The Call To Maturity

The Call to Maturity
 
I have been reading Strengthen Yourself in the Lord by Bill Johnson and wanted to share this quote with you.
 
An invitation is before us. We are living in days of revival in which God is bringing wonderful times of refreshing to His Church and drawing the lost to taste His salvation through mighty acts of power. But through this extravagant outpouring of grace, the Father is hoping to woo a generation of His sons and daughters to embrace the call to maturity, the call to contend in His strength for the personal breakthroughs we need to carry greater measures of His Kingdom power and love to the world around us. This is the race set before us. May we be those who learn to bring strength to ourselves, that we might run with perseverance!
 
I believe this word could not be more appropriate for where we are in our society, our nation, and our fellowship – for the church, and you and me in particular, to embrace God’s call to maturity.
 
We must learn to strengthen ourselves in the Lord, to become mature self-feeders, and live refreshed in the Lord enough to minister the life of Christ to those around us. I do not want to be forced to attempt another ministry effort from an empty well (lived that way for a while and didn’t like it). I am not talking about the times when, after giving of ourselves greatly, we are asked to give even more. God honors and supports that type of effort. I am talking about when we live empty because of the daily decisions we make that preclude us from taking the quality time necessary to receive a fresh word from God.
 
God’s mercies are new every morning, and he wants to give us our daily bread. He wants us so full of his presence that when we are squeezed, all that comes out is Jesus, the fruit of a life filled with his Spirit.
 
I have found it challenging over the years, but I know I need to regularly eat at God’s table, so when an opportunity presents itself, I will be able to give to others that which I have received from the Lord. Not that I have attained my goal, but I choose to pursue maturity in Christ.
 
Likewise, I believe we must work toward making WMF a fellowship that creates life giving content to help people encourage themselves in the Lord and grow. I will be sharing more about this in the weeks and months ahead.
 
This is why our theme for our NE Regional Event is Preparing Our Nets, and why I will be sharing on Communications, Media, and Building a Platform for Discipleship. Please pray about attending this event, you will receive greatly from Dr John Chasteen and Pastor Fiifi Pentsel - click here to register.
 
I have decided to accept God’s invitation to regularly dine with him, I hope you will too!
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim McKitrick
 
PS. Terri Clark’s new book Fanning the Flame: Reigniting Your Faith in God speaks to this very theme of avoiding and/or overcoming Spiritual Burnout. You can preorder here….it should be out soon!

Hurricane Harvey

At the time I’m writing this Hurricane Harvey has swept across Texas and is working its way across the southeastern U.S. leaving a path of destruction and massive flooding in its wake.  And, by the time you read this, Hurricane Irma may have done something similar. 
 
As you have already been informed via email, Facebook, website, etc., World Ministry Fellowship has a Hurricane Assistance Fund to help those in our fellowship, as well as possibly others outside of WMF.  When Hurricane Katrina hit several years ago we were able to help several at that time, similarly we reactivated this special fund to do the same now.
 
When we refer to ourselves as “WMF family” we try to back up our words with action.  It is hard to express the helpless feeling you get when faced with the nearly overwhelming task of managing clean-up, displacement, replacement, rebuild, insurance claims, etc., etc. But when you have God to cast all your care on and a good faith family to back you up, the burden is lightened and encouragement comes. That’s one of the greatest blessings of being a part of the Body of Christ.  We are not alone!
 
One more thing to consider – as the news cycle moves onto other stories that make big headlines, the long, tedious process of clean-up and restoration will continue on for many months, even years in many cases.  We must remember to keep on praying and even giving monetary gifts to help those who continue in this process. 
 
Here in Missouri where I live, we have had four floods in the last eight years so we know a little about these things, but our experience pales in comparison to what has occurred in Texas and other places as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  Storms in this life (even literal ones!) should cause us to simply look to our God who is able to “do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). And one way He does that is to reminds us…
 
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  -Philippians 4:6-7
 
Now, that’s the best way to calm the storm, no matter how big!
 
-Brian Sharp

From the President

I have often said to my congregation: “If you are bored with your Christian life you’re not doing it right.” Walking with Jesus in the power of the Spirit is a lot of things, but it’s certainly not dull! Ministry is even more so if we are centered on actually fulfilling His vision for us and not simply going through the motions.

At Convo we reminded ourselves that when we stay mindful of and intimate with the fathomless God we serve, then we can do more, much more than we could possibly do on our own. It’s crucial we remember that our call to ministry is only possible with God’s help – His “power that is at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20)

If you or I could do it on our own then we wouldn’t need God. But when God beckons us to follow Him and accept the assignment He has for us then we soon find ourselves in the middle of a wonderful, exciting, sometimes overwhelming, but always fulfilling, adventure. And the best part is God is the One who actually does the most important, eternal work. We’re simply a conduit for His flow of power as we walk in loving obedience.

