bishop's desk
July/August 2021

LIBERTY! FREEDOM! INDEPENDENCE!

LIBERTY! The Liberty Bell and The Statue of Liberty are two symbols of the liberty we enjoy in America but more important is the liberty we have in Jesus Christ. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty where Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

FREEDOM! Let Freedom Ring! Sound the Bell! Hear the Song!“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom,” 1 Corinthians 3:17.

INDEPENDENCE! The world encourages independence politically, but we know we are only truly liberated and free from sin when we act on our free will, accepting  Jesus as the Son of God, and let His grace, mercy and love live in us. As we celebrate Independence Day, as we give thanks for our liberty, freedom and independence as Americans, let us rise up as The Church to be thankful for the liberty, freedom and independence we have in our salvation because Jesus conquered death and sin giving us true, real, authentic, faithful and devoted love through the Cross and the Resurrection. Let Freedom Ring in Our Hearts and Our Witness to the World.

EXCITING NEWS FOR NEW HORIZONS MINISTRIES! VISTA ELC (Emerging Leadership Council) will train, equip and prepare our church members and conference ministers for future service as leaders in the local church and conference. The 2018 NHM Quadrennial Conference empowered and authorized the Conference Executive Council to develop this program. As we do our part to complete Arise 2033 in the IPHC, we will need more leaders, pastors and ministers to serve effectively. As presented at the Annual Conference Session in June, VISTA ELC will be greatly beneficial for developing leaders for service in our local churches and for Conference level leadership. We hope many will participate in this important leadership preparation program as NHM “Equips and Releases Churches and Ministers into Divine Destiny.” Our first VISTA ELC will be September 18.

RESTORE! REVIVE! RELEASE! will help NHM become healthy, growing, multiplying local churches impacting and influencing our communities through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s Restore our NHM churches to healthy, strong, powerful Houses of Prayer in our towns across the conference area. Then, our restored churches will be Revived through the Holy Spirit’s guidance with anointed preaching, teaching and outreach helping us to grow spiritually and numerically. Finally, after we are restored and revived, our churches and pastors will Release equipped, dedicated and called leaders to multiply the Kingdom through new church plants, satellite churches, house churches and Bible studies. Through GO & TELL! we will do our part in the Great Commission through the Great Commandment. RRR will begin in 2022.