The "Church Growth" Background of John Macarthur's Church's Leadership
The Masters Academy International (TMAI), along with the Master’s College, The Master’s Seminary (TMS), and Grace To You, is a GCC “associated ministry” operating under the GCC umbrella. TMAI (originally named Strategic Training Resources) was formed in 2002. TMAI is John Macarthur’s international ministry.
The headline on the TMAI website, as well as on TMAI literature reads, “Training Church Leaders Worldwide.” 1. In order to understand TMAI and what its “leaders training” involves, it might be helpful to take a very close look at the TMAI leadership itself.
Mr. Rob Iverson—Nestle and TQM
The President and Chairman of the Board of TMAI is Mr. Rob Iverson. He’s also the Chairman of the GCC elder board, Senior VP of Grace To You and serves on the board of the Masters College. As of two years ago, Mr. Iverson was the elder in charge of overseeing the Purpose Driven GCC singles ministry called The Foundry. Not included in his TMAI bio is that Mr. Iverson is a Director of Leadership Resources International, a church growth org. (See page 19 of LRI’s 2007 IRS 990 Form)
It’s not uncommon for church leaders to bring business organizational models into the churches from their workplace. As of two years ago, The Foundry ministry, which Mr. Iverson oversaw, was Purpose Driven. One can assume, therefore, that Mr. Iverson is acquainted with the organizational model, TQM. According to the TMAI website, Mr. Iverson was a senior VP for Nestle. “He was responsible for supply chain activities for more than 30 years.” Is Nestle run on TQM?
According to the book, “The yellow brick road: Total Quality Management and the restructuring of organizational culture”: “By 1988, a group of European multinationals established the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). The 14 original members included Nestle.” The reason for this alliance (EFQM) was to promote and accelerate the usage of TQM. Nestle is the largest food company in the world. According to “Controlling the sustainability of food supply chains” by J Hambrecht, D Corsten, M Noll, and E Meier, “At Nestle, we selected an existing TQM framework as the basis for integrating supply chain controls.” Mr. Iverson was “responsible for supply chain activities” at Nestle for more than 30 years.
It may be of interest to note that at the 2003 Shepherd’s Conference at GCC, Mr. Iverson gave a talk titled “Leadership 101.” In the Handout-Study notes for this talk, Mr. Iverson not only mentions Mother Theresa, M L King Jr., and Gandhi as leadership models, but he made the following statements: “The Bible always sees men as leaders.” And “Leadership is all about relationships.” These statements he made are slogans for the church growth movement and its leadership. At that Shepherd’s Conference, Mr. Iverson gave another talk titled “Dealing with Disunity.” In the study notes for the talk, Mr. Iverson stated another church growth adage, “God hates disunity.” On the contrary, God hates church unity facilitated by man at the expense of truth.
Jay Letey—World Partners USA and The Center for Church-Based Training
For more than 3 years (until Jan. 2008), the Executive Director of TMAI was Mr. Jay Letey. For at least the last 2 years and while serving as Executive Director of TMAI, Mr. Letey has been a “ministry representative” for the Center for Church-Based Training. In the 1990’s, he served as Chairman of World Partners USA. In the Dec 2007 TMAI newsletter, Mr. Iverson stated that Mr. Letey is leaving TMAI to work as a church consultant for the CCBT. Mr. Iverson said, “God is moving him along and Jay, as always, is faithful to follow.” Before we take a look at where he’s going, (CCBT), let’s take a look at where Mr. Letey has been, (World Partners USA).
World Partners USA is the mission sending arm of Missionary Church. Mr. Letey was its Chairman. Mr. Letey also pastored a Mission Church in the 1990’s. Missionary Church was formed by a merger of The Mennonite Brethren in Christ and the Missionary Church Association. The Missionary Church newsletter is called “Priority Newsletter.” In the Feb 2006 edition (the only edition I looked at), their president, Dr. Bill Hossler, advocated Peter Drucker’s approach to reaching the lost for Christ. He states, “Peter Drucker asked 3 significant questions: Who are our customers? What do they need? Therefore, what business are we in?”
