Join Our Online Dialog About Fathers and Apostolic Alignment

Fellow Workers In Christ’s Kingdom

As you may or may not know, we have recently unveiled the new version of the Apostles Theological Seminary. Our new website is faster, much easier to navigate, emphasizes ATS’s true nature and identity as a missionary organization (rather than an “educational business"), and features our new “no charge” financial policies for all of our courses and degree programs. (Some may also think that it is a little easier on the eyes.)

As Chancellor of ATS I want to invite you as fellow ministers of the Gospel and leaders in Christ’s Kingdom to take time to familiarize yourself with all we are doing today, so that you can take advantage in your own ministry, work, and region of everything ATS offers. (If you are not already taking courses yourself or working towards an advanced degree, I encourage you to do so. If you are not drawing on ATS to help you train Christian workers for your own ministry or other ministers and church leaders in your city or region, I strongly urge you to begin to do so.  And if you are not already partnering with ATS financially, helping us fulfill our mission, I appeal to you to put us in your mission budget.)

Our new site is not only greatly simplified, our new Home page is also interactive. And today in addition to providing an authentic apostolic and prophetic curriculum the Apostles Theological Seminary seeks to serve Christ’s Kingdom and the global reformation of His Church as an online resource center: providing news of strategic events, hosting chat rooms, strategic forums and dialogs, and apostolic summits and congresses, and by posting relevant articles, pod-casts, and book reviews.

Because of this strategic mission, as Chancellor of ATS, this past week I stepped out on a limb and posted a number of critically important articles and reports discussing the recent blowup of Todd Bentley’s marriage, it’s impact on the Lakeland outpouring, and the alignment of Todd Bentley and the Lakeland revival by Peter Wagner to a number of ICA apostles that had taken place beforehand. Written by some of the most prominent and influential leaders of the current “charismatic church”, these articles and reports deal with the widespread confusion and controversy surrounding these tragic events, and the many, many issues being raised today by what C. Peter Wagner is calling an “apostolic alignment”. These matters impact us all as ministers of the Gospel and as Kingdom leaders, and therefore deserve special attention, discussion, and dialog.

While I am familiar with and deeply appreciate all that Peter Wagner and many others whose articles I have posted have done to serve Christ’s Kingdom and the body of Christ throughout the years (especially in the area of signs and wonders, and prayer and spiritual warfare), there are still many problematic areas that have not been adequately addressed. Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to encourage each of you to take time to read the blogs posted on the Home page of Apostles Theological Seminary (it will not be time wasted as the issues involved are issues we all face sooner or later), and as the Lord directs make your comments in the place provided under each article or report.

The tragic things that have happened in Lakeland, Florida have raised many critically important questions for ministers of the Gospel and Kingdom leaders today, not only in matters of spiritual discernment and protocol, but also in the more significant issues that relate to the nature and role of apostles in the 21st century. Are there still apostles today? If so, what are they really supposed to do? What is their message and mission? How can we distinguish between true and false apostles? How are apostles supposed to relate to each other? Are they independent? Are apostles supposed to build coalitions and networks of ministers and churches or do these structures further divide an already fragmented Christian community? Are apostolic networks and coalitions basis for corporate unity and ministerial accountability? Should apostles be in fellowship (a committed/submitted relationship) or communion with a global body of apostles and elders? What is the responsibility of apostles and apostolic companies in bringing cities and nations under the government of God's Anointed King today?  Should local churches be joined together through apostles and elders in cities, regions and nations or are they supposed to be independent? Should apostles be building their own networks and coalitions of churches today or should they work together to raise up the Lord's Church throughout the earth?

Join our online dialog and together let us seek the answers to these critical questions!

George E. Kouri,
Chancellor of ATS

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Michael Daub wrote:
As Vice President of Admissions at ATS, I welcome the new format and value the opportunity to participate in a global dialog on apostolic issues. Recent events surrounding the Lakeland Outpouring are indeed grievous. However, they also present a great opportunity for concerned leaders to discover what is valid and how to improve our standing together for the cause of Christ's Kingdom. I see God refining and restoring His Church at this time. What we must do now, is to engage one another in the will of God and work together to see an ACTS 15 type of apostolic council emerge. This of course is hard work, but it is necessary. I believe this ATS format will serve that purpose. Looking forward to hearing from the rest of you. Michael Daub

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