A fascinating interview with Pastor Alan Wills who has spent decades in ministry starting a church from scratch, with no resources but faith. I asked about behind the scenes highs and lows. He shares some of what it took to grow into a thriving church that saw many miracles.
Alan also gives insights into plateaus and disappointments and what he learned to do to overcome them and rise to the next level. When faced with retirement, Alan knew in his spirit there was more.
"The anointing is still there, you can still make an impact with it." This is an exhortation to pastors facing retirement, who may feel like they are being put out to pasture and ignored. That is a wrong mindset.
Don't get bitter, ask the Lord what's next.
If you are a pastor facing retirement, don't give up on your calling, you are not done. You are needed, lift and shift your vision. We still need you!
Asking behind the scenes questions. Paul "Skip" Smith has led large teams, taken over a small church and grown it, taken a large church and made it bigger and more impactful. He sings, he dances, he preaches, he moves in the Spirit. BUT I wanted to know the tough stuff. That kind of growth does not happen without challenges.
There are disappointments, heartaches, private challenges, just like the rest of us face. So what keeps this man of God going when things get really hard day in day out? It's easier to preach than to live it out during the week.
Be blessed by Skip's practical advice on what worked for him from believing God for staff wages, to coming home from a vacation to find his job gone, to his wife having surgery for a brain tumour. Skip's practices of building resilient faith will encourage you.
It will help you stay strong until things turn around as they have for him. Skip is now National Ambassador for Alpha see www.alpha.org.au Today his family is doing well and making an impact for the Lord!
Interview with Apostle and Ps Phillip Hand of Encounter Church in the UK. Covers:
How churches can evolve and devolve over time. How a church responds to a disagreement will either release Holy Spirit or replace Him with legalism. Heart condition and reflection with humility and willingness to repent is paramount. Human Nature prefers to be right.
How fallen man misinterprets "First" to mean supreme instead of foundational.
The imbalance that comes when the Five Fold Ministry is replaced by the "all purpose pastor".
"What you sit under you become."
When the Holy Spirit has been eased out due to fearing something "is not of God", sound doctrine is replaced by Safe doctrine. Legalism ensues and people become bound instead of free. How churches can become a reflection of Orwell's "Animal Farm".
How to recognise the enemy's voice, your own inclination and Holy Spirit.