We believe it is important to republish this letter written by the late C. Peter Wagner. It is not easy to find on the internet and provides the activity of the New Apostolic Reformation from its early days and where it was going from 2007 onwards. Names and apostolic networks mentioned in the letter below will be referenced in later articles.
C. Peter Wagner writes,
May 31, 2007
Dear friends of Global Harvest:
Last month I sent you a report of the formation of our “Global Apostolic Network” (GAN) along with a graphic that contained seven boxes representing seven different units that have been joined to each other through my apostolic oversight. Just as a reminder, the seven units included The Hamilton Group, the U.S. Global Apostolic Prayer Network, the Apostolic Council for Educational Accountability, the International Coalition of Apostles, Wagner Leadership Institute, the International Society of Deliverance Ministers, and the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.
I mentioned that things are moving rapidly. Well, as a starter we now have nine boxes instead of seven. The two additional boxes already existed, but they weren’t included in the first version. They are:
● Zion Apostolic Council. This is a wealth distribution infrastructure similar to The Hamilton Group. However, it is set up to handle the wealth generated by only one enterprise, namely the Zion Project founded by Rod Neal of Cincinnati, Ohio. Rod is very close to releasing some very innovative and disruptive technology which has the potential of making permanent changes in the lifestyle of the human race. He has asked me to form an apostolic council of 48 apostles who will be responsible for distributing the forthcoming wealth and also to serve them as Presiding Apostle.
● Eagles Vision Apostolic Team (EVAT). For some time I had been receiving requests from certain apostles with whom I have built personal friendships to formalize my apostolic oversight and covenant relationships with them. I agreed to do this and establish EVAT in 2002, and we held our first annual meeting in 2003. Currently 25 EVAT members look to me for their primary or part of their primary apostolic covering. Their contributions (along with those of some Life Partners) cover my GHM salary and benefits.
GAN’S PHILOSOPHY OF MISSION
The other exciting development is that we now have, for the first time, the beginnings of a detailed and uniform philosophy of mission for the entire Global Apostolic Network (GAN). Heretofore I had simply assumed that, since I was the leader, we were all moving in the same general direction. That was largely true, but if someone had asked me I would not have been prepared to give them much detail as to the precise direction in which we were moving.
The major catalyst whom God has brought into the picture to help renew our minds in terms of our philosophy of mission is Lance Wallnau, founder of Lance Learning Group currently based in Rhode Island. Lance, in a former season, planted churches and formed an apostolic network which he has now turned over to other leadership. He is a member of ICA, and he currently travels widely as a conference speaker and as a consultant to business and government leaders. Through the years we have formed a close relationship, he has been a speaker at several of our conferences, and Lance is the newest member of EVAT.
Lance’s trademark teaching relates to what he calls the seven “mind molders” or the “seven mountains.” These have now become a permanent fixture in my personal teaching on taking dominion, and I have referenced Wallnau in The Church in the Workplace as well as in my forthcoming book Dominion! In my view it is not possible to get an operational handle on how to initiate corporate action toward social transformation without taking into account the seven mountains or what I like to call “molders of culture.” The seven are religion, family, business, arts & entertainment, government, education, and media.
With this in mind, allow me to make an initial attempt to verbalize the philosophy of mission of GAN.
Our theological bedrock is what has been known as Dominion Theology. This means that our divine mandate is to do whatever is necessary, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to retake the dominion of God’s creation which Adam forfeited to Satan in the Garden of Eden. It is nothing less than seeing God’s kingdom coming and His will being done here on earth as it is in heaven. This includes the need to govern apolitically, as well as to embrace spiritual warfare techniques that neutralize the control of our adversary within the functional and territorial spheres of authority to which we have been assigned. To do this, we know that we must be in communion, we must receive revelation, and we must apostolically and prophetically proclaim that revelation.
First, our mission is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. We are an apostolic unit, and we read in Ephesians 4:11-12 that the stated responsibility of apostles (as well as prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) is to equip the saints. We feel that we must equip the saints, not just clergy but all the saints of God both personally and corporately. However, the next question becomes: Equip the saints for what purpose?
This leads into the second point, namely our goal. Our goal, in a word, is transformation. The first stage in this goal is personal transformation because each saint must be prepared to do his or her part in the process of taking dominion. Saints usually fall into one of three categories, depending on their primary focus. The majority of saints focus on self. They ask: What’s in this for me? Ironically, the question applies to their religious lives as well as to their work and their leisure. A much smaller percentage of the saints focus on church. They are committed to their church, they tithe to their church, they volunteer for church programs, they attend faithfully, and they are fulfilled when their local church is healthy and is growing. A third category of saints, relatively very few indeed, manage to focus on the kingdom. They see the hand of God at work, not only in themselves and in their churches, but also in society in general. They are the ones through whom God will mostly accomplish His purposes of taking dominion. Our assignment, then, is to help as many people as possible move their primary focus from self or church to kingdom.
Which leads us to the second stage of the goal of transformation, namely corporate or social transformation. We want to see whole cities and regions and states and nations transformed to support the values of the kingdom of God. This will happen only as kingdom-focused saints become the head and not the tail of each of Lance Wallnau’s seven mountains or molders of culture. Here in America, we have done fairly well in leading the religion mountain, but not the other six. Our mistaken tendency has been to try to pull leaders from the other six mountains over into our religion mountain instead of encouraging them to use their gifts and their energy and their knowledge in the mountain to which God has assigned them. We want all of God’s people actively to do their part to fulfill the “7-M Mandate.”
Thirdly, the measurement of our progress must center on renewal. Titus 3:5 says that we should constantly seek the renewal of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit fills us and renews us day after day, we will be more able to tune into what He is saying to us and to the churches. We can measure how this is happening, both personally and corporately, by examining three stages:
● Awareness. This is the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). It is a paradigm shift. It is agreeing with the dominion mandate.
● Identification. This is the renewing of our commitment. We no longer are primarily committed either to self or to the church, but to the kingdom. We want to be a part of the current stream of what the Holy Spirit is doing.
● Application. This is the renewing of our practice. It is what we do. Faith without works is dead. Not only do we want God’s kingdom to come, but we are committed to take whatever action necessary to do our part to help see it happen.
If we agree that the “7-M Mandate” is operative within our Global Apostolic Network in general, then our specific involvement, whether it be with deliverance ministers or educators or prophets or workplace leaders or intercessors or philanthropists or apostles, will be guided by this same set of principles. Together we will more and more see God’s kingdom come and His will being done here on earth as it is in heaven!
God bless you, each and every one.
Peter Wagner President, Global Harvest Ministries Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute P.O. Box 63060 Colorado Springs, CO 80962 719-262-9922
Source: C. Peter Wagner, C. Peter Wagner – President / Doris M. Wagner – Executive Vice President / Chuck D. Pierce – Harvest Watchman, http://www.erwm.com/ApostolicLetter.htm, Published May 31, 2007. (Accessed November 09, 2012.) [Archive]
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