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“Equipping is simultaneously discipling and developing.” After recently working through a new vision statement based on Ephesians 4, Gateway Church in Parkesburg, Pa., began seeking new ways to equip their people. They believe equipping is multifaceted and wanted to develop methods that were both beneficial to the one being equipped and that would utilize the …Read More
At Bellefontaine Grace Church (BGC) in Bellefontaine, Ohio, their mission in relating to the Gospel is to “learn it, live it, give it.” Since its founding in 2016, BGC has pursued this mission in creative ways both inside their church and out in their community. For several years BGC helped Marmon Valley Farm, a local …Read More
Tom Julien, retired Charis Fellowship pastor and global worker with Encompass World Partners, died on January 16, 2023. Tom and his wife, Doris, were instrumental in starting the ministry of the Château de Saint Albain in France where they were involved in evangelism, training, and church planting. Visitation is planned for Friday, January 20, from …Read More
Discipling and investing in the next generation is essential, and it’s hard to think of a better example than Paul’s relationship with Timothy. In the opening and closing remarks of the first chapter of his first letter to Timothy, Paul addresses him as, “my son.” Paul’s letters to Timothy are full of advice, encouragement, admonition, …Read More
Joel Zook is one pastor who benefited from this model of training. He was the first person to complete the two-year residency program at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio, serving from 2019–2021. Prior to his residency, he received a bachelor’s degree and Master of Divinity from Grace College and Seminary.Read More
“It’s the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do and it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. You’ll get your heart broken over and over again.” January marked thirty years since Mark and Janice Workman began their foster care journey. “When our youngest started school, we decided we weren’t done having babies in our home yet,” Janice …Read More
For Elise Klawitter, her experience with Encompass World Partners is coming full circle. She is preparing to embark on a Gospel work journey that is both familiar and entirely new. Born in France to global worker parents, Elise has spent most of her life in the mission field. Her parent’s journey began shortly after college, …Read More
Part two of this series was written by MaryAnn Barlow, Jason and Crystal Horner, and Dave Guiles. MaryAnn reflects on their ministry over the decades, Jason and Crystal discuss how their ministry shifted during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Dave looks to the future of Encompass’s involvement in ministry in the U.K.Read More
It’s been four decades since global workers with Encompass World Partners first entered the United Kingdom. Since then, several families have served in England by planting churches, training leaders, and leveraging social clubs for the Gospel. In celebration of this fortieth milestone, a few workers reflected on their time in England.Read More
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