One ministry of Missionary Church is called the “Healthy Church Initiative (HCI).” The HCI “seeks to multiply healthy congregations through multiplying healthy disciples of Christ. By following the strategy of Jesus, churches develop a balanced, biblical model of ministry that transforms lives and empowers people to walk as Jesus walked. Assessment tools, coaching, awareness building seminars and other resources are available to help take the necessary steps toward health.” The website goes on to say, “multiplication will increase as churches catch the vision…” “Ongoing support comes through coaching and participation in incubators [small groups].” Where does Christ tell His Bride to participate in incubators? Mission Church International ministries’ “efforts focus on launching sustainable disciple-making movements that result in the development of new communities of believers.” Mission Church also has a “servant leadership initiative” and a “Global Prayer Network” to develop a network of ‘Prayer Warriors.’”
Bethel College is the Missionary Church liberal arts college. When I clicked on the Bethel College website, one headline said, “Bethel College Community build kickoff with Habitat for Humanity.” Habitat for Humanity is an NGO of the UN.
World Partners USA, the mission sending arm of Missionary Church, lists several organizations on its website (no longer online) that it has “enjoyed working in partnership with.” World Partners USA “recommends them.” Of the 16 organizations listed, 5 are “associate members” of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The WEA is a UN-NGO dedicated to the one-world agenda. The WEA’s roots are in Freemasonry.
The World Evangelical Alliance was, until recently, named the World Evangelical Fellowship which, until 1951, was named the Evangelical Alliance. The Evangelical Alliance was founded at a missionary conference in 1846 at Freemason's Hall, Great Queen Street, London. David M. Howard, Director of the 1980 Lausanne Consultation on World Evangelism, wrote in “The Dream That Would Not Die: The birth and growth of the World Evangelical Fellowship 1846-1986”:
“It was an impressive sight. 800 Christians, who had gathered in Freemason's Hall, Great Queen Street, London, in August, 1846, were standing to shake hands and sing the Doxology. They had just voted to establish what has been called "a new thing in Church history—a definite organization for the expression of unity amongst Christian individuals belonging to different churches… They called it ‘The Evangelical Alliance…’” 2.
The venue of the 1846 conference which founded the Evangelical Alliance is momentous. The Grand Lodge of England at Freemason Hall is the mother of all Masonic lodges, the headquarters of International Freemasonry. It was the United Grand Lodge of England that directed our Masonic Founding Fathers in the American Revolution and establishment of the U.S. government. (“Global Prayer & Missions Movement”; “Masonic Origins of the USA”)
In order to qualify, a WEA associate member must be “in accord with the purpose and program of WEA” and “contribute annually to it.” One WEA associate member listed on the World Partners USA site is “International Teams.” On their website (www.iteams.org) it states, “The call to ‘follow me’ means transformed people building transforming communities.” For several years the Chairman of the Board of ITeams was Brian McLaren, the cult leader of the Emergent Church.
Another WEA associate member listed is SEND International. SEND is an acronym. The “D” stands for “developing leaders from among the national people.” SEND values “unity in diversity.” SEND missionaries “strive to disciple new believers into responsible, reproducing Christians who will form reproducing churches.” In the former Soviet Union “SEND was privileged to be invited by the established national church there to work UNDER (emphasis added) their authority.”
Other World Partners USA listed WEA associated ministries include OMS International, Serving In Mission (SIM) and US Center for World Mission. These are all church growth orgs dedicated to the one-world, globalist agenda.
