Well, we finished up our two days of ministry in Calgary tonight (Tuesday and Wednesday). It took four days to do two days of ministry, however. So, for both Dennis Cramer and myself we will have invested 4 days of our lives in the ministry that the Lord wanted us to do here in this great city of Calgary. He flies out at 7 a.m. leaving the hotel at 5:30 a.m. I fly out at 12:05 (noon) and leave the hotel at 10:00 a.m. However, I have a great deal of work to accomplish before I leave the hotel for the airport so it will be an early morning as most of them are these days.
Tonight the ministry was simply the prophetic. Denny was released to minister almost from the start – although we had some worship ahead of his time to minister. Afterwards, I was able to connect with 4 men whom I felt I could help to work through their callings as prophesied over by Denny.
Noah – and his call to birth a network of churches. Jonathan and his call to seriously impact his world – after overcoming some ‘religion’ that still hangs around him so that he will be free to flow with God and live supernaturally. Ryan whose call to be a prophet (and more) was recognized publicly tonight and whom Denny connected to me prophetically. Last but not least – Neal whose calling is to be a five-fold evangelist. Exciting times ahead for all four men – much for them to learn and much needed to help them to grow. I feel I have a mentoring role to play in all four.
With Ryan it will be a two-way street as he has a well developed Market Place Ministry and since last October’s Word over my life from Dennis Cramer about market Place Ministry I have been looking to connect with others who are doing it. He is away from Friday onwards for two weeks in Japan on a prayer mission….then maybe two weeks in Israel (still tentative) – so it may be August before I have personal contact with him again. However, we are going to keep in touch via laptops and emails.
This is much of what an apostle does. He is less up-front than a prophet – although we do teach and minister prophetically from the front at times and rather regularly. Prophets do it almost exclusively. However, I as an apostle, feel most comfortable behind the scenes – contacting, networking, building relationships, equipping, training, mentoring, releasing and yes prophesying one-on-one. So, I have four more men to work with. Five if you count the local pastor William – and I do count him in as his apostolic calling will need much training and mentoring. More reasons to stay connected to this new church plant and to be back-and-forth over the next few months to extablish a pattern of involvement.
I expect my involvement will be substantial for many years to come.
It has been fun to work with Denny as an apostolic-prophetic team. The real team work was behind the scenes – morning meetings together to sense what God was doing and saying the previous day and planning for the current day. Lunch meetings with leaders. Spiritual preparation later in the day and then the services. Then meetings with leaders and others after the services late into the night.
So, many hours discussing what we see and sense and coming to some agreement about the spiritual dynamics we are working with – then communicating this is a positive and uplifting way to the leader(s) of the local church. A real week of stretching and growing as we developed team skills when we are both so accustomed to working solo in our ministries.
There will a number of further discussions as we continue to work with this local church and I run things past Denny by phone and e-mail as I will be much more hands-on then he will be over the coming year. So, an opportunity – a very good one – to sharpen our skills of team ministry and to see how our different callings can most effectively work together.