For the past 20 years God has given me the task of prophetically calling His church back to her original DNA. During those years we have seen the conversation about the church change dramatically on a global scale. We have also seen the planting of tens of thousands of new churches. What an honor this journey has been.
Two years ago, God launched me unsuspecting into a new transition phase of life. While I continue to train people in organic expressions of the church and movemental ways of expanding God's kingdom, it is time for me to start a new endeavor. At 53 years old (today) I am pioneering again. Needless to say it is thrilling, scary and rewarding all at the same time. I love the new learning. I love the rising levels of creativity involved with starting new things. I love the reward of taking huge risks and seeing God work in unbelievable ways.
At first I was not sure what it was that I am being called to do. As I continued to listen and learn it has become clear. It is time to bring the global mission enterprise back to a place of health and fruitfulness. I have found that simply having a lot more churches everywhere is not enough to change the world, it's a start, but more is needed. Nothing shy of global transformation is in our sight. I truly believe that this is possible. Jesus would not have given us so great a commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and such incredible spiritual empowerment (Acts 1:8) at such a steep price (Romans 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21) if it were not His authentic desire. But this is only possible if the kingdom expresses itself in indigenous, reproductive ways and is manifesting in all the spheres of society.
I am calling this new enterprise Starling Initiatives. I will be informing you more and more of this new venture as it unfolds, but for now let me just say that we will be a small, mobile, rapid response team that is uniquely experienced and built to catalyze many transformative works all over the world.
I am excited about this, and if you are too, here is how you can help:
You can pray for us. Prayer accesses and releases the power of God's kingdom. It removes obstacles and opens doors that no strategy or method can do. It is, without doubt, the most impactful work any of us endeavor to do. Each of you can play that important part in this global work and you can do so right where God planted you. Even if you are not on our equipping team you can be a part of the most important team: our intercessor team.
You can financially support us. It will cost us a fraction of the amount that a typical mission agency costs, and it our hope that it will produce ten times as much fruit, making this a worthy and intelligent investment. All on the team have already proven that they can do this individually, and now we want to see what can happen collectively, and you can be a part of it. We can accelerate the global kingdom expansion and better prepare us all for Christ's return.
Many are surprised to hear that until this time I have never raised personal support for ministry. I haven't spoken against it (though I have against some of the abuses) and I understand Biblically how it is at times necessary, but I haven't been lead to do so myself until now. In the last year, the Lord has not only released me to raise support, but clearly directed me to. So if you are so led please feel welcome to join my support team.
CMA as a movement will continue. Greenhouse training and the resources we have created will all continue to be developed and deployed. But now we will expand the focus of what we do to encompass a much larger goal, hopefully one fit for the Savior we have.
If you would like to contribute to my support here is where you can do it. I will send out regular prayer updates. For now, pray that God would bring together the best team possible for this and that He would free all of them up for this grand opportunity.
P.S. We are taking this year to form our own independent non-profit. Josiah Venture is a very able mission agency and they have graciously invited us to run our initial support through them until we are able to stand on our own.