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July Equipper

Here the articles and sermons (for August) in the recently published July issue of GCI Equipper:

From Greg: Mind the Gap
Greg Williams urges GCI leaders to take action to close the gaps between what we say we value and what we actually do.

Prayer Guide: July 2018
Here are topics from our GCI family to pray about each day in July.

On Leadership: Power Test
Rick Shallenberger examines a primary source of a leader’s influence.

God’s Answer to Suffering
Gary Deddo addresses the question: Why does God allow us to suffer?

Kid’s Korner: We Believe
Lance McKinnon reviews GCI’s new tool for discipling kids.

RCL sermons for August 2018
Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for August:
Sermon for August 5, 2018
Sermon for August 12, 2018
Sermon for August 19, 2018
Sermon for August 26, 2018

Recent ordinations

Congratulations to the following men and women who recently were ordained to serve as elders within Grace Communion International:

  • Gordon Brown, London, United Kingdom
  • Davina Winn, Richmond, Virginia (see picture below)
  • Susan Williams, Home Office, Charlotte, NC (see picture below)
  • Maxcine Nesbitt, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Daphne Sidney, Australia
  • Anthony Walton, Los Angeles, CA
  • Brent Meranda, Cincinnati (East), OH
Davina Winn being ordained (her husband Bill at right)
Susan Williams being ordained (her husband Greg behind her)

EngageGCI 2018

Join us on September 27-30 for EngageGCI 2018—four days of family-friendly, gospel-centered worship and fun in the Wisconsin Dells! Hosted by GCI’s North-Central Region, EngageGCI is a worship event, Christian conference, and family retreat rolled into one. The conference will be held at the Chula Vista Resort and Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI, which provides a range of amenities including fine and casual dining, a large indoor water park, and a scenic outdoor riverwalk.

For more information and to register, go to engagegci.org.

GCS applications

Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) is accepting applications! With Fall Semester registration beginning on August 27, now is a great time to send in an application. Though GCS classes and degrees support our mission of Equipping the Saints for Pastoral Ministry, we encourage those not currently serving in ministry to consider what we offer. For more information, go to our website at www.gcs.edu. Questions? Phone our Registrar, Georgia McKinnon (980.495.3978) or our Dean, Michael Morrison (980.495.3951).

Thanksgiving conference in Canada

GCI Canada is excited to announce this year’s Thanksgiving Conference. It has two segments: Joining Jesus (for all age groups, October 6-12) and Engage (for teens and young adults, October 6-7). The guest speaker at Joining Jesus will be U.S. Regional Pastor Michael Rasmussen.

For additional information and to register, click here. Reduced rates for early registration expire on August 1.

U.S. pastor installed

We are pleased to announce that Carrie Osborne, daughter of GCI Pastor Tom Smith and his wife Pam, after serving as a GCI Intern, Pastoral Resident and member of a pastoral team, was installed recently by Regional Pastor Rick Shallenberger as the Lead Pastor of Voice of Hope, GCI’s congregation in Chillicothe, OH. Here is a picture from Carrie’s installation celebration:

New GCI.org website

At www.gci.org you’ll find GCI’s new denominational website that is formatted to work with computers, tablets and smartphones. Let us know in the “add a comment” box below what you think. If you are having difficulty finding features and articles, use the search feature found at the top-right corner of each page (tip: when entering a word or title to search for, leave out all punctuation marks).

To access the GCI.online (member) website, scroll to the bottom of any page where you’ll find the member login function (circled in red in the picture below). You can also access the site directly by going to https://online.gci.org/

Ocean City festival

Come celebrate the life and love of God our Father, poured out lavishly on humanity through Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit! Meet believing brothers and sisters from all over the world! You are invited to the 4th annual “Father Loves and Likes You!” Celebration, to be held in Ocean City, Maryland on October 11-14, 2018. To download the information/registration form, click here.

View from the Holiday Inn where the celebration will be held.

ACCM intensives

ACCM (Ambassador College of Christian Ministry) will be conducting the two courses noted above at the GCI Home Office in Charlotte, NC, in October. Since the two courses will be offered simultaneously, students must choose one or the other. The courses will utilize an interactive format, making the content accessible and understandable and providing an enjoyable learning experience. Students will find the content interesting, practical and immediately usable in their congregational setting.

ACCM offers a GCI-recognized Diploma in Christian Ministry. Completion of one of these courses for credit fulfils requirements for pastoral continuing education in 2018. While the courses are ideal for those without formal ministry or theological training at the Bachelor’s level, they are available for anyone who wishes to learn more and be better equipped for ministry. For additional information and to register, click here.