International Central Gospel Church
Raising Leaders, Shaping Vision & Influencing Society Through Christ
Temple Adonai - California
Church Address: 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 209B, Palmdale, CA  93550 Mailing Address: International Central Gospel Church, PO Box 901251, Palmdale, CA  93590-1251 Phone Numbers: 661-874-5660  /  661-916-8844 Church E-Mail:  icgctempleadonai@gmail.com Services:  Sundays: 10am - Intercessory Prayer Sundays: 10:30am - Worship & Celebration Service Wednesdays: 7pm - Intercessory Prayer Wednesdays: 7:30pm - Worship, Prayer and Teaching © Designed by Wimberly’s Web Works

Ministries

Music and Creative Arts Ministry The primary responsibility of ICGC's Music & Creative Arts Department is to facilitate with the combined aid of instruments of music, music, art, skits, mime, dance, media and technology, the creation of an atmosphere that ushers in the very presence of God and allows God’s People to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Creative Arts draw on biblical inspiration to communicate the Word of God through various forms art forms and story-telling. Together with music and technology, the Creative Arts make Godly principles come alive by portraying stories and truths in unique and relevant ways, especially to today’s postmodern sight, sound and social media generation. When the Praise goes up, the Glory comes down The Father invites us, His people, into his awesome presence, the 'Holy of Holies' (Exodus 25:1-22) for worship and communion. Under the law, the 'holy of holies' was only accessible to the High Priest. Under extreme caution, he would go into this 'most holy place' (Exodus 26:33) alone, once every year with the blood of animals, to make atonement for his own sins and that of the entire nation of Israel. (Hebrews 9:7, Leviticus 16:14-17,33-34). Through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the outer court was ripped apart, signifying that not only the high priest, but believers from "every kindred, tongue, people, and nation," (God's New Covenant People in Christ: i.e. Believers) may now enter in freely and boldly to worship the Father in spirit and in truth (Hebrews 10:19) through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. At the center of Israel's corporate worship, was a group of people called the Levites; these were the descendants of Aaron, the High priest, who were divinely chosen, appointed, consecrated and anointed to facilitate Israel's temple worship. It is to this Levitical role that ICGC's Music and Creative Arts Department is also called, appointed, consecrated and anointed.

CORE VALUES OF MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS MINISTRY:

ICGC's Music and Creative Arts Ministry/Department will use a vast array of art forms, music styles and genres to minister to its multi-cultural membership. Music during worship will generally take on a contemporary flavor, as opposed to a traditional style (e.g. Hymns); the Holy Spirit's guidance with regard to song selection is always sought, with generational and contemporary trends in the music world in mind. This is to ensure that we minister and reach our target audience in a manner that is culturally and contextually relevant. Our worship services will be both Celebrative and Reflective. Celebrative Praise: The Father invites us to "enter into his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and into his courts with praise." (Psalm 100:4) High praise and thanksgiving invoke His presence; it is His presence that activates His joy in our hearts - "In his presence, there is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16: 11). We are to "make a joyful noise unto God" (Psalm 66:10). Such a joyful celebration, which may assume several forms: singing, shouting, clapping, dancing etc., is always a powerful witness to the unsaved. Through exuberant and celebrative Praise, we expect to experience "the joy of the Lord which is our strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Reflective Worship: Times of sober reflection during worship are also necessary and needed, particularly in this frantic, fast-paced culture of ours. The Father desires to speak to us by his Spirit; He desires to whisper His mind, will, intentions and purposes to us, as well as assure us of His love and ever-abiding presence, as we go through life's often fiery ordeals. He, therefore, calls on us to: "…be still and know that He is the Lord our God" (Psalm 46:10). It is in this atmosphere of stillness, quiet and sober reflection, that we hear the Good Shepherd’s, (the Master's) voice. Remember, as the church of Antioch “ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said: Separate unto me Paul and Barnabas for the work whereunto I have called them…” (Acts 13:2). “Ministering to the Lord”, involves a combination of prayer, (sometimes with fasting), celebrative, and most importantly, reflective worship. In such a spiritually-charged atmosphere, the Lord could not help but speak to His people, the church of Antioch, by His Spirit; they were ‘loving on Him’, with intense worship. It is in such an atmosphere of reflective worship, that we also experience His peace: "...the peace of God which passes all understanding" (Philippians 4:6-7).

