Rev. Steve Breon
First UMC, Joplin, Missouri
"ARM is one of the dynamic ways God is presently revitalizing the UMC. Through its ministries thousands have been drawn closer to God, found renewal in the Spirit, and been empowered for faithful and effective ministry. I am grateful to God for all that ARM has meant to our denomination."
Dr. Hal Knight
Professor of Wesleyan Studies, Saint Paul School of Theology
"The words of God's Spirit are blowing in creative and renewing ways in the United Methodist movement. ARM is one of the wonderful channels for the transformation of congregations through resources, such as the Lay Witness Missions. I am grateful for all the ways they serve Christ, our church and world."
Bishop Peter D. Weaver
Boston Area, Council of Bishops President
Rev. Garry Masterson
Hardy Memorial UMC, Texarkana, Texas
"Last Fall, (2001) when I was very close to a professional 'burn-out,' my wife and I attended the ARM Pastors' and Spouses' Retreat in Nashville. In addition to great worship and superb teaching, I received a fresh wind that has empowered my ministry and enlivened my church! I might well be leaving the ministry now had it not been for the anointed ministries of Aldersgate."
Rev. Glen Haworth
Chino UMC, Chino, California
"During the first week of April 2002, my wife Sue and I attended a Pastor and Spouse Retreat at the ARC in Goodlettsville. When we arrived we were both tired and stressed out from the demands of ministry. My wife and I each came away encouraged and incredibly refreshed. I am now experiencing a joy that is more vibrant and enduring than I have ever known before. I feel like I am now ministering out of the overflow of God's Spirit."
Pastor David Dow
"Pastors burn out for a number of reasons but one of the most important is lack of fellowship and accountability. This program is designed to meet that need."
Robert G. Tuttle, Jr., Ph. D.
Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary
Aldersgate National Conference on Spirit-filled Living"We attended this event to deepen our spiritual lives and to ask God to show us where he wanted us to serve in our new church. We both came away from the conference with the same discernment of what we had prayed about, that God wanted us to work with the Youth at our new church."
Karl and Paula McKinnon
"Saturday night, the keynote speaker spoke of Christ wanting to enter the church, that really tore at my heart and soul. it was during worship & the sermon that the Holy Spirit filled a emptiness in my heart and it was then that I totally sold out to God, everything, anything, and all things are His. My life was totally changed to the better, and I'm still on fire for God, and remain on fire, because now I know who rules my life AWESOME!!!!"
Rev. Andrew Coward
"Greetings in the name of Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, Aldersgate 09 was trully heart & eye opening experience for and my wife. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit rain down on me, & fill me with power that I never expected. It is true that God works in mysterious ways, and he did. I felt as though I had experienced a little heaven with the worship, and word, what can I say, Rudy started it off for me, by challenging me to get out side the box of Christianity, to live on the edge, to be a disciple of Christ. Then Scott finished me off with his sermon, in that why is Christ on the outside of the church knocking to get in? I have listened to this sermon and have let church groups listen to it. It's time to get off our duffs in the pews and go to work. Nobody said being a disciple of Christ was easy. I'm still on fire and will continue to be on fire for God. I'll see ya at Aldersgate10 in Charleston, WV"
Andrew & Susan Coward
Aldersgate Renewal Center Event:
"God began to work in my heart from the beginning in the area of forgiveness from recent family situation. The opportunity to be away as a couple, to really talk and spend uninterrupted time together brought renewal to our marriage. The whole week brought healing and renewal." Pastor, Nebraska
"My husband's heart was encouraged here, which is peace and rest to me. He was loved and accepted here, which is healing to me too. We as a couple were blessed, encouraged, lifted up, loved, and taken care of by the Lord through his faithful and blessed saints." Pastor, North Carolina
"God has moved in a wonderful way renewing and encouraging us in ministry. We have truly blessed by this experience in our marriage and in our ministry. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord to share the blessings of God's love and faithfulness." Pastor, Ohio
"Freed us from bondage to things of the world. We will go away greatly refreshed with a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit." Pastor, Texas
"The Lord blessed my heart through excellent worship. It was so uplifting to sing so much and not be responsible for leadership. I just relaxed and enjoyed God's presence in a new and fresh way. My heart was renewed for ministry." Pastor, Michigan
"A healing has begun in me that surprised me and the story has just begun. [This event] brought me closer to the Lord and closer to my spouse." Pastor's wife, Michigan
Local Church Renewal Events:
Pastor Bill Farmer
Taylor Chapel UMC, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"In 1975 my home church had a Lay Witness Mission and it renewed the church in a powerful way. After that weekend I began volunteering on Law Witness Mission teams and found it to be an enormous spiritual blessing. Two years later I found myself beginning a seminary degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and I met quite a few fellow students who had been nurtured in their faith through this Lay Witness Mission movement. It is still alive and well today and it can energize your church through small group lay evangelism. The power of making disciples for Jesus Christ comes through the Holy Spirit working through the human, everyday faith stories of faith. If more Christians would tell others about what God is doing in their life, our churches would see tremendous growth (numerically and spiritually)."
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson
"I was saved when a lay witness mission visited my church. there was a beautiful hearted woman named barbara who took me under her wing right from the start. I was about 15 and she was in her 60s I'm guessing. i've never met anyone so full of pure love. anyway, we were having one group where we were sitting on the floor in a circle. they said if we wanted Jesus to come into our hearts, all we had to do was ask. when it came to my turn, I cleared my mind and asked Jesus to come into my heart. a feeling of peace came over me that words can't describe enough. ever since then, I've known that everything will be alright no matter what's going on in my life. I'll never forget her."
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