Series John Stumbo Video Blog

In this blog, released on the 12th of each month, U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo unpacks issues God has been nurturing in his heart and mind. The blog is meant to initiate fruitful dialogue on topics important to our growth as Jesus followers and to our mission as a Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 50

September 2017

12:26

In this, his 50th video blog since becoming president, John shares his thoughts on a number of issues, including the recent Resonate gathering, a new generation of Alliance church planters, the Church’s response to racism, pitching in to help Hurricane Harvey victims, a newly forming theology of risk, and the “hustle and bustle” of the return of fall ministry in our churches—reminding us that it’s the Spirit who leads us down this next stretch of the river, and we are simply to join His flow.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 49

August 2017

Columbus, Ohio

12:24

This month, John takes us back to Council 2017 when he shared the message stirring in his spirit as he looked ahead to his second term as U.S. Alliance president. I trust you are challenged and inspired by his call to a greater level of ownership and engagement from The Alliance—one of God’s end-times families raised up to complete the Great Commission.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 48

July 2017

12:41

Drawing from portions of his Friday morning Council message, John presents four practical methods for evangelism, while cautioning that each church must decide for itself how it wants to reach the unsaved in its community. Note: in this video, John mentions the book GOD in YOU. Order yours from the Alliance Service Center by calling toll-free 1-877-284-3262, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., MST.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 47

Alliance Council Highlights

June 2017

Columbus, Ohio

9:27

John offers a glimpse of Alliance Council 2017 through a captivating montage of video highlights from the event, reminding the Alliance family that the Spirit of God is at work to move us forward as He directs.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 46

Do Not Grow Weary

May 2017

Philippines

12:47

This month, John recounts the sights, sounds, and smells from his recent trip to the Philippines, where God has grown the C&MA from small, clunky, discouraging beginnings to a vibrant, growing movement of more than 2,500 churches strong—an encouraging reminder to “not grow weary in well-doing.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 45

Keep Watch

April 2017

United States

10:50

John admonishes church leaders to “Keep watch over yourselves and the flock that’s entrusted to your care” by making the gift of Sabbath an indispensable element in our weekly rhythm.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 44

March 2017

Colorado Springs, Colorado

13:12

While speaking at the Converge Conference in Colorado Springs earlier this year, John addressed four dangers the American church faces.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 43

February 2017

Dominican Republic

13:01

John addresses the importance of U.S. church planting and explains why Council 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, is a “must-attend” event for the Alliance family.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 42

Reflections from Vietnam

January 2017

Vietnam

11:37

This month, John shares part two of his message from Vietnam. He notes the oneness in the Body of Christ across cultures and joyfully repents of his “American superiority” after observing the gospel flourishing in this communist-ruled nation.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 41

The Myth of Perpetual Progress

December 2016

Vietnam

10:42

President John Stumbo delivers a Christmas message from Vietnam.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 40

November 2016

Bangkok, Thailand

12:43

Enjoy the latest video blog from President John Stumbo, filmed at last month’s Quadrennial Convocation of the Alliance World Fellowship in Bangkok, Thailand.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 39

Intergenerational Communication

October 2016

Chapel

11:27

John engages a live audience at the C&MA National Office, encouraging the generations to understand each others’ differing values.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 38

“If Only We Knew. . .”

September 2016

United States

12:40

Recorded at Wheaton College after John spoke to 2,000 Hmong youth, this video blog recalls an emotionally low moment from John’s life in 2009 and a promise he made to God. If only he and his wife, Joanna, knew then what they know now, John says, “we would have lived with our heads a little higher and prayers a little bolder.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 37

August 2016

National Office

12:44

This month, John talks with Melissa (Mel) MacDonald, C&MA Children’s Disciplemaking consultant, about several key qualities of a great Christian leader. He also describes his respect for the influential prophet Jeremiah’s authenticity, and Mel introduces the C&MA Children’s Disciplemaking Leadership Certificate.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 36

July 2016

United States

12:03

John shares his excitement about the energy and passion witnessed at LIFE 2016 in Kansas City among the 5,000 students and volunteers attending. Hundreds made decisions to follow Christ. John challenges Alliance leaders to make a way for these young people to launch into ministry. The video concludes with a montage of scenes from LIFE.

