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The Gospel

Proclaiming the gospel isn't limited to stating that God possesses power, kindness, the ability to provide for needs, is just, or has the capacity to heal sickness. While these attributes are indeed commendable and impactful in certain contexts, they alone do not encompass the essence of the gospel message.

It's worth noting that these assertions could also be ascribed to deities in various belief systems, or political systems, or professions, extending beyond the Christian faith.


Additionally, a person may genuinely endorse these beliefs and yet not fully embrace the core gospel message: God's reconciliation of the world to Himself through His Son. This reconciliation, achieved through the sacrificial act of His Son, opens the path for humanity to be united with God.


Moreover, relying solely on these statements doesn't sufficiently fortify a person's faith. God's kindness is evident in providing means for all people to experience healing through medicine and meet their material needs. Telling them that God performs these actions, without emphasizing the central gospel message, falls short in terms of saving or instilling genuine conviction.


Therefore, let us as Free Methodist pastors and leaders prioritize the proclamation of the gospel message itself. Let us never take it for granted, or believe it is a tired story unworthy of today's society.

Below is the gospel. This is the amazing news that the world needs to hear.


Read it carefully. Never forget it.


It's one of the earliest formulae.


1 Corinthians 15:2-8: "By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born."

Wholistic Mentoring”


October 12,

2 p.m. CST

Wholistic Mentoring is a free webinar available to local pastors/mentors through the Center for Pastoral Transformation.

REGISTER HERE FOR OCT 12 Mentoring Webinar

This webinar will introduce a model for mentoring ministerial candidates as proposed in the book Wholistic Mentoring: A Handbook for Developing Ministerial Candidates in the Free Methodist Church which is now available for preorder at Light and Life Bookstore (https://freemethodistbooks.com/product/wholistic-mentoring).

We are pleased to be able to partner with MIssionInsite

(ACS Technologies).

A demographic and geographic strategy support site. They enable churches to know who they are and who their neighbors are so they can provide greater ministry outreach. 

Pastoral care requires teams to navigate the increasingly difficult challenges of your member’s physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs. MissionInsite is a technology that allows you to identify these needs for your members and your whole community.

MissionInsite was designed by church leaders for church work. It is simple to use and is faithful to its purpose of serving the church. Other products identify market groups but are designed for businesses. MissionInsite takes into consideration things that the church considers and serves the church better than any other system.

If you would like to sign up for MissionInsite, please contact the conference office at [email protected]. MissionInsite is offered courtesy of Gateway Conference for our churches.

Click here to contact the conference office if you would like to receive the handbook: How to Find More People To Know, Love and Serve.

“History & Polity of the Free Methodist Church”

Friday, October 13, 7PM - Saturday, October 14, 5PM

Greenville Free Methodist Church, Greenville, IL

Cost: $75 per person

Lodging: TBD - Hotels, and possible help from Greenville FMC.

Meals: Light Breakfast Sat.; Lunch Sat. on the Conference; Dinner Sat. on your own.


Want to register or have more questions? Contact:

Rev. Dr. Tyler Boyer [email protected]

Gateway Conference Office  [email protected]

Encounter (Church Planter Mentorship)

Friday, November 10-Saturday, November 11

Durley Camp & Retreat Center

ENCOUNTER is an in-person worship, prayer and training experience that teaches the strategies for multiplication. You will be equipped to plant a church and start a movement of churches in creative spaces and places. Encounter is followed by a coaching and mentoring journey designed to guide you in the five strategies for planting churches.

Registration is free. The cost to cover meals and lodging is $50, made payable to Gateway Conference, 1501 Chicago Drive, Greenville, IL 62246.

Click here to register

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October 13-14-History & Polity Course, Greenville, IL

November 10-11-Encounter (Church Planter Mentorship), Durley Camp & Retreat Center

December 2-Gateway Conference Christmas Luncheon (for Pastors and Gateway Board and Committee Members). Invitations will be mailed in early November.

Looking Ahead:

Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 20, Greenville FMC

Click here for more information

The word MINISTRY written in vintage letterpress type

Superintendent's Schedule:

October 10-12-SLT Meetings in Indianapolis

October 13-14 FMCUSA BOA Meetings in Indianapolis

November 1-IL Faith & Recovery Collaborative Advisory Groups

November 10-11-Encounter (Church Planter Mentorship), Greenville, IL

December 2-Gateway Conference Christmas Luncheon (for Pastors and Gateway Board and Committee Members)

December 5-7-Supt.'s Meetings with Bishop Cowart

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