More than a Meeting

I would first like to say that I am not trying to promote a man or a ministry. I do want to promote the God of the ministry. I am writing this for many who take part in special meetings at their church, but never stop to think about what went on behind the scenes to make it possible. I would like to encourage you to get involved the next time your church has a special meeting. Ask your pastor, "what can I do?"

As pastor of Lifegate Baptist Church in Bellefonte, PA I have been involved in planning many a revival service or missions conference. God has always blessed, but the meetings don't just happen. Much organization goes into these kinds of events. This Saturday, September 11 our church will hold our annual one day revival rally at the Lamar Lighthouse Camp. I'd like to share a little with you about what goes on before the meeting can take place.

My heart has always been drawn toward revival in America. These once a year meetings are for the purpose of bringing churches together of like faith to seek God for revival. Despite popular opinion, America is in desperate need of God to pour out His Spirit on this dry, thirsty land. The first thing that needs to be done for the meeting is to name it appropriately. We chose to call it the Come Back, America! Rally.

That being settled, each year a theme must be chosen.This year's theme is from Joel 2:15, "Call a Solemn Assembly". The theme wasn't just chosen, but was sought through much prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this doesn't apply to your church, but I have noticed how lightly many churches take the work of God. Fellowship is great, but God is still holy and demands worship in reverence. Your church ought to be holy ground. We need to get back to a solemn assembly. The choice for a theme had to be made months ago to give direction to everything else that follows.

Normally we secure the use of the camp about eight months prior to the meeting to assure that the facilities are reserved for our desired date. With the date being finalized we can now relax a little for the next couple of months.

Sometime toward the end of May, we must come up with a tentative schedule of events. This year we begin the day with a short time of fellowship and heart preparation beginning at 10:00am. At 10:30 we will listen to the first message or sermon for the day. Approximately at 11:00-11:15, we will have a short break followed by an old-fashioned prayer meeting at 11:15-12:45. We plan to meet with God in a very solemn way during this hour and a half. 12:45-1:00 represents another break period. Following the break there will be a separate men's and lady's workshop. 2:00 begins a special sacred music concert. At 2:30, we will have the second message. 3:00-3:15 signals another break and the closing service will begin at 3:15-4:15.

You say what about lunch? Joel 2:15 also says to sanctify a fast. In this solemn assembly we will fast until the 4:30 hour when the ladies of our church will serve a meal. Many say, "Well, that doesn't sound like much fun". Seeking God is not always fun. Truly seeking Him can be very painful at times. That's the difference between many churches in America today and God's solemn assembly.

Now that the schedule's been determined, we must find the right people to fill the slots. Preachers and musicians must be contacted and scheduled. The meal menu must be prepared and people are enlisted to serve and donate the food. Greeters and ushers must be assigned and know their places. Our church takes care of many of these needs, but we rely on others as well.

This calls for more preparation. As we confirm the preachers and musicians availability, it is then time to reserve their lodging and food needs. Depending on availability, that is not always easy. Rooms usually need to be booked at least six months in advance or there may be none available.

After all this is done, the final month can be the busiest. Press releases must go to the local newspapers, tv, and radio stations. Fliers are distributed door to door and in the shops. This all requires man hours on someone's part. Untold hours are devoted to this project for at least eight months a year.

It also takes finances to pull everything together. We financially provide the rooms for our preachers and musicians, their food, and other needs they may have. It may be necessary to provide plane tickets. We also pay them as well (although I must say most come expecting nothing--that's the heart of a true servant).

We constantly bathe the event in prayer. I know not of a single movement of God that  began without effectual, fervent prayer. I'd ask you, that as September 11 approaches, would you join us in prayer for a tremendous work of God in our midst?

Even though the people of my church are working and doing what needs to be done to prepare for this day, we must realize that it is all of God. He and He alone is the only One that can do the work. As we seek Him on this day, He and He alone will be lifted up and glorified.

Why not get alone with God right now and call your own solemn assembly?

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Morning Brother... Thank you for the reminder of the need for workers and the reminder especially of the work which goes into planning an event.

