Entries by Tony

The Gathering Gift

We do not find gatherers listed in the New Testament gift lists, so why or how do we call gathering a spiritual gift? Let me build fences around what I believe is true about gatherers and gathering. Hopefully these fences will corral the truth. Profound cultural expression Twenty Greek words and 183 occurrences of these […]

Gathering to Jesus’ Mission

Gatherers have been around for 2,000 years or more. They have been used to start churches for 2,000 years. How pervasive is the idea of gathering to Jesus’ mission? There are twenty Greek words that translate the semantic concept in the New Testament of gathering to mission (Gathering to Mission, p. 42 to begin). These […]

When is it CHURCH?

Lewis Chafer says, The organized church is recognized in the New Testament. A church existed wherever a group of believers were met together in the bonds of fellowship. This meeting of Christians answered the fundamental meaning of the name church, by which they were identified. They were a called out assembly. There were notable advantages […]

The Benefits of GSE Church Planting

How GSE benefits church planting and revitalization If you are a lead pastor or senior pastor in the midst of reconnecting with the harvest, allow me to introduce you to the benefits of GSE church planting. The GSE process is based on simple concepts, fitted together to help you accomplish your Great Commission vision for […]

Is Gathering a Spiritual Gift?

Is Gathering a Spiritual Gift? Is it a unique calling? I do not see gathering, based on the precise exegetical information, as a spiritual gift. It is not specifically listed among the gifts, although we can be open to the idea that the lists are not exhaustive. An Issue of Calling In any event, I […]

Evangelists and Gatherers

How do gatherers compare to evangelists? Is one better than the other for church planting or discipleship? An evangelist is a gifted person Jesus has given to the church (Ephesians 4:11-16). Evangelists are men and women who incessantly share the gospel. They cannot help it; they must tell people about Jesus. A gatherer is a […]