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12 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #10 – Announce Coming Attractions

When I began this Revolution: Settling for Nothing Less Than a Joel 2 Generation blog series, I wanted to challenge those involved in children’s ministry to leave their current way of ministering to children and dare to take what perhaps might be previously uncharted steps so that they can see the “your” in Joel’s prophesy come to pass in their ministry and children.

“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy …” 
Joel 2:28

For many, the insights shared have called for bold, uncomfortable changes. I can appreciate the fact that doing things that you have never done before can be unnerving and scary. These insights have called for actions not taught in most children’s ministry or Sunday school conferences. Which brings me to one of the most gutsy actions that will help usher in a mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit.

Yep, you read it correctly. Announce coming attractions. This insight won’t be one that requires a lot of explanation. It’s really quite simple. I am challenging you to hear from God about what is to be ministered and then confidently use your voice at the beginning of the service/class to announce/foretell what the Holy Spirit will do during that service. Announcing coming attractions is merely revealing the Father’s heart and intended purpose for your service.

Was I correct when I told you that this insight will be gusty? Perhaps too gutsy for some because of the fear that comes with the “what if this doesn’t happen” thoughts. I’ll readily admit that this isn’t for the faint at heart. But, I remind you that God is a God who says what He means and means what He says. You can rest assured that the Father would not give you a message and not have an intended purpose for that message. If the Father would tell you to minister on the subject of healing, wouldn’t He intend for boys and girls to be healed or learn how to pray for others to be healed? If He told you to teach/preach about salvation, wouldn’t He intend for children to become born again?

What will happen in doing this? Making this declaration will …
* Build faith in those ministering. (Remember, faith comes by hearing.)
* Create anticipation in the children for what God will do.
* Serve Satan notice that his territory is about to be powerfully invaded.

Voice the heart and intent of God. The supernatural is awaiting the sound of your voice.

Have these insights been a blessing? Have they challenged you? Next week, the final blog post in this series Ministry Revolution Insight #11 will be Praying in the Spirit.


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05 Mar A Ministry Revolution – Insight #9 – Establish the New Norm

I’ll say it loud, I’ll say it strong … I LOVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. Where did I get this deep love? I am simply reflecting the love for the Holy Spirit shown by my pastor Brother B.B. Hankins during my childhood and teenage years. Week after week, I saw his love for the Holy Spirit displayed as he worked together with Him in our services. It was the norm to see and hear from the Holy Spirit. I’m sure that you can readily see how this would impact my life.

Why am I writing this A Ministry Revolution blog series? Because I so desperately want today’s boys and girls to see this love put on display as they sit under your ministry. In this environment, they will be given the opportunity to capture your passion just as I captured B.B. Hankins’ passion. This blog series is calling for a revolution, a change in the way that we are doing children’s ministry so that we can see the promised “your” found in “sons and daughters” in Joel 2:28 and “children” in Acts 2:39 happen in this generation.

With that in mind, here is the next insight to help bring this to pass.

This insight won’t take too much explanation. But, before I share the insight, consider this powerful statement.

“If you want to know how the Spirit acts now, just read
how He did act when He had full possession of the Church.
The Book of Acts is a blueprint by which the Holy Spirit
wishes to work throughout His dispensation.”
~ F.F. Bosworth “Christ the Healer”

Quite simply, this insight is to challenge you to read the Book of Acts over and over again, follow this New Testament blueprint, and then establish what you’ve read to become the new NORM in EVERY area of your children’s ministry. I am calling for leaders to offer to their children what Brother Hankins demonstrated for me as a child/youth. I know this to be a fact. We can’t create this passion and relationship in our children if we treat the Holy Spirit as a guest who occasionally drops by for a planned, brief visit. It must the NORM for the Spirit to show His presence week after week as He powerfully speaks through you, manifests His gifts through you AND the children, and confirms the Word through signs and wonders.

One last thought. Is this weird? What about wacky? No. It’s 100% NEW TESTAMENT. Anything less than what we read about in the Book of Acts must be considered ABNORMAL.

Are you getting anything out of these insights? If so, please forward these to EVERYONE working in your children’s ministry and to other children’s ministry leaders and workers in other churches.

