Posted by: whereintheworldismike | August 8, 2016

I love it!!!!

Promise Christian University: College and Seminary

Academic year opens Oct. 3, 2016.

I will be teaching

  1. Practical Discipleship that Multiplies (USA, Japan, Malaysia)(lots of activities inside and outside the classroom)

2. Leading the 21st Century Church (much experience adds to the reading)

3.Historical and Theological Trends in Missions (this will blow the minds of everyone      in the Americas and Europe)

B.A.–DMiss or ThD

Many students coming from all over the globe to Covina, California, USA and hundreds of thousands online.

I am scrambling to get all my classes done by August 31 deadline. I just got a huge project done.

I would appreciate prayer!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!! God bless you!!!!!

Feel free to contact me via iMessage if you need more info.

Serving the Lord Jesus Christ with all my might!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Michael L. Wilson

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 31, 2016

Organic, Developing, Multiplying

Here are some insights I shared while teaching the Perspectives Course awhile back.

Missional, Organic, Equipping Church Insights + ALPHA + Nameless

This section contributes to an understanding of how Christians are motivated and equipped for effective evangelism. It is the same issue that concerned A. Paget Wilkes in an earlier era working in Japan—that which motivates a Japanese person to care about his or her fellow man who is lost. For “unless we are deeply impressed in our own minds of the need of man we shall only play at being soldiers” (Wilkes, p. 10).

Missional thinkers are unanimous that the role of church members is to be ambassadors for Christ in their circles of influence (Cole 2005, Guder 1998, Hirsch 2006, 2009; Kimball 2007, Mallory 2001, Minatrea 2004). “A person who does not believe every disciple of Jesus Christ is sent by Him into the world rejects the essence of the missional church. The person must then believe that only select ones are sent by Christ on mission” (Minatrea, 2004, p. 79). But the process of developing church members into effective spiritual ambassadors is far from automatic. “The church by definition is the greatest gathering of potential servants in the world, but she is also the most notorious vehicle for disappointing, discouraging, and even destroying them” (Sue Mallory, 2001, p. 37).

Speaking to the essential intentionality to mature fruitful ambassadors for Christ, Milfred Minatrea writes, “Missional churches are not content simply to love people; they desire to see every person become an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ” (Minatrea, p. 19). Leaders have the key role to “prepare God’s people for works of service” (Eph. 4:12). “The Spirit empowers the church for mission through the gifts of people. Leadership is a critical gift, provided by the Spirit because, as the Scriptures demonstrate, fundamental change in any body of people requires leaders capable of transforming its life and being transformed themselves” (Guder, 1998, p. 183).

Finally, speaking to the contrast between simple churches which effectively develop ambassadors for Christ and complex churches which do not, Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger write, “Simple church leaders are designers. They design opportunities for spiritual growth. Complex church leaders are programmers. They run ministry programs” (2006, p. 26). Some church programs are indeed necessary, but “church leaders who are designers are focused on the end result, the overall picture. They are as concerned with what happens between programs as with the programs themselves” (2006, p. 26).

Cole, in Organic Church, writes about the amazing story of Awakening Chapels, a church multiplication movement that has planted so many new churches worldwide that he quit counting at 800 (Cole, 2008, personal communication). He struggled for three years with the question, “How do you organize a decentralized, rapidly expanding, spontaneous multiplication movement without killing it in the process? Can we be out of control and still have order?” (2005, p. 124). He answers his own question, “Yes!” Cole asserts “we can have order in chaos and structure without control” (2005, p. 124) if God is the engineer and we can allow things to go in a way we are not accustomed. We must let God control the church development process if we are to see amazing growth.

Cole (1999, p. 112) writes that “bad people make good soil” referring to the Parable of the Sower (Mat 13:3-8). This could mean people with a bad reputation or in a crisis of some sort. The Awakening Chapels movement that CMA started, initially reached drug addicts, occult practitioners, sexual deviants, and other social outcasts. The initial beachhead in any CMA outreach was a person of peace. As that person came to Christ, he or she introduced the CMAers to others ready to meet Christ through the transfer of trust from their informal opinion leader, the person of peace. “The transfer of trust involves the extending of the trust one shares with one person or group to each additional person or group involved in the relationship” (Mayers, 1987, p. 22-23). Cole has shared informally on many occasions that new Christians won this way would go up and down the beach after a baptism and invite other beach goers to believe and be baptized.

Leaders in Cole’s CMA movement are taught coaching: asking questions and active listening. In addition they are trained “one thing at a time” and “as needed” (2009, p. 220-252). To multiply leaders in addition to mentoring and coaching CMA uses a “show-how skill-training method” (2009, p. 248). To develop competence in leaders from the harvest for the harvest, CMA leaders use the MAWL method.

For discipleship, Cole says, “The smallest group in our movement is not the organic church but the Life Transformation Group (LTG). This is a group of two or three (never more) who meet weekly to challenge one another to live an authentic spiritual life (Cole, 2005, p. 29). LTG’s perpetuate the basic DNA of the Church: Divine Truth, Nurturing Relationships, and Apostolic Mission (Cole, 2005, 113-121). Members ask one another accountability questions and keep praying for the salvation of each other’s oikos (circle of family, friends, and regular acquaintances) a high priority. This results in continual multiplication of Christians, leaders, and churches in most cases.

In Awakening Chapels, the leadership structure is extremely flat as seen in this statement by CMA founder Neil Cole, “The idea that special people are set apart and called to serve the Lord ‘full-time’ is a cracked lens that distorts our view of everything” (2009, p. 104). Many Japanese churches have implemented Life Transformation Groups (LTGs) and other innovations introduced by Cole during consultation visits to Japan. In the area of leadership, some ideas are a stretch for Japanese pastors culturally, but the ones who succeed in implementation usually assume the role of lead coach of cell leaders or something similar.

Currently, all CMA church planters are bi-vocational in a variety of church planting models. Cole tells stories of several organic church planters in Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are. All listen to God and follow his leading. Some pioneer in a new area and some stay close to home, but exit strategy is sometimes not necessary because the planter continues to be involved with the planted church. In other instances the exit strategy is very simple because the church structure is so flat. Steffen’s key axiom is proven true: “The church planters must never forget that in the spiritual domain, shared power results in multiplied power” (1997, p. 218).

***       Facilitational church planting differs from pioneering in that nationals are in the lead from the beginning. Expatriate workers come alongside national church planters in a variety of roles (e.g., hired evangelist, player-coach evangelist, disciple-maker, coach, mentor) to facilitate the establishment of new churches. Together the international team prays, plans, and implements.

The expatriate works to establish trust and credibility with mother church members. In time some of those members will sense a calling from God to work with the national church planter and expatriate facilitator in the development of a new church.

For phase out by the expatriate facilitator, it is essential for the mother church pastor and national church planter to develop the ability to coach and develop empowered leaders for the church. This enables the “eventual and total withdrawal of the team (facilitator) physically, but not relationally” (Steffen, 1997, p. 7).

*****

Mallory in The Equipping Church (2001, p. 110), agrees with an important implication of Cole’s thinking when she writes, “As a church we have seen God repeatedly demonstrate that he loves to use the unqualified to do the unimaginable” (2001, p. 110). There is a flattening of the leadership of churches that effectively grow through evangelism that empowers members to risk for God.

