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TO THE CHURCHES

Jesus is Lord and protective owner of each true believer, collectively this is His beloved “Church”. To encourage His true followers, Jesus speaks frequently in the Bible about being calm (“…do not fret”), being focused (“…follow me”), having open ears to hear (“…for he/she who has ears to hear”), and seeking maturity in Him (“…become mature”).

The overall “Church” today is struggling. Christians are yearning for leadership, seeking robust and inspiring teaching and safe and encouraging environments in which to grow spiritually. Churches and Christians are increasingly challenged in our culture, seeing strife, persecution, and hostility growing literally every day. So how can we counteract the Church seemingly being weak, un-healthy, and dis-unified? How can we open our ears to clearly hear what Jesus is saying? How can we as Christians move from drinking spiritual one dimensional milk like a baby, to eating a spiritually hearty tasty feast like an adult? What is a mature (grown up) Christian, and how can we become mature?

To The Churches is designed to address these and other similar crucial issues facing Christians and The Church in these challenging times. It is “for he/she who has ears to hear!”

SCRIPTURE

To prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach the unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12, 13

THE PODCAST

These Christian podcasts and video commentaries, developed by To The Churches, will focus on building up the Body of Christ (The Church) by helping to build healthy, mature, vibrant believers and Christian churches. We will address the needs of individuals, men, women, pastors, leaders, groups of believers, para-church organizations, and new and established churches. All of these are “The Church”.

Key questions we will address are:
• What does Jesus want the Christians and the Church to be,…and…not to be?
• With so many Christian leadership and church coaching materials on the market that don’t seem to make any difference in the church, what can make a difference?
• How can Christians and the church be as vibrant and impactful as shown in the Bible?
• Of the seven church types that Jesus spoke to in the book of Revelations, to which one do you belong, and what does that mean?

In addition to the podcasts, see several video commentaries discussing these and similar topics.

PODCASTERS’ BIOS

Gary Avánt has been a leader in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. He has wide roots in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Methodist, and non-denominational churches. Gary has been a Senior Pastor Advisor, Pastoral Staff Advisor, Discipleship Ministry Leader, Evangelism Team Leader, and Youth Minister.

Gary has worked in various capacities with many churches, The Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, Christian Executive Officers (CEO), and Business Leaders Action Strategy Team. In the Christian milieu, Gary has a strong academic and practitioner background in church dynamics, apologetics, discipleship, church history, and prayer.

Gary is President of Wisdom Matrix, a business consulting company that provides web, infrastructure, and process / e-learning solutions for corporations, businesses, non-profits, and ministries.

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Dana Avánt has been a key advisor and support laborer in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. She has worked in various capacities with many churches, Professional Women’s Fellowship, and Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, and Rancho Agua Viva. She worked for INJOY ministry with John Maxwell, traveling around the United States with him and his team to many churches and Christian events with their focus on leadership dynamics.

In the Christian milieu, Dana has a strong track record in wisdom teaching, discipleship, women’s leadership coaching, women’s ministry, music ministry, and prayer. She has studied the Proverb 31 woman extensively, in addition to other topics.

Dana is Vice-President of Wisdom Matrix, a business consulting company that provides web, infrastructure, and process / e-learning solutions for corporations, businesses, non-profits, and ministries.

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LATEST PODCAST

To The Churches 24: The Proverbs 31 Woman, Part 6 – Blessing the Poor and Needy

We are continuing to look at how the woman described in Proverbs 31 can be used as an example for our own lives in the 21st century. Firstly, let’s review what we learned in part five, when we looked at verse 19.  A Proverbs 31 woman exhibits excellence in all she does.  She doesn’t let […]

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LATEST VIDEOS


To The Churches 24: The Proverbs 31 Woman, Part 6 – Blessing the Poor and Needy

We are continuing to look at how the woman described in Proverbs 31 can be used as an example for our own lives in the 21st century. Firstly, let’s review what we learned in part five, when we looked at verse 19.  A Proverbs 31 woman exhibits excellence in all she does.  She doesn’t let […]

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To The Churches 23: The Proverbs 31 Woman, Part 5

We are continuing to look at how the woman described in Proverbs 31 can be used as an example for our own lives in the 21st century. Firstly, let’s review what we learned in part four, when we looked at verses 17 and 18: a modern Proverbs 31 woman spends time each day clothing herself […]

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To The Churches 22: What Is A Disciple?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the term “discipleship”. The word “disciple” is used 297 times throughout the New Testament. The word “Christian” is used three times. According to these numbers, we should be receiving about 1,000 times more teaching about being a disciple of Christ compared to being “Christian”. How does this fit […]

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To The Churches 21: God Is On the Move – in Paris, France – Part 2

God is on the move in Paris, France.  In the is week’s video podcast, I sit down with my good friend and missionary Joe Schlie. Joe is an American who has been living in Paris and doing full-time ministry for ten years with his wife and three children.  He’s the City Leader for Agape France […]

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To The Churches 20: God Is On the Move – in Paris France – Part 1

God is on the move in Paris, France.  In the is week’s video podcast, I sit down with my good friend and missionary Joe Schlie. Joe is an American who has been living in Paris and doing full-time ministry for ten years with his wife and three children.  He’s the City Leader for Agape France […]

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To The Churches 19: The Healthy Church – Part 3 – What the Church IS and IS NOT

The Church is a living, breathing, very large group of true Christians throughout the world AND it is a group of Christians who gather to fellowship, worship and study together. It is NOT buildings nor weak, disunified, man-made organizations. Our call, as the Church – Christ’s bride, in fact – is to be unified and healthy.  This calling can […]

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To The Churches 18: Your Testimony VIDEO

Our testimony – our personal story of God working in our lives – is important.  God wants to use our testimony to preach the gospel and build His kingdom with every apologetic tool we have.  Embrace this truth!  Develop two versions of your testimony and get ready to use it.  God will provide the opportunity to do so. For […]

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To The Churches 17: The Proverbs 31 Woman, Part 4 VIDEO

Proverbs 31:17-18 (NIV) She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.   Proverbs 31:17-18 (KJV) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle […]

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To The Churches 16: Apologetics VIDEO

In this series, we will look at the facts and evidence that are the foundation to Christianity and how to use them effectively. The word apologetics simply means, “speaking in defense”. It uses the process of systematic information as its foundation. Early Christians such as Paul and Barnabas used apologetics to simply explain the gospel […]

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To The Churches 15: The Healthy Church – Part 2 – How To Find A Healthy Church VIDEO

Before we dive into how to find a healthy church, we need to know what it is we’re searching for. What does a healthy church look and sound like? Size and location do not matter. Rather, a gathering of genuine Christ-followers devoted to meeting together, to worship, preach, teach, encourage and grow God’s kingdom. In […]

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