OUR GOAL IN WORSHIP:

ICGC’s goal is to ensure that worshipers, (visitors, the stranger who walks through our doors etc.) will walk out of the worship and celebration service, not only feeling like ‘WINNERS & CELEBRITIES’, (King's kids), but also, and most importantly, knowing and feeling that they have had an authentic encounter with a living God. The following scriptures should help us understand the utmost importance of Music (and the Arts) in ICGC's corporate worship. The Church of Antioch (Acts 13:1-3): a model of passionate spirituality and worship: o It is multi-racial and cultural church, like ours. o The church is given to much prayer, fasting and ministering to the Lord – a bastion of passionate spirituality. o The Holy Spirit manifests Himself as they minister to the Lord. Gifts and Callings are clarified and confirmed. o It becomes a base for missionary activity around the world. Corporate worship in Israel is always accompanied by music and singing; (2nd Chronicles 29:25-30, 7:1-6). Israel's Music (and Creative Arts Dept.) was well structured and organized, with Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons in charge, particularly during David's reign. (1st Chronicles 25:1-7). Holiness and heart preparation are absolutely essential for effective worship (2nd Timothy 2:20-21,1st Peter 2:11,1st Timothy 5:22, John 4:23-24). Love and Unity in the team are vital to the manifestation of God's glory in worship (2nd Chronicles 5:11-14, Psalm 133). Victory over the enemy and his forces is guaranteed or assured, if worship team takes their rightful place (2nd Chronicles 20:1-30, particularly 14-22). God's deliverance may also be found in united (corporate) praise (Acts 16:19-34). Healing and deliverance from demonic spirits may also be found in anointed worship and music (1st Samuel 16:12-33). Skill development, structure, good organization and order are all absolutely essential, if the anointing in music and the creative arts, is to be fully released (1st Samuel 16: 16, Psalm 33:3, 1st Corinthians 14:40).
Ushering Ministry: The Ushering Department of ICGC serves as the initial Point of Entry into ICGC. ICGC's Ushers are the "front-desk" personnel or "customer-service representatives" for the church. They are an extension of the pastor. Their responsibility is to ensure that worshipers enjoy their time of worship at ICGC, by maintaining a sense of order and decorum during the entire service. ICGC’s ushers are committed to the highest form of service to God, and all worshipers at ICGC, especially, our first-time guests, fully cognizant of the fact that a guest’s initial encounter with an usher (our ‘front-desk reps.’ ) usually forms his or her opinion or impression of the church. Since there is absolutely no ‘second opportunity’ to make a ‘first impression’; and… statistically, most people (visitors and/or potential worshipers) make up their minds within the first seven minutes (7min.) of entering a church, whether it is, indeed, the kind of church they would like to bring their families, belong to or worship with, ICGC’s Ushering Ministry/Department is committed to certain principles and values, to ensure maximum proficiency or excellence in its operations. Our ushers are COMMITTED to: Punctuality - Our ushers show up earlier than all worshipers, to pray and ensure that the sanctuary and entire premises are ready for the worship service. Ownership - Our ushers have a sense of ownership; their roles, as greeters or ushers, are not simply acts of volunteerism, but a definite call and ministry to which God has assigned them. Waiting on their Ministry - Our ushers spend time praying for, and reflecting on their ministry, its staff and operations. Excellence - Our ushers are committed to efficiency and excellence, always looking for ways to improve - because our God is a God of Excellence. Team-Playing - Our ushers are team players. They believe that Team work makes any Dream work, that together they can make a difference in the lives of worshipers.  People-Orientation - Our ushers are people-oriented; they exude and radiate warmth, friendliness and hospitality, thus creating a sense of security and assurance for all worshipers. Fruit of the Spirit - Our ushers display the fruit of the Spirit in their personal lives, and in the performance of their duties, fully aware that some, if not many, may come to church facing unique challenges, and therefore be weighed down by heavy burdens. Our job, as ushers, is not to add to these burdens, but help alleviate them. This, we believe, calls for love, patience, humility, tact and diplomacy, in short, the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23).