Yet another church model in which members are equipped and supported to reach “their worlds” is that of missional church. Guder writing in Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America sums up the missional perspective as, “The Church as Apostle to the World” (1998, p. 110). Such a church is sent out on behalf of the reign of God in a world where many other principalities and powers vie for our attention and control.

A missional church that is sent out must engage lost members of society where the playing field has changed so drastically. In such a quest, creativity and extreme flexibility are needed. A new theology is demanded that addresses the changed “plausibility structures” (Newbigin, 1989, p. 8-9) and resultant entrenched skepticism—even hostility—that is prevalent in post-modern, pluralistic North America as well as secularized pantheistic Japan

The ALPHA Course (Gumbel, 2002) is a hybrid of event-oriented evangelism and relational evangelism demonstrating high potential to develop disciples who multiply through evangelism worldwide. It is in the growing trust relationship between a Christian and an unbeliever that the unbeliever experiences the incarnate Christ. Loren Cunningham of Youth With a Mission writes, “ALPHA is a soul winning, discipling, multiplying, spiritually dynamic ministry that has already touched the lives of thousands” (Gumbel, p. 10).

In preparing to run the ALPHA Course, Christians are trained to develop trust relationships through empathy toward and encouragement of newcomers. Graham Cray, Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, writes in part, “The great strength of the ALPHA Course is that it allows genuine enquirers to take time in exploring Christian beliefs and Christian values, while building relationships with members of the church” (Gumbel, p. 10).

Toyotome’s Nameless Christians were responsible for many people believing in Christ in Japan and other Asian countries. Nameless Movement evangelism internationally accounted for new churches developed in Japan, Pakistan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. “There are many principles of personal evangelism but in the Nameless Movement the following three are selected for special emphasis: go to the non-Christian; talk only about Jesus Christ; and urge a commitment” (1974, p. 15). Toyotome writes that these are “the three points of great difficulty in personal evangelism” (1974, p. 15) which every Christian bent on evangelism struggles with every time the attempt is contemplated.

One Japanese group that uses the Socratic discussion method for discipleship is Sendai Baptist Seminary in Japan (http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~cbss1963/). The group translated the Church Based Theological Education (CBTE) published by BILD International in Ames, Iowa and is distributing it to many regions of Japan. One Asian Access Japan Board Member, Pastor Jiro Chida has empowered and launched 25 former lay church planters establishing churches all over Japan using the CBTE curriculum as his main small group discipleship curriculum.

This will provide some background info for “Leading the 21st Century Church” and “Practical Discipleship” for Promise Christian University: College and Seminary. This is going to be so fun! Once I learn how to work Canvas, I will load the classes into it for use online around the world. I know there will be thousands in Philippines, more thousands in Africa, and still more in Asia. I am praying some Americans will join on and learn some successful ways to “do church” in Post-Christian America.

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 22, 2016

Risk Tolerance

I am almost done prepping Practical Discipleship that Multiplies. What a journey it’s been already! I love this quote from one of the textbooks:

“Everyone has a built-in `risk index’ that’s somewhere between 0 and 1.0,” Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, told the 1997 annual conference of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. “Only you can determine how much risk you’re willing to take-not only in your job, but also in your daily life. If your risk index is 0, you’re afraid to get out of bed in the morning for fear there might not be a floor there. But if your risk index is 1.0, you’ll jump out of an airplane plane without a parachute, knowing you’re going to find one before you hit the ground! There aren’t too many people with a risk index of 1.0, but good leaders need risk indexes that are `north of 0.5.”‘

Bill Thrall;Bruce McNicol;Ken McElrath. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and InfluenceA Leadership Network Publication (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (Kindle Locations 1599-1603). Kindle Edition.

I used to be on the timid side but tried hard to hide it. I wonder how many opportunities I missed just because I could not justify the risk to go after it. God created each one of us for a grand purpose–Grand in His eyes even if not in ours. He thinks the world of each one of us and wants us so to experience all He has prepared for us.

Raising support to go to Japan as a church planter dulled my fears some and I met some of the coolest people. The experience probably moved my “risk index” from 0.2 to 0.4 or so. But God wasn’t done with me yet! The first time I was asked to preach in Japanese created some anxiety. But the time came and went and believe it or not, I could see that God had worked through it. That was enough to move my “risk index” from where it was (definitely well below 0.5) to over 0.5, I’m sure. As I’ve learned to submit to the Lord’s Refiner’s fire and follow him into some pretty interesting places, he’s raised my “risk index” even more. I don’t know how far, but talking to crowds of thousands doesn’t bother me now. I know He’s there and he will accomplish what he wants to. I just love that He lets me participate!

I sincerely believe every leader should read Ascent of a Leader.

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 21, 2016

A Needed New Paradigm for the Good News

For so long many have bemoaned the “hardness of Japan.” Since I’ve come back to California, I often hear, “It’s so hard hear to proclaim the gospel, no one wants to hear.” I think the problem is the same as it was in Japan. I know several of the people in this article I am attaching. They have had above average success and I hope many will listen to them. We need to think about “people movements,” “going out to their turf,” and “person of peace.” The paradigm shift they are espousing is what I have been at times shouting and what I will be teaching at Promise Christian University.

Paradigm for Mission in Japan

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 20, 2016

From Bangkok to the Ends of the Earth

Healthy Pastors, Healthy Churches, Healthy Society

 

This was the theme as about 3000 pastors came together in Bangkok to try and prepare church leadership for the fantastic church growth that is happening all over the world. Quickly we came to the realization that normal methods of training pastors are not sufficient. We must have multiplied growth of leaders. I was made one of the 30 main coaches to coach the 3000, plus many more who could not come because of visa problems. The plan we developed was to ask each of the 100 that each of us is coaching to recruit approx. 12-20 more. The church growth worldwide is THAT PHENOMENAL, especially where they are not hung up on the educational model of Church!

(Up.Lt.) Pastor Brother from S.I. which is restricted and a graduate of A2’s training partnered with me in the busy onsite recruitment.(Then bottom left to Upper Right: Spiritual Track Leader Asian Access Joe Handley with Pastors Sidny and Temo from Mexico who partnered with Mike in a Spiritual Warfare case study and seminar. Lower Rt.). (Next: Lunch with Jef, an Asian Access colleague and another brother from a restricted country who I keep in touch with). (Rt. Middle: It was good to finally meet up with my friend V from another restricted country who has been receiving stuff from my book) (Finally, Brother B with Mike. The brethren in their restricted country are very interested in discipleship that multiplies).

All the “experts” who were at GPRO Bangkok uploaded their best stuff to the GPRO cloud. One expert said when he saw my discipleship coaching questions, “I want to publish those!” He has a website with resources. Of course I had several gigs to upload. Pastor Teddy in Benin is translating key “Exponential” curriculum into French for distribution in French-speaking countries. Pastor David in N. I. is translating key “Exponential” pieces into 4 regional dialects that will then be distributed all over the country. Needless to say, I have many new Skype contacts. I formed and oversee a popular online group called “Discipleship Ephesians 4:11-16.” I continue to moderate the discussion on this site for the next four years. All agree with me we need to concentrate more on disciple transformation for sustained health and growth. Others receive exponential stuff and explanations in M. East, many African, Europe, etc.

Finally, as I mentioned, I keep in touch with about 100 pastors and try to help them apply what I’ve given them. In addition, I am writing a Practical Discipleship course for an online seminary (www.biblicaltraining.com) at the request of my mission president using the figures from my book and others I use to teach. This seminary is aimed at poor pastors in many countries who have little or no formal training.

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 20, 2016

Discipleship that Transforms

Someone who read my book Exponential Culture offered me a teaching job at a new Christian university. I thought I would give it a try since my passion is to train young leaders for the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. After a meeting, I found out that I must recruit my own students since this is a new school and one that hopes to help poor students who cannot avail themselves of the normal schools that don’t teach disciple multiplication. I still help pastors and churches around the world by Skype but I would like more hands on opportunities if the Lord wills. Here are the classes I would like to teach:

Promise Christian University

Missions Department Course Summaries

Practical Discipleship that Multiplies

Much discipleship in the last century has focused almost exclusively on cognitive input using an educational model. This course seeks to broaden that approach by combining cognitive elements with the affective and psychomotor resulting in discipleship that transforms the heart of the disciple and equips them for effective service for Jesus. Much of this class will incorporate experiential elements outside the classroom.

Textbooks:

  1. Exponential Culture: Believer Transformation, Disciple Multiplication by Michael L. Wilson
  2. The Discipleship Difference by Bob Logan and Charles R. Ridley
  3. T4T: A Discipleship ReRevolution by Steve Smith with Ying Kai

Supplemental:

Discipleshift: Five Steps that Help Your Church to Make Disciples who Make Disciples by Jim Putnam, Bobby Harrington, Robert E. Coleman;

The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing by Jonathan K. Dodson

The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of Christ by Bob Hull

Leading the 21st Century Church

In North America for some time now, 4000 churches per year have been dying. Recently the rate of new church development has matched that rate. The result is a wholesale transition of church models. The leader of the Church in this age must understand what the new environment means for fulfilling a biblical role. The “80-20 Rule” is no longer viable. Leaders must produce more than “20% of the people doing all the work.” What in the Church has been truly biblical and what is merely a subculture that creates spectators? How can we shed cultural elements that have come to label the Church as “irrelevant” and “judgmental by those outside?” How can the Church be fruitful and faithful in this generation? These are some of the questions we will wrestle with in this class.

Textbooks:

  1. Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church by Tim Morey
  2. Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God by Gary L. Thomas
  3. Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton

Supplemental:

Wiki Church: Making Discipleship Engaging, Empowering, and Viral by Steve Murrell

Building Leaders: How Successful Companies Develop the Next Generation by Jay A. Conger and Beth Benjamin

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission in the 21st Century Church by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown (TED talk)

God Gives Second Chances: How to Get Up, Dust Off, and Be Used Again When You Fall by E.T. Kendall

Historical & Theological Trends in Mission

The 21st Century has opened as a time of unprecedented transition. There are more people under duress and on the move than ever before. Diaspora is the new “norm.” Therefore, it is as important to have an awareness of current trends as it is to have a grasp of historical trends. It is also important to have a theologically holistic grasp of missions. There

Textbooks

  1. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity 3rd Edition by Philip Jenkins
  2. Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan
  3. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions by Ruth A. Tucker

 Articles

“Current World Diaspora Trends” unpublished compendium by Michael L. Wilson

“Scattered to Gather” by 2010 Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

Supplemental:

The Facilitator Era: Beyond Pioneer Church Multiplication by Tom Steffen (I wrote Chapter 4 in this book about “facilitational church planting for church multiplication. I uploaded the “Best Practices” section to the GPro cloud.

A History of Christian Missions (revised ed.) Stephen Neill (softcover).

A History of Christianity in Asia Vol. I: Beginnings to 1500 and Vol. II: 1500-1900 by Samuel Hugh Moffett (Vol. I softcover, Vol. II hardcover).

If anyone would like more information or other planned classes, please message me on this blog or on FaceBook messenger. The classes will be held in Covina, California, USA. Some classes are available online. When we have 15 students the class begins. As much as possible I will be taking the class outside the classroom for real life experience. I am Skyping with a hundred pastors worldwide about some of the course content. I am trying to help them implement steps that result in more effective discipleship and more vibrant, fruitful church. Thank You and May the Lord bless all who are his until he returns.

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 13, 2016

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Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 13, 2016

A Gift to the Church

Small Groups that Multiply Disciples

There are many excellent resources that can help us to lead small groups that will produce disciple multipliers.1 What they all have in common is they lead to relational communities with transparency, heart transformation, and missional engagement.

Missional “disciple maker culture” does not happen without heart change in a relational context. Three factors are key to leading to the kind of transformation that multiplies disciples:

  1. 1)  Missionally-focused training that is relationally customized for the Holy Spirit to work in individual disciples. Such training includes vision casting, practice of lessons, and prayerful goal setting for accountability
  2. 2)  Inductive teaching, incorporating reflection and peer instruction, that results in discovery learning by the disciple that leads to intrinsic motivation for application
  3. 3)  Interactive prayer that enables a disciple to know on a heart level that he or she is the beloved of Jesus, and to lay aside unclean compulsions or other impediments to righteous thinking and action that results in disciple multiplication.

Relational small groups that incorporate all three transformational factors evidence 4 W’s in their operation: Welcome, Worship, Word, and Work.

Welcome = Small groups have a life cycle. In the early phase, there is a good chance that people do not know one another well. If non-Christians have been invited, this is even more so.

Make sure that everyone is welcomed immediately when they arrive. Put them at ease and be sure to have light refreshments available. Prepare good discussion and conversation topics to get people talking. For example, you can read the daily paper ahead of time for ideas on current topics that are not too threatening. Most folks are honestly interested in the warmth of a genuine community. Newcomers will initially be suspicious of a “hidden agenda.” Do not overtly preach the gospel until deep trust has been established!

1 Steve Smith & Ying Kai. (2011) T4T: A Discipleship ReRevolution. p. 89-283;
Neil Cole. (2010) TruthQuest Facilitator’s Guide http://www.cmaresources.org/truthquest

Jeff Reed (2003) Teaching the First Principleshttp://bild.org/resources/first_principles Michael L. Wilson (2014) Exponential Culture: Believer Transformation, Disciple Multiplication

Worship = Music and singing can certainly be a part of worship. But for people to worship deeply, it is important to have a certain element of spontaneity. This is exactly what happens when

the Holy Spirit is evident. In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes, “Revival is when the Holy Spirit has absolute freedom to do what He wants in the Church.” 2

In our own ministry, we have enjoyed worshipful times going around a circle (or just randomly) alliterating the names or descriptions of God: A = Almighty, Awesome, or Absolute Truth, etc.; B = Beautiful, Blood shed for me, etc.; C = Christ, Compassionate God, etc. The idea is to introduce newcomers to worship in a thoughtful, meaningful way and to usher veterans into worship creatively so their guard is down and God can surprise them with His grace. This can lead to deeply worshipful times without any music!

Newcomers will not know how to worship. When singing, it’s helpful to use a well-known song such as Amazing Grace. When praying, it can be helpful to simply spend a little time giving heartfelt thanks for our many blessings from the Creator of all.

Word = While this is commonly called Bible, it can be very simple. “Jesus seems to tell us to ‘love one another’ more than anything else. Why do you think this is? What are some practical ways we can do this at home? At work? In our neighborhood? While recreating?”

In pantheistic, Hindu, Muslim, animistic, or post-Christian cultures, we want to avoid turning the meeting into a “let’s impress each other with our insights into the scriptures,” especially if there are newcomers who might not yet know Jesus, or the Bible. Nothing else will more quickly make them feel like outsiders–and they will never return.

