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Behind the Scenes of TGC’s Council

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The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ. And we’re committed to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.

Most people see us live out this vision through our conferences and this website. But The Gospel Coalition was founded about 10 years ago as a small gathering of pastors we call the Council, which spans denominational, ethnic, and generational lines. These leaders are joined by a passionate commitment to the gospel and its transforming power. Council members seek to evangelize, plant, and strengthen churches, and do good in their communities.

They may disagree on some secondary issues and church practice. But they share a passion to place the gospel back in the center of the church’s teaching and preaching. Together they believe that understanding our times leads to penetrating faithfulness, not a diluted message. Our foundation documents—confessional statement and theological vision of ministry—lay out our common convictions and goals.

Our Council of more than 50 pastors continues to meet every year for three days as we seek God for gospel-centered awakening. We spend our time in prayer, reading Scripture, and discussing the most pressing issues of the day. We aim to understand what must be done to faithfully lead our churches and seminaries in the coming days.

The Council meetings provide an opportunity for these leaders to extend accountability and friendship to each other. We share our personal struggles and joys in family and ministry, and we learn how to best pray for and support one another. Together we can accomplish more for the sake of Jesus Christ than we can separately.

We produced this brief video so you could take a look behind the scenes of our recent Council colloquium, held on the campus of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 13 to 15, 2014. We were joined this year by four guests later welcomed into the Council. Additionally, for the next two days in Sydney the new Council for TGC Australia will be gathering with similar plans and purposes. Please join them and us with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.