Drew Stephens is just one of many pastors who attended this year’s Pastors Retreat, held October 23-27 in Germany. Retreat attendees included front-line pastors from Moscow, Budapest, Nice, Marseille, Munich and other European cities. ICC's dream for all of these churches is the same: to be flourishing, gospel-centered churches reaching internationals, in-country nationals, and immigrants.
On Monday, October 23, over thirty participants converged in Teisendorf, Germany for the 2017 ICC Pastors’ Retreat. We are praying for our pastors (and their wives, some of whom are in attendance) to be filled with refreshment, joy in God’s truth, encouragement, and renewed vision and hope.
We believe that the gospel is not just for individual gain. We believe that Christ's sacrifice was not to ensure our personal comfort. We believe that the good news of Jesus has the power to radically change lives, change communities, change culture. We believe that "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5).
Praise God for the incredible uniting and mobilizing force of the Gospel, which transcends our cultural differences to unite our efforts in the Kingdom work of offering light and life into a dark and dying world.
This morning we held a special joint worship service here on the grounds at Courmettes. In addition to the retreat guests and volunteers, we were joined by the two ICC congregations in the area, from Nice and St. Paul. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness in bringing us all together today, believers from all over the world, united not only by a common language, but a common Savior.