Benjamin Stephan from Kansas City, Mo is the Missionary and Director of Church Planting/Discipleship
We believe in a church planting based on the book of Acts, that establishes believers within community. The Greek word for church in the New Testament is “ekklesia” which translates to “the called out ones”. The church is a group of believers “called out” of the world to follow Jesus as their savior. In the book of Acts, the Disciples and Apostles traveled to different cities; pulled people out from the world and established groups of believers to meet in homes. This model of church planting is most effective to spread the gospel. We believe the end time church will not survive in mere buildings. The church will be an organic, free moving style of church. We must return to the wisdom found in book of Acts for the church to become purified from the world and to invite the free moving spirit back into the church.
We believe our mission is to go and make disciples ([pl_popover title=”Matthew 28:19 (NIV)” text=”"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"” position=”top”]Matthew 28:19[/pl_popover]). Not all members in our churches will be our disciples. There are qualifications to be a disciple. A disciple must love God more than anything or anyone else and be willing to do anything the Lord is asking them to do ([pl_popover title=”Luke 14:26 (NIV)” text=”"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple."” position=”top”]Luke 14:26[/pl_popover]). Discipleship first starts with an understanding of the Fathers heart. The goal of discipleship is to produce sons to the Father with the ability to submit to the Father and display the Fathers love to other people. When you come to a place of understanding the Fathers heart for other people you are then able to produce disciples. Discipleship is about sons and fathers, if you don’t have the Father’s heart, its important you first become a son, without first being a son it is impossible for you to become a father. When you become a father it is then your job to raise sons to the Father to whom both of you submit to. For example when you study the life of Jesus or Paul you will see the Fathers heart present in whatever work that they do. When making disciples they both had the ability to step in and represent the Father to those they were training. Our belief is that in the Bible you see father to sons order every time you see discipleship. When a father in ministry takes in a son it is then his job to properly train him to have the heart of the Father. If done correctly as a father you will see your mantle placed on your son and he will see double the anointing that his father in ministry previously had. If that son then correctly produces the same model of father to sons discipleship he will then double the anointing again. With this model, our belief is that before Jesus returns the spirit of Elijah will return to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers ([pl_popover title=”Malachi 4:6 (NIV)” text=”"He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."” position=”top”]Mal 4:6[/pl_popover]; [pl_popover title=”Luke 1:17 (NIV)” text=”"And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."” position=”top”]Lk 1:17[/pl_popover]; [pl_popover title=”Matthew 11:14 (NIV)” text=”"And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come."” position=”top”]Mt 11:14[/pl_popover], [pl_popover title=”Matthew 17:10-12 (NIV)” text=”10 The disciples asked him, "Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?"
11 Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."” position=”top”]17:10-12[/pl_popover]) To return the hearts of the father to the children will only happen when we turn around and look at the generation that is to come and give them our mantle in father to son discipleship.
We believe before the return of Jesus the spirit will raise up the greatest prayer movement in history. You see evidence of this throughout the Bible. Examples (Ps. 98:1-8; Isa 24:14-16, 26:8-9, 30:29,32, 35:2,10, 42:10-13, 52:8, 62:6-7; Joel 2:12-17, 32; Zach 8:20-23, 10:1; Matt 21:13, 25: 1-13; Luke 18:7-8; Rev 5:8, 8:3-8, 9:13, 14:18, 16:7) Our belief is the closer we get to the return of Christ the more important it is for the saints to raise up prayer ([pl_popover title=”Revelation 5:8 (NIV)” text=”"And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people."” position=”top”]Rev 5:8[/pl_popover]). Our belief is that the end time church will be a prayerful church that which the world has never seen before. For Jesus will only come back to save those who cry out day and night to him ([pl_popover title=”Luke 18:7 (NIV)” text=”"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?"” position=”top”]Luke 18:7[/pl_popover]). Our mission in the near future is to establish or help establish a prayer room or prayer rooms in Zambia for the end time church movement for we believe this is crucial for the saints not only in Zambia, but to raise prayer for the saints around the world.
- Sunday: Home church at the Chaney’s, Ben children church in Mufulira
- Sunday evening: Girls’ Bible time
- Monday– Shop Rite street men preaching/teaching- Gary Chaney
- Tuesday– Disciplship/Bible study in Kawoma
- Wednesday– Minambe Village- 2 home church groups- Destiny and Ben, Youth girls 12-20 with Rachel Chaney
- Thursday– Teen pregnancy education/bible time support group
- Thursday– Ladies d/bible study in Minambe- Rachel
- Saturday– Children’s church/play time in Minambe
- Monthly evangelism in different villages- prayer and love