FGBC World is an all-Fellowship, all-Grace Brethren newspaper that is published six times a year. We’d like to know what is happening in your church. Do you have a unique ministry? How are you effectively reaching your community? Have you just hired someone to work with the youth, lead worship, or be senior pastor? We’d like to know. Send your news to Liz Cutler Gates, managing editor, via e-mail (lcgates@bmhbooks.[...]
Tom Avey By Tom Avey Fellowship Coordinator It’s all about “Reaching Everyone, Everyday, Everywhere!” The annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches will focus on iGo and will get you pumped about telling people about Jesus. Held July 27-31, 2008 at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa, Fla., the sessions will be targeted to the various aspects of the iGo theme. Moderator Jim Brown has a uniq[...]
For a closer look at the Brethren Heritage center, click here. The Brethren Heritage Center is located donated space in a Brookville, Ohio, shopping center Tucked away in a shopping center in Brookville, Ohio, is a repository of all things Brethren. Founded in 2001, opening in 2003, the Brethren Heritage Center is a haven for the various historical records and artifacts of Brethren groups that trace their spiritual roots to 17[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from the sponsoring organizations or at www.fgbc.org. January 2-7 – Youth Ministry Module at Norton, Ohio (GCandS) January 7 – Day Away, North of 55, Sebring, Florida (CE) January 8 – Day Away, North of 55, Port Richie, Florida (CE); Second Semester begins (GCandS) January 21 – VIP Campus Visit D[...]
Bible Truths, a catechism of biblical truth compiled by Grace College and Seminary founder Dr. Alva J. McClain has been reissued by BMH Books of Winona Lake, Ind. The booklet was first compiled to help children understand the essential message of scripture while McClain was a busy pastor in Philadelphia. It has become a classic elementary guide for use in adult Bible classes and a succinct handbook of Christian doctrine for th[...]
Fifteen Years Ago – 1993 – The January Brethren Missionary Herald reported on a November 1992 meeting of missions representatives from 17 districts of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Called Coalition Task Force II, the meeting was sponsored by Grace Brethren North American Missions and led by Larry Chamberlain, Bill Snell, and Dave Marksbury. – The appointment of Jeff Carroll as the new publisher a[...]
By Dr. Todd Scoles The Brethren movement was born into a hostile environment. The Elector of the Palatinate region in Germany had declared that anyone who broke from the authorized church would be guilty of heresy and subject to harsh punishment. He called it a “gracious decree,” but its terms were hardly gracious. They are to be put in prison, and as many of them as there are must be locked to wheelbarrows and kep[...]
Do you seek peace with God and a personal relationship with Him? In How to Start a Kingdom Conversation, published by BMH Books (www.bmhbooks.com), author Duke Heller shows the “Romans Road” explanation to peace with God. It’s named that because all the essential verses are from one book in the Bible-the book of Romans, which is the sixth book in the New Testament. Romans 3:23 points out that all have sinned [...]
When Alexander Mack and his seven fellow believers baptized each other by trine immersion in the Eider River near Schwarzenau, Germany, in August of 1708, it was the beginning of a movement that gave birth to today’s Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, among other Brethren groups. The 300th anniversary of that event will be marked August 1 and 2, 2008, with the gathering of more than 1,000 Brethren descendants in the [...]
Ryan Bowell has been appointed the Chief Financial Officer for Grace Brethren International Missions. He has been a staff member since 1998. Chris Brenneman is the youth pastor at Grace Brethren Church, New Holland, Pa. Timothy Clothier is the youth director at Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. Chuck Davis Chuck Davis (pictured) is the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Ocala, Florida. Brad Deetscreek is the new [...]
By Jim Brown Moderator, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Have you ever been lost? Well, let me rephrase that. Have you ever had your wife say, “Do you know where you are going?” I can’t put a number on the times I have circled the block looking for a specific address, not wanting to ask for directions. Well, modern technology has men all over our world busting their piggybanks to get help. Plain and simp[...]
Two students (from different continents) participate in the popcorn race. For the third consecutive year, the Grace Brethren Church in Tracy, Calif. hosted a Thanksgiving meal for international students in San Francisco. It was held at the International House of Friendship, where Kevin and Sieu Choo Ong minister to young men and women from around the world. This year, more than 70 students and ministry supporters attended the [...]
By Ron Dorner I hope you have read the first two parts in this series. (See September-October and November-December issues of FGBC World.) We have discussed how God looks at financial prosperity as well as providing a brief insight as to what might be ahead for the U.S. economy. In this issue, I want to bring these two previous articles together in a meaningful way. As I thought about how to end this series, King Solomon’[...]
McClain Hall has been home to Grace Theological Seminary since it was built in Winona Lake, Ind., in 1958. by Dr. Jeffrey A. Gill Dean, Grace Theological Seminary Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind., is celebrating its 70th anniversary during this school year. It is a great honor for those of us who minister here to continue the wonderful heritage of an uncompromised commitment to God’s inerrant Word. We are tr[...]
Denominational communications and publishing were the topics as the board of directors of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company kicked off their fall meeting in Winona Lake, Ind. on Thursday afternoon (November 8). Joining the board for lunch and conversation were representatives of the Baptist General Conference (BGC) from Arlington Heights, Ill., who discussed their publication and book store operations. In the photo, Gary [...]
Today’s Peninsula Clarion in Soldotna, Alaska, includes a story about disaster training that was held Saturday at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church (Keith Randall, pastor). If it wasn’t supposed to be serious, it would have been funny. But as the cries of Paul Adams echoed through the hallways of Peninsula Grace Brethren Church early Saturday morning, few earthquake victims could keep a straight face. Adams, a ca[...]
Ted Rondeau “I would not have made it on my own were it not for the men that have helped me along the way,” says Ted Rondeau, the 47-year-old businessman and Grace Brethren International Missions staffer who experienced a dramatic transformation at age 18 in a Florida jail. “It can make a profound difference for someone to take another under his wing as a disciple, mentor, and/or friend,” he stresses. T[...]
Editor’s Note: August 2008 will mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Brethren movement. A group of eight people braved the waters of the Eider River in Schwarzenau, Germany (and possible persecution), to begin a new congregation patterned after the New Testament church. For the next few issues, FGBC World will look at some of the people and organizations that have shaped the Grace Brethren branch of that mov[...]
Providing Haitian pastors with the necessary training to lead a church is the best way to raise healthy congregations, according to Elysee Joseph, pastor of the Eglise Evangelique De La Freres, a Grace Brethren church in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Haitian community. He and his fellow Haitian Grace Brethren pastors in South Florida have a vision to reach their home country for Christ, which is only an hour away by plane.”[...]
In His Presence is the theme of the third annual discipleship conference at the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio. The conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16, 2008, will focus on learning to hear God’s voice by spending time with Him. The conference begins at 7 p.m., Friday and ends at 4 p.m. Saturday. All sessions will be held on the north campus of the church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Road,[...]
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