...

  • October Equipper

    The new Equipper discusses being missional churches. It features the following video on re ...

  • Sep 2011
  • The Gospel is Good News

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Have you ever watched a TV advertisement for a pro ...

  • Chile and Argentina visit

    This report is from Hector Barrero, GCI mission developer in South America. From Septem ...

  • Bogota, Colombia - Celebrating Marriage and Friendships

    This report was filed by Hector Barrero, GCI mission developer in South America. Last S ...

  • Jewel Love

    We are very grateful to all of you for your prayers to our faithful and loving God on beha ...

  • Leading with Jesus

    A series of helpful articles on Christ-centered leadership is found at  http://www.leaders ...

  • Karen Torgerson

    Karen Torgerson, wife of our Wisconsin Dells' pastor John Torgerson, has been fighting a c ...

  • Ordination in Africa

    This report was filed by Kalengule Kaoma, GCI mission developer in Africa. I recent ...

  • Bengali Evangelical Association 25th anniversary

    We are pleased to announce that the Bengali Evangelical Association recently celebrated it ...

  • Marj Friddle

    Marj Friddle reported good news about her progress with colon cancer! We rejoice with her ...

  • Legal briefing: involvement by churches in political activit ...

    This briefing from the Legal Department concerns how the denomination or local churches ma ...

  • Christians and politics

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Here in the United States, political campaigns are ...

  • Italian Festival report

    Over 60 members from all parts of Italy and guest speaker John Halford gathered in the bea ...

  • Building Blocks in Colorado

    This report was filed by Mark McCulley, GCI pastor and district pastoral leader in Colorad ...

  • Crossing Borders, shoebox outreach

    Crossing Borders of GCI Generations Ministries is a mission outreach that travels to Mexic ...

  • GCI Philippines masters program

    Following the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the International Graduate Sc ...

  • Follow Jesus in developing leaders

    A key concern of pastors and ministry leaders is to participate with Jesus in identifying ...

  • Celebrating Dennis Lawrence's ministry

    On September 10, the Montreal, Quebec congregation held a celebration in honor of Denn ...

  • Heartland SEP camp report

    The following report is from Heartland camp director, Todd Woods. This summer, we held ...

  • Africa mission trip

    Janet Morrison, director of Generations Ministries Great Commission Trips, returned recent ...

  • Churches on mission

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I praise God daily for the many ways our churches ...

  • Mindanao pastoral team conference

    77 pastors and pastoral team members, from all over Mindanao, Philippines, attended a ...

  • Haiti mission trip

    The following report is from Carribbean Mission Developer Charles Fleming. Over the wee ...

  • Kansas City church 50th anniversary in October

    Living Grace Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Kansas City, is hosting a celebration of ...

  • 58: The Film

    NAE (The National Association of Evangelicals) has announced the October premier of the fi ...

  • Montana garden outreach

    The GCI congregation in Kalispell, Montana is sponsoring a community garden as an outreach ...

  • Jason Richards

    Many of us have been praying for Jason Richards, the grandson of GCI pastor Martin Manuel. ...

  • Jeff Chandler

    Jeff Chandler, who pastors the GCI church in Jonesboro, Arkansas was featured recently ...

  • New Heights camp report

    Following is a report from camp director Jeff Broadnax, concerning Generations Ministries' ...

  • Felix Johnson

    Melba Johnson requests prayer for her husband, Felix, who is an assistant pastor in one of ...

  • Caribbean Women's Conference

    The 2011 GCI Caribbean Women's Conference was held at the end of July in Arima, Trinidad a ...

  • Grace Stokes

    Pastor Jim Stokes is praising God, and asking for additional prayer for his wife Grace: ...

  • Elkhart church: 50 years

    On August 28, Grace Family Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Elkhart, Indiana, celebrate ...

  • Why Church Planting?

    In the video below, Dr. Joseph Tkach and Dr. Dan Rogers discuss why church planting is an ...

