Category: Sheaves for Christ
There is a place for constructive criticism, even in the church, but if the criticism is not contributing to the health of the body of Christ, I have some alarming news. You may be cancer. Cancer cells look different from other healthy cells, ignore signals from healthy cells, and diminish the blood supply to healthy cells. Cancer cells will not stop dividing, will not stick together, will not mature, and will not repair.
It’s true, “Some of you have been hurt by the church or discouraged about your experience with the church,” as Timothy Tennent aptly noted, “but the Church is what God is building in the world. Allow Him to restore your vision for the church—because there is no true access to His holy presence without your brothers and sisters.”
I love my church, and by “my church,” I … Read More »
Sheaves for Christ (SFC) is the fundraising ministry of the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International. Since its inception in 1953, over $124 million has been raised to fund missions and ministry around the world. While SFC is very global in its focus and impact, it also has a great impact right here in North America. The General Youth Division and each of our respective ministries would not exist without the investment of local churches through their support of SFC. District youth ministry would cease to exist without that same support. Simply stated, SFC is vital to the current success of UPCI youth ministry and also to the future of our movement.
One the most successful and impacting efforts of the GYD is North American Youth Congress (NAYC), the premier youth conference of the United Pentecostal Church … Read More »
Many students feel a calling into ministry and a desire to prepare for ministry by attending Bible college. Many of these same students face challenges in raising finances for their tuition. Fortunately, SFC has given over $1 million to provide scholarships to qualified young people seeking to be trained for service in the kingdom of God. The General Youth Division is grateful for the opportunity to partner with these worthy recipients. Visit edu.upci.org for information about the ministry of the Division of Education.
Each year, around this time, more students and prospective students receive word that they have been awarded the coveted Sheaves for Christ scholarship to attend Bible college. Some of those students are continuing their Christian education, while others are just beginning.
This year, twenty freshmen and upperclassmen heard the news that their tuition cost was just cut by … Read More »
For over sixty years the General Youth Division (GYD) has paved the way in fundraising for the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) through Sheaves for Christ (SFC). The purpose of Sheaves for Christ is reinforced by the motto of the UPCI: the whole Gospel to the whole world by the whole church. This year $4,394,006.04 was raised for the offering, allowing for the first $1 million allocation to Global Missions. Sheaves for Christ not only supports Global Missions but many other sponsored ministries including Apostolic Youth Corps, Bible Quizzing, Tupelo Children’s Mansion, and North American Youth Congress.
For the past several years, the GYD has developed the Real McCoy contest. To qualify, a student must raise at least $1,000 for SFC. This year, the GYD invited thirty-six Real McCoys to St. Louis for the weekend in honor of their $100,000+ … Read More »
The Real McCoy Class of 2015 features thirty-six students who raised $117,382.93 for Sheaves for Christ! We honor these amazing students! For more information about the Real McCoy contest, please visit sheavesforchrist.com.
The Real McCoys below are listed in alphabetical order according to their district:
Alabama Andrea Strang, age 15, $12000, Thomasville, AL
Arkansas Lauren Castile, age 16, $5300, Cabot, AR
Atlantic Shelby Urquhart, age 19, $1101.85, Hatfield Point, NB
British Columbia Daniel Lind, age 16, $1500, Nanaimo, BC
Canadian Plains Caleb Alexander, age 14, $8664.85, Fort McMurray, AB
Connecticut Alex Perry, age 17, $2000, New Haven, CT
Georgia Nikita Duffus, age 16, $2865, Conley, GA
Idaho Abigail Murphy, age 12, $1532.38, Boise, ID
Illinois Michael Fisher, age 16, $5223.63, Cutler, IL
Indiana Emily Russell, age 18, $2035, Muncie, IN
Iowa Hunter Pauley, age 17, $1400, West Des Moines, IA
Kansas Jacob Rose, age 19, $1449.13, Salina, KS
Kentucky Houston Knox, age 14, $2413.83, … Read More »