Right now I’m in Orlando at the first of five events happening around the world this summer. I am taking about eight days to lead worship for a two week school here in Florida. These schools are happening in Orlando, Los Angeles, London, Denver, and Kansas City. I will be leading worship at the events happening in Orlando, London, and Kansas City throughout the summer. There are about 250 young people in attendance here in Orlando and each gathering is expecting that many or more to be in attendance. The goal is to raise up a group of passionate evangelists who are committed to great intimacy, unto great exploits. I believe we are going to see this young generation raised up to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth with incredible passion! Read on to capture the heart of the Circuit Rider Schools, as stated on the Circuit Rider website.
THE CIRCUIT RIDER HISTORY
In 1703 a hero was born and because of this man the world would never be the same. From the time that John Wesley’s heart would be “strangely warmed” to his dying day, he never stopped his tireless work of revival and reformation! Out of his heart was birthed a movement called the Methodist revival, and this move of encountering God, deep devotion through the spiritual disciplines, and great exploits among the poor and the lost would explode across the western world leaving an indelible mark. Wesley himself was said to have traveled on horseback some 250,000 miles in his lifetime and to have delivered over 45,000 messages on the good news of Jesus Christ. Out of his mentorship and commissioning, another young man would be launched to the shores of America to “spread scriptural holiness across the land”. This man would be perhaps the only man to outride Wesley himself and is said to have spent more miles on a horse than any man in history. This man was Francis Asbury, and even though Wesley was the father of Methodism and the original circuit rider, Asbury would be credited for recruiting and organizing a band of selfless and radical riders who the world was not worthy of that would in fact change America’s future forever.
This group of rough yet broken men would travel the frontiers of America for decades, taking the Gospel to the most remote places in America. In a time of American history where it was easier to stay in one place and live in the comfort of the few cities that existed, these men refused comfort and driven by the ancient dream of Eden to see man and God live in intimate fellowship. They rode on. Over half of them died before reaching age 33 and their annual pay, if any, was around 50 dollars. They did not do it for the love of money, fame nor an affinity towards human comfort. They were absolutely marked by the same determination as Asbury that every home in America would hear and believe the Gospel. When Asbury arrived in America there were a few hundred Methodist followers and a few dozen preachers, but by the time he died there were over 210,000 followers and over 4,000 preachers. America would never be the same because of these wild-eyed revivalists.
The Lord directed us to this piece of history and the stories of these men to inspire us to start the School of the Circuit Rider. The Lord very clearly drew our attention to the stories of these men who gave up their lives so that the kingdom of God would spread across America. From this study of history the Lord began to speak to us about His desire to release wide-eyed revivalists again who would carry the message of the simple Gospel to the nations of the earth. Out of our study and ongoing guidance from God, the School of the Circuit Rider was birthed in July of 2011.
THE CULTURE OF REVIVAL
Simplicity! “Jesus I want to be like you” Christ-centered. Christ-focused.
He is a Real Person. We live the first 1st Commandment.
He is Revival! He is the answer to everything! Jesus is Salvation!
Believing God is who He says He is! Complete Trust in His Word!
Radical Optimism . . . Seeing as God sees.
Believing the best about others . . . . . “I am your #1 fan.”
Culture of Honor, Trust and Love! No suspicion! No doubt!
Un-offendable hearts! Pure tongues! Unbroken communion with God!
Destroying the little foxes “the little compromises in our life”
Radical Transparency! Happy Holiness! Joyful repentance!
“It’s my superior pleasure to remove this from my life, because what I have to gain is far better!”
Thankfulness is the key to overnight revival!
Freedom through Radical Obedience!
Wild, Passionate, & Zealous but filled with Peace & Joy!
Surrendered, Teachable, Humble, Ready for Inconvenient Break-through!
It’s about Others! Jesus made disciples. Multiply!
Freely receive & Freely give. . . .
Burning for the truth; Burning for lost souls. It’s about an entire generation!
VISION AND VALUES
Circuit Riders exists to establish and equip a generation to obey and fulfill Jesus’ Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)
Cultivating a generation of leaders, wholly given and surrendered to the will of the Father, living for a purpose greater than themselves, and sent as laborers of the Gospel to the hardest and darkest frontiers on the earth with the express purpose to:
-Revive: Awakening the Church to a vibrant, surrendered relationship with Jesus and igniting a burning passion for the lost
-Proclaim: Boldly preaching the Gospel, accompanied with the demonstration of Holy Spirit power; manifested in supernatural healing and the salvation of souls in villages, towns, cities and regions.
-Train: Making disciples through teaching biblical truth, replicating and establishing discipleship communities; centered around the presence of God, love for one another, and love for the lost.
-Intimacy with God: Our primary focus is loving God and receiving from Him through relationship and obedience.
-Intercession: Praying strategically in partnership with the Holy Spirit, birthing God’s will on earth by petitioning and warring in the heavenlies, contending for his Kingdom to come.
-Gospel Centered: Proclamation and evangelism, a central focus and desire. Seeing the lost saved from the torment of Hell through the power of the Cross
-Community: Cultivating intentional centers of discipleship centered around worship, prayer, and a love for the Bible. Keeping our hearts alive and vibrant in God.
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