  • Pastor Jon Pairitz commissioned

    On August 28, Pastor Jon Pairitz was commissioned as the new senior pastor of the GCI cong ...

  • Remembering 9/11

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years si ...

  • Dennis Lawrence

    The following announcement and request is from Gary Moore, GCI-Canada National Director. ...

  • Update on L.A. church plant

    Last time, we reported on a new GCI satellite congregation being planted in Los Angeles.   ...

  • Marj Friddle

    Here is an update from Marj Friddle who continues to recover from her recent cancer surger ...

  • Aug 2011
  • 'Living Loved' curriculum offered

    The standard teaching curriculum for GCI Generations Ministries (GenMin) camps this summer ...

  • Birth of Emily Lorraine Wertz

    Congratulations to first time grandparents Scott Wertz (a long time employee at GCI's home ...

  • Tragedy and Celebration

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Hurricane Irene has left a long trail of destructi ...

  • Philippine Leadership Retreat

    On June 24-26, leaders of GCI churches in Bicol, Philippines gathered for a leadership ret ...

  • Sept. Equipper: FaithTalk groups

    The September issue of Equipper is now available online at http://www.wcg.org/mindev/Web%2 ...

  • Salt Lake City Church: 45 years

    The Salt Lake City, Utah, congregation, Grace Fellowship, celebrated their 45th anniversar ...

  • Exeter Church: 35 years

    The Exeter, England church celebrated their 35th anniversary on July 22. Twenty-two member ...

  • Update on Marj Friddle

    Jim Friddle gives us this update on the progress of his wife Marj: Dear ones, Marj a ...

  • Sharing what God is doing

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We hope you enjoy our new Weekly Update. We contin ...

  • John and Naomi Biswas and Rand Holm in car accident

    GCI pastor Rand Holm asks that we pray for Dr. John and Naomi Biswas. They were on the ...

  • Base Camp in middle Tennessee

    Base Camp, the Generations Ministries camp in middle Tennessee, was held recently in Natha ...

  • See you at the pole on Sept. 28

    "Converge" is the theme for See You at the Pole 2011 (www.syatp.org/). This annual global ...

  • Cross-generational youth ministry

    For the last several decades, many churches have conducted youth ministry by putting t ...

  • Los Angeles satellite church plant

    The following report is from Heber Ticas, District Pastor of Spanish speaking congregation ...

  • GCI-Canada: Camp Connections

    Camp Connections, a GCI-Canada camp, just completed its sixth year. This year the camp had ...

  • Update on Marj Friddle

    The following update concerning Marj Friddle is from her husband Jim: Marj went in for ...

  • Mozambique churches

    We received many comments on last week’s video about the 87 churches that joined us in Moz ...

  • August 17, 2011

    Announcements Philippine pastor commissioned GCI News Report on Moz ...

  • Report on Mozambique churches

    87 churches in Mozambique, Africa recently affirmed their affiliation with GCI. Here is a ...

  • Death of Fred Bailey

    Retired GCI pastor, C. Fred Bailey, died at age 70 on August 3 at his home in Southaven, M ...

  • New CMM website

    Randy Bloom, director of GCI Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM) announced last week th ...

  • Hospitalization of Marj Friddle

    Marj Friddle, wife of GCI retired pastor Jim Friddle, had surgery this week to treat colon ...

  • Report on Higher Ground camp in North Carolina

    Higher Ground, the GCI Generations Ministries camp in Swannanoa, NC just celebrated its 10 ...

  • Philippine pastor commissioned

    GCI Philippines director, Eugene Guzon; and Mindanao area superintendent, Jerome Manri ...

  • Report on Y.E.S. camp in Louisiana

    Youth Extreme Summer Camp (Y.E.S.), the GCI Generations Ministries camp in Louisiana, was ...

  • Report on the Ottawa conferences

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last week I was in Ottawa, Canada, for two confere ...

