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Equipping through Discipleship and Development

January 23, 2023

“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 …

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Light in Darkness

January 20, 2023

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 …

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Obituary for Tom Julien

January 17, 2023

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 …

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Heritage of Faith

January 6, 2023

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, …

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Hearts for Discipleship

January 6, 2023

In the early 1900s, Alaska drew more than just prospectors and explorers. Missionaries also ventured into the area and many churches were built in the remote villages. More than a century later, most of these church buildings sit empty and only eight percent of Alaskans attend an evangelical church (Pew Research, 2014). Roger and Melissa …

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Pointing Toward Jesus

December 30, 2022

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.

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Fostering Love

December 28, 2022

“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 …

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Full Circle Missions

December 28, 2022

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, …

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Part Two: Mobilization in Europe

December 23, 2022

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. 

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Part One: Mobilization in Europe

December 23, 2022

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.

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Equipping through Discipleship and Development

“Equipping is simultaneously discipling and developing.” After recently working through a new vision statement ...

Light in Darkness

At Bellefontaine Grace Church (BGC) in Bellefontaine, Ohio, their mission in relating to the ...

Obituary for Tom Julien

Tom Julien, retired Charis Fellowship pastor and global worker with Encompass World Partners, died ...

Heritage of Faith

Discipling and investing in the next generation is essential, and it’s hard to think ...

Hearts for Discipleship

In the early 1900s, Alaska drew more than just prospectors and explorers. Missionaries also ...

Pointing Toward Jesus

Part of the shared mission of Charis Fellowship churches is training leaders. While there ...

Fostering Love

“It’s the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do and it’s the hardest thing you’ll ...

Full Circle Missions

For Elise Klawitter, her experience with Encompass World Partners is coming full circle. She ...

Part Two: Mobilization in Europe

It’s been four decades since global workers with Encompass World Partners first entered the ...

Part One: Mobilization in Europe

It’s been four decades since global workers with Encompass World Partners first entered the ...

Faithful Partnerships

Bob Sidwell has been leading construction teams for most of his life. He is ...

A Theology of Worship

“Worship begins with theology because our theology should drive our worship.” When Davey Ermold ...

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