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Title: Upgrade in Strength


1
Speaker 2 Rev Dr Steven Gan
  • Steven is the Senior Pastor of Amazing Grace
    Presbyterian Church. He has been serving as a
    pastor in AGPC since Oct 1992. His wife, Maggie,
    serves with him as the church Music/Choral
    Director. They have a lovely and active 5-year
    old son named Christopher.
  • Trained in Business Admin (NUS, 1988), Steven
    responded to Gods call in 1989 and graduated
    from TTC in 1992 (M.Div.). During his sabbatical
    in 2000-2001, he pursued and completed his D.Min.
    program with the Australian College of Theology
    (ACT) majoring in Christian Spirituality.

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Speaker 2 Rev Dr Steven Gan
  • Steven has a deep passion for discipleship and
    missions, evidenced by the Disciple-Leadership
    Training Program (DLTP) which he started in AGPC
    and is still leading for the last 12 years, as
    well as the Myanmar Mission Partnering Churches
    (MMPC) which he serves as the Chairperson.
  • The MMPC, set up in 2004 with the blessings of
    the Synod Missions Council (SMC) and the support
    of the EPMC, is a vibrant overseas missions
    enterprise comprising five English Presbytery
    churches AGPC, All Saints, Living Praise,
    Singapore Life, and Toong Chai, currently
    harvesting in Myanmar and are planning to
    penetrate into Cambodia soon.

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Speaker 2 Rev Dr Steven Gan
  • At the Synod level, Steven is an incumbent member
    of the Synod Exco, the Convenor of the Synod
    Development (Church Leadership Renewal
    Initiative), as well as the current Chair of the
    Presbyterian Education Council (PEC) which
    oversees and supports our five Presbyterian
    Schools.

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HEALTHY CHURCH GROWTH SYMPOSIUM
5
Healthy Church Growth
  • A Introduction

6
Healthy Church Growth
  • The spiritual condition of Israel
  • depends very much on the
  • spiritual condition of her leaders.

7
Healthy Church Growth
  • BAD SHEPHERDS

8
Healthy Church Growth
  • Ezekiel 341-4, 7-11
  • 1 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying,
  • 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of
    Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds,
    Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe, shepherds of
    Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should
    not the shepherds feed the flock?

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Healthy Church Growth
  • 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with
    the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without
    feeding the flock.
  • 4 Those who are sickly you have not
    strengthened, the diseased you have not healed,
    the broken you have not bound up, the scattered
    you have not brought back, nor have you sought
    for the lost but with force and with severity
    you have dominated them.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • 7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the
    LORD
  • 8 As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely
    because My flock has become a prey, My flock has
    even become food for all the beasts of the field
    for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not
    search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed
    themselves and did not feed My flock

11
Healthy Church Growth
  • 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the
    LORD
  • 10 'Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am
    against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep
    from them and make them cease from feeding sheep.
    So the shepherds will not feed themselves
    anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their
    mouth, so that they will not be food for them.

12
Healthy Church Growth
  • 11 For thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I Myself
    will search for My sheep and seek them out.

13
Healthy Church Growth
  • Isaiah 5610-12
  • 10 His watchmen are blind, all of them know
    nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to
    bark, dreamers lying down, who love to slumber
    11 And the dogs are greedy, they are not
    satisfied and they are shepherds who have no
    understanding they have all turned to their own
    way, each one to his unjust gain, to the last
    one.

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  • 12 Come, they say, let us get wine, and let
    us drink heavily of strong drink and tomorrow
    will be like today, only more so.

15
Healthy Church Growth
  • Malachi 16-8
  • 6 A son honors his father, and a servant his
    master. If I am a Father, where is the honor due
    Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due
    Me? says the LORD Almighty. It is you, O
    priests, who show contempt for My name. But you
    ask, How have we shown contempt for Your name?

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  • 7 You place defiled food on My altar. But you
    ask, How have we defiled you? By saying that
    the LORD's table is contemptible.
  • 8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is
    that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or
    diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering
    them to your governor! Would he be pleased with
    you? Would he accept you? says the LORD Almighty.

17
Healthy Church Growth
  • Malachi 27-9
  • 7 For the lips of a priest ought to preserve
    knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek
    instructionbecause he is the messenger of the
    LORD Almighty.
  • 8 But you have turned from the way and by your
    teaching have caused many to stumble you have
    violated the covenant with Levi, says the LORD
    Almighty.

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  • 9 So I have caused you to be despised and
    humiliated before all the people, because you
    have not followed My ways but have shown
    partiality in matters of the law.

19
Healthy Church Growth
  • The spiritual condition of Israel
  • depends very much on the
  • spiritual condition of her leaders

20
Healthy Church Growth
  • GOOD SHEPHERDS

21
Healthy Church Growth
  • Ezekiel 3414-16
  • 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the
    mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing
    land. There they will lie down in good grazing
    land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture
    on the mountains of Israel.