This is a great time to employ discussion questions that stimulate reflection, with opportunities for anyone who wants to can share what they have discovered–and any answer ventured is acceptable. There is intrinsic motivation to apply what we have discovered for ourselves–we “own it” (cf. Church Based Theological Education (CBTE. BILD.com)).

Another great way to keep on track in Bible study is to use SOS questions:

  1. 1)  S = What does the passage say?
  2. 2)  O = What is this passage calling me to obey?

2 Henry & Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. (2008) Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God.

3) S = Who can I share this with? Lord, show me who you want me to share this truth with.

One real good study is the “one another” passages of scripture. Ask the SOS questions about such passages.

Work = There are two components to this segment of the meeting. First, we equip ourselves to represent Christ effectively in our own individual contexts. Second, we seek ways to serve together.

Equipping: (If your group meets weekly, Equip one another 3 out of 4 weeks)

1. List 2 or 3 of your friends and acquaintances you meet regularly who need Christ in their lives. In listing them, include how you commonly contact them, how often, their interests, and prayer needs you are aware of—then PRAY together for those listed on each other’s lists. Ask God who you should include on your list, and for hints of how to pray for each person specifically. Keep in mind that there are two types of Non-Christians: Those with spiritual ears (Type A) and those without spiritual ears (Type B). Type A will become open to Bible study soon if approached in a friendly, accepting, and PATIENT manner. Type B are not open to Bible study and may even be defensive, but if they are worth investing in they are open to a friendly messenger. If the approach is for friendship and gradual spiritual cultivation, these can eventually develop spiritual ears and become open to Bible study. Answered prayer can accelerate the opening of hearts and the development of spiritual ears.

2. Pray for one another to boldly but gently “gossip” Christ in your homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

3. Pray for one other, bearing one another’s burdens–especially when a member shares a struggle or difficulty. For encouragement directly from the Lord that often results in heart change, look for RPM prayer at the end of this paper.

Serving: (If your group meets weekly serve together in the community Once a month)

Ask God to reveal to you the needs around you that he wants you to address in His name. If we are consecrated to do his will, he will make his will clearly known. Christ is the Builder of his

Church, we are just his workers. He wants us to declare His excellencies through deed as well as word.

In one cell group we were a part of, one member had cerebral palsy and had never been accepted in his life—even by his own family. It was truly transformational for the men in the cell to come alongside Yoshi and make him feel like a valued part of the group. His life became radiant as a result of cell life and he became a vibrant witness for Christ to family and friends.

Choose a ministry service project together once a month or whatever frequency works for your group. There are many, many opportunities to reach out to poor, disabled, and marginalized people in your area. This kind of service transforms you and your group as much—if not more–as those you will serve.

Prayer that Brings Peace and Joy and Makes Us More Like Jesus
Releasing Prayer Ministry (RPM) (at the end there are confidentiality contracts and release of

liability forms for cultures where lawsuits are a common problem)
First is a RPM flowchart for practitioners, and then the full explanation with forms at the very end.

Small groups run this way result in mature believers on at least 3 continents (including restoring them when they fall from grace):

Releasing Prayer Ministry for Lay People and Clergy 2016

Facilitator’s worksheet

STAGE ONE: Preliminary preparations

When the recipient arrives, welcome them. Show the recipient the following materials:

1. Request for Prayer Ministry Confidentiality Form (which the Facilitator and the Intercessor should have already signed)

EXPLAIN that we have recipients sign the Request for Prayer Ministry Confidentiality Form so that they know what is shared will not be shared with others using their name. Explain that what they share might be shared with others, not using their name, in a supervision or training time. The only time their names will be used is if they are a danger to be a harm to themselves or to others.

Have the recipient sign the form. 2. Recipient’s Prayer

EXPLAIN that later on they will read this prayer out loud. Then have the recipient silently read the Recipient’s Prayer. After they have read the Prayer silently, ASK if they are okay about reading this later as their own prayer prior to receiving ministry.

STAGE TWO: RPM4 Explanation and Overview

(Use this shorter explanation if recipient is used to listening to God.)

Abbreviated explanation:

Releasing Prayer Ministry 4 (RPM4) is based upon five Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24,1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 1:9, and Philippians 4:6-7.

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)

John 10: 4-5, 16, 27-29 Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (NLT)

1 John 1:9 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience

God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Releasing Prayer Ministry is about listening to the Lord share with us what He wants us to release to Him. It a time to release and surrender, to give to God whatever He brings to mind. It is also a time to confess anything the Lord leads us to confess. It also includes a time to hear words of affirmation from the Lord. I am the Facilitator and _______________ is the Intercessor. I will be leading the time and at different times having you repeat some prayers. RPM is not counseling or praying over a list of things that we have been thinking about. It is allowing the Lord to lead the time by revealing whatever He desires for this time. An RPM session usually lasts about one hour.

(Use this longer explanation if recipient is not used to listening to God or is uncomfortable with receiving RPM in anyway.)

Longer Explanation:

Releasing Prayer Ministry 3 (RPM4) is based upon four Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24,1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 1:9, and Philippians 4:6-7.

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)

1 Peter 5:6-7 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (NLT)

1 John 1:9 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

EXPLAIN RPM4 to the recipient by saying the following: 1. Listening to the Lord

“Releasing Prayer Ministry 3 (RPM4) is about what it says in Psalm 139:23-24. It is about listening to the Lord as He searches our hearts and shares with you what He wants you to release and surrender to Him. He may guide you to release a memory, a word, a phrase, a false belief, a lie, a feeling, or a picture. In an RPM session, we are choosing to submit to the Lord to reveal whatever He desires to be dealt with for this given time.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

2. Not counseling or a prayer list

“RPM is not counseling or praying over a list of things that we have been thinking about. It is allowing the Lord to lead the time by revealing whatever He desires for you for this time.”

3. Share what comes to mind. Don’t analyze.

“We will begin with prayer. Then I will ask the Lord to share with you whatever He wants you to release and surrender to Him. When something comes to mind, there are two things you can do.

One, as soon as the Lord brings something to mind, just share it out loud. Don’t analyze if it’s important or not. Just trust that the Lord brought it to mind for a reason.

Two, if you do not want to share out loud what the Lord has revealed to you and want to keep it confidential, just let us know that the Lord shared something with you but that you would rather not share it out loud.”

4. Share until nothing else comes to mind.

“As the Lord reveals memories, feelings, pictures, or words with you and you share them, I will write them down as accurately as possible. Then I will basically keep asking the Lord if there is anything more He wants to reveal or share with you.

You can just keep sharing with us whatever comes to mind.

When it seems like the Lord is no longer bringing things to mind, then let me know that nothing else is coming to mind.”

5. Releasing Prayer sheet

“After that, I will ask you to repeat a prayer after me to release and surrender to the Lord whatever He has shared with you.” (Show the Releasing Prayer sheet).

6. Repeat first line

“I will have you repeat the bold print words here in the Prayer.

Heavenly Father, I release and surrender to You _____________.

After you repeat this first line, then I will have you repeat what the Lord shared with you. This will be based on what I wrote down as you shared, so what you release and surrender to the Lord is basically in your own words.”

7. Repeat second line regarding confession and listen

“Then I will have you repeat the next phrase of the Prayer.

Lord, please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.

