Veteran church planters Brad & Wendy Dewar combine apostolic and prophetic anointings together with over twenty-five years of ministry experience to produce dramatic results wherever they go. They have planted twelve churches across Canada and coached many others. As Executive Director of Church Planting for VCI they provide counsel and advice to pastors and churches across the nation. Their fresh approach to the Word of God and fluent ministry in the gifts of the Holy Spirit touches lives and sets people free in Christ.
My grandfather was a real pioneer. Along with his father and brothers, he moved out to the plains of west-central Saskatchewan in 1905. They took the train to Coleville, then loaded everything they owned in a horse-drawn wagon and rumbled another 40 odd miles out across the empty prairie grasslands until they reached their legal homestead.
As we were sharing communion the other day I began reflecting on the goodness of God. It occurred to me that there are a lot of things I CAN’T do with God’s grace and goodness.
I can remember the first couple of churches Wendy and I planted, back in the ninties. When Victory came into town we were viewed with great suspicion by other existing churches.
Christmas is such a riot of frenzied planning, organizing, and agonizing! And for all it’s craziness it really is a very special event for almost everyone. Even those of other faiths tend to get swept along in it’s vortex.
Well, here we are. If you’re reading this, you have survived 2011 to watch the sun come up on a brand new year. Congratulations!
One of the clearest, simplest statements about leadership that I’ve ever heard is from Dr George Hill: “People don’t follow a vision – they follow a credible leader with a vision.”
According to some studies as few as one in five new churches will survive past their second anniversary.