Another organization that Worldpartners USA has listed as having enjoyed a partnership with is EFMA (Evangelical Foreign Mission Association). It is now called The Mission Exchange. The Mission Exchange is an affiliate of the NAE (National Association of Evangelicals). Their “core values” include Synergy, Diversity, Crossing Cultures and Relationships. The mission of the Mission Exchange “is to facilitate relational and developmental initiatives that increase the effectiveness of the Great Commission community.” Its president, Steve Moore, has an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has “more than a decade of experience developing young leaders in a global context.” Their third president and current “Ambassador at Large” is Paul McKaughan. McKaughan served as COO for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism. He directed Billy Graham’s crusades in Brazil (1962) and in Rio de Janeiro (1975). He served on the executive committee of the World Evangelical Alliance. He attended Fuller Seminary Institute of Church Growth (1966-67) and he is/was a member of the World Future Society. Directors of the World Future Society include the New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard and Maurice Strong, former Under Secretary General of the UN and Secretary General of the UN Earth Summit. The World Future Society is in partnership with The Millenium Project, World Federation of UN Associations.
Mr. Jay Letey was the Executive Director of Grace Church’s TMAI for more than 3 years; prior to that, he was Chairman of World Partners USA. It’s clear that World Partners USA is a globalist church growth org that has working connections with many other church growth orgs dedicated to the one-world agenda. Mr. Letey has been a ministry representative for the Center for Church-Based Training (CCBT) for at least 2 years (since I’ve seen the evidence) and, according to Mr. Iverson, he’ll be leaving TMAI to work as a church consultant for the CCBT. Let’s now take a look at the CCBT.
The CCBT’s motto is “bring all to maturity and many to leadership.” They seek to “develop leaders in the local church.” They (CCBT) are “developing leaders…for the sake of multiplying churches around the world.” Their “people development…includes life on life mentoring in the context of authentic community.” Their website states that “this kind of leadership development involves much more than just offering courses. It is a process…” They are “thrilled to hear that their church-based training has transformed lives.”
The CCBT offers seminars for “discipleship training and leadership development.” One seminar they offer is “to make Leadership Development a core ministry value…” These seminars “will move your people beyond information toward transformation.” They offer a seminar track called “leaders training leaders.” The CCBT wants to disciple the nations “through healthy churches.” The CCBT has designed an elder retreat which initiates “learning in community.” This retreat will “help your board be revitalized with unity, vision and purpose.” The CCBT states, “In our leadership teams, we need to plan for things that facilitate community.”
The CCBT offers a resource called “The Leadership Baton” which “provides a solution, a comprehensive approach to helping churches facilitate the emergence of a leadership development ‘culture’ within their church.” The CCBT lists people on its website who have praised “The Leadership Baton.” Most notable on the list is Bob Buford, Chairman of the Leadership Network. Mr. Buford states, “The Leadership Baton describes a coherent, sustainable strategy for success in this critical area.”
How does the CCBT intend to “transform lives,” “develop leaders” and “facilitate authentic community?” One resource they are offering is called “The Discovery Series—a discipleship series for small groups.” The series costs $140. If one follows this series, in 48 weeks “spiritual maturity” will be achieved. The ad states, “The CCBT Six Step Wisdom Process and the facilitator-led, interactive small group studies open the way for life transformation…” Facilitator-led interactive small groups!?! Need I remind the reader that these groups are not only the basis for church growth, but are also the basis for mind control, demonic control and worldwide satanic transformation?
From the CCBT one can purchase a 4 course series called “The Church Leadership Series.” It costs $240. This series “is designed to train and unify your emerging and existing leaders.” The CCBT offers a book called “Elders and Leaders.” The book’s description says, “You’ll be introduced to our basic research paradigm…and the way we ‘defined our terms.’” Terms take on new meaning in the transformation process. For instance, in the new paradigm, “spiritual maturity” no longer means being steadfast in the faith; it now means having a “willingness to compromise.”
One course in the CCBT’s Leadership Development series is called “The Word.” It costs $60. The ad states, “This course will result in life transformation and life-long learning.” Life transformation and life-long learning are Communitarian goals. Life-long learning was promoted by UNESCO and later was incorporated in America’s Goals 2000 Plan. There exists a UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Life-long learning means being a life-long change agent. It means being subjected to life-long social engineering from which there will be no escape. The church growth movement has now brought this same social engineering into the churches. Notice as well that the CCBT doesn’t say that their Leadership Development series results in Christian sanctification. “Leadership Development” is a vehicle with which to propagate Communitarian transformational goals.