If there is one thing I would like to remind every member of WMF is that God wouldn’t have called you into the ministry if He didn’t think you could do it. We need to accept the fact that our call is bigger than us, but It’s not bigger than God. If the call is really from God, then so is His provision as are the results and the battles that come along with the pursuit of His assignment. Yes, skirmishes are to be expected on the way to fulfilling our God-given dream, yet even in these are demonstrations of His great power! See I Samuel 17:47, Psalm 24:8, 140:7, Proverbs 21:31, just to name a few.

I love WMF and what it stands for – helping support, encourage, inspire, heal, license, ordain and train ministers to be the best we can be. As with all things God, our past doesn’t deter us, our limitations don’t matter, failures aren’t final, and lack of natural skills don’t count. God makes up for all these through his perfect grace. All He needs from us to use us in significant ways is our whole-hearted love for Him and obedience to His Word.

Don’t ever limit yourself by using yourself as the guage for usefulness. If God can make a donkey talk He can certainly use us!
😉

-Brian Sharp

I Have News!

I have news!

As I continue to process the awesome time we experienced at Convocation last month, I am very excited to announce that our next important event is coming together very well. Before I share all the details, however, I would like to give you a little background as to why we are hosting this event.

State Directors and others have asked the Executive Board to consider hosting events in other regions that would be an additional option for those who are unable to get to Dallas in July, or for those who would simply like to get together more often. Our upcoming Fall and Spring Regional Events are an effort to do exactly that – provide another opportunity for spiritual and professional development. Please don’t worry though, Convo will continue as usual, and we are asking that you avail yourself of all the events you can.

This fall’s Regional Event will be held in Bel Air, MD (just N of Baltimore) October 13
th and 14th, 2017. This event is designed to pack as much as possible into four power packed sessions. Two Friday evening and two Saturday morning, with lots of fellowship included.

The theme for the event is
Preparing Our Nets. Pastor and Executive Board member Fiifi Pentsil, myself, and WMF newcomer Dr John Chasteen, also known as “Hey Coach John” to Charisma readers, will be speaking.

Pastor Fiifi Pentsil - Preparing New Wineskins
Dr Tim McKitrick - Communications, Media and Building a Platform for Discipleship
Dr John Chasteen – Coaching the Next Generation

Most of you know of Pastor Fiifi and myself, but I would like to introduce Dr John Chasteen. Brother John pastored for over 20 years, is currently a chaplain, a certified Life Coach and Life Coach trainer, professor and former Dean of the Graduate Program at Southwestern Christian University, and author of “Coaching the Next Generation: 52 Ways to Unleash God-Given Potential.”

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this event, I believe it is going to be powerful. Please consider this your personal invitation to attend. You won’t want to miss it. Click
here for registration and additional information.

Hope to see you there,

Tim McKitrick

WMF 2017 Convocation Update

Well, as I write this on the Monday following our 2017 WMF Convocation, I am trying to process all the amazing things that I saw happen at this event. Oh my, what a spectacular time we had in the presence of God!

For those of you who were unable to attend, I am going to apologize in advance, because I know my description of what I felt and experienced last week will fall far short of all that God brought to pass. For those who were there, I trust you will be able to bear witness that God was truly moving in our midst!

Since this was the first convocation I faced as the Executive Director, I confess I approached it with a certain amount of apprehension. But we have great people, and God helped us accomplish much for the Kingdom.

The administrative boards all came together with tangible joy and unity. New members on the Executive Board (Fiifi Pentsel and Jim McCool) and the COC (Roosevelt Henry, Kendall Hetrick, Paul Freeman and James Barber) were introduced and began to pitch in immediately, with great effect. The Advisory Board and the Mission Board also made great progress toward the amazing future God has in store for WMF. You will hear details of these things in the days ahead.

The times of worship were off the chain (Thank you Paul Freeman and worship team)!

The speakers encouraged and challenged us to become mature and qualified, to step into the River, to finish strong, and to go beyond that which is our current experience in God.

The times of ministry around the altar were precious. New Members licensed and ordained, seasoned ministers encouraged and touched by the mighty hand of our loving heavenly Father. It never gets old seeing God touch his precious saints.

Simply put, what a privilege it has been to come into the presence of God once more. Thank you, Lord!

Sincerely,

Tim McKitrick

PS. I am so excited about our next events I can hardly stand it! Please plan to join us for any/all these you can attend.
Northeast Regional Event in Baltimore, MD October 13-14, 2017
St Louis, MO Regional Event April 13-14, 2018
2018 Convocation July 11-13, 2018 at the Crown Plaza in Addison, TX
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