At this point, you will just listen to see if there is anything that the Lord wants you to confess regarding what you just released and surrendered to Him. If there is something to confess, just say, “Yes.” If not, just say, “No.””

8. Prayer of Confession explanation

“If there is something to confess, I will have you repeat a Prayer of Confession. (Show the Prayer of Confession sheet.) I will have you repeat after me the words in bold print.”

“Heavenly Father,”

“I CONFESS my sin of aloud or silently .” (James 5:16) EXPLAIN about confessing aloud or silently:

“At this point, you can confess aloud or silently. James 5:16 says: “… confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” Based on that, we encourage you to confess aloud.

However, if you decide to confess silently, just let me know when you are finished confessing so that I will know that you are done. Otherwise I might think it is a long confession and you are still confessing to the Lord.” : )

“Then I will have you repeat after me the rest of the prayer that is printed here in bold print. During the session, you can keep your eyes closed since you will not have to read this prayer. You will just have to repeat after me. So you will repeat after me and pray…”

“Please FORGIVE me.”

“Thank You that You say in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness.”

“I RECEIVE your forgiveness, because of Christ’s Work on the Cross.” (1 John 1:9)

“Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.” (Psalm 51:2,7)

“I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.”

(Matthew 6:10)

“In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

9. After Prayer of Confession: Peace

“After the Prayer of Confession, I will go back over the areas that were released and surrendered to the Lord to see if you feel at peace about these areas.
If you feel at peace in each area, then we will go on to the next step.

If there is an area where you don’t feel peaceful about, we will ask the Lord if there anything more He wants to share with you in this area that He wants you to release and surrender to Him.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

10. Words of Affirmation and the Lord’s Truth
“Then we will have a time for you to receive words of affirmation and truth from the Lord.

This will be a time for you to hear from the Lord and share out loud what He shares with you.

As opposed to the time of hearing from the Lord at the beginning where He shared memories, pictures, words, or feelings that He wanted you to release and surrender to Him, this will be a time for you to hear from the Lord whatever is on His heart that He wants to say to you.

This is a time for God to share from His heart to your heart. It is a time for the Lord to speak to you any words of affirmation, love, or His truths regarding the areas you released and surrendered to Him.

For example, He might tell you that He loves you, cares for you, or He might even share a Scripture with you.”

11. You Share Affirmations and Truths. I write.

“During this time, please again share out loud what the Lord shares with you. I will write down what you share on this Blessing Sheet so that later on you will be able to look back at the truths and affirmations that the Lord shared with you.”

12. End in Prayer

“After this, we will then end our time in prayer.”

13. “This is just to give you an idea of what we will be doing. You don’t have to remember all that I’ve said here since I will be leading you through this process.”

14. Questions? “Does this make sense?” “Do you have any questions?”

15. Time frame/limit

After any questions have been answered, say the following regarding time:
“Given our time frame of (the allotted time for an RPM session is usually one

hour), whatever is not finished will be given to the Lord for Him to take care of.”

16. OK?

ASK: “Will this be okay?”
(It is important for the recipient to agree to this ahead of time so that he/she will be okay with the given time frame and possible lack of complete closure.)

17. OK to Receive this Ministry?
ASK: “So are you okay about receiving this ministry?” OR “Do you want

to receive this Releasing Prayer Ministry?”

If the person says, “Yes,” proceed to the Opening Prayer and the rest of If the person says, “No,” then find out if they have more questions that

the Steps.
need to be answered before proceeding.

If they are still not sure or don’t feel comfortable going through RPM, then just say something like:

“You know it’s important for the person receiving this Releasing Prayer Ministry to want to go through it. So maybe, when you feel you want to receive this ministry, you can sign up again for a session. Does this sound okay then?” “Would it be okay if I just pray a prayer of blessing over you now and then we will end?”

Pray a prayer of blessing and then say goodbye.

STAGE THREE: The RPM Session

1. OPENING PRAYER

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this ministry time with Recipient. We welcome You, Lord, and we commit this time to You.

Please place Your hedge of protection around Recipient and his/her family, Intercessor and his/her family, and around me and my family and all You’ve given us.

We ask, Lord, for all that You desire to take place during this time will happen. May Your will and purposes for this time and for Recipient be done.

Father God, we ask that You will guide and bless this time by Your Holy Spirit. Lord, help each of us to hear accurately from Your Holy Spirit.

We ask that You bind any forces of darkness that would try to disrupt this time in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Lord Jesus, that because of Your death and resurrection, because of Your victory of the cross, You defeated and disarmed the principalities and powers that stand against us.

In Jesus’ name, and by the authority we have as His followers, we command all forces of darkness be bound and rendered powerless. Any forces that fail to obey these commands must go immediately to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, please bless and guide this time so that Recipient will receive Your truths and experience more of Your loving presence.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

2. Recipient reads/prays Recipient’s Prayer

Have the recipient read the Recipient’s Prayer as their own prayer.

Heavenly Father,

I thank You ahead of time for Your ministry to me today.

Thank You that I can have a relationship with You because of my confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father God, please reveal to me the areas that You want me to release and surrender to You. Please show me the areas in my life that You want to cleanse, heal, and restore to me.
Lord, I choose to be open to You leading this time. I choose to receive from You. Holy Spirit, please have Your way during this time. Please lead me in Your truths.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

3. Appreciation Prayer. Connecting to Jesus.

(An aside: You don’t have to share this out loud with the Recipient.
Teaching Component for Appreciation: Brain research confirms that when we appreciate someone out loud, our brain is set to receive from that person.)

In Philippians 4:6 it talks about “…thanking (the Lord) for all He has done.”
So before we go any further, I would like to ask the Lord to share with you a memory… a personal memory of a time when you appreciated the Lord. This is not a generic, “Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross for my sins,” type of appreciation, though that is important.

This is more of a personal memory. A time you experienced the Lord’s presence, you remember Him working in your life, doing something in your life… and you appreciated Him for what He did.

When the Lord reveals this memory to you, please share it out loud. You can also share what you appreciate about Him or His character.

Facilitator reads Appreciation prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You that You say in John 10 that You are the good Shepherd. Thank You, Lord, that it says in Psalm 23 that You are called my Shepherd. And Lord, as Recipient’s Shepherd, thank You that You guide him/her. You provide everything he/she needs.

Would you bring to mind times when Recipient experienced Your presence? Please bring up a memory of a special connection Recipient had with You where Recipient appreciated You.

When the memory comes to mind

Have the Recipient share it out loud with you.

After they share the memory, you can have them repeat:
“Lord, thank You for reminding me of this memory. Based on this memory, Jesus, I appreciate that You are ________________(my provider, my peace, my healer, i.e. qualities of Jesus’ character).”

The facilitator can then give thanks to the Lord for what He revealed and for how the Recipient appreciates the Lord’s character of _______________.

Then go to #4.

If No Appreciative Connection:

Have the Recipient ask Jesus for help.

If still no memory, have the Recipient ask Jesus, “What’s in the way?”

If the person is unable to share an appreciative connection with Jesus, then read Psalm 23 slowly, pausing line to line to see if the recipient can connect with Him. Once recipient can sense an appreciative connection and verbalize it out loud, then the facilitator can stop reading the Psalm.

Psalm 23 (NLT)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

4. After the Appreciation Prayer

Say: “Now I will begin asking the Lord to share with you whatever He wants you to release and surrender to Him. Again, He might share with you a memory, a picture, a word or a feeling.

