Fall 2015 Update
In the midst of banners, flags, and dancers, over 1100 people gathered July 9-12 in Lexington, KY, for Aldersgate, our 37th annual, national family conference on Spirit-filled living. Aldersgate. The theme of the conference was “Relentless Love” and people who came from 35 states and 2 foreign countries experienced the relentless love of God for them. A laywoman from Illinois told us “The music was awesome. Truly felt the Spirit moving. Speakers brought the Word clearly.”
First, I would like to thank you for your prayerful consideration and support of me as the next Executive Director of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. I am indeed honored and humbled to serve in this capacity.
ARM Intensives are follow-ups to the sessions of the Methodist School for Supernatural Ministry. Each of them will address aspects of supernatural ministry, but they will be a day shorter and less expensive.
“Your ways are not my ways. Your thoughts are not my thoughts.” was the verse Kourtney Brownlow prayed over the Gate Conference.
That word of the Lord, from the book of Isaiah, spoke to and covered everyone who was a part of the Gate. Over the course of the conference and in the months since, the Lord has continued to move in ways we did not expect.
Grace and Peace to you my brothers and sisters,
This year, ARM has been on an incredible journey of discernment. It was a journey marked by highs and lows, moving steps forward and at times falling back a few. Often times in life we wish the circumstances we find ourselves in could be just a little easier. We think things like, “Once I get through this, then I can enjoy life.” The danger with that mentality is that we can become so focused on the future, we miss what God is doing in the present.
With your help, Aldersgate Renewal Ministries will be an exhibitor at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The General Conference meets every four (4) years and has delegates from all over the world. This conference provides an opportunity to share ARM’s mission and vision with nearly 2,000 people. ARM has been represented at General Conferences through the prayer ministry offered, but we have not previously had an exhibit there.
We see in Isaiah 43:18- 19 the Lord says: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” I know that God is doing a new thing in the ministry of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. Members and friends of the ministry, we can rest in the assurance that God has a plan for the growth and ministry of ARM.
What an amazing year of ministry in 2015. We touched over 1,100 people, from infant to senior citizen, at the Aldersgate Conference in Lexington, KY. In addition, many have been encouraged and equipped at the following ARM sponsored events: Five Lord Teach Us To Pray weekends, ten Lay Witness Missions, two Women’s Days Apart, six Local Renewal Fellowships, ten international events, two Methodist Schools for Supernatural ministries, five Life in the Spirit Seminars, one Minister and Spouse Retreat, and one Worship In Spirit and In Truth event.