discontinued the program earlier in the year. It was suggested that ARM pursue the possibility of picking up the program, bringing it under our umbrella, and keeping it alive. As mentioned earlier, the ministry of ARM was spawned in the seedbed of the LWM in the seventies. It seemed like a longshot, but we approached the leadership of the GBOD with a proposal, and much to our amazement, they were thrilled with the prospects of giving this vital ministry of evangelism new life. By June of 2004, the transition from the GBOD to ARM was facilitated and by September, we were beginning to embrace the existing leadership of LWM and schedule events from our headquarters.
Needless to say, the addition of the Lay Witness Mission was a sudden surprise, and changed the landscape of ARM. Now, instead of just the Life in the Spirit Seminar and the recent development of the Lord, Teach Us To Pray event, ARM has three team-led, local church renewal events – and a fourth under construction in an event to be called Worship In Spirit and Truth. It will be presented for the first time in April 2005. A strategy for helping a church move into renewal began to unfold. A congregation could host 4 renewal events at 9 month intervals and engage in a 3 year process of encouraging renewal in the life of their congregation by scheduling:
Lay Witness Mission – emphasis on evangelism and faith sharing
Lord, Teach Us To Pray – emphasis on developing a personal prayer life
Life in the Spirit Seminar – emphasis on understanding and embracing the person and work of the Holy Spirit – both personally and corporately.
Worship in Spirit and Truth – emphasis on understanding and developing a heart for worship in the life of the congregation.
In the meantime, Garen Smith, with co-leader Dave Hampson, led another international LISS to Poland in the Spring of 2004. A new team model was piloted. Instead of recruiting team members from just among ARM’s national constituency, a local church was recruited to provide the team, thus creating a partnership between the local church and ARM. The local church, Galloway UMC in Franklin, PA (Dave Hampson, pastor) recruited the team. Team members raised their own support. ARM provided materials, arranged for translation and printing of materials in Poland, and provided team training for the church members. The team members then led a LISS in their home church about six weeks before their trip to Poland.
In June of 2004, Frank and Peggi Billman led a LISS team to Tanzania, Africa. In addition to ministry in Tanzania, they also had opportunity to minister in the refugee camps in Burundi. Frank also led a LISS in a women’s prison facility in Pennsylvania and was part of the team for a Hispanic LISS in Reading, Pennsylvania.
In April of 2005, Garen and Anne Smith led a LISS team to Slovakia and Hungary. Including the 2 Hispanic events and the prison event, this is 7 cross-cultural or international Life in the Spirit Seminars in 3 years. It’s obvious that part of God’s new design, new blueprint for ministry has a cross-cultural and global dimension. Since John Wesley declared that “the world is my parish”, it should be no surprise that the Lord would expand our ministry worldwide as well.
One of the other significant things that took place in 2004-2005 was the elimination of the building debt on the ARC (Aldersgate Renewal Center). When we purchased the buildings in 1999, the Lord provided, through ARM constituency, funds to purchase and furnish the buildings without incurring debt. However, the extensive remodeling of the two buildings in 2000 and 2002 cost an additional $720,000. At The Gathering in 2004 (annual meeting of the Board and Advisory Council), the outstanding debt was still $450,000. The annual interest of $31,000 added to ARM’s cash flow problems. With the offer of a matching gift challenge to eliminate
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