When something comes to mind, please share it right away. Again, you can share it out loud or if you want to keep it confidential, just say that you received something from the Lord. If you feel something physically, like a headache or a pain, let me know that as well.”

Let’s PRAY:
5. Pray the possible following statements:

a. “Lord, we give this time to you. Father God,
You like Recipient to release and surrender to You?”

what would You would

like

or
b. “Lord, please reveal to Recipient whatever

him/her to release and surrender to You.”
or
c. “Lord, please share with Recipient whatever

want him/her to release and

You surrender to You.”

  1. If the recipient is getting nothing, then have the recipient release “Nothing” to the Lord.
  2. As the recipient shares what the Lord is revealing to him/her, write down as accurately as possible what the recipient shares.

8. When the recipient shares something, you can say the following: “Thank You, Lord. Is there anything else You want to share with

Recipient for him/her to release and surrender to You?” OR
“Is there anything more You want to share with Recipient so he/she can

release and surrender it to You?” OR
“Lord, is there anything more about this or anything else that You want

to share with Recipient so he/she can release and surrender it to You?” OR “Lord, is there anything more You want to share with Recipient?”

9. Keep asking the Qs in #8 until the recipient no longer shares anything. If there is a time of silence and the recipient isn’t sharing anything else, ASK, “Is there anything else that the Lord is sharing with you?”

10. If there is nothing more the Lord is bringing up OR even before then, if there is a group of things that is brought up that have the same theme… SAY: “Let’s have you release to the Lord the things He shared with you. Just repeat after me as I say this releasing prayer.

11. Go through the Releasing/Surrendering Prayer:

“Heavenly Father, I release and surrender to You _______________.”

Then have the recipient repeat after you the things you wrote down that he/she received from the Lord. If what was shared seems to be distinct categories, then have them release those items, followed by the second line of the prayer, “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

If what the recipient received seems sort of random and not connected to each other, you might just have them release and surrender all of them, one by one, before going to the second line of the Releasing Prayer, “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

12. Have the recipient repeat the next phrase of the Prayer after you. “Please reveal if there is any sin that You want me to confess.”

After the recipient repeats this line, SAY: “Just listen to the Lord to see if there is anything that He wants you to confess regarding what you just released and surrendered to Him. If you feel there is something the Lord wants you to confess, just say, “Yes.” If not, just say, “No.”

Wait to hear what the person says.

13. Prayer of Confession
If the person says, “No,” then go to number 14.

If the person says, “Yes,” have the person repeat the Prayer of Confession after you. After the person says, “Yes,” you might say, “Okay, repeat after me.”

“Heavenly Father,” (Repeat)

“I CONFESS my sin of …,” (Repeat)
After the recipient says this line, SAY: “You can confess aloud or silently.
If aloud, just say to the Lord whatever you want to confess.
If you confess silently, just let me know when you are finished confessing so that

I will know that you are done.”
You might have to have them repeat, “I confess my sin of…” then confess in

their own words.

“Please FORGIVE me.” (Repeat)

“Thank You that You say in 1 John 1:9……… that if we confess our sins, ………..You are faithful and just…………. to forgive us of our sins……… and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (Repeat)

“I RECEIVE your forgiveness, ……… because of Christ’s Work on the Cross.” (Repeat)

“Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.” (Repeat) “I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.” (Repeat)
“In Jesus’ name, Amen.” (Repeat)

14. After the Prayer of Confession, Checking for Peace
SAY: “I will go back over the areas that were released and surrendered to

the Lord to see if you feel at peace about these areas. If you feel at peace regarding the area I mention, just say, “Yes.” If you don’t feel peaceful about it, then say, “No.” (Take note of which areas have peace or not.)

15. Peace or Not
If the person says, “Yes,” to all the areas, then go to the next step

(number 16). If the person says, “No,” to any area, then if there is enough time, ask the Lord if there is anything else regarding that area that He wants to share with the recipient for him/her to release and surrender to the Lord.

The person listens to the Lord and goes through the Releasing prayers again. Then check again for peace in that area.

16. Words of Affirmation and the Lord’s Truth

SAY, “We will now have a time for you to receive words of affirmation and truth from the Lord. This will be a time for you to hear from the Lord and share out loud what He shares with you. As opposed to the time of hearing from the Lord at the beginning where He shared memories, pictures, words, or feelings that He wanted you to release and surrender to Him, this time is a time to hear from the Lord whatever is on His heart that He wants to say to you.”

“It is God sharing from His heart to your heart. It is a time for the Lord to speak to you any words of affirmation, love or His truths regarding the areas you released and surrendered to Him.”

“As I explained earlier, He might tell you that He loves you, cares for you or He might even share a Scripture with you.”

“So just close your eyes and listen to what the Lord shares with you. When He shares something with you, share it out loud and I will write it down on this Blessing Sheet so that later on, you can look back at the affirmations and truths the Lord has shared with you.”

17. Asking the Lord to share from His heart Share one of the following:

“So, Heavenly Father, will You share with Recipient Your words of affirmation, love, and Your truths.” OR

“Heavenly Father, what would You like to share with Recipient that is from Your heart to his/her heart?” OR

“Lord, is there anything from Your heart to Recipient’s heart that You want to share with him/her?”

18. Write on Blessing Sheet
As the recipient receives and shares, write it down on the Blessing Sheet.

There are times when a Recipient might share a Blessing at the beginning or another time of the RPM session. Be aware of this and write it down at that time.

19. As the Recipient receives
As the recipient receives, you might want to say to the Lord the following:

“Thank You, Lord. Is there anything more You would like to share with Recipient?” You can keep asking something like this until the recipient is not sharing anything else.

When there is a time of silence, you can ask the recipient, “Is the Lord sharing anything more with you?”

20. The Lord’s presence. Sometimes, the recipient will not hear any words of affirmation. When you ask if the Lord is sharing anything with them and they say, “No,” you can ASK, “Do you feel or sense the Lord’s presence?” If the recipient says, “Yes,” you can ASK, “What does the Lord’s presence feel like?” Write down what is shared.

21. More, Lord
If it seems like the Lord is still touching the recipient OR the recipient

is taking in what the Lord has shared, if there is still time, you can just wait until it seems like the Lord is done.

You might say, “More, Lord.” OR “Thank You, Lord. Lord would You continue to touch recipient with Your (love, truth, presence, etc.).

22. Closing Prayer
When the recipient is finished sharing, end with prayer. You can say,

“I’m going to close our time in prayer now.”

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this time. Lord, for those areas that have not yet received Your full healing touch, we give them to You. We trust You, Father God, to take care of them for Recipient.

Thank You for sharing with Recipient during this time and for the things that You revealed to him/her.

Thank You for what you shared with Recipient… as I read the Blessings the Lord shared with you, please repeat them after me.
(Then… the Facilitator will read aloud what the Recipient shared on Blessings Sheet and have the Recipient repeat it out loud.)

Then have the Recipient repeat:
I receive these truths from You, Lord, in my spirit, soul, and body in Jesus’ Name.

Ask the Recipient: Would like to say a prayer of thanks to the Lord as well? Then Facilitator finishes praying:

Lord, again, we thank You for this time and for Your presence here with us.

Lord God, we ask that You cleanse each of us and this place of anything that is not of You. Please fill us and refresh us by Your Holy Spirit.

