I don't want to polarize things by saying that entertainment can never equip or that equipping can never include some entertainment. The issue here is content and substance concerning the essence of Christian discipleship. This is the challenge of our day for Christian leaders. Because our culture has been dumbed down educationally, including Biblical education, large segments of the Body of Christ are an inch deep and a mile wide. Most Christians cannot list the 10 Commandments, nor tell you what the Great Commission is, or who the 12 disciples of Jesus were!
The first step in equipping is to enlist the saints in the cause of the Kingdom of God in the earth. This is first because it shifts the saints from self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness. The call to follow Him begins with "deny yourself." Those who stay focused on themselves do not mature into disciples who can change the world for the glory of our God. According to Matthew 28:18-20 and Ephesians 4:11, the mandate of biblical leadership is to equip the followers of Jesus to represent and extend the Kingdom into every sphere of life.
REGIONAL REFORMATION INSTITUTES DESIGNED
TO EQUIP LEADERS IN THEIR KINGDOM ASSIGNMENTS
April 30-May 2 in Marietta, Ohio, at Freedom Gate Church led by Pastor Rodney Lord. Go to www.fmci.org for hotel listings and register on line. You also can call Dawn at 972.283.2262. Ministry team includes Dr. Tim Sheets, Dr. Hope Taylor, Pastor Rodney Lord and Jim Hodges.
May 14-17 in Easton, Maryland, at Church of The King led by Pastor Michael Garman. Information on the following site: www.churchoftheking-easton.org. This gathering is called "The Advance." Ministry team includes Dr. Hope Taylor, Nathan Isaacs, Darrin Begley and Jim Hodges.
June 4-6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hosted by Apostle Tammy Chism of Life Impact Centre and the Oklahoma RRI leadership team. The meeting site is the Clarion Inn Tulsa International Airport (918.835.9911). Room rate is $62. Ministry team includes Dr. Dutch Sheets, Ken Malone, Dr. Hope Taylor and Jim Hodges.
June 27-28 in Des Moines, Iowa, at The Base led by Apostle Greg Crawford. Ministry team includes Prophet Marty Gabler and Jim Hodges.
Don't forget to mark your calendar...
October 26-28 Annual FMCI Conference at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas.
Bro. Jim Hodges