As seasons change, God customarily pours out new wine. A prerequisite for receiving and assimilating this new wine is creating appropriate, God-designed new wineskins. Jesus says, “People do not put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:17). The season in which we now live is the second Apostolic Age which began in 2001. The biblical government of the church “founded on apostles and prophets” (see Ephesians 2:20), is being recognized more and more as the norm for churches today. A key phrase for restoring the church to its original design is “apostolic alignment”. Those holding the equipping offices of the church, namely apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, are recognizing that in order for their ministry to move to its highest possible level, they need proper apostolic alignment.
In 2006, Doug Schneider of Oshawa, Ontario Canada, founded Global Canada, in order to provide one of the wineskins necessary to receive this new wine of apostolic alignment. He also gives leadership to the Embassy Church in Oshawa. To date about 70 leaders walk together in this network, sharing the bond of strong relationship and focused mission. It includes revival in the church for the purpose of reaching outside the church, for the transformation of all spheres of society. GC is not a church or a substitute for a church. It is not designed to provide pastoral care to members of the body of Christ in general. All believers should be under the care of a pastor, hopefully one who has secured proper apostolic alignment. GC is an apostolic network of leaders who include apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as well as others such as intercessors, business people, politicians, educators, worship leaders, missionaries, and the like.
GC recognizes that the word “ecclesia”, translated as church means basically “the people of God”. God’s people are not only engaged in church structures, the nuclear church, but also in the workplace, the extended church. The church in the workplace, like the nuclear church, is founded on apostles and prophets and consequently leaders in the workplace also need apostolic alignment. GC provides the opportunity for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and other leaders of the church in the workplace a connection for apostolic alignment. Those who desire a biblical precedent for this need look no further than to apostle Luke, a medical doctor, who was apostolically aligned with apostle Paul. In Hebrews 3:1, Jesus Christ is called the “Apostle” of our faith. He demonstrated apostolic alignment when, out of a large number of disciples, He called out and commissioned twelve apostles. These twelve, with the exception of Judas who was later replaced by Matthias, remained aligned with Jesus until He left the earth. Subsequently, other apostles were called and commissioned such as Paul, and James of Jerusalem who wrote the book of James, and many others mentioned in the New Testament.
Paul described alignment clearly when he wrote, “And God has appointed these in the church: First apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers” (1 Corinthians 12:28). These numbers are not intended to describe a hierarchy, common in some old wineskins, but rather a divine order. In that order, prophets would be aligned with apostles, and teachers would be aligned with prophets and apostles, and others in the body of Christ would be aligned with them.
Even later, Paul wrote to two other apostles who had aligned with him, namely Timothy and Titus. How do we know they were aligned? He addresses Timothy as “my true son in the faith”, and he addresses Titus as “my true son in our common faith”. The relationship of father and sons is a powerful analogy to express alignment. This is the biblical pattern. True apostles are recognized as fathers in the faith.
God assigns to apostles and other leaders specific spheres where their spiritual gifts can be maximized. Paul says “we will not boast (of our apostolic authority) beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us” (2 Corinthians 10:13).
The name Global Canada is presently representing a national geographic sphere. This is our focus, while not being unaware of the international connections that many of us have. GC provides a new wineskin that allows individuals from any number of backgrounds in Canada to align.
To be an active part of our aligned team, there are only two relational requirements: One, is “connecting” and the other is “giving”. By “Connecting”, we mean that you take the time to build friendships with our team, and become an encourager in our working relationships. By “Giving” we refer to the concept of firstfruits. GC is not legalistic, and there is no required giving. The tithe is to your local Church and relates to the past, what you’ve already earned. Firstfruits is a faith statement to your future, of anticipated harvest. God has put people into our lives whom He’s affirmed and developed, so that our giving into their lives makes room for ours to grow.
It takes humility to walk with others or to submit to a greater anointing that is leading us in change. And, there’s great value in learning from each other with a nurturing spirit, as we develop this new wineskin. We strongly believe that as our fragmented body of Christ becomes healed and brought into her greater wholeness and maturity, power and His Presence will mark it unmistakably like never before.
* Six aspects of a healthy body of Christ: