Joe Schlosser, PRMI’s Director of Cyberspace Ministry, and his business partner Ben Cheek attended the Velocity 2014 (www.churchplanters.com) church planting conference in Atlanta last week. They presented “The Four Rules” of visionary leadership. These rules help leaders recover Jesus’ Way of managing organizational vision so both people and trust can grow, complexity can be overcome, and vision can give life and advance the Kingdom. During their presentation, PRMI and the Dunamis Institute were featured as an example of an “Intercessory” visionary climate that creates sensitivity to the Spirit while also being sensitive to people.
The response to the presentation was phenomenal. Although church planters with non-charismatic backgrounds were in the majority, the hunger to learn how to grow the church through cooperation with the Spirit was very high and many expressed interest in learning more about the Dunamis Project. Joe gave away some copies of Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit and many church planters requested prayer and ministry on the spot. Please pray for these courageous people and the new churches they will be founding to reach the unchurched.
Joe and Ben have produced a book on the topic of their presentation called Vision Can Do Anything. It can be downloaded for free from their website for a limited time. They will also be teaching a mini-course on vision beginning March 11th in partnership with the Dunamis Institute which will highlight “The Four Rules” of visionary leadership. During this interactive, 3-week course meeting one night a week via the internet, participants will be able to actively develop new vision for their churches or organizations through completing worksheets, sharing with others, and participating in the process.
Below is an infographic based on just part of their presentation, from what they call Rule One: People over systems. It takes a very practical resource-based approach to explain how Jesus was able to create a movement that grew by 300% a year for 250 years while modern missions struggles to keep pace with population growth and reach 3% a year. While this is just one perspective in an issue with a lot more spiritual, social, and systemic factors, we think it’s still pretty enlightening.
To register for the course, click here.
Learn more by attending the online course, VisionCasting: 3 Key Strategies that Work in Cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
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“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you know perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is.43:19
These were the words the Lord gave us at the recent Listening Evangelism Dunamis in Takasago, Japan. He spoke this into a time of prayer on the second day and it was clear throughout our time that indeed, He was birthing a “new thing” in our midst.
About 1% of the population of Japan is Christian. This percentage hasn’t really changed since Christianity first came to Japan. Part of the work of this Dunamis Project was exploring the obstacles to the gospel going forward in Japan and praying that these be removed. And there are many! From culture to history to fear of rejection by families and friends. It is a dark context in which to live and share the gospel. And yet those who came to the Dunamis were eager to be equipped to do just that.
On the final day we invited people to come forward to receive prayer for empowerment and then those who wanted to receive an anointing for evangelism were invited forward. Almost everyone in the sanctuary came up for prayer. They know they cannot share the gospel on their own, and only under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit can this work be done. We believe that part of the “new thing” birthed is these men and women equipped by the Spirit to join in the work of sharing the gospel and seeing the Kingdom of God advanced in Japan.
As always, we were greeted with incredible hospitality and love. Over the past 6 years we have been so blessed to get to know the members of the Renewal Board and Takasago Church (who have been our hosts). There were about 70 people who came to the event. About one quarter are pastors and the rest lay leaders and church members from all over Japan. From the beginning of this track, six years ago, they have been welcoming of our teaching and approach and eager to grow. We have heard consistently how much they appreciate the teamwork, discernment process and the opportunities to practice what they are learning.
The team included the Revs. John Chang, Peyton Johnson, Steve Thayer and myself. We were joined by three American intercessors: Alicia and Michael Talent and Annie Johnson (Peyton’s daughter). We were upheld by intercessors on-site (the second time we have had an on-site Japanese prayer team!) as well as hundreds back in the US from the churches of John, Peyton and Steve as well as PRMI intercessors. The event went smoothly and we didn’t have any warfare break in to cause disruption. Praise the Lord!