A Church I attended a few years back took the 80-20 rule and reversed it completely and it started right from the pulpit. The Pastor introduced the concept and taught the Biblical principles of whom and what the Church Community should be. Within a year 80 % of the people were involved. The Church exploded in a vibrant community which is flourishing.

As I was driving through the city a few weeks ago a sign at a Church caught my eye "The Church Has Left The Building". The Pastor shared his community was out in the community doing God's work, helping the seniors, painting fences and doing odd jobs.

We are at a crossroads today where revival is waiting to happen, the planners of today will be the workers of tomorrow, encouragement is essential to raise up the disciples of tomorrow.

Blessings and Hugs


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ama83 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

Good luck with the rally, Lifegate! It sounds like it should be lovely :)


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Hope everything is as you worked,hoped ,and prayed for,Lifegate!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yes Brother, revival is waiting to happen and I'm excited about it. I'm noticing in Pennsylvania little pockets of prayer groups springing up to seek God. I may save the details for another hub, but, in the meantime I'm waiting on God to work.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

ama and bayoulady, thanks for the encouragement. If you were both closer, I'd love for you to come to the meeting. We always have a great time and God always works. We're looking forward to something extra special this time around.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

All glory to God for the work you and the other servants of God are doing and planning to do as you develop outreaching via revival. Expect great things in His name!!

Peace and love,

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks RevLady, We certainly are expecting great things.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Lifegate this sounds like a tremendous task you have taken on for our Lord. I am amazed by what looks like a glorious time in the prayers and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would love to attend if at all possible. Tammy is heading up a wedding shower Saturday and will be gone all day and I have nothing to do. How far from Pittsburgh will this be? Anyway this is an awesome hub rated useful awesome beautiful and up brother! I agree so much we need to cross barriers of denominations and have true Christians stand up and preach"Thus saith the Lord God". Revival is desperately needed in America today and we must take the stand. Oh, and if you ever need a speaker for an event like this I don't need food and lodging expenses and paid for the time all I need is a call or email letting me know when and where to be. As stated if I can I will be there, if not please let all us hubbers know how it went, Serving Christ by serving others Michael


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael, I really hope it works out. The Lamar Lighthouse camp is about 2 1/2 from Pittsburgh. If you need directions,let me know, however a GPS might be more effective. Hope to see you.That would be great.--Brother Bill


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Yes please send directions from Pittsburgh, I would like that and see what happens this week.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael, I'll do that. Thanks!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I appreciate those who work behind the scenes because I have been to meetings before. It is grueling and time consuming and sometimes not much gets done and for those who are willing to go through all that I am extremely grateful.

I love the theme! It is so appropriate for the time we are in. To weep between the porch and the altar and say spare your people oh God.

Our nation and culture are in trouble and an awakening is much needed.

May God bless your meeting.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

I'm so thankful for people that serve our Lord, but in the account in Joel 2, much of the blame had to go to the religious leaders of the day. Also, in Ezekiel we're told that the leadership put no difference between the holy and the profane. I fear that much of the blame must be placed on church leadership today. I'm not trying to be judgmental, just realistic. Anyway, thank you for YOUR heart. Jesus shines in you.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I agree that is where awakening begins.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Lifegate, for your bread of life hub on church meeting, I think your hus told it like it is. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativene59


Jeanie Rose 6 years ago

Wish I was closer! I'd be there in my stomping shoes.

Lifegate, thank you for spelling out details of what is involved in these life-giving revivals. So many attend and assume that things just happen. It is choreography at its finest with the Holy Spirit in the prime choreographer's role. Blessings on you and your event!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Thanks for your comment. Only by God's grace can anything be accomplished for Him, but we do play a role. It's exciting to think that God still uses sinful human beings to do His work.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jeanie,

I wish you were closer too. We'd love to have you stop by.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great that you have a heart to help others in Ministry:)


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks, Heart.


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lambservant 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

May the Lord bless you, your ministry and all those who serve, and even more importantly may fruit be born out of your labors and the Spirit of God draw many men nigh unto Him.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Lambservant.

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