  • Death of Hector Espinoza

    Hector Espinoza, age 18, was killed last week in a gang related shooting. Hector was a ...

  • On mission with God

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I greatly enjoyed our recent U.S. regional confere ...

  • Seminary diplomas awarded

    At the regional conferences in Dallas (July 23) and Orlando (August 6), three Grace Commun ...

  • August 10, 2011

    Announcements Death of Leonard Schreiber Seminary diplomas awarded GC ...

  • South Africa: Leadership Seminar & Summer Camp Planning

    Gary Moore, GCI-Canada director, reports on his recent visit to South Africa: Wendy ...

  • Ministry coach training

    CAD ministry developer Ted Johnston conducted a day-long ministry coach training workshop ...

  • U.S. regional conferences in Dallas and Orlando

    U.S. regional conferences were held on July 22-24 in Dallas, and on August 5-7 in Orla ...

  • SEP Florida report

    GenMin's SEP Florida camp was home to 54 campers and 24 volunteer staffers on July 2 ...

  • Death of Leonard Schreiber

    Leonard Schreiber died on August 4 at the age of 86 at his home in Aguanga, CA. His wife, ...

  • Pray for Janna (Kissee) Jones

    Here is a prayer request from GCI pastor and district leader Jim Kissee: Kaye and I lea ...

  • August 3, 2011

    Announcements Tribute to John Stott Hazel Roberts ordained Printing Week ...

  • Church-Next Training in October

    Church Administration and Development announces the upcoming Church-Next Training event. ...

  • Update from Hector Barrero

    On July 9 we held a graduation dinner in Bogota for nine couples who completed a churc ...

  • Update from Gary Moore

    Silver Meadows Camp Silver Meadows is our youth camp in Western Canada. It recently com ...

  • Update from South Africa

    Here is a report from GCI-Canada National Director Gary Moore concerning his recent trip t ...

  • New Hope baptism service

    The Sunday worship service on July 24 at New Hope Christian Fellowship (the GCI congregati ...

  • Outreach & Church-Next Training

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As you will see from the reports in this issue of ...

  • Printing Weekly Update

    Some Weekly Update readers wish to print out hard copies of all or part of each issue to g ...

  • GenMin camps and missions

    Great Commission Trips: Bahamas, Zambia and Malawi Click here for a report on the work of ...

  • Hazel Roberts ordained

    GCI member Hazel Roberts was recently ordained Minister of Congregational Care at Christ P ...

  • Tribute to John Stott

    John Stott, one of the most significant Christian leaders of the 20th century, died at age ...

  • Manhattan church outreach

    Nearly 200 people from the West Harlem community of New York City joined GCI's Manhattan C ...

  • Jul 2011
  • July 27, 2011

      Announcements Death of Jack R. Elliott GCI News Sta. Rosa, ...

  • Death of Jack R. Elliott

    Jack R. Elliott died peacefully Sunday evening, July 24, with his wife Anne and his family ...

  • Report on trip to Liberia

    Kalengule Kaoma, the GCI mission developer in Africa, reports on his recent trip to Liberi ...

  • Transformational Church consulting

    Church Administration and Development offers Transformational Church (TC) consulting t ...

  • Update from GCI-Canada

    From GCI-Canada director Gary Moore Wendy, Kylie and I arrived safely in South Africa. I ...

  • Church-Next Training in October

    Church Administration and Development announces that the fifth annual edition of  Church M ...

  • Santa Rosa, Philippines, anniversary

    Eugene Guzon, GCI Philippines National Director (and current Santa Rosa senior pastor) rep ...

  • GenMin camps and missions

    It's a busy summer for GenMin camps and missions. Here are two updates: CrossWalk camp ...

  • New Weekly Update format, completion of annual external audi ...

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the ...

  • July 21, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Cadillac Church Celebrates 30 Years The Cadillac, M ...

  • July 13, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Linda Rabey sent this report about the women’s retre ...

  • July 6, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations to Olivier and Susan Carion’s son, P ...