Does the evidence, thus far, show that Mr. Letey, the former Chairman of World Partners USA and the consultant for the CCBT, has been “faithful to God” as Mr. Iverson stated in his farewell letter? Or does the evidence show that Mr. Letey has been faithful to the globalist, transformational goals of the church growth movement? Regarding both Mr. Letey and Mr. Iverson: “Can two walk together, lest they be agreed?” Amos 3:3.
Mr. Bill Molinari—the Chairman of Leadership Resources International
Another member of the TMAI board of directors is Mr. Bill Molinari. According to his TMAI bio, “Mr. Molinari worked for 21 years for Van Kampen Funds, a Morgan Stanley company, where he served as President.” Van Kampen Funds is a mutual fund company. His bio goes on to say that “previously he served as Executive Director for Leadership Resources International (LRI), an organization focused on training pastors oversees.” TMAI states that Mr. Molinari previously served as Executive Director for LRI with the implication that he no longer works there. Mr. Molinari, the TMAI board member, is not only currently listed on the LRI website as being their Executive Director, but he is also currently the Chairman of their Board of Directors. This information is significant because LRI is a church growth org. (See page 19 of LRI’s 2007 IRS 990 Form) As stated previously, Mr. Rob Iverson, President and Chairman of the Board of TMAI, as well as Chairman of the GCC elder board, is a Director of LRI.
LRI’s motto is “Launching Pastoral Training Movements Worldwide.” LRI states that “the numerical growth of the evangelical Church around the world greatly exceeds the number of trained pastors available to lead these churches.” It’s remarkable that according to church growth leaders, God can quicken dead men for Christ, but He apparently is unable to raise up pastors and teachers among them in adequate supply. LRI also wants to train pastors who will reproduce. They say, “We must accelerate pastoral training if large numbers of pastors are going to be equipped. Our TNT (Training National Trainers) ministry is a multiplication model in which we invest our lives in a small group of godly, gifted pastor-trainers and then resource them to invest their lives in many other pastors. We make a 3-4 yr. commitment to a given group of TNTers. Then, every 3-6 months, our team spends a full week with these TNTers for in-depth training, extensive debriefing, feedback and assessment.”
LRI’s International Ministry Overview gives more insight into this pastoral training: “Our training is highly relational and learner-centered, focusing on high levels of learner engagement, participation and dialogue, small group work, feedback, and accountability.” This description of “pastoral training” sounds exactly like the rules for facilitating small groups. LRI does offer a course that “will help you train your small groups and cell church leaders.” LRI believes “servant leadership should be modeled.” Their pastoral training in Latin America “has workshops which focus on Sunday school teachers and cell group leaders.” Pastors are encouraged to join with the LRI staff to participate in their training ministries. For those who participate, they add, “We can almost guarantee a life-changing, vision-impacting experience.” For those who would want to partner with LRI, “For $4800, you or your church could fund an entire life-changing regional workshop.” Another resource offered by LRI is a book by President Bill Mills, “Changed: Experiencing God’s Transforming Power.” “You will learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships” describes the contents of another book offered by Mr. Mills.
Five men are listed on LRI’s “Leadership Profile.” In addition to Bill Molinari and Bill Mills, there is Americo Saavedra. His bio states, “His passion to see healthy churches reproducing healthy disciples led him to develop TNT (Training National Trainers), a non-formal model of pastoral training now being implemented worldwide.”
Another LRI leader profiled is Mr. Craig Parro, the Director of LRI’s international ministry. Mr. Parro also sits on the board of directors of TOPIC (Training of Pastors International Coalition). His LRI bio describes TOPIC as “an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide.”