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Missions Done Well, Missions Done Poorly

June 2016

National Office

17:16

John’s two-part message (see Video Blogs #32 and #33) is combined in this video post in which he shares six points to illustrate missions done well versus missions done poorly. Missions done poorly is about “us.” The Alliance is committed to doing missions well, which involves incarnational ministry that ensures the local, indigenous church’s sustained ownership and brings lasting fruit.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 35

More thoughts from Indonesia

June 2016

Indonesia

12:15

John shares two additional reflections from his time in Indonesia (see Video Blog No. 34). In the first, he engages the question: “How often has the form of our message of Jesus to the world become an obstacle?” John also shares an insight from John 13, which inspired him to perform an intimate act of service at the Indonesia National Church Conference.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 34

“It will cost tears and blood.”

May 2016

Indonesia

12:37

On site in Indonesia, John summarizes the rich, yet sacrificial 80-year history of God at work in this nation of more than 13,000 islands. It contains the largest population of Muslims in the world, despite having outgrown the U.S. Alliance in its number of churches. In reflecting on this legacy, John reminds us to see the fruit of our work as lasting and multi-generational.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 33

Missions Done Well: Part 2

April 2016

National Office

12:57

John Stumbo reminds us that missions isn’t about us getting to do something meaningful. The goal of missions is lasting fruit. “Missions done well” embraces a solid system of financial and strategic accountability; it establishes strong networks of reproducing local churches; and it is sustainable. The Alliance is committed to doing missions well until our King returns and our mission is complete.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 32

Missions Done Well: Part 1

March 2016

National Office

12:37

Missions done well is incarnational. It opposes dependence on Western resources and supports the sustained ownership of the local, indigenous church in its effort to be self-supporting, self-governing, self-reproducing, and self-theologizing.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 31

Choosing Love

February 2016

National Office

12:06

Every good work performed by the Church is rendered worthless if we fail to love. A loving church is a patient church. A loving church is a kind church. A loving church is a humble church.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 30

Is Fear Driving Our Decisions?

January 2016

National Office

12:56

Fear is a societal trend church leaders need to factor into their thinking, praying, leading, and preaching. Praise God we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 29

What do you see the Spirit of God doing?

December 2015

Latin America

12:17

President John Stumbo asks David Hearn, president of The Alliance in Canada, to respond to the question, “What do you see the Spirit of God doing in the Alliance family?”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 28

The Word is Going Forward

November 2015

France

12:56

France is home to over 600,000 believers, which is less than 1 percent of the population. But there is a definite sense that the Word of God is active and that the harvest has begun one by one.

Related video: “From Nothing to Everything

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 27

Workers in Christ

October 2015

National Office

12:20

As workers for God’s Kingdom, our identity is in Jesus and not in the things we accomplish. Our call is to and from Christ, and it’s a ministry we were not meant to do alone.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 26

Living Out an Acts 1:8 Call

September 2015

Manitou Springs, Colorado

12:05

John shares several stories from this summer of the Alliance family living out our Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 calling of loving, proclaiming, reaching, and launching.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 25

Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Condensed Version of Thursday Morning Address

August 2015

Long Beach, California

32:45

This month’s video blog features a condensed version of John’s Thursday morning address to Alliance Council 2015. Be sure to watch his entire address to Alliance Council.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 24

Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Condensed Version of Wednesday Morning Address

July 2015

Long Beach, California

30:58

This month’s video blog features a condensed, 30-minute version of John’s Wednesday morning address to Alliance Council 2015. Be sure to watch his entire address to Alliance Council.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 23

Council Highlights

June 2015

Long Beach, California

8:53

John briefly shares his impressions of Council 2015 in Long Beach, noting that God far exceeded our expectations and anticipations as we met with Him together as a family.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 22

Acts 1:8, Holy Spirit Empowerment First!

May 2015

Big Lake, Minnesota

12:14

Have we completely yielded our lives to Christ in such a way that we are open to whatever His Spirit would like to do in and through us? In a three-part series produced by Riverside Church in Minnesota, John unpacks God’s call on The Alliance as a Christ-centered, Acts 1:8, family. Be sure to watch Acts 1:8 Part 2 and Acts 1:8 Part 3 of John's teaching.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 21

Willingness to Do the Hard Things

April 2015

Colorado Springs, Colorado

11:57

God has raised up the global Alliance family to be on the front edge of what He is doing in this world. This month, John is including a downloadable version of the Amicus Curiae Brief for your convenience.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 20

A Look Ahead at Council 2015 - An invitation and advance look at what the Alliance family will experience in May.