Please seal the work of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

23. Give the Blessing Sheet and Prayer Sheet to the Recipient.

Tell the Recipient to read the Blessings out loud every day for 30 days or more. Tell them to also find a verse or ask the Lord for a verse that supports what the Blessing says.

24. If there is time and you (Facilitator) sense the Lord’s leading, ask the Intercessor if they have anything to share.

25. Turn in the Confidentiality form to Pastor. Additional thoughts:

  • The person receiving RPM has to make the appointment. If someone says something like, “I’d like my spouse to get an RPM.” Tell them to have their spouse fill out an RPM form or contact Pastor for an appointment.
  • If during an RPM session the Recipient shares something regarding age or mentions a certain stage in their life, you might ask the Lord to share if there was something that happened during that time that the Lord wants to share with the person.

    * For example: If the person says something like: “When my spouse criticizes me, it make me feel like I’m 5 years old/like I’m a child.”
    You might want to ask the Lord, “Lord, is there anything that happened to the Recipient when he/she was ____________ that You want him/her to release to You or if he/she took on a ungodly belief about himself/herself?” OR “Lord, where did this feeling of being like a 5 year old come from?”

    Then go through the steps of releasing the words, the memory, or the ungodly belief.
    Then ask the Lord to speak His truths.

    INTERCESSOR GUIDELINES For RPM

    Here are some areas to pray for during your intercessory time. Praying for the person receiving prayer:

    Pray for the Lord’s will and purposes to be done during this time.

    Pray for the person to hear clearly from the Lord.

    Pray against any distractions.

    Pray that the person will sense what the Lord wants him/her to release to the Lord.

    Pray that the person will not have difficulty hearing from the Lord. For no barriers that would get in the way of this ministry time.

Ask the Lord to show you how to pray and what to pray for the person.

Spend time thanking the Lord and worshipping Him for His love, care, and goodness.

Write down any verses the Lord may give you for the person. You can give these to the person at the end of the time.

Praying for the facilitator:

Pray that the facilitator will be sensitive to the Lord’s leading.
Pray for a sharp, alert, and clear mind.
Pray that the facilitator will be able to accurately comprehend what is said. Pray for the ability to write clear, accurate notes.
Pray for the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately.
Pray for clear discernment from the Lord.

ADDENDUM

Doing the following takes discernment and time (Be sure to have a signed release and confidentiality promise in hand).

Regarding discernment: If you need more discernment, stop and ask the Lord. You might also write a note to the intercessor to see what they discern. If you are not sure, don’t do these.

Regarding time: If there isn’t enough time, don’t do these for that session.

ROOT CAUSES:
Question regarding the root cause(s).

If you feel the Lord’s leading to explore the root cause of an issue, ask the recipient, “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to ask the Lord to reveal to you, where this issue/feeling began.

Is that okay with you to ask the Lord this?” See if the recipient is open to this or not.

If no, then continue from where you left off.

If yes, ask, “Lord, will you show recipient where this issue/feeling began.

“Lord, what is the root cause of this?”
Allow time for the Lord to speak to the recipient. When the recipient shares,

write a memo down.
Ask the Lord, “Is there anything more You want to share with recipient about this?”

When the recipient isn’t getting anything else from the Lord, lead them through the Releasing Prayer.

SOUL TIES

Soul Tie prayer:

(Based on and modified from the Restoring the Foundations Issue Focused Ministry (MG p. 19) and from the RTF notebook p. 326.)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I submit myself completely to You. I confess all of my emotional and sexual sins, as well as my ungodly Soul Ties. (If applicable, also say: I confess my ancestor’s sin of maintaining ungodly Soul Ties.)

I choose to forgive (my ancestors and) each person with whom I have an ungodly Soul Tie. I forgive _______ for their part in my ungodly Soul Ties.

I ask You, Lord, to forgive me for my sins that resulted in ungodly Soul Ties. Lord, I receive Your forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving me and for cleansing me.

I choose to forgive myself for this involvement. I will no longer be angry at myself, hate myself, or punish myself.

Lord, I renounce and break my ungodly Soul Ties with ________.
I release myself from him/her/it and I release him/her from me. As I do this Lord, I pray that You would cause him/her to be all that You want him/her to be and that You would cause me to be all that You want me to be.

Lord, please cleanse my mind from all memories of ungodly unions so I am totally free to give myself to You and to my (future) spouse.

I renounce and cancel the assignments of all evil spirits attempting to maintain these ungodly Soul Ties.

Thank You for restoring me. Thank You for the help and power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.

FALSE BELIEFS and GOD’S TRUTHS

If a false belief was mentioned…

Be aware of any false beliefs (ungodly beliefs) that the Recipient shares during the session. If the recipient hasn’t heard the Godly Belief from the Lord regarding the false/ungodly beliefs he/she shared earlier… have the person release the false belief, then ask the Lord to share His truths regarding the false beliefs. Follow the steps below.

Steps:

If the Recipient hasn’t done so already, have him/her release the false belief to the Lord.

You might say something like, “Lord, earlier, Recipient________ shared the false belief that (read false belief______). Lord, what do You have to say about this? Lord, please share Your truths to Recipient.”
Allow time for the recipient to hear from the Lord.

Write down God’s truths on the Blessing Sheet.

If a false belief was not mentioned…
If you feel the Lord’s leading, ask the recipient: “Is it okay with you if I ask the Lord to show you if there are any false beliefs or ungodly beliefs, which are beliefs contrary to God’s truths, that you might have taken on regarding the things that the Lord revealed to you.”

If the recipient says, “No,” then go to where you left off in the RPM session. If the recipient says, “Yes,” …..

SAY to the recipient, “Listen to the Lord and then share what He
shares with you or what you sense.
He might share with you false beliefs regarding yourself, someone else or even

false beliefs about God Himself.”
Then ask God: “Lord, will You show Recipient any false beliefs

he/she might have taken on regarding himself/herself, others or even You?”

Record the false/ungodly beliefs.
As the recipient shares, keep asking the Lord, “Lord, are there any more false beliefs that You want to reveal to Recipient?”

As before, follow the Steps:
If the Recipient hasn’t done so already, have him/her release the false belief to the Lord.
You might say something like, “Lord, earlier, Recipient shared the false belief that read false belief______. Lord, what do You have to say about this? Lord, please share Your truths to Recipient.”

Allow time for the recipient to hear from the Lord. Write down God’s truths on the Blessing Sheet.

After the Recipient gets their Truth from God, their Godly Belief, you can lead them through the following prayer:

Ungodly Belief (UGB)/Godly Belief (GB) prayer:

(Based on and modified from the Restoring The Foundation Ministry card)

  • I confess my sin (if appropriate, and my ancestor’s sin) of believing the lie that

    ________________________________________.

  • I forgive those who have contributed to my forming this Ungodly Belief. (Say

    specifically what this is.)

  • I ask, You, Lord, to forgive me for receiving this UGB, for living my life based on

    it, and for any way I have judged others because of it. I receive Your forgiveness.

  • On the basis of Your forgiveness, Lord, I choose to forgive myself for believing this lie.
  • I renounce and break my agreement with this UGB. I cancel my agreement with the kingdom of darkness, in Jesus’ name.
  • Remove this UGB off of my spirit, soul, and body.
  • I choose to accept, believe, and receive Your truth, …the Godly Belief that

    ________________________________________________.

“Heavenly Father,

RELEASING PRAYER MINISTRY RELEASING PRAYER

I RELEASE and surrender to you

__________________________.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Please REVEAL if there is any sin that You want me to confess.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm139: 23-24)

I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

“Heavenly Father,

I CONFESS my sin of ( ______aloud or silently____________).