TOPIC is another World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) associate member as well as a WEA Global Partner. TOPIC’s vision wants “every church with equipped and maturing pastoral leadership by the year 2010.” I have often seen the year 2010 mentioned in church growth orgs and I believe that this is because big changes are planned for the world by this date. TOPIC is a major church growth org that much could be written about. They have leaders and ambassadors working for them from orgs like Willow Creek, DAWN Ministries, World Vision International (a WEA Global Partner) and the Church Growth Association of India just to name a few. TOPIC has a list of partners that includes Purpose Driven International, Campus Crusade for Christ, and orgs with names like Church Leadership Development International and Church Planting International. TOPIC also partners with T-Net International, “a worldwide training network for disciplemaking churches.”
The front page of the T-NET website features a quote from R Warren: “Bill (Hull, founder T-Net International) understands that the way to grow healthy, balanced churches is through a people-building process, rather than church programs. Listen and learn from him.” What is this people-building process that Warren is referring to? It’s the dialectic process and “team-building” exercises as manifested in TQM and change agent-led small groups. The T-Net website front page states, “For over a decade T-Net has been guiding churches in developing their own definition of a disciple. We help them equip a team of change-agents who will reshape their church to make it happen.” T-Net comes right out and says it: “We equip change-agents.”
“Popular author and teacher R.C. Sproul, president of Ligonier Ministries, has spoken at Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral on numerous occasions. He spoke at Schuller's church in September 21, 1984, then at John MacArthur's church three days later. Again Sproul spoke at Schuller's church in October 26, 1986, and then at MacArthur's church on October 29. This reveals the importance of practicing biblical separation. To our knowledge, John MacArthur has not personally promoted Schuller, but he has men in to speak at his church who are so spiritually blind that they work hand-in-hand with a heretic like Robert Schuller. This is a great confusion. Some would label this “second degree separation,” but that is nonsense. To separate from a man such as Sproul who is disobeying the clear commands of the Word of God to mark and avoid false teaching is not some kind of secondary separation. It is wisdom and it is obedience.” 3.
In addition to being the Chairman of the Board of Leadership Resources International, Mr. Molinari, according to his TMAI bio “served on the board of Grace To You and Pioneers Mission.” Grace To You is another GCC ministry and Pioneers International is listed as another WEA associate member. His TMAI bio also states that “he [Mr. Molinari] is a member of the Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Illinois.” According to the Harvest Bible Chapel website, Mr. Molinari serves as the Director of Operations at Harvest Bible Fellowship.
Harvest Bible Fellowship is the church planting arm of Harvest Bible Chapel. There are more than 40 Harvest Bible Chapel affiliates. Having been to many of their websites, I would describe them as church growth churches and hybrids of the PDC model. Kurt Gebhards, the pastor who ran the Purpose Driven Foundry ministry at GCC, is now the head pastor of Hickory Community Chapel in North Carolina. Hickory Chapel is a Harvest Bible Chapel affiliate. In June 2009, Bill Molinari sent a letter to Hickory Chapel recommending Kurt Gebhards to be their pastor. He described Gebhards as a "passionate theologian" with a proven "godly character."
The front page of the Harvest Bible Chapel website had two headlines: “Walk with Christ in a small group.” And “get plugged into a small group today.” Their website states, “Harvest is a church of Small Groups.” The website goes on to say, “Small Groups are not ‘another thing’ at Harvest, they are the main channel for discipleship and care for each person who is a part of the Harvest Family.” The website states, “Each small group is lead by a trained Small Group leader.” The “small groups are designed to help you develop significant relationships with others.” Some “small groups at Harvest are called F.O.C.I.S. Groups.” A “focus group” could be another term for a dialectic session. Each Harvest Small Group “is committed to both ‘Mutual Ministry’ and ‘Multiplication.’ Multiplication means eventually forming 2 or more groups.” Once group members are transformed, then they will naturally want to form other groups to transform others.
