Announcing Important Additions to Convocation 2019

Convocation this year is shaping up to be an exceptional event, with a number of important additions for 2019. We have been working to add opportunities for our members to connect with professional development and ministry resources that will help them stay up to date and refreshed for ministry.

Dr. Jon Chasteen, President of The King’s University at Gateway and Lead Pastor of Victory Church in Oklahoma City will speak Wednesday evening and Thursday morning following the Missions Panel discussion.

We are adding a special Men's Conversation with Bill Baker during the Women’s Thursday afternoon meeting.

Our very own Pastor Terry Marris, Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Del Rio, TX, will speak Thursday evening for our WMF International Missions Night.

WMF Executive Board member and Founding Pastor of House of Worship in Owings Mills, MD Pastor Fiifi Pentsil, will speak Friday morning.

There will be a number of special break-out sessions to enjoy the Friday of Convocation as well.
Leadership Development I – Dr. John Thompson – 9:00 Friday Morning
Emotional Health and Ministry – Bill Buker – 9:00 Friday Morning

Leadership Development II – Dr. John Thompson – 2:00 Friday Afternoon
World Ministry Practicum – Dr. Paul Freeman – 2:00 Friday Afternoon

The Ordination Service will be added to our updated Friday Night Banquet and will honor not only those being ordained, but also those being licensed by WMF this year as well. This will be a Holy and special time together as we wind up our week together in God’s presence.

We are praying for God’s special touch on these events and ask you to pray with us concerning these things.

Please register now and make plans to attend these important meetings.

See you there!

Dr. Tim McKitrick

Plan for the Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Many years ago, the Lord dropped this simple little concept into my mind. To plan for the desires of my heart…. I felt like God wanted me to plan ahead and make provision for the hopes and dreams that I held most dear.

As someone who was raised on a farm, I had a pretty good idea of what he was asking me to do – prepare. I knew that if a farmer wanted a nice crop in the fall, preparations would have to be made in the spring. In order to bring this vision of a bountiful harvest into being, real work would have to be done.

For the desires God had placed in my heart, this preparation took the form of studying and preparing myself for the work of the ministry. Over the years, I have come to realize that effective ministry is really hard work!

I knew from growing up on the farm that each year we would have to prepare the equipment, work the land, get the seed ready to plant, and then actually do the work of getting it in the ground properly fertilized and weed free. Only then could we realistically look forward to God’s blessings on our efforts and the work of actually harvesting, and then enjoying, the fruit of our labors.

Well, I have an announcement to make - it is springtime again, and it is time to plant!

What do you have on your heart? Do you have a vision of a bountiful harvest in some area of your life?

What do you think God is wanting you to do in this season in order to prepare for this particular blessing? What preparations would have to be in place for God to give you the desires of your heart?

My friends, I believe it is time to plant (prepare). Let’s make sure we all have our best seed in the ground.

Wishing you God’s very best!

Dr. Tim McKitrick

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.”


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!

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!


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
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