  • Jun 2011
  • June 29, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Lexington, Kentucky, district conference took pl ...

  • June 22, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Hearty congratulations to Eleazar and Benina Benavid ...

  • June 15, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending hearty congratulations ...

  • June 8, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Bill Ford sent this report after the Massachu ...

  • June 1, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Charles Fleming reports that Leroy Joiles and Daniel ...

  • May 2011
  • May 25, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Joplin, Missouri, Pastor Jim Kissee reported: I vis ...

  • May 18, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Randy Bloom, director of Church Multiplication Minis ...

  • May 11, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Glendora, California On May 7, the New Covenant Fel ...

  • May 4, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Grace Communion Lisburn held its first worship servi ...

  • Apr 2011
  • April 27, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in the Ch ...

  • April 20, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I thought you might enjoy some photos from the recen ...

  • April 13, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We held our third district conference of this year i ...

  • April 6, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Glen Weber and Youth Pastor Mat Morgan baptiz ...

  • Mar 2011
  • March 30, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we celebrated with Curtis and Jannice May on t ...

  • March 23, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend a writers training conference is being ...

  • March 16, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A 9.0 earthquake struck Japan on March 11, giving th ...

  • March 10, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The National Association of Evangelicals recently pu ...

  • March 2, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Phil Baldwin, pastor of our GCI house church congreg ...

  • Feb 2011
  • February 23, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Update on New Zealand earthquake A serious earthq ...

  • February 14, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending hearty congratulations t ...

  • February 9, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Greek-speaking Christians had a word for the Lor ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Let's remember in prayer the people of Egypt during ...

  • Jan 2011
  • January 26, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, By now most New Year’s resolutions have been abandon ...

  • January 19, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations and welcome to Jason Frantz, our new ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Next month the 2011 GCI regional conference series o ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I really enjoyed the wonderful words of pr ...

  • Dec 2010
  • December 22, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May God grant you a blessed and merry Christmas as y ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What is it that makes the Christmas season a time of ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Several have expressed their appreciation for the ne ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we enter the Christmas season, we can rejoice tha ...

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  • November 24, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are all thankful for many things, but I think one ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Heber Ticas, Ted Johnston, Randy Bloom, Hector Barre ...

  • November 11, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Joseph Franklin of Haiti sends his deepest th ...

  • November 3, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Glen Weber writes: In September New Hope Chr ...

  • Oct 2010
  • October 27, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I send you warm greetings from 250 ...

  • October 20, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Don and Sue Lawson are proud great-grandparents of t ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, September and October saw several festivals and conf ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I just arrived home from the Gold Coast, A ...

  • Sep 2010
  • September 29, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I enjoyed meeting with over 100 members in ...

  • September 23, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Bermuda pastor Cecil Pulley reported that members ex ...

  • September 15, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Update from France Marie-Angelique and Jean-Pierre ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand On Saturday ...

  • September 1, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dave and Hinka Gilbert are proud first-time grandpar ...

  • Aug 2010
  • August 25, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, GCI African Missions Director Kalengule Kaoma sent a ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, African Missions Director Gary Moore and his wife, W ...

  • August 11, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Two new Filipino elders were ordained in our headqua ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Correction: The prayer announcement in the current W ...

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  • Jul 2010
  • July 28, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Simply put, the Orlando Conference was grand! I rece ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While I am attending our GCI International Conferenc ...

  • July 14, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The National Association of Evangelicals is asking m ...

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Correction: In the July 7 Weekly Update, there was a ...

  • July 9, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Correction: In the July 7 Weekly Update, there was a ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Church planting expert Ed Stetzer will be speaki ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Signage installed on Headquarters Building As you c ...

  • Jun 2010
  • June 23, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our 2010 International Conference is only four weeks ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, International Conference - Orlando, Florida - July 2 ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On May 24, Randy Bloom, who was visiting Germany for ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Twenty-seven European leaders met in Worms, German ...