One resource at Harvest Bible Chapel is called the “Leaders toolbox.” This resource is “to equip our leaders.” It appears that the Harvest small groups or cells are also arranged for top-down control because their website states, “Small Group leaders must receive approval of their Flock Leader prior to beginning a Curriculum option.” I have noticed that some other churches call their small groups “flocks.” It looks like Harvest Bible Chapel is conformed to the cell church model which means that it will be easy to transition this “church of small groups” into the networks which will constitute the world government. This congregation’s loyalty and accountability to their Flock Leaders will be transferred to the anti-Christ.
Bill Molinari, TMAI board member, has been a member of the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) board according to his TMAI bio. According to the SGA website, SGA is an international ministry that operates “an office staffed by nationals at the headquarters of the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of Russia in Moscow (UECB).” The SGA website goes on to say, “Since 1997, SGA has been privileged to serve as the official representative of the Russian UECB in North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.” The UECB is a member of the World Baptist Alliance, a UN-NGO.
Dr. Irv Busenitz—served as a representative for Evangelism-In-Depth, a church growth org
The TMAI website lists 6 men on their Board of Directors. One of them is Dr. Irv Busenitz. According to “Reformation Japan,” the name of the first pastors’ conference hosted by the TMAI center in Japan, “Dr. Busenitz is an administrative VP of the Master’s Seminary and has been involved in leadership/pastoral training for many years.” The website goes on to say, “He (Busenitz)…served for 2 years as a representative for Evangelism-In-Depth, a ministry involving leadership in church growth seminars in the South West.”
On the Evangelism-In-Depth (EID) website it states, “EID promotes the concept of Total Mobilization of the believer to give verbal testimony of their faith in Christ. To accomplish the mobilization of the believer, EID assists the local church in establishing a New Attitude About Evangelism.” Christians should beware of anything promoted by the church growth orgs as being “new.” The result of EID’s instructive 10 hr. seminar will be “a multiplication of Christian communicators.” Would they approve of the multiplication of true Christian communicators who communicated truth boldly and without compromise? EID has a vision statement which states that “EID is a centrifugal movement…” On the top of the page with the vision statement is the quote from Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Church growth orgs often use this verse to justify their vision statements and vision casting. This verse, however, refers to God’s prophetic vision and not to some man-made organizational vision. EID “is directed by an International Board with the vision of seeing the Total Mobilization of all believers…with global objectives.” EID “wants to establish a National Headquarters in every nation.”
Often the best indicator of the biblical quality of a ministry is the quality of those endorsing it. Who has endorsed EID? On the EID “Testimonies” page, a testimony is given by Luis Palau. He states, “I believe EID was born in the heart of God, and for that reason, I recommend it.” It is generally known among Christians that Luis Palau is a false Christian. The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association is also a WEA associate ministry. Palau, who is highly ecumenical, had an 8-week “Say yes, Chicago” crusade in 1996. One of the sponsoring churches was the church growth org., Willowcreek CC. 4. Another EID testimony exhorts pastors “to ‘catch the vision’ of EID.” EID offers a seminar which includes topics like “Dynamic growth in the Early Church” and “Church Growth in the book of Acts.”
Mr. David Deuel and Joni and Friends Ministry
Another member of the TMAI board of directors is Mr. David Deuel. Mr. Deuel “has served as board secretary to The Master’s Academy International since its inception.” He served on a “governor’s advisory committee for former California Governor, Pete Wilson.” And according to his TMAI bio, he served as a regional director for Joni and Friends Ministry. David Deuel is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (see John Macarthur's Rabbi to learn more).
Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends Ministry. According to the Joni and Friends website, her role “as a disability advocate led to a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability for 3 1/2 years, during which time the Americans with Disability Act became law.” Many believe “The Americans with Disability Act” to be unconstitutional.
