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GEOOF AND LILI COOPER

Rev. Geoff and Lili Cooper

Geoff & Lili Cooper lead The Life Church. Geoff has been in full time ministry with Assemblies of God for 15 years and before coming to Kent was Regional Superintendent in The North Wales & West Midlands Region.

Their main role is to bring vision and direction to the church so that it may Jonathan & Alison Jankowski have been involved in Christian leadership for twenty-five years. They led a fruitful youth ministry, were involved in home group leadership for a few years and then moved overseas for five years to serve at a church in Istanbul, Turkey.

They returned from Turkey in 1999 and became part of what would become Grace Community Church. Jonathan worked in IT for two and a half years before being appointed the leader of the church in 2001. At the time it was one of five church plants out of Manna Christian Fellowship. The church planting process concluded in 2007 when GCC became a charity in its own right and became part of the UK Assemblies of God. Jonathan is an AoG accredited minister and in 2012 gained a Masters degree in Missional Leadership.

Alison oversees our young peoples ministry and by profession she is an Occupational Therapist working in the local hospital. They both have a desire to see GraceCommunityChurch as a growing and vibrant community of God’s people encouraging people to understand the power and relevancy of the gospel in a post-Christian, secular culture.

VISION

  • A community of worshippers, loving God and believing in Jesus with passion, prayer, intelligence and energy
  • Experiencing the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit both individually and corporately
  • An inclusive, diverse, all-age community of love, care, friendship, trust and fun
  • Contributing to the kingdom of God and His church locally, nationally and overseas
  • Committed to teaching Christian truth that equips people for everyday life
  • Promoting leadership of character, competence, shared vision and servant hood
  • Seeing everyone discover and use the unique gifts and creativity that God has given them to serve His kingdom
  • Serving our neighbourhood with generosity and compassion, especially the marginalised and vulnerable
  • Sending people to serve the kingdom of God wherever He calls them

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Rev. E. Anderson

A SERVANT’S HEART

Taken from Living Senior Ministries

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But because this was America, there were no hall servants

Walking the halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and was determined not to embarrass his European brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but was met with only silence or excuses. So Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never knew by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret.

D. L. Moody was a man with a servant’s heart, which was the basis of his true greatness. And while many might consider his act of service as that of someone who was “super spiritual”, all it took was humility to do what he did. In the same way, God calls us to humility each and every day—to live out the love and life of Christ to a watching world.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to give you the humility it takes to show Christ’s love to a watching world.

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Rev. John Maxwell

ORGANIZATIONAL CYCLE: UNDERSTANDING THE PATTERN OF PEOPLE

Taken from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible

Judges 2:1-6

Leaders must understand how people think and behave. The Book of Judges provides a vivid biography of leaders, followers, and human nature, and describes a cycle repeated even today. Note the distinct patterns that recur repeatedly in this book:

REBELLION

When things go well, people drop their guard. They relax and pay less attention to details. Peacetime brings a greater chance of rebellion than wartime. Iprosperous times, fallen people naturally express their bent toward independence and rebellion.

REPRESSION

Repression follows rebellion. Whether God sends an enemy or the people cause their own mis­ery, they endure hardship, calamity, invasion, or natural disaster. Poor life choices result in ret­ribution.

REPENTANCE

Extreme hardships often trigger community-wide repentance. The repression serves as a wake-up call. Individuals begin to refocus on what is really important and purify their motives and behaviour. Organizations cut budgets, downsize, and check egos.

RESTORATION

Purification leads to restoration. People regain the blessings they once had or acquire what had been intended for them. When they begin to obey God, peace returns to the land once more. And the cycle of fallen human behavior has run its full course.

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