Follow-Up Ministry ICGC’s Follow-Up Ministry or Department is the second (second only to the Worship Service) most vital Point of Entry in ICGC's Philosophy of Ministry. Its singular purpose is to facilitate and oversee the process by which newcomers (visitors in the crowd during our Worship and Celebration service), are retained and fully integrated into the congregation, for the purpose of Fellowship. To facilitate growth, a church does not only open its 'Front Doors' and create an atmosphere of worship conducive to its focus/target audience, it also devices a way of closing its 'Back Door', in order to consolidate the fruit or gains of any outreach and/or evangelistic effort. Jesus specifically admonished us to preserve the harvest, in the following scriptures: "...Go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain..."  (John 15:16)  "…those that thou gavest me, I have kept..." (John 17:12)  "...of them which thou gavest me, I have lost none..." (John 18:9) A Crowd, it must be noted, is NOT a Congregation – inasmuch as a pile of bricks, sand, stones or cement is NOT a building; in order to build a Congregation however, a church or ministry needs to find a way to preserve or retain the first-time guests in the Crowd. This is the primary responsibility of ICGC’s Follow-Up Department.
Administration The Administrative Department/Office of ICGC is committed to the creation of an effective and efficient organizational system that will ensure the smooth and excellent operation of all facets of the organization: personnel, ministries and departments. In Titus 1:5, the Apostle Paul admonishes his son (Titus) to "Set in order the things that are lacking (in the church) and ordain elders in every city......." This admonishment came on the heels of a successful missionary campaign that had culminated in hurches being planted on the island of Crete. The apostle, in this statement, calls for the reation and operation of an effective and efficient organizational and administrative system or structure, without which the new and fledgling church would not survive, much more grow and flourish. Again, he calls for "decency and order' (1 Cor. 14:31) to be brought into a confused and chaotic situation in the church at Corinth. Although this pertained particularly to their infantile approach to worship, the fact still remains that whether it be worship or general church/office operations, God requires excellence, order, effectiveness and efficiency. The decorum in King Solomon’s Temple provides us with an excellent prototype of the exceptional order, harmony and magnificence God requires us, His people, to bring to His business. It is to the end that our church organization might attain this standard of efficiency, effectiveness and excellence in its operations that a church Administrative Department is established.
Audio Visual Information Age - In this digital and information age, the possibilities that exist for the dissemination of information are unending: Television, Radio, Newspapers, Internet, Twitter, Face book and numerous other forms of social media. The average American is bombarded with over 3000 media marketing messages a day. The church's ability to impact society with the Gospel of Jesus Christ therefore depends on its ability to effectively utilize the various distribution tools available to it. Sight & Sound Generation - Our generation is a sight and sound generation. Ninety - nine percent (99%) of all learning occurs through these two media: Visual (Sight) - 89%; Audio (Hearing) - 10%. The remaining 1% comprises all other forms of learning formats. In building a strong and solid faith-life the scriptures advocate a continuous hearing of God's Word. (Romans 10:17) Hearing it once does not 'cut it;' it requires repeated hearing of it; hence, the biblical injunction to "incline our ear to wisdom...the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2: 2-5). To meet the needs and sustain the interests of today's post-modern audience and to ignite attention through images and words caught on tape: both Video and Audio, the latest technology and most efficient media (audio/visual) have to be employed. This is the premise on which ICGC's Audio/Visual Department is founded.
International Central Gospel Church  Temple Adonai - California
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Raising Leaders, Shaping Vision & Influencing Society Through Christ
Church Address: 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 209B, Palmdale, CA  93550 Mailing Address: International Central Gospel Church, PO Box 901251, Palmdale, CA  93590-1251 Phone Numbers: 661-874-5660  /  661-916-8844 Church E-Mail:  icgctempleadonai@gmail.com Services:  Sundays: 10am - Intercessory Prayer Sundays: 10:30am - Worship & Celebration Service Wednesdays: 7pm - Intercessory Prayer Wednesdays: 7:30pm - Worship, Prayer and Teaching © Designed by Wimberly’s Web Works

