Grace Covenant Ministries International
About Grace Covenant Ministries International
Grace Covenant Ministries International is an Apostolic Ministry modeled after the New Testament Church. The Church in the Book of Acts was first and foremost an Apostolic Church. It was an Apostolic Commission that Jesus Christ our Lord gave to the Twelve in Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In Mark 16:15 our Lord commanded the twelve and us also to:
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
What is the key to these two scriptures? The answer is very simple. They were sent out as we are sent out!
The Church has been given a commission (a task entrusted by someone in authority) by the Lord Jesus Christ to go into all the world to preach. He commanded us to teach and make disciples of all nations (literally all people groups). The Apostolic Ministry revolves around the concept of being sent out. Only sent ones can fulfill the task of the Great Commission and overcome what seems impossible by human reasoning and by natural means.
Grace Covenant Ministries International knows that evangelization is only the beginning of the ministry set by Jesus Christ for all of us who call him Lord. Converts must also be discipled. The saints must be trained and equipped. Churches must be planted. Church-planting (the church as a living-organism reproducing itself) is the key to effective evangelism and the five-fold ministries (Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist and Pastor) must be restored within each church if we are to be successful church-planters following the pattern of the Book of Acts.
The Mantle of the Apostle...
is to build a supernatural base and foundation for a multiplying church movement, to accept nothing as impossible, to respond strategically to the visions and supernatural revelations, to be prophetic talent spotters. They are not so much human-centered and felt-need oriented “TENDERS” like good pastors, teachers, and evangelists, but God centered: they have the God–given ability to see beyond things, beyond human needs and problems and take hold of the tasks and visions of God.
They do not just want to build a “church”; they want the whole city or nation! They live in the future, for the future, from the future, constantly pregnant with future developments. They can pull and lead the church into the future and prevent it from becoming a traditional institution only celebrating the past, or a fossilized monument of history long gone.
The church is built on the foundation of the Apostles and Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone (The Book of Acts). Those who are called to the mantle of Apostle are to do the foundational work for “founding churches”, the site spotting, earth moving, excavating, foundation laying, so that others, like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians, can build on that foundation. Would you like to live in a house where a carpenter laid the foundations or the plumber does the wiring? I admire carpenters and plumbers, but I would not want to live in such a house. That is simply outside their brief or abilities. We as the body of Christ need to function in the gifts that God has endowed us individually with and not take on that which man has called us to. By doing so, this will move the church back into alignment with the Perfect Will of God.
Patrick & Mary Louise Kennedy (Senior Overseers)
Grace Covenant Church
510 W. Main Street Ste. 100
Clayton, NC 27527
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