Steve Thayer, who led the trained and led the intercession team said,
“ Although I’ve not yet written a reflection on the trip, a couple of aspects impressed me from a prayer perspective. The first was how little of our intercession needed to be focused on spiritual warfare. There was relatively little spiritual opposition during the event (other than the confusion of Monday evening). In contrast to some other years, it felt that we were praying grace down from an open heaven rather than pushing away the powers of darkness. A couple of intercessors or participants had reported a vision of an angel over the sanctuary doing battle on our behalf – whether by an angel or outside intercession we were well covered. “
One of the goals for this week was to discern next steps in Japan. The Renewal Board reviewed our advanced courses and have asked us to return in February, 2015 to teach Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit. We all agreed this would be a good next step, focusing on pastors who want to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and see their churches alive and growing. We will be developing materials to send and praying about the teaching team over the next few months.
Please continue to pray for the work in Japan. Pray for boldness as these equipped men and women listen to the Holy Spirit and risk stepping into moments to share the gospel. Pray that the strongholds blocking the advance of the gospel be removed. And pray for protection against backlash for the participants (and leaders) of this Dunamis Project.
SPIRITUAL DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL MISSION
MISSIONARY EQUIPPING CONFERENCE
JUNE 9 -16, 2014
The Community of the Cross
Black Mountain, NC
Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries Int’l
In partnership with
Christ Community Church, Montreat
iSight Church, Asheville
EPC World Outreach
Life in Abundance Int’l.
All missionaries face real challenges, both physical and spiritual, as they prepare for and enter the mission field.
Physical preparation for mission work is essential. Spiritual training is even more critical. Those of us at PRMI who have served on the mission field wonder how we ever managed without this training. That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with several mission agencies and local churches to develop a mission conference entitled: Spiritual Dynamics of Global Mission.
The Spiritual Dynamics of Global Mission conference is designed for those embarking on missionary service or returning from the field, and those who support them. Along with vibrant worship, healing prayer, and prayer for Holy Spirit-empowered ministry, we will provide vital biblical teaching to equip and refresh missionaries to shine Jesus’ light into dark and difficult places.
For those returning on furlough, this event provides a place to process experiences, be refreshed and be further equipped. For those going on a short or long-term mission assignment, your fears and doubts about undertaking your assignment will be largely eased by the experience of the Holy Spirit as your moment-by-moment strength and wisdom, to share the Lord Jesus Christ effectively even where His name is not welcome. For those who support missionaries with their prayers, finances or fellowship, this is an opportunity to connect and minister to these missionaries.
These 7 Dynamics for Missionary Service are crucial components of effective mission:
• Growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.
John 14 and 15
• Expanding worldview to include biblical paradigms, so we can work cross-culturally to advance the Kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 9:20-23
• Receiving the promise for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to be Jesus’ witnesses.
• Learning to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, the Director of Mission. Acts 16:6-10; Galatians 5:17
• Progressing in the work of intercessory prayer that shapes the future by praying for waves of the Holy Spirit. John 14:13-14; Luke 11:13
• Understanding the strategies of Satan blocking the advancement of the Gospel and cooperating with Jesus in bringing strongholds down.
Spiritual warfare. Matthew 10:1; 16:16-20
• Practicing the art of listening evangelism. John 4; Acts 8:26-40
Are you considering a mission trip with PRMI or your local church? Are you being sent as a missionary by a mission agency? Do you participate in missions by supporting those who “go” with your prayer, fellowship, encouragement or financial giving?
This is a mission conference designed with you in mind!
What is offered?
• Teaching and practice on the spiritual dynamics of mission.
• An intergenerational family-focused approach that allows for children and adults to receive valuable training and time together.
• Afternoon breakout sessions for EPC / PRMI focused training.
• Joining the life of prayer and fellowship at the Community of the Cross. Meals, teaching, and prayer ministry are offered at the Community of the Cross.
• Enjoying community with other missionary and mission-minded families.
How can you help?
• Volunteer to help with cooking, transportation, hospitality or child-care.
• Offer housing to out-of-town missionaries.
• Make yourself available to minister to those preparing for or returning from the mission field.
• Be part of prayer teams offering prayer ministry
• Become part of the on-going prayer support for those going out on mission assignments.