Ministries

Music and Creative Arts Ministry The primary responsibility of ICGC's Music & Creative Arts Department is to facilitate with the combined aid of instruments of music, music, art, skits, mime, dance, media and technology, the creation of an atmosphere that ushers in the very presence of God and allows God’s People to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Creative Arts draw on biblical inspiration to communicate the Word of God through various forms art forms and story-telling. Together with music and technology, the Creative Arts make Godly principles come alive by portraying stories and truths in unique and relevant ways, especially to today’s postmodern sight, sound and social media generation. When the Praise goes up, the Glory comes down The Father invites us, His people, into his awesome presence, the 'Holy of Holies' (Exodus 25:1-22) for worship and communion. Under the law, the 'holy of holies' was only accessible to the High Priest. Under extreme caution, he would go into this 'most holy place' (Exodus 26:33) alone, once every year with the blood of animals, to make atonement for his own sins and that of the entire nation of Israel. (Hebrews 9:7, Leviticus 16:14-17,33-34). Through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the outer court was ripped apart, signifying that not only the high priest, but believers from "every kindred, tongue, people, and nation," (God's New Covenant People in Christ: i.e. Believers) may now enter in freely and boldly to worship the Father in spirit and in truth (Hebrews 10:19) through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. At the center of Israel's corporate worship, was a group of people called the Levites; these were the descendants of Aaron, the High priest, who were divinely chosen, appointed, consecrated and anointed to facilitate Israel's temple worship. It is to this Levitical role that ICGC's Music and Creative Arts Department is also called, appointed, consecrated and anointed.

CORE VALUES OF MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS

MINISTRY:

ICGC's Music and Creative Arts Ministry/Department will use a vast array of art forms, music styles and genres to minister to its multi-cultural membership. Music during worship will generally take on a contemporary flavor, as opposed to a traditional style (e.g. Hymns); the Holy Spirit's guidance with regard to song selection is always sought, with generational and contemporary trends in the music world in mind. This is to ensure that we minister and reach our target audience in a manner that is culturally and contextually relevant. Our worship services will be both Celebrative and Reflective. Celebrative Praise: The Father invites us to "enter into his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and into his courts with praise." (Psalm 100:4) High praise and thanksgiving invoke His presence; it is His presence that activates His joy in our hearts - "In his presence, there is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16: 11). We are to "make a joyful noise unto God" (Psalm 66:10). Such a joyful celebration, which may assume several forms: singing, shouting, clapping, dancing etc., is always a powerful witness to the unsaved. Through exuberant and celebrative Praise, we expect to experience "the joy of the Lord which is our strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Reflective Worship: Times of sober reflection during worship are also necessary and needed, particularly in this frantic, fast-paced culture of ours. The Father desires to speak to us by his Spirit; He desires to whisper His mind, will, intentions and purposes to us, as well as assure us of His love and ever-abiding presence, as we go through life's often fiery ordeals. He, therefore, calls on us to: "…be still and know that He is the Lord our God" (Psalm 46:10). It is in this atmosphere of stillness, quiet and sober reflection, that we hear the Good Shepherd’s, (the Master's) voice. Remember, as the church of Antioch “ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said: Separate unto me Paul and Barnabas for the work whereunto I have called them…” (Acts 13:2). “Ministering to the Lord”, involves a combination of prayer, (sometimes with fasting), celebrative, and most importantly, reflective worship. In such a spiritually-charged atmosphere, the Lord could not help but speak to His people, the church of Antioch, by His Spirit; they were ‘loving on Him’, with intense worship. It is in such an atmosphere of reflective worship, that we also experience His peace: "...the peace of God which passes all understanding" (Philippians 4:6-7).

