Tujind In fact at one point we knew we could either get a tent or turn around and equip the saints. Everyone Gets to Play — John Wimber — Google Books John Richard Wimber was a musician, charismatic pastor and one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement, a neocharismatic Evangelical Christian denomination which began in the USA and has now spread to many countries world-wide. He did not see any one person as more righteous or valuable than another. While the idea is discussed early in the book, the title is somewhat misleading. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page.
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In addition to the praise and worship, strong sense of community and excellent Bible teaching, I noticed that in the Vineyard, everyone was equipped and everyone was encouraged to participate in the work of the kingdom. He was an equipper. Everybody gets to play … even little children. How complicated is that? In the beginning of the Vineyard, the evangelism, healing and power stuff that began started in John first, but he was quickly appalled at the idea it might end there.
He was not comfortable with the idea this would not be for all of us. But we knew this was not our call. In fact at one point we knew we could either get a tent or turn around and equip the saints. I was proud of John that he chose the latter. There were several occasions where John made this point in public. It was and still is! But the fact of the matter is that the only superstar in the church is Jesus.
While this approach to ministry certainly was unique to Wimber and the Vineyard, it is deeply rooted in what I have previously argued is a historic Evangelical characteristic: the priesthood of all believers. As priests 1 Pet , 9 , believers directly offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to God and minister to the needs of others. Ordained pastors, in turn, are not different from other believers in spiritual status but only in function and appointment. Because the fact that all followers of Jesus are priests and indwelt by the Holy Spirit means that all followers of Jesus are empowered to be witnesses Acts What do you think?
Everyone Gets to Play: John Wimber's Teachings and Writings on Life Together in Christ
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