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  • May 26, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you for your faithful and devoted service to y ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations to Bob and Ruth Miller, who are thri ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, New www.gci.org website Today we are excited to ann ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It was an encouraging and enriching experience this ...

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  • April 28, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If you haven’t visited our two blogs recently, you m ...

  • April 21, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Neil Earle of our Glendora, California, congr ...

  • April 14, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I just finished a delightfully entertaining book wri ...

  • April 7, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Jim Kissee reported that Ron Felling was install ...

  • Mar 2010
  • March 31, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this Easte ...

  • March 24, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I much enjoyed visiting our Newark, New Je ...

  • March 17, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sixty-two GCI Generations Ministries leaders and sup ...

  • March 10, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’m delighted to announce that the Hoeksteen congreg ...

  • March 3, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Hector Barrero, GCI Mission Director for Chile, has ...

  • Feb 2010
  • February 25, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is a pleasure to finally announce our new Italian ...

  • February 17, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Eric Shaw and Charles Albrecht conducted the baptism ...

  • February 10, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Caribbean Mission Director Charles Fleming sent this ...

  • February 3, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in congratulating Mohan and Nihara Ja ...

  • Jan 2010
  • January 27, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Caribbean Mission Director Charles Fleming received ...

  • January 20, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you and your congregations for your prayers an ...

  • January 14, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A few minutes ago, District Superintendent Larry ...

  • January 6, 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A combined Life Club meeting was held on October 24 ...

  • Dec 2009
  • December 30, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Due to the holidays, there will be no Update this we ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May God grant you a blessed and merry Christmas as y ...

  • December 16, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christian Odyssey editor and international publicati ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations to Dennis and Norma Thibault, wh ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending hearty congratulatio ...

  • Nov 2009
  • November 24, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we pause in the United States for our annual Than ...

  • November 18, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending congratulations to newly ...

  • November 12, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On Tuesday this week we taped three intervie ...

  • November 4, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Nearly 100 pastors, elders and spouses from the UK a ...

  • Oct 2009
  • October 28, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, After using Rick Shallenberger’s Christmas Readers' ...

  • October 21, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Columbia From Hector Barrero: We held a 3-day se ...

  • October 14, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Glen and Connie Weber are happy to announce the ...

  • October 8, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Check Your Spam Folder From GCI Computer Support : ...

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    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We apologize for the delay in this week's update. Ye ...

  • Sep 2009
  • September 23, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join with us in congratulating the associ ...

  • September 16, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tammy and I enjoyed meeting with the combined Cincin ...

  • September 10, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, From Curtis May: Jannice and I wanted to share ...

  • September 2, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, New Website and Email Addresses Coming Soon! From M ...

  • Aug 2009
  • August 26, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted C ...

  • August 20, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Santiago and Elke Lange are the proud grandparen ...

  • August 13, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, John Torgerson, GCI pastor of our Wisconsin Dell ...

  • August 5, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Camp Director Paul David Kurts sent this recap of Hi ...

  • Jul 2009
  • July 29, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the three days of the Dallas conference last ...

  • July 22, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Caribbean From Charles Fleming: In Grenada, th ...

  • July 15, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Mrs. Mariel Jumangit Luistro from the Philippines ga ...

  • July 8, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Preceding the UK Board of Trustees meeting, I delive ...

  • July 1, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending congratulations to o ...

  • Jun 2009
  • June 24, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastoral Conference in Queensland, Australia Mike F ...

  • June 17, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Please join me in extending hearty congratulations ...

  • June 10, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I write, I am returning home from the annual Cana ...

  • June 3, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 25-year anniversaries We recently had the privilege ...

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  • May 27, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Please join me in extending congratulations to Diane ...

  • May 20, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Al and Edna Barr are the proud grandparents of Jes ...

  • Jan 2009
  • January 14th, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Seattle/Bellevue & Everett, WA. church teens ...