The Mission in 4 Letters
all of America during these tumultuous days
fellow pastors to join us, in friendship-based unity
our first of all priority, as per 1 Timothy 2:1-2
to the Spirit of unity in the bond of peace, always
Dear Fellow Pastor...
I don't want to prayerwalk through your backyard without your blessing. So, to help us know how our mission might be a blessing to your church and community, please listen to this 59-second video-message, and then read on...
Prayerwalking all 435 Congressional Districts may sound political, but it is not. For more than 23,000 miles to date, we've been "walking out" our assignment to come alongside leaders—both in the church and in government—in an intentionally post-partisan manner. You'll notice I'm making a distinction from the oft-used term, "non-partisan..."
Why? I'm blessed with a ton of friends, most of them fellow pastors (from both sides of the political aisle). I can't think of one close friend who is truly non partisan. Can you? That's alright. We're not called to be non-opinionated; we are called to preach the Word. When it comes to this current 435-District initiative, if one looks at the red-and-blue map above, it illustrates my point:
Red + Blue = Purple
Not a politically correct convergence of feel-good platitudes, but a common trajectory, from varying Christian faith-traditions, toward one transcendent and Biblical goal: True oneness in Christ, as reflected in the preamble of our Intercessory Appeal to Heaven, which, Lord willing, will be proclaimed nationwide on Election Eve…
Just as an artist combines reds and blues to create royal hues of purple, we believe when WE THE PEOPLE come together under the Master's Hand in genuine unity, we transcend the earthly realm of political party-demarcation and step into the majesty of God's Kingdom. Here, He exhorts us to pray for one another as a "first of all" priority, especially for those He has empowered with governmental authority....
A little background on me… I'm a "Roman Bapticostal," ordained under Pastor Jack Hayford, who remains a close family friend and spiritual Papa to this day. By God's grace and under Jack's tutelage, I've not had to unlearn why everybody needs do things "my way." On that note, please allow me point to out what Pentecost Walk is NOT:
It's not "Pentecost-AL” Walk, denoting a single-slice of the broader denominational bandwidth; it's "Pentecost” Walk, underscoring the Ephesians 4:3 "unity of the Spirit" we're all endeavoring to walk in--a unity impossible until Pentecost, our common birthdate as the New Testament Church. Many of our prayerwalks, including this one, are called "RE:UnionWalks..."
: literally: regarding union
: origin: Christ’s “High Priestly Prayer:”
“…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21 HCSB, emphasis added)
1: an act of reuniting, especially through repentance-in-unity : the state of being reunited
2: the reuniting of a people after forgiveness of divisions : oneness in Christ
Pastor, we sincerely want to serve you, before we arrive, while we're with you, and especially, after we're gone. Four simple outcomes we're hoping for in the precious-little-time we'll have together the day we visit your District:
1. Pastor-to-pastor, to come alongside you and your peers in a very informal, hang-out-together manner, prayerwalking your collective parish not just as fellow-pastors, but as friends—interceding for your community and its leadership according to 1 Timothy 2: 1-2.
2. Leader-to-leader, to pray for your Representative and their staff, without media present, personally and confidentially, befitting the pastoral care they both need and appreciate, in an utterly post-partisan, Red + Blue = Purple manner.
3. In the evening, as our schedule allows, to call together a multi-church meeting to share God's call to repentance-in-unity-as-friends with whomever you and your fellow pastors might gather to listen.
4. After we're gone, to be a catalyst toward deeper real-life friendships among the pastors in your community, even as you gather to pray over your Representative on Election Eve, 11/5/18, in agreement with fellow pastors that same day in 435 Districts nationwide.
I look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you.
Yours for His harvest,
Pastor & Founder, Pentecost Walk