A New Sound and a New Wineskin
August 15, 2010
A New Sound and A New Wineskin
Church and Kingdom – God is sounding a trumpet call to move marketplace ministry types from the Church into the Kingdom. I used to be too spiritual to waste time on business or to get involved in our community. For decades I spent all my free time building our church, taking and teaching classes, and then starting two churches. My theology kept me inside the four walls. When I understood Kingdom theology (see Releasing Kings), I naturally gravitated toward redeeming our community and getting involved in business. I saw the connection between the great commission and our Kingdom commission. They are the same thing. We’ll reach the nations when we are theologically willing to engage the seven mountains and get involved in God’s Kingdom here on earth “now.”
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… Matt 28:18-19 NIV
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:2-3 NIV
The relational mentor – I gravitated to marketplace ministry and business, realizing prophetically that a door was open to multiply finances and turn money into ministry. In the simplest terms, that meant I had to learn to navigate my own business or invest in someone else’s business. I was sure God was leading me so I jumped in with both feet and promptly got burned. I didn’t realize that all those sermons and classes in church didn’t give me any basis for the “wisdom” required to navigate the business world. I didn’t have a mentor who was already successful in the business mountain. I eventually ended up in the trading world, and the relational mentors who held (and hold) my hand and care about my success are Dan Gaub and Greg Dalessandri. I’m not suggesting trading will be your answer; it probably will not. I am suggesting we all need a mentor with a ministry quotient who loves us. When you find your niche, you will find that business is enjoyable, and wealth and ministry opportunities will flow toward you. The same is true for the other mountains: government, media, education, arts and entertainment.
A new sound “team” – When I met Andrew Ferguson and Wayne Thomas, I found two kindred spirits who were already on the same page. This happens frequently now because many are hearing the same trumpet. I had the sense of wanting to work with them because of their strong business backgrounds and this strange sense of feeling connected. The more we communicated, the more our hearts seemed to join in a way that reminded me of this verse:
…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself…. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Sam 18:1-4 NASU
New Wineskins – Many are hearing the same trumpet call to do something in the Kingdom. These pioneers in market place ministry are being assembled in teams. Dry bones are coming to life to form an army. We are struggling to fine the new wineskin that goes with the new wine. The first ingredient in the wineskin for Kingdom business is the organic, viral, and relational joining of hearts with the same stirring, hearing the same sound. The second aspect is the practical step of doing business to create wealth and ministry.
Andrew and Wayne have started Releasing Kings, LLC and I felt strongly enough to invest in the start-up costs. Our first goal is to start a business that will cover the financial needs of the ministry vision so that Andrew and Wayne (and others like them) can “minister and mentor” without up-front costs to a new business. We anticipated this comment, “If you’re so good, why aren’t you running your own business?” Hence, Releasing Kings, LLC. FYI, Andrew has a CEO background and Wayne spent his career as a CFO.
Old Wineskins – We can also see attempts to put the new wine into old wineskins. There is a new sound coming from heaven and many Christians, and sensitive non-Christians (God loves them too) are responding to it with their best efforts. They are starting all types of coaching and consulting companies that target executive, business, personal, life goals, etc. They are changing the names, disciplining, mentoring, coaching, because in their hearts they know that it is not quite right yet. They hear the call stirring in their hearts, but they are trying to fit the unction into a secular business paradigm that isn’t necessarily affordable, or profitable or Kingdom oriented.
Others are trying to respond to the same unction by offering these services through the church. Competence is the issue with church ministries. Asking a church apostle or pastor for business advice is simply dangerous. Many are willing to give advice, but they are outside their anointing, offering strange fire that often ends in business disasters that are swept under the rug.
The fruit – God is assembling teams with genuine business expertise, with a Kingdom purpose and an amazing prosperity quotient that enables ministry through that same business initiative. Talents are being pooled and multiplied in a business environment that has a vision for ministry at its foundation. The teams being assembled are relational; they enjoy working together and they “fit” together because they esteem the unique business background and the unique spiritual gifting in one another. These are businesses that have all the competence bases covered to “profit” plus an amazing favor from God to run the cup over and multiply ministry. They are not generating cash for church ministries; these businesses are ministries that will bless the nations.
Here are a few of the initiatives Andrew and Wayne are targeting with Releasing Kings, LLC. We believe it’s a wineskin template that God is already using with many others hearing the same trumpet sound. We didn’t invent it; we just heard it! You can too.
• Allow our own business model to overflow the cup so we can convert money to ministry. There is simply no shortage or limit on finances in the Kingdom, no shortage of great ideas, companies that can be started, or barriers to growing the Kingdom.
• Assemble teams of business expertise with wisdom, excellence and integrity in both spiritual and natural arenas, who can come along side other businessmen, supply the missing ingredients and make their dream come true. Those ingredients might be consulting, management help, capital, or new ideas or contacts for expansion; help them through the business life cycle: Kingdom vision, business planning, startup, operational phases, expansion, and exit strategies.
• Pay the services forward – in other words, provide the help at little or no cost until net profits allows the new business to pull someone else up.
• Create opportunities for participation in these Kingdom companies through work, ministry outreaches or investment. Many are hearing the sound prophetically but they are experiencing delays in getting involved practically. Our vision is to create a network of choices with an invitation to join the party and share the joy. It’s not an exclusive club… it’s a movement of God’s Spirit that is open to everyone.
If you have an interest or questions, feel free to contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 745-3753. We don’t have anything to “sell” but we have tapped a powerful Kingdom concept that we want to share and adjust as the vision is made clear.
PS: you can watch the video version of this newsletter.
John and Sue
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.
French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at