It's Time to Prepare

I believe God wants to pour out his Spirit in the earth, to reveal his glory among the nations. Our amazing and loving God, our Heavenly Father, wants to show himself strong to those who would call him Lord! He is faithful, and has said in his Word how much he wants to commune with His people. He wants to pour out revival in our hearts, our homes, our churches, and our nations!

I am hearing of a renewed hunger for the things of God among His people. Hunger for his presence, his Word, and the moving of the Holy Spirit, has always been one of the most reliable signs that a significant move of God is about to break forth in the earth.

So how do we prepare World Ministry Fellowship to receive this fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God?

We get ourselves ready:
  • We prepare our hearts before our God and King
  • We endeavor to come into unity with the body of Christ around us
  • We enter into fervent prayer for ourselves, our friends and family
  • We step into obedience to all He has told us about our circumstances
  • We do our best to live ready, with our lamps lit, full of the Holy Spirit
  • We seek God expectantly for the “more” he has promised

I ask you to join me in seeking God and preparing ourselves for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

As I write this email, I am processing all that happened at the WMF Regional event in Tulsa recently. Over fifty of us gathered together to talk about Emotional Health and Ministry, and it really was a wonderful time of ministry, professional development and of course lots of good food and fellowship! Our speakers - Nancy Cook, Paul Freeman and Jim McCool - did a great job, and we even got some of our guests in a picture!
Click here to see some pictures.

If you would like to attend our Northeast Regional event in Maryland, April 5-6
th, 2019 please click here for more information or to register. There is also a regional event for the southern parts of Texas to be held in Cleveland, Texas on April 13th. To register, click here.

Luke 12: 31-32 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim McKitrick

WMF Family ... We Need to Talk!

As I was praying about what to include in the February email to our WMF family, I heard on the news about yet another young pastor committing suicide in the last few months. My heart goes out to their families, and to the church community they leave behind.

And I wonder …. I wonder if these men had opportunity to talk to someone – and I mean
really talk to someone - about what they were going through. I wonder if a deeper level of fellowship, a safe environment to share about their struggles with someone who honestly cared about them (and/or professional counselling), if it would have made a difference.

In his book,
The Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazzero points out that “the overall health of any church or ministry depends primarily on the emotional and spiritual maturity of its leadership.” Later on, he adds that “Sadly, for too long we have delegated ‘emotional’ issues to the therapist’s office and taken responsibility only for ‘spiritual’ problems in the church. The two are inseparably linked and critical to a fully biblical discipleship…. emotional and spiritual maturity are inseparable.”

This is why developing safe, honest, loving, life-long relationships through a fellowship like World Ministry Fellowship is so important. We learn to give and receive personal ministry in a context of ongoing fellowship. We learn what maturity looks like through the lives of those who we have allowed to influence us over the years. We need to have the opportunity to talk to one another, to listen to one another, to laugh, to cry, and to minister to one another!

Our
Tulsa Regional event will be March 1-2, 2019 on the topic of Emotional Health and Ministry. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to gather together and hear about emotional health in the context of ministry, to connect with your WMF ministry family, and to receive personal ministry. Dr. Nancy Cook, Dr. Paul Freeman and Jim McCool will be our speakers and we are looking forward to sharing this special time together with you.

Please know that you are not alone in the emotional struggles you face. Each of us as ministers of the gospel face challenges of our own on a daily basis. Let’s make sure we get together to support each other.

You are in our prayers, and we are here for you! Let’s get together soon – we need to talk!

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim McKitrick
Executive Director

PS. Please register for this and other
WMF events online or contact the office so we know you are planning to join us!

January 2019

As I write this email, we have just completed our semi-annual WMF board meetings and I would like to share a brief update from 2018 and some amazing things coming for WMF in 2019!

The Executive Board, Ladies Executive Board, Mission Board, Central Ordination Council and State Directors all met and accomplished a great deal – and had some great fellowship in the process.

