Where did the name “The Great Harvest” come from?
The Scriptures refer to two primary harvests. Jesus spoke of the first one, which is the harvest of souls won for the Kingdom (Joh 4:36). He said the harvest is plentiful, yet the laborers are few (Luk 10:2). TGH exists to equip and train disciples to go out and bring in the harvest.
Secondly, Christ was the first to be resurrected from the dead, the first fruits of a great harvest (1Cor 15:20). This speaks of the hope and promise of our own resurrection into new bodies and the great harvest that is still to come on the Lord's Day. At that time, everyone will be changed in the twinkle of an eye. We eagerly anticipate this day and have made it our mission to prepare the saints for this glorious day!
The Great Harvest is a last days movement giving disciples the resources they need to follow Christ and lay foundations. We believe that disciples of Jesus make up the temple of God as living stones. We gather regularly in homes as well as public places, the person of Jesus Christ is the centre of everything we do. The essence of who we are is rooted in knowing Him and sharing Him with others. Our mission is to make disciples who make disciples through a network of "organic churches" with a shared vision, mission, and resources. We strive to build spiritual families of disciples, where people are actively involved in one another's lives. Jesus is represented here in character, love, faith, hope, and in power.
Are you against the traditional church model?
TGH is not "attacking" any particular church. We are challenging modern beliefs that have caused many churches to become complacent and lukewarm. We have seen through pandemics that the current church structure is not resilient to pressure and persecution. Therefore, the Lord has tasked us with a mission to lay this foundation and prepare the church for what’s going to come. We believe that a time will come when the world will experience global pressure and the church will be forced to meet "underground".
For years, churches have been investing in buildings instead of people. Christ wants us to invest in living stones! Most legacy churches focus on controlling and containing the congregation, while the Biblical model is to equip and release. The legacy model is complex with events, programs, and schedules, but the shift is coming back to the simplicity of relationships and obedience like we see in the book of Acts.
Do you have a building or location you’re meeting in?
There is no central location for TGH as it’s compromised of multiple churches in different locations across North America. We regularly meet in traditional church buildings, homes, commercial buildings and even coffee shops. If you would like to join us for fellowship, see the get connected page for more information.
1. That the Bible (66 books) is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the sole and sufficient guide for our life on earth.
2. That there is one God eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His humanity, His perfectly sinless life, His substitutionary death as an atonement for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father, and His personal return to the earth for His saints.
4. That all human beings are dead in sin and utterly lost and that the only way their sins can be forgiven is through repentance and through faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5. In the working of the Holy Spirit, whereby a person is born again to be a child of God by water and spirit.
6. That justification is by faith in Christ alone, the evidence of this being good works that glorify God.
7. In baptism in water, by immersion, after repentance and faith in Christ, in the Name above all names Jesus Christ.
8. In the necessity of being filled with the Holy Spirit continually in order to have the power to be witnesses for Christ - by life, word and power.
9. In the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and the resurrection of the unrighteous to eternal damnation.
10. That the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in every born-again believer and gives us the authority to cast out demons, pray for the sick and baptize other believers.
How do you define a disciple of Christ?
At the core, a disciple of Christ is someone who follows Jesus Christ as their Lord. They have denied themselves and no longer follow their own will but the leading of the Chief Shepherd. This faith is manifested through a lifestyle of obedience to the Word. Being a disciple of Christ requires a personal commitment to live out one's faith each and every day, and despite any setbacks to endure to the end through the power of the Holy Spirit. Practicing discipleship also involves being involved in a local church community that is devoted to following Christ and is functioning together as a body of believers. Additionally, discipleship requires individuals to seek out opportunities to share the gospel message with those around them and to live a life of holiness and righteousness. A disciple is constantly learning to become like the Master and once he is well trained, he will be like his Master. Finally, a disciple loves God and others, just as Jesus commanded us.
What is your approach to preparing the church for the return of Christ?
Our approach is to make disciples who make disciples, the goal is to move away from the institutional church model, as it’s not pressure and persecution proof, instead have Christ be expressed as an organic church body like seen in the early church. We do this by helping the saints receive a deep revelation of Christ so they fall in love with Him, preaching the gospel of the coming kingdom, while standing firm on the truth of the gospel and not compromising. This mission also involves purifying the church by preaching repentance from sin and deliverance from the enemy, so that the church can become a place of true holiness and righteousness without any spot and wrinkle. We believe the church needs to remains a beacon of light and a place of true worship.
The core of our preparation is to lay a uncompromising foundation based on Hebrews 6 and leading disciples into obedience in their day to day life. Every disciple is connected to a local body where they grow, are trained and encouraged to go and make disciples.
How can someone become involved?
If you'd like to get involved with us, we encourage you to connect with the existing body of believers and build a relationship. Attend our events and fellowships, and join one of our Disciple Discovery Groups to learn the foundations of Christ! You can also join our Telegram Group here
What resources do you offer for personal spiritual growth and development?
We encourage disciples to meet one-on-one with other believers so they can be trained and discipled to look like Jesus. Additionally, we offer a Disciple Discovery Group, an 8-week course that teaches the essential foundations of the faith for living out the Christian life. We also regularly gather to grow and encourage one another. You can also find video content on our YouTube channel.
How do you partner with other Christian organizations and denominations?
We are delighted to support any denomination, from Baptist to Charismatic, by speaking at their church events and equipping their congregation for ministry. If you would like us to come and speak to your congregation or help lay a solid foundation, please send us a message. We would love to come alongside with what you’re already doing and see how we can help!
What events and activities do you host or participate in?
We run training on the foundations of the faith, evangelism, and organic church to help people learn the essential foundations of the Christian faith. Additionally, we host events to teach about the Kingdom of God.
How can someone get in touch with you for more information or to ask a question?
If you have any other questions, reach out to us via email by using our contact form or join our Telegram chat.