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ISSN 0362—0816


THE ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN


VOL. 44 NO. 4


Susan L. Tanner, Editor arpeditor@arpsynod.org


, Assistant Editor sosheal@arpsynod.org


Kevin Owens, Graphic Designer


Advertising rates on request. Advertising competitive with any agency or institution of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is not accepted. Publication of advertisements does not necessarily con- stitute an endorsement by this magazine.


The Associate Reformed Presbyterian (Publication No. USPS 414770) is published bimonthly by the Board of The Associate Reformed Presbyterian, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607. Telephone 864-232-8441. Subscription rates: $20 one year, $38 two years, $54 three years. For churches in the Church Club Plan: $16.50 a year (90% participation). Periodicals Postage paid at 


POSTMASTER: Send address correction notices to The Associate Reformed Presbyterian, 918 S. Pleas- antburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.


ARP News Update (www.ARPnews.org) 5 7


Contents FEATURES


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July/August 2019


General Synod Coverage Pre-Synod coverage, opening worship, approved memorials & motions and highlights from the 2019 General Synod. —Susan Tanner & Shay O’Sheal


Thanks to RPCNA delegate, Bryan Schneider, for help with photos.


Moderator’s Challenge - Do We Want to Be Well? Building Healthy Churches and Birthing Healthy Christians. —Leslie Holmes


Synod Emphasis - Our Discipleship in Union with Christ Three Discipleship Essentials. —Gabriel Fluhrer


14 In the Midst of Fear An interview with Andrew Brunson. —Susan Tanner


AGENCIES


19 Bonclarken 20


Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society. Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permis- sion. All rights reserved.


Christian Education Ministries


21 ARP Foundation 22 Erskine College & Seminary 24 Outreach North America 25 World Witness 26 Women’s Ministries


EVERY MONTH


16 Family Pages 17 Prayer Calendar 27 ARPinterest 28 News In Brief 30


31 Classified Ads


ARPC Spotlight Hope Chapel


By Reverend Todd Jones


Lindley Elementary for three years mov- ing things in and out. Then, we moved to  for seven years. In August 2018, God opened the door for our own property. The original asking price on the build- ing was $1.95 million which we could not afford especially since it needed $300k worth of work. We offered $1.2 million as a counter offer, and they accepted. The


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e planted Hope Chapel, Greens- boro, NC, 10 years ago with a launch team of 25. We met at


congregation voted to purchase the property. We put together a Rooted for Renewal capital campaign to raise $500k in cash in hand by Dec. 15 and raise another $900k over a three-year period. The amazing thing is God moved and by the time we closed, we had over $500k in the bank and another $453k pledged with more folks indicating that they were going to make pledges to the three-year capital campaign. We used $200k for  three years. I tell you all of this as an encouragement to other churches and especially church plants. God is at work. At the time we had about 178 members and some 40 non-communicant members. On paper we should not have been able to raise the money and make the purchase especially in the shortest capital campaign in church history (I am guessing here, but normally churches take a year to raise money). Today, we own over $25k square feet, including an education building, sanctu- ary, fellowship hall, conference center and storage building on prime real estate.


Over $50k


people drive past our church due to the central location. We have been so blessed! And I am con-  if they will choose to step out in faith with a vision to be a gospel community seeking renewal in their city like we are doing here.


The Associate Reformed Presbyterian


All in Our Family


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