It’s been a while.
I blame the dreaded flu, an unresponsive Macbook and that January meh.
Anyway! Here I am with a February encouragement for you…
As you know, Phil and I love to teach, disciple all and invest in the next generation. So it was no surprise when five years ago at a conference in Kelowna, we were given a word about a ‘school’ where people would learn to minister, to preach, to live in God’s presence, to pray – to do. It was a far-reaching Canada wide word.
Then three years ago at Bethel, we were prayed for by several Pastors and were given the same encouragement from the Lord.
We wrote it down, for the appointed time.
Last year, Phil was asked the question, ‘who is training the ministers, the evangelists?’ With a divine ‘Kapow’ that appointed time was speaking a clear,
‘Get on with it!’
We wrote a vision document and presented it our denominational leaders and with a resounding YES we gathered a group of people, young and not so, in our living room and presented a vision for a class/placement school in Kelowna, based out of Willow Park.
We dreamed and prayed and pursued.
We worked hard – writing, connecting, decorating, learning, collaborating, wondering…
Last September Pursuit School began with twelve full-time students, starting with a ‘boot camp’ where we took students through our Set Free retreat, Hearing God and understanding the importance of mentoring. The curriculum is packed with subjects, such as how to prep and preach, effective storytelling and understanding culture. Students have shared in church, rang bells with the salvation army, planned projects and taken part in our 21 days of prayer! Pursuit Night School also began with many attending weekly to hear the ‘condensed version.’
I love the challenge of Bob Goff, ‘quit aiming for what you’re able to do; pick a couple things only God could do.’
I want to encourage you today, dig out your journal of dreams and divine promises.
Allow the breath of God to blow the dust off those prophecies and hear the whisper,
‘Get on with it.’
There’s something for us all in these poetic words of writer and blogger, Sarah Bessey.
My philosophy of ministry right now could best be described as “Get on with it.”
~There will be those who misunderstand: get on with it.
There will be those who judge and find your efforts wanting: get on with it.
There will be those who think you are doing it wrong: get on with it.
There will be those who hold you up as a warning: get on with it.
There will be those who say you have no business doing it: get on with it.
There will be those who believe you’re outside the boundaries: get on with it.
There will be those who are certain you are too much: get on with it.
There will be those who question your faith, your credentials, your right, your voice, your methods, your manners, your tone, your size, your doctrine of atonement, your style, your medium, your translation of the Bible: get on with it.
Get on with the work of the Gospel.
Get on with rising, on with love.
Get on with speaking up and speaking out.
Get on with setting more places at the tables in the wilderness, with opening the doors a bit wider, with blowing the roof off with praise.
Get on with late night walks under the stars and kisses behind the minivan.
Get on with praying for miracles and working for them, too.
Get on with reading widely and listening deeply and being disrupted.
Get on with new paths in unexpected wilderness.
Get on with the people who laugh and cry easily.
Get on with proclaiming freedom and welcome.
Get on with making a home where the dispossessed feel at rest.
Get on with giving away your money and making plans for goodness.
Get on with feeding the hungry and offering water to the parched.
Get on with paying attention.
Get on with staying awake and watchful.
Get on with making a nuisance of yourself to the powerful.
Get on with organizing and protesting and making speeches on Facebook.
Get on with declaring this is the year of the Lord and you’re not going to stop until there is beauty for ashes and joy for mourning.
Get on with making friends and being kind in ordinary ways.
Get on with your own healing and wholeness so that you can offer a healed and whole glimpse of the abundance of God.
Get on with renewal and redemption and resurrection~
We are now accepting applications for Pursuit School starting this September. If you are interested or know someone who might be, get in touch via our website pursuitschool.com
Blessings on you and yours,
Love, Michelle xo