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GREGORY W. BOURGOND, D.Min., Ed.D.

President and Founder 

Heart of a Warrior Ministries

Dr. Greg Bourgond earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chapman University (1979), a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Bethel Seminary in San Diego (1983), a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) in Church Leadership from Bethel (1997), and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education (2001) from Nova Southeastern University. He completed post-graduate studies in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education (2003). He is the author of award winning books such as “A Rattling of Sabers: Preparing Your Heart for Life’s Battles” published in 2010 and 2012, Papa’s Blessings:  The Gift That Keeps Giving” published in 2011, Setting Your Course:  How to Navigate Life’s Journey published in 2014.

His previous experience includes ten years in the defense industry and commercial business and over eighteen years in various ministry positions. He has held positions as a Principal Analyst and Project Manager for Analysis & Technology, Inc., Senior Project Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company, Unit Training Manager for General Electric, and General Manager in Burdick Companies. In ministry he has been a Deacon, Elder, Ministry Director, Associate Pastor, and Executive Pastor in San Diego and Rochester. He completed 29 years of active and reserve duty in enlisted and officer ranks in the U.S. Navy.

He completed four years as Executive Pastor of Christ Community Church in Rochester and is currently the Director of Online Coaching Certification for Ministry Advantage and President and Founder of Heart of Warrior Ministries.  He serves in several consulting roles with other ministry organizations.  He served as Assistant to the Provost of Bethel University and Director of Strategy for Online Education providing direction for advancement of online education across Bethel University four academic units. He provided operational support to Bethel Seminary in the areas of distributed learning, budget development, and future strategic operations. He has also served as Vice President for Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Dean for the Center of Transformational Leadership, and Dean of Academic Affairs and Instructional Technology at Bethel Seminary.

Greg serves as a consultant and teacher in the areas of leadership formation and development, spiritual and personal formation, legacy, life mapping and focused living, organizational systems theory and applications, operational effectiveness, ministry planning, strategic planning, distance learning and technology-mediated course delivery, men’s ministry, small group dynamics, and mentoring. As President and Founder of Heart of a Warrior Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping men live lives of integrity and honor under the authority of God. He has taught in graduate and post-graduate schools and ministry organizations, and spoken and preached in many churches and ministry contexts around the world.  He has also twice been C.S. Lewis Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at the Kilns in Headington England. He Greg has been happily married for 46 years and enjoys his grandchildren every chance he gets.

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Ministry DNA

Purpose

Heart of a Warrior is a ministry born out of a desire to change the hearts of men from the inside out so that the lives they live will bring glory and honor to God. It began in 1991 with 15 men in San Diego California. The ministry was stimulated by a recognition that we were meant to fly like eagles, to live life in victory not defeat. I grew weary of men living in the "misty lowlands of mediocrity," abdicating their responsibility to be godly leaders within their sphere of influence, forgetting their identity in Christ, wasting their energies on non-significant activities, and losing their passion for what matters to God. To become men after God's heart, spiritual surgery was necessary. The journey to wholeness began. Since then, scores of men have taken the journey and are living more productive and God-centered lives.

Mission

To help men live lives of integrity [1] and honor [2] under the authority of God.

Vision

Heart of a Warrior is committed to developing men after God’s heart so that they bear, in their person, the imprint of His character reflected in all they think, say and do.  To this end we are committed to bringing reconciliation between men and God, men and their families, and men and their calling. 

Four ministries are provided for these purposes: 

These ministries are designed to help men become a man after God's heart, to secure a biblical identity for men, to embrace God’s preferred lifestyle for men, to help men fulfill their God-ordained obligations and responsibilities, and to bring men into alignment with God’s purposes for their lives.



[1] Integrity:  living with uprightness, honesty and sincerity.  Such a man lives in congruity with biblically centered beliefs so that their conduct reflects those beliefs regardless of the circumstances they face, the trials they confront, or the stresses they endure.  They strive to live in such a way so that there will be no discrepancy between what they appear to be and who they really are.  Such integrity does not allow our words to violate what is in our heart.  Psalm 15:1-6  (OT - Joshua & Caleb:  Numbers 13:1 – 14:38; NT – Barnabas:  Acts 9:26 – 31; 11:22 – 26; 15:1 – 41)

[2]  Honor:  living forthrightly in alignment with Biblical principles.  A man after God’s heart seeks to live a life of honor based on God’s word, the Bible.  He has a desire to bring honor to the name of Christ by living for Him no matter the cost.  This means he commits to living life in accordance with Biblical values to developing a keen sense of right and wrong, to adhering to action and principles considered right and true, and to bringing respect and nobility to one’s life.  Titus 2:11-14 (OT – Joseph:  Genesis 37:1 – 50:26; NT – The Sinful Woman:  Luke 7:36 - 50

Foundational Beliefs

Heart of a Warrior is committed to developing men after God’s heart so that they bear, in their person, the imprint of His character reflected in all they think, say and do.

Core Values 

  1. Salvation through Christ is the only hope for wholeness.[1]
  2. Real faith is beliefs in action.[2]
  3. We are called to the high road.[3]
  4. A life of godliness is not an option.[4]
  5. Christlikeness is our primary objective.[5]
  6. Removal and replacement is essential for lasting change.[6]
  7. We are to fulfill God’s purposes for us.[7]
  8. Kingdom service is mandatory.[8]

Key Assumptions



[1] Ephesians 1:3-14  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory.

[2] Hebrew scholars attest to the fact that real faith is beliefs in action.  They see no sepration between one's beliefs and one's actions.  More specifically, a belief doesn't become an ingrained belief until it's acted upon.  Repeated application of one's beliefs indicates what one really believes.  If their is a disconnect between the two, one's beliefs and one's actions, than they are not really beliefs but simply affirmations or aspirations. Our central beliefs establish our values.  Our core values inform our worldview.  Our worldview conditions our motives, our primary motives energize our behavior, and our behavior reflects the condition of our heart.  James 2:17 Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

[3] The ‘high road’ is one that Jesus Christ took to the cross (Phil 2:6-11).  As men after God’s heart we are to embrace “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

[4] Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

[5] 2 Corinthians 3:18  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  Ephesians 4:13-15 Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

[6] Removal – 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  Replacement - John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

[7] Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Colossians 1:10-14 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

[8] Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  2 Corinthians 9:8-9 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. 1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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