Over the years I have pastored churches and planted a number of new ones. I do so because I believe that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and that one of the main instruments in spreading the gospel is the local church. I am currently involved in a number of church plants in Canada and overseas as well as my first “replant” which is in the United States.
Over the last 40+ years of preaching I have learned a lot and seen a lot. But nothing tops seeing someone’s life totally transformed by the power of the Gospel.
Romans 1:16-17 “I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved—the Jew first, and then people everywhere! This gospel unveils a continual revelation of God’s righteousness—a perfect righteousness given to us when we believe. And it moves us from receiving life through faith, to the power of living by faith. This is what the Scripture means when it says: ‘We are right with God through life-giving faith!’” (The Passion Translation)
So, the Gospel moves us from an impotent faith in something or someone – including ourselves – into the explosive and dynamic faith of the Gospel of Christ. This Gospel is life-changing, life transforming. And, there is no other joy on the face of the earth like seeing someone go from death to life, darkness to light, bondage to freedom. It is life-changing for the person receiving what Christ has accomplished for us through His death and resurrection. But, it is also life-changing for those of us involved in seeing people released from the domain of darkness and ushered in to the Kingdom of God through the love of the Father.
As I enter the third and last season of my ministry (a prophetic word from October 2015) I have continued to work in various aspects of ministry – discipleship, mentoring, leadership training, raising up five-fold ministry teams and regional apostolic centers. However, more and more my heart has been turning to working with church plants and replants in a bigger way than ever before. So, I am entering a new season of church planting.
To facilitate this renewed focus I have joined with a number of younger men in several provinces of Canada to form “Transformation Ministries.” This new ministry will be incorporated in the province of Manitoba, Canada and so will be able to offer receipts for income tax purposes. This ministry will be involved in and focused on raising money to enable the next generation to plant born again, Spirit-filled churches where the Gospel is not being preached in the nations of the world. We are not looking to recycle the saints but to start fresh where the Gospel is not being preached – touching a whole new young generation with the true life transforming Gospel.
We will also be working to raise up leaders for these new churches from among those whose lives are rescued by the power of the Gospel. We will be rescuing the lost and raising them up to be reproductive disciples in the Kingdom and leaders in the local church.
A renewed adventure for me personally as I originally began church planting in 1978. A new venture for the King and His Kingdom as we focus on church planting for the next generation in places where the witness of the Gospel has never been heard or has gone silent for whatever reason.
More information as we move forward with Transformation Ministries.