ANOTHER GREAT ADVANCEMENT
BEN: Earlier this month, on May 4th, we (the Tikkun Global team) hosted 150 Israeli and International leaders on a strategic Zoom video call. We hosted this gathering online as an alternative to our Alignment Roundtable that was cancelled back in March due to the travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. I was deeply humbled to see this concentration of so many influential leaders, many who lead ministries serving thousands and even hundreds of thousand of people. Many are long-time friends, while several are new companions and Kingdom partners. Asher Intrater, the leader of Tikkun Global, hosted and moderated the call.
There were two primary themes within the call. First, a panel addressed the question, “What is the Spirit saying to the Ecclesia?” This panel of Israelis, Arabs and leaders from around the world shared touching testimonies of the powerful moves of God in each of their nations as well as some of the ongoing challenges. They provided insights reflecting on the CoronaVirus pandemic and the resulting economic turmoil. The clear sense was that though God did not cause the CoronaVirus, He is working within the world both to refine the church and to beckon the world to repentance. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Gospel to go forth in power and love.
The second major element of the call addressed the need for humility, purity and integrity among the apostolic and prophetic streams of the church. As many of you who have been reading our monthly prayer letter know, there has been an ongoing attack against the so-called NAR, or New Apostolic Reformation, within Israel. Even though there is no NAR organization, many of the Tikkun leaders have been lumped together with other charismatic leaders who have been named or associated with NAR. Thus, the Tikkun leaders have been caught up in the debate over the last several years. This document, though not a direct response to the accusations, presents a clear call to accountability and character for leaders.
The preamble of the draft states, “Those of us in leadership who believe in the legitimacy of apostolic and prophetic ministry today, confirm the need for accepted ethics of integrity and accountability. We stand firmly against certain aberrations promoted by some charismatic leaders and some who identify themselves as apostles and prophets. This statement is a call for repentance, righteousness, humility, honesty, purity, integrity, accountability and correctability among all of us who believe in the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of apostles and prophets today.”
The panelists addressed these proposed affirmations and confessions for five-fold ministry functions — especially as related to apostles and prophets. Each provided wise considerations and perspectives which were supplemented by feedback and suggestions from the other leaders on the call. Everyone demonstrated such a spirit of deference and humility to one another and I felt the Presence of God throughout the call. The international leaders enthusiastically confirmed the document and the potential for a positive impact for the body.
Please pray for the next steps of this project — that we will be able to refine and strengthen the final version as we incorporate the feedback and the suggestions of the contributors. Pray also that we would have wisdom for how to disseminate the document for broad acceptance and adoption. Thank you for standing together with us and supporting these important activities. It is a core part of the mission of Restoration from Zion to foster what we have described as the Five Pillars as keys to our role in history who want to see the return of Yeshua. This includes: World Revival and Revival in Israel (Acts 2:1ff), The Unity of the Church (John 17:21), Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all the nations (Matt. 24:14), Bringing the Jewish people to faith in Yeshua (Romans 11:14,15), and seeing a leadership arise in all the nations that is passionate about these goals (Eph. 4:11 ff). Our involvement goes from mentoring leaders and strengthening congregations here in Israel and America to joining together with leaders of the nations to foster the first two pillars. We are deeply committed to and involved in the alignment project that connects us practically to the first two pillars.
Thank you for standing with us during this time of challenge. Some are experiencing financial stringency during this world pandemic, but some have been able to continue their generous support in prayer and giving. We thank you so much. Though we have been doing so much more on-line, our schedules of congregational services, mentoring and teaching are as full as ever.