You are chosen and sent by Christ to the ministry and the vision He has for you as part of His work in the earth. We are here to be a foundation on which to build and grow in God's grace for your ministry and calling. The GCEPC is here as an apostolic sending ministry to raise up ministers in the ascension gifts given by Christ as He departed to Heaven of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. We are builders and foundation layers in the Kingdom of God to give you a place to call your ministry spiritual home. We serve a diverse and creative God. We would like to hear from you regarding your vision for ministry.
"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of Godand become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:11-16
Our purpose is therefore to raise up ministers and ministry to fulfill the scriptures written by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 4:
To build up the body of Christ until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
To train, to discern, so that the body of Christ will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
To grow in love, learning tp speak the truth in love, we will grow and cause others to grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, is to grow and build itself up in love, as each part does its work.What we do is discussed in the following short paragraphs to familiarize you with the work of the General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches faith community.
We promote. We promote values that benefit the individual, the family, and society while also giving glory to God. . We believe that marriage is between a man and woman. This was God's plan from the beginning of creation and has not changed. The written Word of God is the logos. The rhema is the Word of God applied for the specific time when the Holy Spirit highlights it in a specific and meaningful way to us personally. The Holy Spirit moves those around us or speaks to us for our encouragement, edification and direction through the logos and rhema Word. The Word of God is our guide in matters of faith and practice and we turn to it, teach from it and seek to live by what Jesus taught. We seek to teach
others what Jesus has taught us in accordance with His scriptural direction.
We worship. We are worshippers; we therefore worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in all of Their greatness. We encourage a lifestyle of worship that comes from the heart and seek to worship in spirit and in truth. We were created to worship.We bow before our loving God. We seek His face, His help and provision knowing that when we worship He hears.
We pray. We are a praying community. We pray for ourselves, for one another, for the world at large and for anything the Holy Spirit leads us to pray as well as how scripture leads us to pray. Prayer is a two way conversation between God and man. Jesus is a man of prayer. We seek to follow His example.
We ordain and credential men and women to ministry in their various God inspired calls to service. Please see Ordination.
We gather together. We support one another in our love of God, our desire to serve Him and in our various ministry destinies, visions and goals. We have General Conference meetings, retreats, and various forms of communication within our community. We hold ordination and consecration services with the laying on of hands for ministry with our bishops participating in this important spiritual practice to set aside men and women to God's service.These services are held at our General Conference meeting or can be planned throughout the year locally by communicating that desire to the region/synod bishop.
We do works of justice that show mercy to those in need around us. Justice means to set things aright. If there is no food then give food. If there is no shelter then give shelter. If there is no water for instance then give water. We partner with Gospel for Asia in the digging of water wells for villages that are without clean drinking water. A pastor is also provided to oversee the well and tell the villagers about Jesus. We have missions in third world countries among our own membership. We train indigenous ministers through Concordia Theologica who then minister to their own people.
We encourage diversity in ministry. Most denominations focus only on church planting. This is essential and we have churches as well but we also understand that there are other forms of ministry that our creative God wants to give His people and His world. We are a place where space is given for that to happen; for ministry visions to be shaped into a God inspired and blessed ministry. We encourage church planting and church growth. We work with house churches, Messianic fellowships, and other forms of church identity. The ecclesia in scripture are "the called out ones," those set a part to Christ to be His own. We desire to cooperate with Jesus in any way we can for Him to build His ecclesia.
We follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles. We uphold the teaching of the Apostles as it was delivered to the saints. We are in Apostolic Succession and each of our ministers may join in this consecration time during their laying on of hands ordination ceremony if they desire.
We lead. All of our ministers are leaders in their ministries, churches, special callings and some in the running of this ministry. We teach and advocate servant-shepherd leadership. This is the model of leadership that Jesus taught and that our ministry practices.
We serve. We seek to serve God in all aspects of life. To be aware of Jesus' teaching that to be great in His kingdom is to be the servant of all. We seek to follow Jesus example. We are Servants, Sons and Daughters in the Kingdom of God.
We endorse military chaplains to work with our military service men and women at home and abroad. Our Office of Chaplaincy handles this work for us and with Ecclesiastical Endorsement. We also have hospital, nursing home, hospice, workplace, emergency service, police and fire chaplains as well as specialty chaplaincy. There is more information about this part of our ministry on our Chaplaincy page under the Ordination link. We provide letters of endorsement for ministers in good standing when it is required by employers, ministerial agencies or religious bodies .
We study, learn,educate. Through our Concordia Theologica Institute we are able to offer continuing education studies for all of our ministers. We offer studies for ordination candidates to help them meet our educational requirements for ministry. We offer advanced degree training for those who desire to go beyond a Bachelors degree. All of this is given at no charge for our EPC GCEPC/LEPC ministers. More information is available on our Concordia Theologica page.
We give to support God's work and to bless the work of others who labor alongside of us. We give through NAE World Relief,Lutheran World Relief, Gospel for Asia and other designated ministries such as Open Doors for the persecuted church, Iris Ministries for orphans and evangelism, Venture International in the Middle East, and ministries to the Jewish people.We give to our own benevolence fund for ministers in distress.
We help you as you set up your ministry by providing resources and direction. We are here to talk, advise, pray with you as you follow the Lord in ministry.We have experienced ministers and bishops who can help mentor or be there as a supporting arm for you.
For additional information please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
- Rev. Dr. Francesco Reale
- Rev. Dr. Fred Macharia
- Rev. Dr. Elijah Ruboneka
- Rev. Dr. Michael Norton
- Rev. Dr. Harvey Menden
- Rev. Dr. Ralf Muller
Synod Region Bishops
- Rev. Dr. David Church
- Rev. Linda Dabney
- Rev. Dennis Overlein
- Rev. Dr. William Dorn
- Rev. Dr. Israel Ikpeka
Empowering — Equipping — Sending
- Rev. Jessica Johnston Executive Bishop/Vice President
- Rev. Dr. David Church, Director of Missions
- Rev, Ralf Muller, Rev. Patrick Pierce, Ecumenical Affairs
- Rev. Dennis Overlein, Director of Chaplaincy
What We Do
General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches