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Lead ArticleFEATUREFollowJesusby Dan GallagherJesus blazed a clear trail for anyone whowants to walk it, leading everyone directlyback into a relationship with God.Anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits ofJesus’ work can do so by merely followinghis footsteps.Looking at a field covered by a thick blanket ofsnow always evokes for me a sense of wonder andawe. Snow has a magical way of transforming thelandscape into a scene of majesty. Recently, whileI stood in my breakfast room, warm and secure with a freshcup of coffee in hand, the beauty of the fresh snow thathad fallen during the night captivated me. Rays of sunlightglistened and sparkled off the ice crystals as the sun beganits slow rise to start a new day.In the morning silence I rolled through my mind alist of the many chores that I needed to accomplish thatday. My first task required that I go to my barn, which,although it is only a mere seventy-five yards away from myhouse, had become significantly more difficult now thatI needed to forge a path across the new barrier of snow.It is not as if I needed to traverse a frozen tundra, butnevertheless, the difficulty of getting to the barn greatlyincreased. What was going to be a simple walk had nowbecome a frosty trek.Later in the day, after making my way to the barn, Ilooked back at the trail my footsteps had left in the snow.It occurred to me that the first person who forges a pathhas the most difficulty, and everyone who follows later getsto enjoy the benefits of his labor. This principle also holdstrue for those of us who follow Jesus. He blazed a clear trailfor anyone who wants to walk it, leading everyone directlyback into a relationship with God. Anyone who wantsto enjoy the benefits of Jesus’ work can do so by merelyfollowing his footsteps.We are all on a journeyPicturing your life as a journey on a path providesa great perspective that can be very beneficial. Like ameandering trail, our lives can go in many differentdirections, take many unforeseen turns, and even lead usto places we never suspected. Sometimes the journey iseasy and pleasurable, and then there are times when thevoyage is tough and difficult. Life is also filled with manyintersections, where we make a decision on which waywe are going to go. Many crossroads are insignificant, butthere are also times when the choices we make can be lifealtering.On the pilgrimage of life, one of the most significantchoices we have to make is whether to forge our owntrail or follow the path God wants us to take. Sadly, fewunderstand that the path to life and righteousness is narrow,whereas the road to destruction is wide (Matt. 7:13).God wants everyone to choose the “path of life” andto stay away from the “path of the wicked,” but He leavesthe choice to us (Ps. 16:11; Prov. 4:14 and 15; 12:28).4 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

It occurred to me that thefirst person who forges apath has the most difficulty,and everyone who followslater gets to enjoy thebenefits of his labor.FEATURELead ArticleNEWS! Although no one knew ofGod’s plan to delay things by insertingan Age of Grace, the “good news”became that Jesus’ death was theperfect sacrifice for the sins of all whoaccept him as their Lord. In otherwords, today Jesus is the Good News!Jesus made it very clear that when itcomes to the Kingdom of God andeverlasting life, he is the one and onlypath mankind can take to the Father.John 14:6Jesus answered, “I am the wayand the truth and the life.No one comes to the Fatherexcept through me.Some find it disturbing that thereis only one way to the Father, andmany desire to do it “their way,” butChrist’s message was clear. He is thesure path to get back to God.What is the Gospel?Like most people, my firstexperience of the word “gospel”was when referring to the four NewTestament books of the Bible 1 thatdepict the things Jesus did and saidwhen alive on earth. I was oftenamazed, even almost dumfounded,as I read stories about the manymiraculous healings and supernaturalevents that took place during hisministry years. His words piercedpeople’s hearts, revealed hiddenmotives, including my own on manyoccasions, and even left some ofhis harshest critics speechless. I wastaught that the word “gospel” meant“good news,” and these four booksdescribing him were every bit of that! 2Jesus brought the “good news”that the time for the Kingdom ofGod was near, a future time when theearth will be restored to its Paradisecondition. This will be a time withoutfamine, sickness, and war. It will alsobe a time when he rules the earth for1,000 years and Satan, God’s archenemy,will be locked away. God’speople had been anxiously waitingfor the fulfillment of the promiseof a redeemer 3 , and now the GoodNews was that he was here. This wasnot only good news, it was GREATActs 5:42Day after day, in the templecourts and from house tohouse, they never stoppedteaching and proclaiming thegood news that Jesus is theChrist.Acts 8:35Then Philip began with thatvery passage of Scripture andtold him the good news aboutJesus.Acts 11:20Some of them, however, menfrom Cyprus and Cyrene,went to Antioch and began tospeak to Greeks also, tellingthem the good news about theLord Jesus.Acts 17:18…Paul was preaching thegood news about Jesus andthe resurrection.Losing sight of theGospelWhen I first accepted Christ Iwould read the Gospels for hours onend. I admit that I was even a littlejealous of the first-century saintswho were there with him, seeing andhearing him firsthand. As I continuedon my walk of faith I was taught tofocus on the New Testament writings,especially those of Paul because these,according to Dispensational theology 4 ,were the Words of God writtenApr/May/Jun 2012 The Sower 5

Lead ArticleFEATUREdirectly “to me.” This is absolutelytrue, but with so much emphasisplaced on the Epistles of Paul, one ofthe unintended consequences for mewas that I began to neglect reading theGospel stories of Christ.Eventually, without even realizingit, I began to replace the Good Newsof Jesus Christ with the Good Newsof my doctrine. My doctrine is thebody of my beliefs and theology, suchas my Biblical Unitarian position thatJesus was not God but His son, thatthe dead were really dead, and that theholy spirit was a gift (always makingsure never to capitalize the “h” or the“s” since doing so would make it God).The elevation of my doctrine in mymind caused me to lose sight of thesimplicity that Jesus “is” the Gospel,he is the Good News.In his book, Speaking of Jesus,author Carl Medearis succinctly statesit this way:“I want to strip away thethousands of years of graffitipainted onto the gospel,turning it into a reasonablecode of doctrines. The gospelis not a ‘How.’ It is not a‘What.’ It is a ‘Who,’ andhis name is Jesus. Jesus isThe Gospel—the GOODNEWS!” 5Seeing doctrine asmy compass, not thedestinationIf my goal is to get to the NorthPole, then the compass in the palmof my hand is a tool useful forpointing me in the right direction.The more accurate the compass,the more I can trust that it willguide me on the right path to thedestination. When Christians beginto see their beliefs as the goal, theyare mistaking the compass for thedestination. Doctrine, like a compass,is a tool, but its purpose is to showme to the destination. In the case ofChristians, the destination is havingthe relationship with God the Fatherthat He desires. Everyone is headingsomewhere, but sadly, not everyonehas a good compass.Unknowingly I labored underthe burden that being a Christianrequired me to know, understand, andbe ready to explain the Bible—all ofit—to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime. Like many others I know, I alsostruggled under the false premise thatsharing the Gospel meant I needed toconvince others of all of my doctrine. Iwas freed from this load when I beganto once again see Jesus as the GoodNews. It is not my job to get peopleto believe; that is their responsibility.My job and responsibility is to pointothers to him.There is somethingwrong with this pictureA few weeks ago I was in aStarbucks coffeehouse getting anafternoon cup of liquid energy. Sinceno one else was around, I askedthe barista, “What do you think ofChristians?” I could tell she was a littlehesitant, probably politely not wantingto insult a customer, so I said, “No,really—what do you really think?”Feeling that it was safe to be honestwith me, she indicated she was raisedas a Christian and really loved churchas a child but then her family had toendure a series of very hurtful churchsplits. She became really disheartenedwhen she went to a Christian college6 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

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The ContenderFEATUREWe Cannot FollowTwo Mastersby John W. SchoenheitNo man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, andlove the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Matthew 6:24 (KJV)It is a common complaint thatpeople just “cannot find the time”to do the things with God that theywant to do. Many people want toknow the Bible better, or have moretime to serve God’s people, and justnever seem to have the time to do it.Sometimes that turns out to be ourown fault.We cannot serve God and“Wealth”Jesus taught that no one can servetwo masters.Matthew 6:24 (KJV)No man can serve two masters: foreither he will hate the one, and lovethe other; or else he will hold tothe one, and despise the other. Yecannot serve God and mammon.This verse has three difficultphrases, and to properly understandthe verse we must understand itsvocabulary and customs. Jesus told usplainly what would happen if a persontried to serve two masters. One wasthat the person would love one master,and thus serve that one well, and “hate”the other, and thus not serve thatone as well. It helps us to make senseof the verse when we realize that inthe Eastern mindset and vocabulary,“hate” does not always mean “hate” aswe generally use it today, in the senseof extreme hostility or intense dislike.Especially when used in contrast to“love” in the biblical culture (bothHebrew and Greco-Roman), the word“hate” often means “love less.”A good example of “hate” meaning“love less” is when God said aboutJacob and Esau, “Jacob I loved, butEsau I hated” (Rom. 9:13). First of all,in Malachi 1:2 and 3, which is whereRomans 9:13 is quoted from, God isnot speaking of the actual people,“Jacob” and “Esau.” He is speaking ofthe countries of Israel and Edom, whichwere founded by Jacob and Esau. Goddid not “hate” Edom, but He showedless grace and special love to thecountry of Edom than He did to Israel.Using “hate” as “love less,” Jesus wasspeaking in real and practical termswhen he said that if a person tried toserve two masters he would love onemore than the other. Each of us onlyhas so much time and energy, and itis nearly impossible to equally dividethem between two masters that aremaking demands on us.The second difficult phrase in theverse, in the typical Eastern fashionof teaching, is an amplification andclarification of the first phrase. Jesusmade sure we understood what hemeant by saying that a person tryingto serve two masters would “hold tothe one, and despise the other.” As inthe first phrase about love and hate,we must understand the biblicalvocabulary to understand this phrase.The first phrase, translated “hold to”in the KJV, is cleared up for us in mostmodern versions, which read, “bedevoted to” (HCSB, ESV, NET, NIV).However, the use of “despise” in boththe KJV and many modern versionsis less clear and needs to be properlyunderstood.It is surprising that even themodern versions usually continue touse the word “despise,” even thoughit gives most readers the wrongimpression. The Greek word translated“despise” is kataphroneō (Strong’s#2706 καταφρονέω), and it has a rangeof meaning that encompasses lookingdown on someone or something withcontempt or aversion; consideringsomething not important and thusdisregarding it; and not caring about,or ignoring, someone or something.In defense of the modern version’suse of “despise,” it is true that one ofthe primary meanings of the Englishword “despise” is to look down on withcontempt or to regard as worthless(this is even the first definition in10 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

THE CONTENDER“...I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3)Jesus was making thesimple statement thatif a person had twomasters, he wouldoften be devotedto one and end up“ignoring the other.”Apr/May/Jun 2012 The Sower 11

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Partner ProfileEd & Amy Coughlin“We have a great respect forthe families that are directingand serving in the Spirit andTruth ministry and have beenhonored these three years to betheir partners.”In the fall of 2005 we left the city—and a thriving jobmarket—and moved to 40 acres outside of Roseburg,Oregon. It should have been a hard decision, especially sincewe didn’t have a job waiting there. But God had shown hisfaithfulness and care for us—so much more so than the birdsof the air—in the preceding years, so we knew it was time toincrease our trust in God and Jesus Christ for our family.What we didn’t expect was the deep dependence on Godthat we still had yet to develop. By the time we left Portland,we had drifted apart from our Spirit and Truth friends througha combination of circumstances. At the same time, STF’s OneGod & One Lord convinced us that we couldn’t return to the frontpew of a mainstream church. We visited a home fellowship andbecame very comfortable with the informal setting. However,a few months into our relationship we shared our BiblicalUnitarian beliefs, and were told that we would be welcome tocontinue coming, but only to listen.Frankly, we were hurt to be excluded in this way, but outof this sad occasion we restored our practice of regularlyworshipping God and studying the Word in our own home.It was not long before a great helper came along calledthe iPod and we discovered the Spirit and Truth Fellowshippodcasts. It was as if we had been eating those dry rice cookiesfor months and were finally offered a New York steak! Thislasted for two years without having any contact with anyonefrom Spirit and Truth. Then on January 13, 2009, wereceived an email notice that The Sower was availablein PDF format. In that issue we read Dan Gallagher’sarticle that described the decision to move awayfrom their original plans of becoming a “church” or“denomination” and then we went on to read of theiradoption of four core values—Truth, Integrity, Courageand Liberty. We quickly wrote to Dan Gallagher to tellhim we were so thankful for their bold and courageousdecision and of how blessed we had been to haveaccess to STF materials to help give structure andspiritual food to our little family-led fellowship. Weimmediately became regular financial contributors andnot too long afterwards, became financial partners.During these last three years, we have witnessedthose four core values in action. One notable act ofcourage that Spirit and Truth took was the releaseof all their publications into electronic form for freedownload. In an instant, they released decades of theirlife’s work freely to anyone with a thirst for God! Godhas poured out His love and providence so that ourright desire to give back is provided faithfully by Himevery month. We have a great respect for the familiesthat are directing and serving in the Spirit and Truthministry and have been honored these three years tobe their partners.PARTNERwith Spirit & TruthFellowship InternationalSign up online at to or call 888.255.6189 M-F9 to 5 (ET).Apr/May/Jun 2012 The Sower 17

Featured ArticleThe ABC’s of GodLessons from my childrenby Cara HansonNon-Profit Caterpillarsand the No. 2 PencilWith each passing year, my NewYear’s Resolutions becomeless lofty. When I was six, mygoal was to change the world. Now thatI’m forty, I’m happy if I can change thesheets.I don’t just toss last year’s calendarinto the trash; I fling it with panache. Witha flick of the wrist, I toss any failures anddisappointments of the past year rightwhere they belong—in with the toiletpaper rolls. Then I place a new calendaron the wall and stare at the blindingpossibilities of all those blank whitesquares.Each January we all cling to thehope that this year will be different.We sharpen our No. 2 pencils andsmooth out clean sheets of paper. Theintoxicating smell of graphite convincesus that surely this year our resolutionswill hold. With a steady hand, we carefullyprint out our first goal.1. I WILL ONLY EAT HEALTHFUL FOODS.Without warning, Life unequivocallycharges into the room like a toddler onChristmas morning.–Wanna donut?—Sure, thanks.And just like that, we settle back intoour comfortable ways, as effortlessly asslipping into our favorite pair of jeans.It’s funny how perspectives changeafter you live life a little. The hubris of theyoung deflates into the practicality ofthe old. Our parents, the ones we wereWith each passing year, my New Year’s Resolutions become less lofty.When I was six, my goal was to change the world. Now that I’m forty,I’m happy if I can change the sheets.embarrassed to have drop us off in astation wagon at the Middle School door,suddenly skyrocket in status once wegraduate into the real world. Sometimeswe just need wisdom, even if it doescome in the form of someone who eatsdinner at 4pm in the afternoon.A rich young man seeking wisdomonce approached Jesus, fell on hisknees, and asked him what he mustdo to inherit eternal life. I’m assumingthat he fell on his own knees, not Jesus’,because the therapy session would haveended abruptly. I fall on my knees alot, especially since my kids’ toys comewith some sort of special GPS to locatethe trajectory of my path. But whenwe fall on our knees before Jesus, wedemonstrate a meekness and willingnessto do whatever it takes to accomplish agoal.Jesus saw that this rich young manwas earnest in his desire to change. Healso recognized that despite the man’sadherence to the Ten Commandments,he was still missing something.Mark 10:21a“One thing you lack,” he (Jesus) said.Knee pads?Mark 10:21b-22a(21b) “Go, sell everything you haveand give to the poor, and you willhave treasure in heaven. Then come,follow me.”(22a) At this the man’s face fell. Hewent away sad, because he had greatwealth.18 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

Of course the man was sad. Nowhe had sore knees, a fallen face, andhe had to give up his wealth.But at least Jesus gave a practicalanswer, something tangible thatthe man could do right away, if heso desired. Notice that Jesus did notwhip out a blank sheet of paper andNo. 2 pencil and advise the man towrite down his goal and hang it onthe refrigerator.1. GET ETERNAL LIFE.Sometimes kids may haveunattainable dreams, such as myson’s desire to become the firstastronaut-mailman. It would be funto deliver mail from a spaceship,and yes, the Sears Christmas catalogwould be much lighter to carryin outer space. But has he reallyconsidered the challenge of factoringgravity in with the cost of postage?Still, I admire the determination of achild to make dreams come true.God help the poor donkey whoever challenges my daughter Graceto a Battle of the Wills. At the age ofseven, she announced that she wasgoing to start her own business. Thatafternoon.True to her word, later that dayshe was down by the road, open forbusiness. Those fortunate enoughto pass by our house were invitedto view her twin black and orangecaterpillars, Jacob and Esau. Shedidn’t make any money, but believedin her heart that she was providing agreat service to our community.When I explained to my littleentrepreneur that she was running anon-profit business, she tossed backher golden curls, and yelled to theworld:“Non-profit caterpillars! Come seemy non-profit caterpillars!”Several hours later, Grace madea difficult but sage decision for thegood of her company.“I think I have to close mybusiness,” she explained. “Notenough interest.”Last week Grace announced thatshe was going to become an author.That afternoon. Her plan was to writeher own books and sell them at thebottom of the driveway. Before Icould even respond, she was writingfuriously, as though the fate of theworld depended on her pencil. HerNo. 2 pencil.As I stared at the pencil, I realizedthat Grace was not using it to writedown her dreams, but rather to turnher dreams into reality. And if thatdidn’t work, she would move to thenext plan. Most likely somethingdown by the side of the road, whereher non-profit caterpillars eventuallystopped dreaming about beingbutterflies, and just flew away.Back Issues of The SowerYou can now read back issues ofThe Sower online in a high qualityPDF or in our NEW Flash Version. Inthe Flash Version, you can actuallyflip through The Sower like a realmagazine. We think it’s pretty cool!Check it out is Not a Game:Being Effective for GodIn this teaching, John Schoenheitlays out the Biblical Warfare andthe Wisdom models of belief,and shows how they areparticularly importantif we are to thinkcorrectly aboutthe importantroles we play inserving God. Johnbuilds on theseand discussesthree things that areimportant for success:having a vision for our life, workingwith good teachers/pastors/leaders,and getting rid of those things thatdrag us down.Subscribe to our audio podcast iniTunes and listen to this teaching forfree at 2012 The Sower 19

Fuel for the Fire is written by the Teens and Twenties of Spirit & Truth Fellowship International.The Pursuit of Happinessby Kenny WillenburgIf you ask most people what theywant from life, they will probablyanswer “happiness.” Many peoplespend their whole lives seekinghappiness, always looking forsomething or someone to bring them asense of satisfaction. Regrettably, I havehad this mindset far too much in myown life.This attitude of seeking our ownhappiness is really nothing morethan plain old-fashioned selfishness.It is putting our own pleasure as ourforemost desire. I am not saying that weshould disregard our own happiness;but I am saying we should not bepursuing it in a way that is selfish.As I have been thinking aboutselfishness, I have come to understandit as the opposite of love. When we dothe loving thing, we do what is best foreveryone involved; however, when wedo the selfish thing, we do only whatwe feel is best for ourselves regardlessof how it affects other people. Ironically,when we are not selfish, but ratherare loving, we are actually doing whatis best for ourselves! It seems like aparadox but when we are selfish, weare actually doing something that isharmful for ourselves!1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV)Let all that you do be done in love.When we do something “in love,” itis the right thing because love alwaysdoes what is right. In fact, if everyonealways acted out of love we would notneed any other law.Galatians 5:14 (ESV)“For the whole law is fulfilled in oneword: “You shall love your neighborWhen we do the loving thing, we do what is best for everyoneinvolved; however, when we do the selfish thing, we do onlywhat we feel is best for ourselves regardless of how it affectsother yourself.”When we act out of love, otherswill be benefitted, and so will we. Asthe Bible says, “…for whatever onesows, that will he also reap” (Galatians6:7b, ESV). We will reap the fruitof what we sow, whether good orbad! If we sow selfishness and thepursuit of our pleasure, we will reapthe harvest of that: bad things likeloneliness, depression, addiction, etc.Often, people who are trying to bringpleasure to their own lives pursue it byusing drugs, gambling, participatingin impure sexual activity, consumingtoo much alcohol, and the list goes on.These things can be addictive becausethey bring a sense of pleasure to theperson doing them. However, thefeeling is short-lived and soon fades,leaving the person with an appetite formore. This can easily become a viciouscycle. If someone uses the law ofsowing, and sows love, he will reap theharvest of it: good things!So what is the greatest act of love?The answer is in John 15:13 (ESV):“Greater love has no one than this,that someone lay down his life for hisfriends.” That is what Jesus did for us!The next question: Is Jesus worseoff because he did the loving thingand laid down his life? Of course not!Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) says: “looking toJesus, the founder and perfecter ofour faith, who for the joy that wasset before him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is seated atthe right hand of the throne of God.”Because Jesus obeyed the Father andgave up his own life, he is now seated atGod’s right hand!Acts 20:35d (ESV)remember the words of the Lord22 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

The VineThe Fellowship is Spirit & Truth Fellowship - USA(STF-USA)?By Dan GallagherFor more than a decade, Spirit &Truth Fellowship has looked forways to help fellowships becomemore closely connected. TheBible places great value on workingclosely with others who have the samebeliefs and practice. Yet in the world,there is much spiritual abuse at thehands of so called “church leadership.”The challenge has always been, “Howcan churches come together in waysthat safeguard against potential abuseand enhance our ability to fulfill ourindividual callings in the Body of Christ?”Over the past 18 months wehave pondered the idea of a simple“association of churches,” both in theUnited States and abroad. Each nationcould have an association that utilizesgovernance comprised of its membersand separate from the Board of STF-International. Ideally, each country’sgovernance association would provideits’ members real input, both throughvoice and deed, in the affairs ofSpirit & Truth Fellowship that directlyaffected them. It would be the aim ofthe association to provide its churchmembers connection without control,and cooperation without domination.We are excited about the great potentialfor improving individuals’ ability tospread the Gospel and make disciplesas we begin to develop the first of theseassociations, STF-USA.In order to help communicate ourdesire, we have prepared the followingFAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions).If this resonates in your heart and youwould like to join us in the associationof STF-USA, or if you have any additional“Spirit & Truth Fellowship-USA (STF-USA) is an association of independentand self-governing churches thathave united for the purpose of mutualsupport and growth, and to facilitatethe planting of new churches, theirnurture, and development.”questions, please contact Dan Gallagherat is the purpose of STF-USA?We just can’t think of a clearer way toanswer this question than to quote thegeneral purpose given in the Bylaws ofthe association:“Spirit & Truth Fellowship-USA (STF-USA) is an