March 2015

Long Beach, California

11:34

This conference will be of greater value than most any other conference you could go to in the next couple years.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 19

Power Block: Power of Position. Power of Religion. Power of an insider. Power of numbers. - Luke 18 & 19

February 2015

Colorado Springs, Colorado

12:18

February's video blog from John Stumbo continues the conversation on power. Follow along with him as he unpacks passages from Luke chapters 18 and 19. This month, John is including a downloadable companion chart to aid in personal reflection and study.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 18

Racial Reconciliation - 1 Corinthians 12:21-26

January 2015

Long Beach, California

12:04

“If we understand the narrative, we will better understand the emotion.” —Rev. Jonathan G. Schaeffer, Alliance pastor

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 17

Noise - Psalms 1-11

December 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

12:44

What are the voices, the noise, the messages that work their way into our mind and begin to have influence?

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 16

How Do We See God Work in Dark Times?

November 2014

Turkey

11:42

“What man intends for evil, God is actually turning around on its head and using it for good and drawing people to Himself.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 15

Why Is There so Much Beauty in the World?

October 2014

Vail, Colorado

11:25

As you see the beauty of this fall season, as you look at the beauty of the Bride of Christ—your church—may your blood pressure go down a few points. May your joy and cause for worship rise within you.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 14

Rising to the Challenge - Jeremiah 12

September 2014

National Office

12:33

We really don’t need smaller problems. We need a bigger view of God—a God who looks into every believer’s heart and says, “I am making you more than you are in and of yourself.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 13

Waiting on the Lord - Isaiah 40:31

August 2014

National Office

11:39

What kind of waiting renews strength? Those who wait upon the Lord with an eager anticipation that He is going to show up, that He is active, that He’s at work in this world—that kind of waiting renews strength.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 12

Got to, Get to, Got to Preaching - 2 Timothy 4:2

July 2014

Harvest Alliance Church

12:56

John reflects on the collective privilege of preachers to stand before God's people and bring the Word of God as spokespersons of eternal truths.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 11

A Joyful Burden - Psalm 40:8

June 2014

Puerto Rico

12:58

John shares an aspect of what has been going on in his heart this year; how the lostness of man, though a significant aspect of our calling, is not a sustainable motivation for ministry. The love of God that gave Jesus to this world is the love that continues to send us to the world.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 10

Spirit Empowered, Spirit Sent - Acts 1:8

May 2014

Colorado Springs, Colorado

12:32

“Eight days later his disciples were in the house again . . . Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” If they had understood that the Spirit who had raised Christ from the dead had now been given to them, why were they still huddling behind locked doors? Let’s leave them for a moment, and let me ask us: are we still huddling in some locked place of fear, not fully understanding or experiencing that which the Spirit of God wants to grant to us and do in us?

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 9

When the Big One Hits - Luke 13:2-3

April 2014

President's Office

12:28

When disaster strikes, what kind of people should we be? U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo shares "preparedness training for the soul," while "ministering when the flood is still in somebody else’s backyard."

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 8

The Church - Revelation 1

March 2014

Chapel

10:41

John challenges pastors to move beyond perfunctory leadership to the high and holy calling of leading His Church.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 7

We are a Christ-Centered, Acts 1:8 Family - Acts 1:8

February 2014

National Office

11:50

John Stumbo shares how God has raised up The Alliance to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to every segment of human society. And we must have all hands of deck—fully passionate, fully committed, and working together for what He is calling the C&MA to be and to do.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 6

What is a Denomination?

January 2014

National Office

12:09

U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo shares the leadership (or chief executive officer) aspects of his role as president and begins to articulate the vision that God has given to the C&MA.

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 5

Christmas Message – 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

December 2013

Spain

9:52

U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo invites pastors and workers to “receive what God is bringing to us, to the point where it’s something we treasure—hold as holy, to be reflected on.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 4

Our C&MA Heritage

November 2013

New York City, New York

11:09

Watch as C&MA President John Stumbo invites pastors and workers to the same passion that stirred Simpson's heart “the remedy for our spiritual situation in New York is the repentance of professing Christians, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the revival of evangelistic work in the Christian Church.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 3

Sails Up - 2 Corinthians 4

October 2013

National Office

11:32

In this, his third monthly video blog, C&MA President John Stumbo invites pastors and workers to “Leave your sails up, my friends. Persevere with me in this great work to which we have been called.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 2

The Speaking Voice of God - Psalm 25

September 2013

North Springs Alliance Church

11:21

God is speaking… are we listening? In this, his second monthly video blog, C&MA President John Stumbo invites pastors and workers to “stay in the conversation.”

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John Stumbo Video Blog No. 1

It's Our Turn

August 2013

England

10:47

As the new U.S. Alliance president, I’d like to start a conversation with Alliance lead pastors concerning the issues we face together in ministry. During these monthly video blog messages, I may tell a story, share a devotional, issue a challenge, or cast C&MA vision. I will be posting a new video blog message on the 12th of every month.

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