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Another Great Site for keeping up with latest religious rights infringements!
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) specializes in constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C. The ACLJ is specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center's purpose is to educate, promulgate, conciliate, and where necessary, litigate, to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Perfecting (Equipping) the Saints
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfr cling (equipping) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4:11-13
Our goal for the coming year in the Christian Education Department is to do our part in fulfilling Ephesians 4:11-13. There is nothing more frustrating than to have a job to do without having the equipment to do that job. The word “perfecting” is the same word that is found in other passages of Scripture.
In Matthew 4:21 it is used in reference to James and John “mending their nets.” After much use they recognized the need to repair what was worn or broken from the everyday routine of service. It is our desire to bring refreshment and revitalization to those who are in need of mending from the rigors and routine of everyday ministry.
In 1 Cor. 1:10, it is used in referring to the unity in the church. We should be “ joined together.” This is a medical term relating to how different members in the body are connected and working together for the same purpose. There is nothing as painful as having a dislocated joint. Ministry often brings situations that bring a spiritual “dislocation.”
Rom. 9:22 speaks of a vessel being “fitted.” The potter uses His tools to mold the vessel into a valuable work. Training in the local church is a necessity in today’s society if we are to reach the lost and to minister to the hurting. Our goal is to provide equipment that will bring mending and unity, which will allow us to continue to be fashioned in the Potter’s hands.
In the days of the New Testament this word “perfecting” was also used to describe an army that was prepared for battle, a city that had been destroyed and restored to its beauty and to a ship that was completely equipped for the journey that was ahead of them. The church is represented as each of these at different times. We must be prepared, resilient, equipped for the journey.
If there is any way in which the Christian Education Department could serve your church please do not hesitate to contact us.
1. We make avaiable resources and materials to our Pastors and church leaders for the purpose of giving encouragement, inspiration, training, new ideas and etc.
2. We are providing a training/seminar (a 1/2 a day or full day) that would be customized to the needs of that local church or district.
3. We will continue plan, prepare and promote our fine National Leadership Conferences. Leadership 21takes place in March each year at Kings Island Inn in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Church Leadership Conference is in the month of September at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
4. We will provide a resource packet for anyone interested in beginning a Christian School.
5. We will continue to promote the International Institute of Ministry.