Next week, our Ministry Revolution Insight #10 will be Announce Coming Attractions.

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26 Feb A Ministry Revolution – Insight #8 – Confirm the Word

Let me remind you of God’s promise concerning the boys and girls in your ministry …

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy …”
Joel 2:28

On the day of Pentecost, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, announced …

“But [instead] this is [the beginning of] what was spoken through the prophet Joel …”
Acts 2:16 (Amplified Bible)

Did you catch that? The day of Pentecost was the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s plan. When the 120 individuals walked out of the upper room, that didn’t end the pouring out of God’s Spirit. The outpouring is ongoing … unfolding … continuing … still in process … available in 2018! This means that every boy and every girl in your ministry can be filled to overflowing with God’s Spirit TODAY.

With that in mind, let me share another insight that will help launch this in your children’s ministry.

Here is how many today conduct their children’s ministry … pack 90 minutes of teaching/preaching into a 60 minute service and then quickly wrap up the service so that you can get the children out the door into the arms of impatient parents. Sound familiar? For those truly wanting to see an outpouring of God’s Spirit, I once again am calling for a revolution, a change in the way things are done. But, before I share this insight, let’s look at this verse …

“And the disciples went everywhere and preached,
and the Lord worked with them, confirming
what they said by many miraculous signs.”
Mark 16:20 (New Living Translation)

Here’s the insight. MAKE ROOM FOR THE LORD TO CONFIRM HIS WORD! For those with a 60 minute service, I am challenging you to have just 45 minutes of teaching/preaching and leave 15 minutes for the Lord to confirm the Word. Make room for the gospel to walk off of the pages of the Bible and be confirmed with mighty displays of God’s power. Dare to act as though the gospel is true. Boldly expect the confirmation to be seen. And, best of all, allow the children to boldly minister to each other and expect the Lord to confirm His Word through them!

Radical? For some, yes. Uncharted? For many, yes. But rest assured, the Lord WILL work with you and confirm His Word.

Next week, our Ministry Revolution Insight #9 will be Establish the New Norm. 

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19 Feb A Ministry Revolution – Insight #7 – No Holding Back Allowed

REVOLUTION – (noun) – a radical and pervasive complete change in something. Of course, you already knew the definition. After all, you’re a Holy Spirit revolutionary, one to be counted with those across our land that will settle for nothing less than a Joel 2 Generation, one willing to make whatever changes that are needed to see this manifest in your boys and girls. With that in mind, let’s look at the next insight necessary to usher in this move of God’s Spirit.

I will say this upfront … a revolution is not for the faint of heart. Leaving behind the comfort and security of “it’s always been done this way” can be very unnerving and frightening. That is why this No Holding Back Allowed insight is a major ministry-changer. It is the new way of ministry!

Here’s a reality. There is no room for holding back or for partially taking action. You can’t walk on the water with one foot on the water and the other foot still inside of the boat. Those that will see a mighty move of God’s Spirit will dare to go where they have never gone, say what they have never said, do what they have never done, and expect to see what they have never seen.

I’ve got you shaking in your boots right now, haven’t I! You saw the word dare and it is messing with your brain. For many, you are possibly thinking, “Billy, dare? Are you kidding me? You don’t know me. That’s just not me. I am a quiet, reserved, predictable person.”

Ready for this? This No Holding Back Allowed insight calls for you to defy what your head is shouting at this moment. To those thinking, “that’s just not me”, I would reply, “That’s what I am excited about. It’s not you! It’s the Holy Spirit coming upon you and making you to be exactly what is needed when it is needed.”

I have scripture to back up what I am sharing. Here is what Samuel told Saul …

“At that time the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you
with power, and you will prophesy with them.
You will be changed into a different person.
1 Samuel 10:6 (The Living Bible)

Revolutionary, allow me to introduce you to the new you! Filled to overflowing with His Spirit, mighty revolutionary, I challenge you to boldly obey His promptings. Say what He tells you to say. Do what He tells you to do. It’s a new day, a new beginning.

Next week, our Ministry Revolution Insight #8 will be Confirm the Word.

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