association of independentand self-governing churches thathave united for the purpose of mutualsupport and growth, and to facilitate theplanting of new churches, their nurture,and development. This Association iscreated with the intention of providinga connected church body within theUnited States of America that supportsthe global mission of Spirit & TruthFellowship International, which isBuilding an Enduring Work of Truth.”By uniting fellowships acrossgeographic boundaries, we hope thatindividuals connected to STF-USAwill become better equipped to fulfillEphesians 4:1-3, “to live a life worthy ofour calling and to bear with one anotherin love and make every effort to keep theunity of the spirit through the bond ofpeace.”What does STF-USA hope toaccomplish and what types ofactivities do you see it doingas a collective body?There are a number of things thatwe believe the association has thepotential to accomplish. One benefit thatwe see is that with the creation of theassociation, STF-Int’l will be able to placeeven more focus on the things that it hastraditionally done best, such as research,teaching, publishing, Internet sites, etc.On the other hand, STF-USA will put itsfocus on things that are directly relatedto church activities. This will both freeup our Home Office staff to do whatthey are called to do, and also create24 The Sower Apr/May/Jun 2012

more opportunities for others to serve in avariety of ways that are related to churchwork, such as:• Organizing and running of localand regional events of all kinds• Evangelical missions• Discipleship programs• Worship services• Pastoral activities• Leadership development• Development of individual giftsand callings• Mercy programs• Weddings, funerals and othercommunity related eventsWill STF-USA monitor, oversee,or control the activities of itsmembers?No. STF-USA is a church association andas such it has no authority or responsibilityto oversee or direct any of its members.All member churches govern themselvesand they alone are responsible for theirinternal church affairs. STF-USA aims toprovide resources that will assist eachchurch in doing what they are called to doin their local area.How large of a congregationmust we have to be anAffiliated Church with STF-USA?Since it is our desire to be as inclusiveas possible, we merely require that a“church” consist of at least three peoplewho meet on a regular basis. We do notdictate how often they meet, or what theydo while meeting. Since each affiliatedchurch is a voting member, voting on theleadership and other matters, we merelywant to ensure that anyone who indicatesthey are running a church is actually doingso.What limitations or control doesSTF-USA place on doctrine?Any church that joins indicates thatthey are in agreement with the Statementof Fundamental Faiths and the Statementof Character and Conduct. We do notrequire that members be in completeagreement with all the doctrinal positionsof STF-Int’l, rather just the seven ones ofEphesians 4:4 (One God, One Lord, Onefaith, One hope, One spirit, One baptism,and One body), which we consider tobe essential to guarding the “unity ofthe spirit.” STF-USA churches supportthe vision of STF-Int’l, which is to seekthe truth without respect to tradition,“orthodoxy,” or popular trends andteachings.If I become a member ofSTF-USA, am I limited inmy involvement with otherministries or organizations?No, absolutely not. First, understandthat there is no such thing as an “STFChurch/Fellowship.” All congregations areindependent and self-governing. There isno requirement for allegiance to STF-USAin the sense that you are restricted fromparticipating with any other ministry,group, or association. Churches becomemembers because they want to connectwith others who hold common beliefs intheir Christianity and they want to workto accomplish common goals. The intentof the association is not to separate,divide, or limit people, but to expand waysfor people to serve with their gifts andcallings.The BoardMembers ofSTF-USAThe following individualshave been elected toserve on the Board ofDirectors for STF-USA.They are as follows (inalphabetical order by lastname):Ed Coughlin, ORDan Gallagher, INDave Hanson, VARay Littlefield, INCharlie Preston, KYFrank Rutkowski, PAFranklin Smith, SCGary Theisen, MIWe are very thankfulfor their service & areexcited about what thisassociation can do for theBody of Christ.Apr/May/Jun 2012 The Sower 25

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