November 10, 2010
Your Kingdom come – I saw something in the eyes of God’s people this weekend that was very profound. One of the keys in my liberation from servant to King was understanding the difference between church and Kingdom. If those two are the same thing in my theology, I naturally spend all my energy on church growth. “Church is everything” was the reason I became a pastor. If the only thing God is doing is “church,” then the highest calling for any believer is staff ministry. That’s why many believers (including me) felt the need to compete for the pastor’s job. We want to do our best for God. If you don’t happen to have a competitive type-A personality like mine, you may just resign yourself to feeling left out of God’s most important work (church). It’s a painful feeling. If you do decide to become a pastor or target a church ministry in your heart, and you’re really a King, like me, that can be awkward as well… and painful.
The “new” – Fortunately, my new theological paradigm is that the saints are equipped in the church, and that the work of the ministry for Kings is outside the walls of the church. Kings are having fun, making money, and loving people. In fact, those three ingredients are way more exciting than sitting in a pew and wishing for a role in the Sunday service. We’re going to have to protect the role of pastors to make sure they are incentivized to continue planting and growing healthy churches. We need to give them double honor, encourage them and make sure they are successful. I’m more thankful for pastors than ever… because I don’t want their job! This Kingly stuff is too much fun.
The Conference in Warsaw was at The Storehouse Church – perhaps the largest charismatic church in Poland. Pastor Andrzej and Pastor Maja (his wife) were perfect examples of Kings and Priests working together. They had paved the way with 24-hour prayer, and invited business men from in and outside their church. I’ve never ministered in such an anointing. It went far beyond a conference. Hearts were ignited, ~ 40 people were saved. There was a least one miraculous healing of tumors in a neck… Everything had a prophetic tone. We had dinner Sunday afternoon with two couples who asked if we could pray. It went on for two hours (this is Tibor’s wife Darota at Robert and Monica’s beautiful home)… We laughed, cried, and saw them all filled with the Holy Spirit; Kings already very successful in the business world who have only been saved about six months. Words are inadequate to articulate the significance in my own heart and in the Kingdom consequences for Warsaw. Some pictures are here.
The pastors laid the foundation in prayer and in preparation of the hearts of the people. Andrzej was already building relationships with Kings who were unsaved before the conference. David Tinney is in the process of putting up a Polish web site similar to www.ReleasingKingsUA.com – our Russian web site from last year’s conferences in Ukraine. I’m writing this from Dnipropetrovsk, site of this week’s conference. We’ve also converted the slides from English to Russian.
What’s next for Warsaw? The church equips, the conference helps launch, but the real stuff of consequence is in the marketplace. Kings having fun, making money, and loving people… turning a city upside down. Polish Kings are about to show themselves strong and do exploits!
These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6 KJV
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.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at