Steve and Claudia Irvin
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
Welcome to our web page! A little bit about us: Following a pastorate in Titusville, FL, we served with The Alliance for 26 years in Latin America in Colombia and Argentina, before accepting a call to pastor a church in Toronto, Canada for three years, and then served as interim pastor at Tabernaculo de la Fe church (our sending church) in Orlando, FL. Since January 2013 we are engaged as International Workers in Madrid, Spain in Bible Institute teaching, mentoring of leaders, and evangelism. We have four adult children and six grandchildren. Pray for us that God would continue to form us daily into the image of Christ, even as He would use us to see many come to Christ and follow Him as Lord and Savior.
IRVIN UPDATE/April-May 2015
A NEW PARADIGM OF LEADERSHIP
“I took you from the ends the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant;’ I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:9-10)
12- Disciple-makers whom to mentor.
3- New pastors to emerge from the Bible Institute (INFORMA).
3- People groups in which to see spiritual fruit: Latin American immigrants, North African immigrants, and Spaniards.
Followers of Christ often import into the Christian arena the values and methods of leadership that are culturally practiced. Christian books on leadership have been known to baptize these practices with biblical proof texts that justify their being adapted by all who desire to be “successful” leaders. Many pastors and leaders have embraced a “CEO model” of leadership that seems foreign to the model of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).
In Medellín, Colombia, March 24-26, twenty-nine pastors and leaders from Colombia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic met to reflect on the implications of Christ-like leadership and leadership development. Some were presidents of pastoral associations, serving as pastors of pastors. Others serve in organizations that minister to pastors. One is the president of a denomination on the Caribbean coast of Colombia that includes 850 churches.
My colleague Pedro Hernández and I were the lead facilitators of the event. Pedro did a wonderful job of both organizing the event, and of ministering effectively in the workshops. There was much brokenness during the conference as the Lord ministered to many. One pastor commented that he was leaving Medellín with a new paradigm of leadership. Another shared, “This is just what my wife and I needed at this time in our lives and ministry.” All left the training event with a renewed vision of what it means to serve as leaders, and to lead as servants in the kingdom of God. You can view a short video we recorded at the event, as well a few photos of the participants.
Pray with us that the Lord would work within us His grace of Christ-like leadership. Pray that He will enlarge the vision of the participants to pour their lives into others through Christ-like mentoring, with a view to their growing to be more like Jesus and to lead like Jesus. Ask the Lord to make this new paradigm of leadership a growing reality in all of our lives.
And please continue to pray for us in Madrid. Even as I write, Claudia is meeting with women in a small discipleship group. She is also coordinating the Bible Academy in the Alianza de Amor Church. The vision is make disciples that make disciples. The Lord is blessing her teaching and mentoring ministries. Ask the Lord to fill us both with His Holy Spirit as serve Him here in Spain and wherever He opens doors of opportunity. Jesus is Lord.
All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin
The Alliance is committed to using with integrity and careful stewardship the financial resources God entrusts to it. It’s in this spirit that for our field operations this fiscal year, we’re getting 3% less than was originally anticipated at the beginning of this fiscal year. The reason for this is to live with what God graciously provides. We thank Him for His faithful provision and invite continuing, sacrificial support for Alliance missions. Thank you!
We are supported by your faithful contributions to the Great Commission Fund of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, or online.
Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
- Pray for Claudia in her mentoring and teaching ministry. Ask the Lord for wisdom as she coordinates discipleship development in the Alianza de Amor church. Ask Him to use Claudia in the spiritual and ministry development of many.
- Praise the Lord for His blessing on Steve's ministry in Colombia, March 18-28. Ask the Lord to use this event to both enlarge the vision of the participants and to multiply the development of Christ-like leaders in Latin America.
- Pray for Steve as he is preparing a Bible Institute course on Pastoral Duties and Responsibilities, and a graduate on-line course on Biblical Mentoring.
- We hope this month to meet with Spaniard friends in a social setting. Ask the Lord to give us discernment and boldness to present clearly the claims of Christ.
- Please pray with us:
That our one overriding passion would be Christ Himself. That we would seek above all His Name and Renown, His Glory and Honor, His Majesty and His Kingdom. That He would lead us to drink deeply of the Holy Spirit and would daily grant us fresh empowerment to walk in holiness, to love Him with our whole heart, mind, and strength, and to serve Him faithfully. That we would be used by God to hasten the coming of Christ as we await His glorious return when He will establish His kingdom and set things right. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Praise the Lord.
Updated: April 13, 2015
- Children's Names
- Field Assignment
- Country of Service
- Calle de Planeta Urano, 2
- Portal 3 Piso 5D
- 28983 Parla, Madrid,
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