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10003341_251607931686269_2118575402_aLet me joyfully introduce to you Donnie Lawrence. He will be writing monthly with us and you can read his bio below the post.

Those who walk with a prophetic and/or apostolic anointing are typically motivated by a belief that they have been commissioned by God for a particular cause. In fact, they see the world through a lens that illuminates many great causes – and thereby, many needs. This lens is empowered by a high sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and the heart of God for the world. They are ready to move because of their beliefs and their motivation is both movement and belief. They know why they need to go.

But I am convinced that the body of Christ in America has been overcome by a collective fear of cultural difference. Because of this it is making it difficult for people with apostolic and prophetic callings to walk forward illuminating issues. We don’t welcome them. Why? Because generally speaking, we are scared of the cultural differences they illuminate along their way.

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By Jon Hietbrink

As A.P.E. leaders, a key part of our gifting is the ability to see things shift and be catalysts for change. By God’s grace, we’ve been equipped with the capacity to imagine new possibilities and lead others into new realities, BUT it’s critically important that we take stock of what’s fueling the change we bring.

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Like a fine wine, A.P.E leaders need to develop well over time.

Like a fine wine, A.P.E leaders need to develop well over time.

[This is part of a series on "How Do I Develop an Apostolic Leader?" You can read the other posts here.]

By Chris Nichols

Here’s the typical pattern.

A young, dynamic, energetic, gifted leader steps up and creates new energy and evangelistic zeal to a new (or existing) ministry context.  Exciting things happen and the work grows.  New dimensions are added and the work expands until the old structures can’t contain it any longer. The ministry begins to look for leadership to somehow get this new ministry animal in control and help it become sustainable.  It’s the crucial moment both for the ministry and for leaders.

Who are they going to look for to lead it into the next season of development?

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How To Identify A Prophet

guest —  March 20, 2014 — 1 Comment
Alexia Salvatierra is a prophet in our midst

Alexia Salvatierra is a prophet in our midst

This is a guest post by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra. She is currently the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  She also serves as a consultant to many major organizations and just released a new book, “Faith-Rooted Organizing. See her full bio, and book her to speak, train, or consult your group here.

What is a prophet?  For many evangelicals, the calling/category of prophet is more confusing and controversial than apostle or evangelist.  Some believe that the Old Testament prophets’ focus on communal repentance for culturally common sins (idolatry, adultery, social injustice) has been replaced from the New Testament forward by prophets who speak particular divine messages to individuals about the consequences of specific choices.

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I just read this chilling article by Christina Cleveland and we need to listen to her as we plant. I am curious about your thoughts for those of you who are starting and multiplying churches – especially in urban areas.

I don’t want to be an unhelpful, ignorant, or overbearing white guy, so listening to voices like this is helpful for me. Furthermore we are a body of christ in mission and we need to remember that – especially as we start.

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Knight of St. Francis - Assisi

Knight of St. Francis – Assisi

 

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This is a guest post by Jason Gaboury. He is the Regional Director of New York/New Jersey with InterVarsity. He directs and oversees the work of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to undergraduates in that massive area!

The yellow edged paper on Mom’s desk had the words printed in elegant script.  “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words.”  A thin script underneath identified St. Francis of Assisi.

The script, the hand, even the composition of the paper suggested a scriptorium, monks copying aphoristic sayings of the saints by candlelight.

More than two decades later I still think of this quote when I remember my mom.  The phrase captured a way of being that extended beyond the pulpit and pastor’s desk of her small parish church.  It propelled her into Habitat building projects, compelled her to visit the imprisoned, and made her a companion to the suffering.

Imagine my surprise to learn, after mom’s death, that this quote was something St. Francis never said.  Often attributed to St. Francis, the quote above (along with several variants) doesn’t appear in print before the 1990s.

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How To Start A Ministry At Work

guest —  March 17, 2014 — 2 Comments
Let's be praying for ministry to start in the work place all around the world!

Let’s be praying for ministry to start in the work place all around the world!

1523081_10202712148709918_957238784_oThis is a guest post by Carolyn Chow. She wants to give you 5 principles to help you create a vibrant faith community in the workplace.

As a 23-year recent grad, I feel that I have already found my calling – I am a minister. My job title does not actually say “minister”, but The Lord has made it abundantly clear that I am called to love and minister wherever I am while doing what I love, currently unleashing my career in the unlikely place of an advertising agency.

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Young apostolic leaders have a spark that needs to be stoked into full-on flame!

Young apostolic leaders have a spark that needs to be stoked into full-on flame!

[Check out "How to Identify an Apostolic Leader"]

By Eric Rafferty

When we look around the landscape of the church something is missing. Far too often, apostolic leaders are exiled instead of empowered, or when they do try new things, they fail and fall into isolation. What does it look like to empower apostolic leaders into fruitful maturity? Here are five things that every leader can do to empower young apostolic leaders (whether you are personally gifted for apostolic ministry or not!)

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Blue Balloon

By Tyler Allred

Beau wrote a great post helping us understand how to identify an evangelist in our midst.

Now, I want to talk about how we can effectively empower and release those with the gift of evangelism in our ministries.

Many Christians I know assume that “everyone is supposed to do evangelism” (even though most still don’t!). Those with the “gift” of evangelism (like the rest of the gifts) are there “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). They are given to lead everyone else into the regular practice of sharing the good news of our King Jesus and compelling others to follow Him as Lord.

Here are five reflections on how to empower and release those you’ve identified with the evangelistic gift.

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APE Postcard

Beau Crosetto —  March 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

Thought I would share this postcard with you and ask you to share it around. If you enjoy this blog, think about posting this on a FB timeline or a blog/website. Maybe even email it out to a few friends. I am even thinking about printing a few out to give to people I come across that would love this blog. I had this made for an ebook insert and I think it looks great and captures what we want to be about in this space. So…calling all the evangelists…share away :)

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