Some points of interest:
  • WMF is growing – 51 new members added in 2018 – largest increase in over a decade
  • Executive Board voted to give 10 % of all dues income to the Missions Fund
  • Darrell Sutton confirmed as International Missions Director for additional 4 yr. term
  • WMF Statement of Faith greatly expanded and updated to protect the scriptural foundation and moral Christian community priorities of WMF for the years ahead. See the updated Statement of Faith on our website.
  • The Executive Board and the Central Ordination Council voted to move the Ordination Service to the Friday evening banquet in order to better serve and honor those called to ordination through WMF.
  • Regional events scheduled:
  • Tulsa, OK March 1-2, 2019
  • Baltimore, MD April 5-6, 2019
  • New York, NY Fall 2019 dates TBA
  • Many state events to be held in addition to these Regional events dates TBA
  • As a result of our Next Gen Cohort discussions last fall, it was recommended that we add more content options in this year’s Convocation. As a result, we will be offering a number of new breakout sessions to Convo 2019. Look for updated Convo 2019 details to be released soon!

I am very excited about all that God is doing in and through WMF around the world. Please make plans to join us in July and register for Convo 2019. You are not going to want to miss this one!


Wishing you all God’s best in 2019!

Dr. Tim McKitrick
Executive Director

Do not be afraid, what is conceived in you is from the Holy Spirit

I love Christmas, and for many reasons, but particularly because it is about hope! Hope for God’s miraculous intervention, hope for God’s grace and forgiveness, and hope for a future full of love and joy. God has a plan for our lives and it is a good one. Each December I enjoy looking into the next year and anticipating the new things God has in store. Even so, this season presents a challenge to many.

For some, the holiday season can be a difficult time. I know that many of you feel like the year has not gone as you had planned, and that circumstances are truly overwhelming. Please know you are not alone. Your WMF family loves you, cares about what you are going through, and is praying for God to intervene on your behalf. And God is moving.

In the middle of all the noise of this busy season, I believe God would like to speak a word to you. This word comes directly from the Christmas story.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:18-21)

This is what I believe God would like you to hear:

Even though the circumstances you are facing look difficult…
Do not be afraid, because what is conceived in you is from the Holy Spirit.

Even though you feel like you are at the end of your rope, and hope is gone…
Do not be afraid, because what is conceived in you is from the Holy Spirit.

Even though you feel like you are under attack…
Do not be afraid, because what is conceived in you is from the Holy Spirit.

Step into the fullness of your calling… because what is conceived in you is from the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged! God has sent us hope! Jesus is Lord!

Merry Christmas,

Tim McKitrick

It's Time to Contend for Our Faith

Over the last few weeks, especially at the recent Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri WMF events, I have felt led to encourage those around me to contend for the things that are important in their lives.

We must fight for a position of faith. We must fight for the victory and peace about the matters that concern us, our family, our ministry, our country…. To do so will mean to press into the Spirit of God until we receive an answer from heaven, a word from God, the faith and peace that means we have prayed through concerning the matters at hand.

We are in a battle, whether we are actively engaged in the fighting or not…. So, if we know we are being attacked, it seems only wise to keep up our guard, be ready, press the attack and make our efforts count. Let’s come out swinging! It is time for a preemptive attack! God promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.

Our weapons are spiritual weapons, and they are powerful, but they must be deployed! Weapons left on the shelf aren’t doing any good. Let them fly!

Most of our spiritual weapons are released by the power of the words we speak. Words filled with faith – either positively or negatively. Let’s make our words count! If Mark 11:23-24 is true and we receive whatever we say, then we will want to make sure the words coming out of our mouth are what we want to come to pass!!! We can’t afford to have any thought in our head contrary to what God is thinking about us, and we can’t afford to let our heart speak anything contrary to the plan of God for our life. This is not about legalism, this is about the fight, about life and death. We know that the power of life and death is in the tongue.

I am asking you to aim your spiritual weapons carefully and fight for the things that matter in your life! Speak life over your circumstances and contend for the things that are important to you. God and all of heaven is listening to your words, waiting for your call, and waiting for the opportunity to intervene on your behalf.

You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You are an overcomer.

And I was praying for you today, because your victory matters!

Much Love,

Tim McKitrick
Executive Director

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