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  • Women in Ministry (shorter statement) (Peter Fitch)

    The issue of whether or not to allow women to work freely in all capacities of Christian ministry has sometimes been divisive in various parts of the church. Serious interpreters of Scripture with exemplary intent have defended conflicting positions. It is our judgment that this issue, though extremely important, falls into the category of doctrines which are not to be considered “essential” in terms of determining a basis for fellowship. In other words, we recognize that some churches will hold different views and we will respect them and gladly work with them for the purposes of the Kingdom.

     

    AVCC, however, for the following reasons, allows full freedom for women to minister in our churches in terms of both function and office. We affirm…

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    Women in Ministry (Peter Fitch)

    We in the Canadian Vineyard acknowledge that it is difficult to glean and present a consistent view of women in ministry from the pages of the New Testament that is without any problems whatsoever. We honour the various parts of the Body of Christ as they wrestle with this issue, particularly those whose love for God is expressed in a sincere desire to be in submission to the teaching of Scripture, even if they come to a different set of conclusions than we have done. For our part, we feel constrained by both interpretation and by conscience to the view that God’s ultimate desire, as expressed in the Scriptures, is for women to minister freely in his Body and in the world. We therefore…

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    How Ancient Voices can Deepen Our Relationship to God (Peter Fitch)

    9o Pergamum temple 21Intimacy with God is affected by how we choose to live, but it is also deeply impacted by how we learn to think. Once, after the prophet Jeremiah complained to God about the difficulty of his calling, God responded by saying, “If you return, then I will restore you — before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman” (Jer. 15:19, NAB). Heart and mind are both involved in each of these activities, yet ‘returning’ may be seen primarily as a function of the heart. It is something we all must learn to do if we want to develop a…

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    Appropriating Vision: The Fine Art of Bumbling Toward Your Destiny (Peter Fitch)

    Wales 169I have in my files some excellent materials that deal with the absolute necessity of having a vision or, as some might say, “uncovering God’s vision for you.” I believe in the importance of this topic. I also appreciate the fine distinction that is sometimes drawn between “mission” (the general objective all churches share) and “vision” (the particular way that one group is called to carry this out). George Barna apparently said, “The single most important element in having an effective and life-changing ministry is to capture God’s vision for your ministry.” This is tough to argue against. Perhaps even more insightful, though, is the anonymous maxim, “Where there is no vision, the people…

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    Simply Jesus Study (Peter Fitch)

    simplyjesusSimply Jesus Study

    St. Croix Vineyard

    Summer, 2013

     

    Based on Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters, by N. T. Wright (New York: HarperOne, 2011)

     

    Please keep written notes and bring your answers to questions to the study (not to be handed-in!). If you are not able to do all of this work, just do as much as you can—you are still welcome to attend the studies!

     

    Week 1 (Wed., June 19)

    Read Preface and Chapters 1-3 before the first session if you can

    Also read Matthew 1-14 if possible (reading half a Gospel a week over the 8 weeks of this study will allow a fresh look at…

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