Coach Galen

the coaching practice of Galen Hiestand

How is God Building His Church?

  • How is God building His Church?

    Since 1993, I have seriously observed, pondered, explored, and sought an answer to this question: What I have learned so far: The importance of the individual is never diminished in the collective body of Christ. Inclusion in the Church is guaranteed through personal connection with Jesus Christ. Physical spaces are sacred places wherever His Church gathers. Religious conformity to a church is a questionable sign of righteousness. Godly character is the first requirement for church leadership. True equality is grounded in the creative activity of the Triune God. Individual value/worth is divinely assured through individual uniqueness. God ordains to each person a “gift of blessing” to be both enjoyed and shared. Being “fully alive” in Christ in this life is serious preparation for the life...

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  • Divine Presence in the Church

    The context holds less value than we think. Memorial halls, auditoriums, gymnasium, dorms, classrooms, and libraries are just as sacred a worship place as cathedrals, sanctuaries, worship centers, and houses of worship. Church decor, impressive architecture, or multi-use education facilities hold no special promise of divine presence . He doesn’t even need green space, quiet zones, nature parks, sanctuary places, and recreational playgrounds. He cares little about vestments, icons, order of services, performances of music and speech, religious holidays, padded seats, overhead screens, or platform furnishings. He seldom notices whether women wear makeup, dress up; or whether men wear suits or dress down. God’s presence is felt by the affirmation of Truth by the Holy Spirit within the soul. A sincere woman asked Him, “Where...

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