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed …” (James 5:16a)

Please FORGIVE ME.

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)

Thank you that you say in 1 John 1:9 that “if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I RECEIVE your forgiveness, because of Christ’s Work on the Cross. (1 John 1:9)

Thank You for CLEANSING and WASHING me clean.
“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)

I RECEIVE all that You desire for me.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

CONFIDENTIALITY SHEET

REQUEST FOR PRAYER MINISTRY (SPECIFIC)

I understand that ___________________ and _____________________
(who are identified as Facilitator and Intercessor) are part of church name: ___________________________’s Prayer Ministry. I fully understand that the ministry I receive today is NOT counseling in any form, but prayer ministry.

It is my desire and by my full consent, I request that the aforementioned Facilitator and Intercessor pray for me. I fully understand that they are not utilizing their professional licenses or credentials of _________________________________ and _________________________ respectively during this prayer session, but are solely volunteers serving in this prayer ministry.

A. I accept this ministry completely and do not hold anyone responsible for ANY outcome that may arise as a result of this ministry. I also do not hold any one responsible for any further or additional care that I may need in the future.

B. Prayer ministry members reserve the right to discuss matters disclosed by me, the recipient of this prayer ministry, for the purpose of receiving supervision and oversight. I understand that my name or anything that would identify me specifically will not be disclosed to others. The only exception would be in the case where I report something where I am a danger to be a harm to myself or others. If so, then I understand that the prayer ministry team may share my name and information with one of the pastors.

I deem the persons leading this to be “encouragers” in the Christian faith. They are praying for me by my own request.

I hereby release ___________________________ (the Facilitator) and

_____________________________ (the Intercessor) and church name:

___________________________, as well as Evergreen Baptist Church San Gabriel Valley from liability for all acts performed in good faith and without malice in connection with this ministry learning experience.

Signed ___________________________ Date __________________

Print Name ___________________________________

Witnessed by __________________ Date ___________________

Print Name ________________________________

RELEASING PRAYER MINISTRY
FACILITATOR AND INTERCESSOR CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

I, ___________________ (facilitator), and I,

__________________________ (intercessor), are learning about ministering the love of Jesus Christ to others
through prayer at church name: ____________________________________.

We understand that in our role as part of this Prayer Ministry Team that we will become aware of information which is personal and confidential.

We will not under any circumstances divulge or share with anyone what has been shared except in the above mentioned Part B Section of this Request for Ministry Form.

I/We understand that this agreement of confidentiality will not expire at any point in time.

______________________________
Signature Date

______________________________
Signature Date

________________
________________

CONFIDENTIALITY FORM

REQUEST FOR PRAYER MINISTRY (General)

A. I understand that _________________________________ and

_____________________________________
(who are the Facilitator and the Intercessor of this Prayer Ministry time) are

part of Church name: ______________________________’s Prayer Ministry. I fully understand that the ministry I receive today is NOT counseling in any form, but prayer ministry .

B. Prayer ministry members reserve the right to discuss matters disclosed by me, the recipient of this prayer ministry, for the purpose of receiving supervision and oversight. I understand that my name or anything that would identify me specifically will not be disclosed to others. The only exception would be in the case where I report something where I am danger to be a harm to myself or others. If so, then I understand that the prayer ministry team may share my name and information with one of our pastors.

C. I deem the persons leading this to be “encouragers” in the Christian faith. They are praying for me by my own request.

Signed _________________________________ Date _________________

Print Name ____________________________________

Witnessed by _________________________ Date _________________

FACILITATOR AND INTERCESSOR CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

I, _________________ (facilitator), and I,______________________ (intercessor), are learning about ministering the love of Jesus Christ to others

through prayer at church name: ___________________________________.

We understand that in our role as part of this Prayer Ministry Team that we will become aware of information which is personal and confidential.

We will not under any circumstances divulge or share with anyone what has been shared except in the above mentioned Part B Section of this Request for Ministry Form.

I/We understand that this agreement of confidentiality will not expire at any point in time.

____________________________
Signature Date

____________________________
Signature Date

_______________
________________

BLESSINGS SHEET What God Shared

________________ _____/_____/_____

Releasing Prayer Ministry – Recipient’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I thank You ahead of time for Your ministry to me

today .

Thank You that I can have a relationship with You because of my confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Father God, please reveal to me the areas that You want me to release and surrender to You. Please show me the areas in my life that You want to cleanse, heal, and restore to me.

Lord, I choose to be open to You leading this time. I choose to receive from You. Holy Spirit, please have Your way during this time. Please lead me in Your truths.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 5, 2016

Settling for Less?

The Christianity most people settle for is a comfortable little pocket God I can take with me and who is always there when I need him. But I’m not really mindful of him or take him too seriously in my day to day life.

Here’s an interesting passage:

From Nothing to Everything (Read: Matthew 16:13-19; 21-23; 24-27)

(Read: (Job 1:21)) We start Naked and we end Naked

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13* Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say* John the Baptist, others say* Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied,* “You are* the Christ,* the Son of* the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, * “Blessed are you,* Simon Bar-Jonah! For* flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,* but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you,* you are Peter, and* on this rock* I will build my church, and* the gates of*hell* shall not prevail against it.

(Read: 2 Chronicles 16:9a )

Who builds the Church?

How is the Church built?

19I will give you* the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and* whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed* in heaven.” 20* Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

What does it mean to bind and loosen?

Remembering a time of extreme thankfulness for knowing Christ

Confessing revealed sin and feeling God’s pleasure

Releasing held burdens and feeling God’s peace

Hearing encouraging words from your Maker

 

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21* From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that* he must go to Jerusalem and* suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on* the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!* This shall never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, * “Get behind me, Satan! You are* a hindrance* to me. For you* are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Why does Jesus call Peter “Satan”?

(Read John 12:26)

(Read Why is setting our minds on the “things of man” so bad in the Lord’s eyes?)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him* deny himself and* take up his cross and follow me. 25For* whoever would save his life* will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For* what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or*what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27* For the Son of Man is going to come with* his angels in the glory of his Father, and* then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

How can we have the best, most glorious future?

(Read Jonah 4:11)

Each Member will recite:

“Should I not be concerned?”

It is better by far to depart and be with Christ. If this is true, why are we still here? What is the purpose?

Posted by: whereintheworldismike | May 11, 2016

Contentment Even in a Crisis

I’ve been given some awesome opportunities to serve. I’m amazed at God’s grace toward me lately. I know refinement will be part of the rest of my life. It’s great to know there is a purpose and love is behind it!

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

This is equivalent to what modern science calls “mindfulness.” That is being aware of what triggers you or sets you on a habitual path of dysfunction or self-defeating behavior. This vigilant self-monitoring combined with meditating on Christ throughout the day is transformational and sometimes results in signs and wonders occurring in support of such a one’s service for the Lord. Such a lifestyle deepens the knowledge of God and changes lifelong self-defeating ways of thinking and doing that mar the image of God in believers.

This is what God has been teaching me lately. I am simply amazed and awestruck by the One who is truly the only One worthy to be called AWESOME!

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