As I’ve traveled to our churches over the last year and a half, I’ve heard so many good stories of how God is using the churches in Sovereign Grace to advance the gospel to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ. I am eager for you to hear some of these stories. So, over the next year we are producing quarterly Mission Videos that will not only inform you of our shared mission, but I believe will expand your vision for what God has called us to do together.
Throughout February and March, the churches in Sovereign Grace have set aside a Sunday service to present our Mission Fund, which includes our Mission Fund brochure and our first quarter Mission Fund video. In this first video you will hear stories of how people are being reached with the gospel in the Wissinoming neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia all because we planted a church there.
I hope you will take time to read the brochure and watch the video. As you do so, my prayer is that your faith is strengthened for what God has called us to do together: advance the gospel by building and planting churches for the glory of God. And please pray and consider how God might want you to contribute to our mission in Sovereign Grace.
Grateful for our gospel partnership,
Mark Prater is the Executive Director for Sovereign Grace and serves as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church. He and his wife, Jill, have three married daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.
By God’s grace, the Sovereign Grace Pastors College has trained 243 men for ministry since opening in 1997. The 2012 graduating class alone included 23 men, eight of whom returned with their families to church planting residencies.
Later this month, we’ll welcome the 2013 Pastors College Class. For those of you less familiar with our Pastors College, it is a ten-month pastoral training program for men in Sovereign Grace churches. It combines academic instruction with an emphasis on pastoral care and spiritual growth. The Pastors College also provides ongoing training for current pastors in Sovereign Grace Ministries.
In this video, the 2012 graduating class recounts how this academic instruction with an emphasis on pastoral care and spiritual growth served them in preparation for pastoral ministry.
Training future pastors is so important to our mission that the Pastors College receives 25% of our annual Mission Fund.
Your Local Church Is Bigger Than It Looks
200 adults. 12 small groups. That’s a typical Sovereign Grace church. By the numbers, it’s not huge. But your church is not numbers. It is a living display of Christ in your community, a place where the gospel transforms lives, and a steward of the Great Commission. Now that’s huge.
Ordinary Churches Partnering Together
We are ordinary churches proclaiming an extraordinary gospel. Together, we’re planting churches, training pastors, and providing gospel-centered resources around the world.
In this video, you’ll hear from pastors of eleven Sovereign Grace churches as they describe how their churches began, fruit they're experiencing, mission opportunities, their vision for church planting, their partnership with Sovereign Grace, and more.
Thank you for the privilege of partnering together in this gospel work. By praying for us, by serving in your church, and by giving, you make this gospel mission possible.
November 28, 2012 by
Categories: Mission Videos | Music
For the past 28 years, Sovereign Grace churches have partnered together to produce the songs of Sovereign Grace Music. Our mission is to promote Christ exalting songs and training for the local church.
We produced our first cassette, Mighty God, in 1984. Soon after, we started looking for a way to distribute songs that Mark Altrogge, Steve & Vikki Cook, Bob Kauflin, and others were writing for congregational worship. The result was 16 “song service tapes” of about 8 songs each that Steve Cook produced in his home studio. In the late 80’s we also released three albums on the Spring Hill label, The Nations are Waiting, and Alive! 1 and 2. The sequel to the song service tapes was the Come & Worship series, 9 higher budget CDs of about 10 songs each. We also released three albums in the mid-90s with Word’s HeartCry label, produced by Steve Cook, Paul Mills, and Cheryl Rogers. Starting with Upward in 2003, our albums became more theme-based. Although Bob Kauflin is the current Director of Sovereign Grace Music, we're indebted to Bo Lotinsky who faithfully, strategically, and creatively sought to develop Sovereign Grace Music for many years.
The Sovereign Grace Music team is led by Bob Kauflin, and includes Steve Cook, Joel Sczebel, and Brittany Kauflin. Their responsibilities include producing new recordings, managing translations and international albums, identifying and training upcoming musicians and leaders, hosting the WorshipGod conferences, promoting our music through social media, handling requests and permissions, and more. Our most recent release happens to be our 60th album, Together for the Gospel Live II, which came out yesterday.
For over 28 years, the support, involvement, and contributions of Sovereign Grace church members have been the backbone and heart of Sovereign Grace Music. In fact, Sovereign Grace Music wouldn’t exist apart from the churches of Sovereign Grace. To highlight and thank God for our partnership we asked Bob Kauflin to share a few thoughts on Sovereign Grace Music, past, present, and future.
We pray that as you watch this video, you’ll better understand the part music plays in our mission to build and plant local churches for the glory of God, and the joy we have in doing it together as a family of churches.