OUR GOAL IN WORSHIP:

ICGC’s goal is to ensure that worshipers, (visitors, the stranger who walks through our doors etc.) will walk out of the worship and celebration service, not only feeling like ‘WINNERS & CELEBRITIES’, (King's kids), but also, and most importantly, knowing and feeling that they have had an authentic encounter with a living God. The following scriptures should help us understand the utmost importance of Music (and the Arts) in ICGC's corporate worship. The Church of Antioch (Acts 13:1-3): a model of passionate spirituality and worship: o It is multi-racial and cultural church, like ours. o The church is given to much prayer, fasting and ministering to the Lord – a bastion of passionate spirituality. o The Holy Spirit manifests Himself as they minister to the Lord. Gifts and Callings are clarified and confirmed. o It becomes a base for missionary activity around the world. Corporate worship in Israel is always accompanied by music and singing; (2nd Chronicles 29:25-30, 7:1-6). Israel's Music (and Creative Arts Dept.) was well structured and organized, with Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons in charge, particularly during David's reign. (1st Chronicles 25:1-7). Holiness and heart preparation are absolutely essential for effective worship (2nd Timothy 2:20- 21,1st Peter 2:11,1st Timothy 5:22, John 4:23-24). Love and Unity in the team are vital to the manifestation of God's glory in worship (2nd Chronicles 5:11-14, Psalm 133). Victory over the enemy and his forces is guaranteed or assured, if worship team takes their rightful place (2nd Chronicles 20:1-30, particularly 14-22). God's deliverance may also be found in united (corporate) praise (Acts 16:19-34). Healing and deliverance from demonic spirits may also be found in anointed worship and music (1st Samuel 16:12-33). Skill development, structure, good organization and order are all absolutely essential, if the anointing in music and the creative arts, is to be fully released (1st Samuel 16: 16, Psalm 33:3, 1st Corinthians 14:40).
Ushering Ministry: The Ushering Department of ICGC serves as the initial Point of Entry into ICGC. ICGC's Ushers are the "front-desk" personnel or "customer-service representatives" for the church. They are an extension of the pastor. Their responsibility is to ensure that worshipers enjoy their time of worship at ICGC, by maintaining a sense of order and decorum during the entire service. ICGC’s ushers are committed to the highest form of service to God, and all worshipers at ICGC, especially, our first-time guests, fully cognizant of the fact that a guest’s initial encounter with an usher (our ‘front-desk reps.’ ) usually forms his or her opinion or impression of the church. Since there is absolutely no ‘second opportunity’ to make a ‘first impression’; and… statistically, most people (visitors and/or potential worshipers) make up their minds within the first seven minutes (7min.) of entering a church, whether it is, indeed, the kind of church they would like to bring their families, belong to or worship with, ICGC’s Ushering Ministry/Department is committed to certain principles and values, to ensure maximum proficiency or excellence in its operations. Our ushers are COMMITTED to: Punctuality - Our ushers show up earlier than all worshipers, to pray and ensure that the sanctuary and entire premises are ready for the worship service. Ownership - Our ushers have a sense of ownership; their roles, as greeters or ushers, are not simply acts of volunteerism, but a definite call and ministry to which God has assigned them. Waiting on their Ministry - Our ushers spend time praying for, and reflecting on their ministry, its staff and operations. Excellence - Our ushers are committed to efficiency and excellence, always looking for ways to improve - because our God is a God of Excellence. Team-Playing - Our ushers are team players. They believe that Team work makes any Dream work, that together they can make a difference in the lives of worshipers.  People-Orientation - Our ushers are people- oriented; they exude and radiate warmth, friendliness and hospitality, thus creating a sense of security and assurance for all worshipers. Fruit of the Spirit - Our ushers display the fruit of the Spirit in their personal lives, and in the performance of their duties, fully aware that some, if not many, may come to church facing unique challenges, and therefore be weighed down by heavy burdens. Our job, as ushers, is not to add to these burdens, but help alleviate them. This, we believe, calls for love, patience, humility, tact and diplomacy, in short, the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22- 23).
