Friday, February 27, 2009

Equippers Pastors from Europe Gather

On Tuesday 25th February, Equippers Pastors' from Europe gathered for a day of fellowship, teaching and encouragement. We now have five churches in the UK and two in Germany.
All of the churches are lead by Brits and Germans.

Pastor Jurgen and Miriam Eisen from Celle Germany, were unable to come to this gathering.
Please continue to pray for open doors to preach the gospel in the Europe, and that the Holy Spirit would continue to give us labourers and leaders, so we can establish great soul winning churches.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Report from Burkina Faso

This report was recorded as we commenced our ministry in Burkina Faso

We are praying how we can be involved in establishing schools and health clinics in the South West area of Burkina. There is very little international aid reaching this area.

My Visit to Burkina Faso

Pastor Graham Lee (NZ), Pastor Mark Collard (London) and myself have just returned from one week of ministry at a Pastors Conference in Gaoua, Burkina Faso. A missionary, Eileen Summerville, from our Auckland Church, has been in Burkina for 35 years, and has helped plant over 100 churches.
Chickens are a special gift in Burkina. We received two throughout our stay


Children drawing water from a well


Children are very poor, but enjoy the simple things of life


A typical village home complex



I am preaching at a pastors conference with two translators. The conference is attended by 200 pastors.










Monday, February 16, 2009

A GREAT DAY IN EQUIPPERS LONDON

Today Helen and I have ministered at Equippers London. We have now have three churches in London all led by inspiring English Pastors. It was Global Impact Sunday for the City and West Churches and they celebrated raising 44000 pound for Global Impact over the past twelve months


The West Church worshipping on Sunday Morning
Equippers London web site is equippers.co.uk

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A HOUSE OF INFLUENCE no 4

This is the final in a series on 'A House of Influence.'

In my devotion today, I read Psalm 27, and was again insired by the words of David:

v4 one thing I have desired of the Lord, and that I will seek; that I may dweal in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.





9. IT IS A HOUSE OF THE ANOINTING
V17 I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.


The anointing of the Holy Spirit, takes us from the natural into the supernatural realm of God. Jesus was the lamp mentioned in this scripture and His example was of a life empowered by the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Wherever He went, the miraculous power of God’s anointing was manifest with signs, wonders, and miracles. Churches of influence receive the anointed power of the Holy Spirit to bring miraculous change.


10. IT IS A HOUSE WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS GLORIFIED.
V18 upon Himself his glory shall flourish


In Isaiah Chapter 60, Isaiah challenges God’s people, “to arise, shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” The church is called to carry the glory of God to broken humanity and make known the wonderful plan of God’s redemption and saving grace. Churches of influence carry with confidence God’s glory because they are committed to making a difference.
Join with me, and let’s build ‘Christ Centred Churches’ throughout the nations of the world that bring change to the world.

Friday, February 13, 2009

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW

As I look out the window on the Thames River from our hotel in London, I am reminded of the two prisioners looking out the window of their cell, one only saw the bars of restriction, while the other saw the stars of possibiltiy.
Colossians 1.27 "Christ in you, the hope of Glory."



WHAT IS YOUR WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A HOUSE OF INFLUENCE no3

A group of Pastors and Leaders who love the House of God. It has been such a privilege to labour with these men over many years.






6. IT IS A HOUSE OF PERSONAL ENCOUNTER
V16 I will also clothe her priest with salvation

Salvation is not just a moment when we give our lives to Jesus Christ and are saved, but it is also an ongoing process for a Christian. Personal growth must be the responsibility of every believer, and in the words of Paul in Philippians 3.12-14, “I have not arrived and I am still pressing towards the goal of the higher call of God in Christ Jesus.” Churches of influence are committed to personal growth and development.

7. IT IS A HOUSE OF JOY AND CELEBRATION
V16 her saint shall shout aloud for joy

I like how Psalm 16 states, ‘in God’s presence is fullness of joy,’ and also in the book of Nehemiah it declares ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength.’ Environments of joy and celebration are contagious and people are drawn to such events. Christian events should be filled with fun and laughter. Churches of influence know how to have fun and enjoy the journey.

8. IT IS A HOUSE OF LEADERSHIP AND AUTHORITY
V17 I will make the horn (government) of David grow

Leadership is important if the church is to keep impacting and growing. The church needs good structure and governance that serves the vision God has entrusted to them. It is important to honour and respect the God given gifts of leadership that have been given to the church. Churches of influence release the gifts of leadership so the church can prosper and fulfil its destiny.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MINISTRY IN CELLA (GERMANY)

It is a privilage to partner with such wonderful people in Germany.
Leaving Germany from snow covered Hamburg Airport
Pastors and Leaders gather for training from four churches in Germany

Vincent, Youth Pastor of an Equippers Church in Celle


Pastor Jurgen and Miriam Eisen Senior Pastors of the Celle Church



Friday, February 6, 2009

MINISTRY IN INDIA

I have just arrived in London after six days of very successful ministry at Harvest Church in Chennai India.

Why don't you consider going on a short term ministry trip this year?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

'A HOUSE OF INFLUENCE' no2

3. IT IS A HOUSE THAT HOLDS AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
V14 this is my resting place forever, here I will dwell because I have desired it.


I love the way the writer of the book of Hebrews explains the attitude of Jesus in chapter 12.2; “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus has left us an inspiring example, in that he never lost sight of His eternal vision, no matter what He went through. Churches of influence build with an eternal perspective that passes from one generation to another.


4. IT IS A HOUSE OF ABUNDANCE
V15 I will abundantly bless her provision


Abundance is at the very nature of God, and He never does things sparingly. It is important to live life with the knowledge that God is our source. Churches of influence know how to access God’s provision by faith, and do not live in lack.

Monday, February 2, 2009

BUILDING A CHURCH THAT HAS INFLUENCE

A HOUSE OF INFLUENCE

I have a passion to see significant churches of influence established in major cities around the world. I call these churches ‘Apostolic Houses.’ They have the power to influence cities and nations by glorifying Jesus Christ through the life and testimony of the people God. I personally am encouraged and inspired by one of the Psalms of Accent. These Psalms were written as the Children of Israel ascended to the House of God.

Here are some thought I have gleaned from Psalm 132.13-18

1. IT IS THE LORDS HOUSE

V13 for the Lord has chosen Zion (His Church)

It should go without saying that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ, yet throughout the world this is not so. Jesus Christ has chosen the church to be His bride on earth, and therefore to glorify Him. Churches of influence keep Jesus Christ in His rightful place.

2. IT IS A HOUSE FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD

V13 he has desired it for His dwelling place

The good news proclaimed throughout the New Testament is; God no longer dwells in buildings made with bricks and mortar, but every born again believer is now a temple of the Holy Spirit, a dwelling place for God. When believers come together he calls this gathering the ‘Church’ or the ‘House of God.’ God love to dwell in the midst of His people. Churches of influence constantly acknowledge God’s presence.

(To be continued)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pastors/Leaders Training Forum at Harvest Church in Chennai

Pastors of Harvest Church in Chennai India, Ps Kumar and Jesse with their two children
On Saturday we held a Pastors/Leaders teaching forum from 10am through to 5pm with about 50 people present. The for the day was 'Building the House of God.' I felt the day went very well and there has been very positive feedback from people who attended. I like ministering in this environment because of the difference that can be achieved in individual lives and churches.
Ps Kumar is a great leader of a very significant ministry her in India.