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Happy to be an Irregular

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The picture on my wall has 10 faces. Alliance presidents—from Simpson to Nanfelt—constantly remind me that I stand on their shoulders, one of many, not an individual. I share their vision—the gospel of Jesus Christ changing lives, families, communities and our world; looking for the return of our King.

When he founded the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College), A. B. Simpson wrote: “We claim to be raising up a band of irregular soldiers for the vast unoccupied fields to supplement the armies of the Lord in the regions they cannot reach and work they cannot overtake.” I’m one of those irregulars—redeemed from a life far from God, called out of the marketplace, commissioned to represent Jesus to the world and empowered to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. It has been my joy to serve with this unique band of workers and see firsthand what God is doing through them.

During the last eight years, U.S. Alliance work has concluded in countries where healthy, missionary-sending churches have been established, allowing people and resources to be re-deployed to some of the least-reached parts of the world. I am amazed at our multifaceted teams, comprising traditional clergy, relief and development ministers and businessmen and -women as well as medical, educational and other kinds of workers.

Some of these dedicated people are 20-somethings called by God right out of college. Others are 50-, 60- or 70-somethings dedicated to serving God in second or third careers! Still others come from the next generation of the Church and are discerning God’s call on their lives while being discipled to serve wherever He may lead.

If there is one thing I find most encouraging, it is our renewed awareness and commitment to discipleship. As a young “irregular” I learned the importance of prayer, the Scriptures, evangelism and fellowship. It didn’t take long to understand that the filling of the Holy Spirit is essential to accomplish anything eternal.

This discipleship hunger is much more than one president’s desire. It is rising up from the grass roots and will be our strength in years to come. Changed lives, families, communities and nations will be the platform from which the gospel will be proclaimed as we await our Coming King.

I am energized by the prospect of returning to grassroots ministry. Of all the lessons I’ve learned and experiences I’ve enjoyed, this has touched my heart and laid claim on my life: Our God delights to call ordinary men and women into relationship with Himself; then He empowers His family to serve in extraordinary ways in our neighborhoods and nations.

Alliance Core Values

  • Lost people matter to God. He wants them found. Luke 19:10
  • Prayer is the primary work of God’s people. Phil. 4:6–7
  • Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. 1 Chron. 29:14
  • Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. Josh. 1:8
  • Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully
    devoted disciple. Matt. 28:19
  • Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing.
    1 Cor. 2:4–5
  • Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
    Heb. 11:6

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