Follow-Up Ministry ICGC’s Follow-Up Ministry or Department is the second (second only to the Worship Service) most vital Point of Entry in ICGC's Philosophy of Ministry. Its singular purpose is to facilitate and oversee the process by which newcomers (visitors in the crowd during our Worship and Celebration service), are retained and fully integrated into the congregation, for the purpose of Fellowship. To facilitate growth, a church does not only open its 'Front Doors' and create an atmosphere of worship conducive to its focus/target audience, it also devices a way of closing its 'Back Door', in order to consolidate the fruit or gains of any outreach and/or evangelistic effort. Jesus specifically admonished us to preserve the harvest, in the following scriptures: "...Go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain..."  (John 15:16)  "…those that thou gavest me, I have kept..." (John 17:12)  "...of them which thou gavest me, I have lost none..." (John 18:9) A Crowd, it must be noted, is NOT a Congregation – inasmuch as a pile of bricks, sand, stones or cement is NOT a building; in order to build a Congregation however, a church or ministry needs to find a way to preserve or retain the first-time guests in the Crowd. This is the primary responsibility of ICGC’s Follow-Up Department.
Audio Visual Information Age - In this digital and information age, the possibilities that exist for the dissemination of information are unending: Television, Radio, Newspapers, Internet, Twitter, Face book and numerous other forms of social media. The average American is bombarded with over 3000 media marketing messages a day. The church's ability to impact society with the Gospel of Jesus Christ therefore depends on its ability to effectively utilize the various distribution tools available to it. Sight & Sound Generation - Our generation is a sight and sound generation. Ninety - nine percent (99%) of all learning occurs through these two media: Visual (Sight) - 89%; Audio (Hearing) - 10%. The remaining 1% comprises all other forms of learning formats. In building a strong and solid faith-life the scriptures advocate a continuous hearing of God's Word. (Romans 10:17) Hearing it once does not 'cut it;' it requires repeated hearing of it; hence, the biblical injunction to "incline our ear to wisdom...the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2: 2-5). To meet the needs and sustain the interests of today's post-modern audience and to ignite attention through images and words caught on tape: both Video and Audio, the latest technology and most efficient media (audio/visual) have to be employed. This is the premise on which ICGC's Audio/Visual Department is founded.
Administration The Administrative Department/Office of ICGC is committed to the creation of an effective and efficient organizational system that will ensure the smooth and  excellent operation of all facets of the organization: personnel, ministries and departments. In Titus 1:5, the Apostle Paul admonishes his son (Titus) to "Set in order the things that are lacking (in the church) and ordain elders in every city......." This admonishment came on the heels of a successful missionary campaign that had culminated in churches being planted on the island of Crete. The apostle, in this statement, calls for the creation and operation of an effective and efficient organizational and administrative system or structure, without which the new and fledgling church would not survive, much more grow and flourish. Again, he calls for "decency and order' (1 Cor. 14:31) to be brought into a confused and chaotic situation in the church at Corinth. Although this pertained particularly to their infantile approach to worship, the fact still remains that whether it be worship or general church/office operations, God requires excellence, order, effectiveness and efficiency. The decorum in King Solomon’s Temple provides us with an excellent prototype of the exceptional order, harmony and magnificence God requires us, His people, to bring to His business. It is to the end that our church organization might attain this standard of efficiency, effectiveness and excellence in its operations that a church Administrative Department is established.