renovation and furnishing the buildings to transform them into the Aldersgate Renewal Center and office headquarters. Even though we moved into the buildings debt free, the debt for the renovations hung over us until December of 2004. That’s another story.
In November 1998, before we took possession of the building, ARM hosted a group of pastors who claimed to be interested in the renewal of the church. It turned out that they were extremely wounded, discouraged, and angry. Many of them were more interested in finding a way to leave the denomination and to do as much damage as possible on the way out. I had invited a young man named Jonathan Dow to assist me (as music and worship leader) in leading this group in a 24 hour concert of prayer. Scott Kelso and Margie Burger were also present to pray and assist in leadership. God moved in an amazing way, healing, restoring, and encouraging many of the broken pastors in attendance. What we witnessed that week planted seeds of vision for ARM’s future Pastor and Spouse Retreats.
During our time together, Jonathan courageously shared with me that he felt God was calling him to serve ARM by joining the staff. We weren’t looking for staff, especially not a musician. But, God quickened my spirit and I knew that this was from Him. After several months of prayer and discernment, Jonathan and his family moved to Tennessee in September 1999 to become our “Director of Worship and ARC Events.”
In January 1999, God spoke Isaiah 60 into my spirit for the ministry of ARM. It begins with “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
These verses became a powerful, prophetic lens for us to filter the new things that God was doing. Several key insights stood out:
God was telling us to get up and get moving because He was pouring out “sudden favor” upon us. (verse 1)
He told us to not be distracted by the darkness – because His glory (favor) covers us. (verse 2)
He said that He would draw people to our cause. Some, like sons and daughters, will move here just to be part of the ministry. (verse 4)
He instructed us to plan for abundant provision. (verses 5-7)
He said that He would call strangers to rebuild our walls. (verse 10)
He said that we are to “call our walls Salvation, and our gates Praise.” (verse 18b)
He reminded us that His vision and work is bigger, greater, more awesome than we can imagine. (verse 21-22)
And that in a season of His abundant favor, when He is ready to act, the operative word is “swiftly.” (verse 22b)
In October 1999, we moved into the ARC (Aldersgate Renewal Center). God provided an architect named Larry Stanfield. Larry called one day to share a testimony of his son being healed at one of our services at the ARC. In gratitude, he asked if there was anything that he could do to help us. He helped us draw up plans for transforming the tired old building into a bright new center for renewal. Up until now, Larry was a stranger.
During Scott’s presidency, Aldersgate was in the following cities:
1997 was in Dayton, Ohio.
1998 was in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
1999 was in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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