If you can help, contact Jeanne Kraak at the PRMI office: call 828-669-7373 or email email@example.com
There is no charge for this event. Offerings will be received to cover the cost of the food and administration and to extend the vision of equipping leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit. We encourage those coming to organize prayer and financial support. If you need a breakdown of the actual cost of the event to assist in building support, please email or call Jeanne Kraak at the PRMI office: call 828 669-7373. firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Register go to: http://www.dunamisinstitute.org/events
The Dunamis Fellowship International Annual Meeting
SHARING VISION, FELLOWSHIP, PRAYER AND EXCITEMENT ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH THE PEOPLE OF THE DUNAMIS FELLOWSHIP
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Several came to the conference weighed down by sin and emotional pain and it was evidenced in their faces. Then, to see the changes in one’s countenance after they have had an intimate encounter with Jesus is an absolute thrill and blessing which is incomparable.
We experienced Jesus bring into the Kingdom of God one who was lost. To see that, I felt like I had experienced a small portion of the very love and joy of God when one of us leaves the kingdom of darkness and enters His kingdom of light. Observing the changes in the individual was a privilege. To hear that testimony of coming to faith brought smiles, tears and high-fives. Read the rest of this entry »
Congo Dunamis 1: Gateways for Empowered Ministry, will be held in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 19-25. Congo Team PRMI members are Rod Pinder, Gary Chorpenning, Gary Coppedge, teachers with Dick Ferguson, Irma Bijak, Ledia Scott and Eleanor Coppedge, intercessors.
PRMI is responding to the invitation of the Congolese Dunamis planning team headed by pastors Clement Mudimbi and Francois Djoma.
The team is excited about this opportunity to share the Dunamis teaching with this eager group of leaders. Please pray for safe travel, good health and capable interpreters. If you wish to receive prayer emails from the team, please notify Martin Boardman at email@example.com and specify “Congo Team”.
Recently the following letter was sent to those attending the Michigan Dunamis Project. We are including it so that you can hear about the progress in the development of the Haiti Dunamis Project (and possibly respond to their needs.)As the Haitians lead their upcoming Dunamis event, would you consider a gift of money and/or prayer to help them?
We have a joyful opportunity to encourage the development of PRMI friends in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. They are growing away from dependence on teachers from the USA and Canada, they successfully presented “Gateways” last year, and are preparing for “In the Spirit’s Power” on March 1-4 this year.
A small US-PRMI team (Marge Van Meter, Debbie and Allen Kemp) will mentor the Haitian priests of the diocesan Evangelism Committee as they direct, teach, intercede, discern, debrief and plan the event. Read the rest of this entry »
The following are images of existing buildings and new proposed floor plan drawings of the new facilities being planned for the Community of the Cross. This was part of Brewster Ward’s presentation at the DFI Annual Meeting in Black Mountain, NC on January 24, 2014.Read the rest of this entry »
It is all about Jesus!
There was a time in my life when people would tell me stories about their grandchildren and I would get bored, even a little irritated. That was, of course, before I had my own! With that said, I must tell you what happened at the Christmas Play at Riceville Presbyterian Church.
My daughter, Rebecca, is leading worship at this small Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Josh has been preaching there once a month, as they have been without a pastor. This little congregation put on an amazing Christmas pageant called, “The Shepherds Tale.” Addie, my granddaughter, joined the other young children on the stage as sheep. Josh and Rebecca were dressed as shepherds with no lines to speak, but there to police the young sheep, that is, shepherd them by keeping them in line.
How is Jesus Christ calling you to follow Him to become a part of advancing His Kingdom in 2014?
Generally New Year’s Resolutions are about what we want to do in the new year. What if we were to take another approach in these last hours of 2013? Let’s resolve to ask Jesus, “What do you want me to do in the New Year? How may I participate in what you have already planned?
As we look at what Jesus is doing, we see that He is sending great moves or waves of the Holy Spirit to advance the Gospel of salvation to the far reaches of the earth, growing the Church and ushering in the Kingdom of God. Read the rest of this entry »