22
Healthy Church Growth
  • 15 I Myself will tend My sheep and have them lie
    down, declares the Sovereign LORD.
  • 16 I will search for the lost and bring back
    the strays. I will bind up the injured and
    strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong
    I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with
    justice.

23
Healthy Church Growth
  • Psalm 7870-72
  • 70 He God chose David His servant and took him
    from the sheep pens
  • 71 from tending the sheep He brought him to be
    the shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His
    inheritance.
  • 72 And David shepherded them with integrity of
    heart with skillful hands he led them.

24
Healthy Church Growth
  • Zechariah 37
  • This is what the LORD Almighty says If you
    will walk in My ways and keep My requirements,
    then you will govern My house and have charge of
    My courts, and I will give you a place among
    these standing here.

25
Healthy Church Growth
  • B Analysis of the Reports
  • (L.E.A.D.)

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Healthy Church Growth
  • First Major Construct
  • LEAD WITH DILIGENCE

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  • Rom 126-8 (NASB)
  • 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to
    the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise
    them accordingly if prophecy, according to the
    proportion of his faith
  • 7 if service, in his serving or he who teaches,
    in his teaching 

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  • 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation he who
    gives, with liberality he who leads, with
    diligence he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • The Message If you're put in charge, don't
    manipulate.
  • The New Living Translation Bible If God has
    given you leadership ability, take the
    responsibility seriously.
  • The Contemporary English Version Bible If we
    are leaders, we should do our best.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Samples of AGPC Church Handbooks 2006, 2007, 2008

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Second Major Construct
  • EQUIP THE SAINTS

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Ephesians 411-12 (NASB)
  • 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as
    prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as
    pastors and teachers,
  • 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work
    of service, to the building up of the body of
    Christ…

33
Healthy Church Growth
  • AGPC Church Handbook 2008
  • Every Christian must grow in spiritual maturity
    and in the knowledge of the LORD. With the Bible
    as our standard and the Holy Spirit as our Guide,
    AGPCs Equipping Ministry serves to develop Every
    Christian into A Minister of Christ through these
    classes and programs.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Third Major Construct
  • ANOINTED MINISTRY

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Healthy Church Growth
  • What is an ANOINTED MINISTRY?
  • To have an anointed ministry
  • is to have a ministry
  • that is empowered
  • by the Spirit of God.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Micah 38
  • But as for me, I am filled with
  • power, with the Spirit of the
  • LORD, and with justice and
  • might, to declare to Jacob his
  • transgression, to Israel his sin.

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  • God does not call
  • the equipped.
  • He equips the called.

38
Healthy Church Growth
  • 2 Timothy 417
  • But the Lord stood at my side and gave me
    strength, so that through me the message might be
    fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear
    it. And I was delivered from the lions mouth.

39
Healthy Church Growth
  • Haggai 24-5
  • Be strong, all you people of the land,
    declares the LORD, and work. For I am with you,
    declares the LORD Almighty. This is what I
    covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt.
    And My Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Zechariah 46
  • Not by might nor by power,
  • but by My Spirit, says the
  • LORD Almighty.

41
Healthy Church Growth
  • What I yearn for the non-Christians to say about
    ALL our Presbyterian members
  • Let us go with you,
  • because we have heard that
  • God is with you.

42
Healthy Church Growth
  • Zechariah 823
  • This is what the LORD Almighty says In those
    days, ten men from all languages and nations will
    take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe
    and say,
  • Let us go with you, because we have heard that
    God is with you.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • 3 Ds of the Christian life
  • - a Dedicated Life
  • - an unDefeated Life
  • - a Dependent Life

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Fourth Major Construct
  • DISCIPLINING
  • OF THE SPIRIT

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Examples of our Lord Jesus
  • -- Mk 135 Very early in the morning, while it
    was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and
    went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.
  • -- Lk 516 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely
    places and prayed.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • Malachi 215-16
  • 15 Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and
    spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was
    seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in
    your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife
    of your youth.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • 16 I hate divorce, says the LORD God of
    Israel, and I hate a man's covering himself with
    violence as well as with his garment, says the
    LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit,
    and do not break faith.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • I Corinthians 924-27
  • 24 Do you not know that in a race all the
    runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in
    such a way as to get the prize.
  • 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into
    strict training. They do it to get a crown that
    will not last but we do it to get a crown that
    will last forever.

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  • 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running
    aimlessly I do not fight like a man beating the
    air.
  • 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so
    that after I have preached to others, I myself
    will not be disqualified for the prize.

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  • C Concluding Remarks

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  • I Corinthians 36-7 (NASB)
  • I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing
    the growth.
  • So then neither the one who plants nor the one
    who waters is anything, but God who causes the
    growth.

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  • Our TASK is to PLANT and WATER by
  • - Leading our flock diligently
  • - Equipping the saints systematically
  • - seeking an Anointed Ministry, and
  • - practising the Disciplined Life.

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Healthy Church Growth
  • THANK YOU
  • for your
  • KIND ATTENTION.
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