The Bride of Christ in Training

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

“For the wedding of the lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready…Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb.” Revelation 19:7,9

Isn’t it exciting to think about the day when the whole Body, the Bride of Christ, will be presented as one at the wedding supper of the Lamb? All the things that caused separation between believers over the course of history will disappear and the church will come together as one bride.  Even today, the bride is in preparation for that glorious moment as we share in common “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” I Peter 3:4

Green Lake Conference Center provided the scenic setting for three days of Retool Kit Coaches’ Training September 5-7, led by Pinnacle Ministries’ staff Gary Harrison and Ray Swatkowski, with Dan Thompson providing technical assistance and coaching insights. Pastors and district leaders from 5 different fellowships were represented during the dual-track event for new and experienced coaches who share the goal of mobilizing vital, reproducing churches.  The fellowships included the Forest Lakes EFCA, Wisconsin Classis RCA, ABC Michigan, North Central CMA and Converge Worldwide. The cross section of fellowships created an ideal environment for sharing a common passion: churches that impact their communities with a common vision and effective strategies.

Reaching that goal requires a local body of believers that provide a picture of Christ to the community around them in the way they relate to one another.  Pastor Santiago Valentine, Brickyard Bible Church, Chicago, spoke to that passion on Wednesday night as he shared the power that a clear vision has had in his own congregation.  He told how God began opening doors in the community for an after school program and Center stage involvement in a local Latino Festival even as they were in the process of clarifying their strategic 3-year vision, opportunities that might have been missed had they not intentionally sought God’s direction.

An afternoon for golf and other activities provided for great fellowship on Thursday at the halfway point of the event.  Thursday evening focused on momentum and building effective mobilization systems in a district or regional movement.  When the sessions concluded at midday Friday, there was a sense of excitement about what God would do through our work together in the year to come.