Joni and Friends is an international ministry that has both a vision and mission statement. Their mission: “We train, disciple, and mentor people affected by disability to exercise their gifts of leadership and service in the church and their communities.” They want “to equip and train leaders in carrying out disability ministry.” Through their ‘Church Relations Team’ and their Church training programs..: “your church will catch the vision, have life changing opportunities to serve…”
Joni and Friends lists a number of their “International Initiatives.” The first is called “Total Access Outreach.” Total Access Outreach is for “empowering the national church to be a change agent in society through training members to make schools, home hospitals, etc. accessible.” Joni and Friends wants to manipulate church members into affecting social change in society. Beware of those, like Joni and her friends, who would wish to “empower” you in some way. “To be empowered” is transformational language that means “to be deceived.”
Joni and Friends lists several affiliates. One is called “Global Transformation Network” (GTN). This network claims to be “dedicated to demonstrating the love of Christ.” They “demonstrate God’s love by empowering the at risk to free themselves from poverty and discrimination.” Their mission statement sums up their goals: “To be a catalytic change agent networking, informing, mobilizing and equipping advocates in government, non-government organizations, educational and medical institutions, church and media to cause spiritual, physical and economic transformation…” “The Global Transformation Network partners with other organizations around the world to implement sustainable projects and affect positive change among the at risk (poor, disabled and disadvantaged) through capacity building, leadership training…” One of the “partner links” at GTN is to http://www.purposedrivenlife.com.
Another Joni and Friends affiliate is called “Pro-Vision Asia”. Their vision statement: “We want to see people holistically transformed and empowered to lead abundant lives.” Their mission statement: “To inspire hope to provide an environment that fosters transformation, and to share our vision with those who seek a positive future.”
Mr. Ken Fuller
Ken Fuller is the Vice Chairman of the TMAI board of directors. According to his TMAI bio, “He serves as the Executive Director of the Believer’s Foundation, which is dedicated to the training of pastors worldwide.” Mr. Fuller also sits on the board of directors of Ministerios Evangelicos de las Americas (MEDA, the TMAI center in Honduras) and “teaches at the Grace Bible Training Center in Brandon, FL.” Let’s now focus on one mission org listed on the Grace Bible Church in Brandon website.
Grace Bible Church (www.gbcb.org) in Brandon, Fl. lists 3 missions organizations on their website. One of them is TMAI and another is The Masters Mission (TMM). TMM has a Missionary Preparation Extension Program with GCC’s The Master’s College. Studying for a semester at TMM can earn one credit toward a Biblical Studies degree at The Masters College. TMM is a 501(c)(3) organization.
TMM “is a training and sending organization for ministries wanting to start new work in relatively unreached areas.” The training base is on 1500 acres in North Carolina. Spring Break at TMM “is students coming from various colleges and universities during their break to work on projects that help the development of the base.” It appears from a photo on the TMM website that several students from the Masters College have been sent there to work during Spring Break. What kinds of projects might the Masters College students be working on at the TMM training base during their break?
The projects include: “Clearing mountain ridge for an airstrip. Radio tower maintenance. Mechanical shop maintenance. Auto mechanical and body works projects. Welding Projects. Painting and staining boat docks and buildings. Digging and pouring foundations. Building retaining walls, seeding, fertilizing, road work…” How much will a student on break get paid for this work? It’s volunteer work. It costs the student round trip air fare and $25/day for meals and housing.
TMM believes that “missionaries should be willing to do hard work side by side with the people they are ministering to.” A Christian who aspires to be a TMM missionary will be required to attend classes at the training base in North Carolina where they will learn, among other things, “technical skills,” before being sent into the mission field. Some of the skills they will learn include “timber harvesting, heavy construction, mechanics, station planning and water systems.” The TMM website states, “Join the Masters Mission family in…planting churches that meet both physical and spiritual needs by establishing children’s homes, medical clinics, water systems, community development projects, and theological training for pastors.” This year-long missionary training program costs $13,110 for tuition and fees.
One leader of TMM attempts to justify this works ministry/social gospel by stating, “As a missionary, you validate yourself only if you’re useful. Practical service creates a platform for spiritual ministry. And that process takes time; on the mission field I have never seen a person come to Christ with an intelligent decision in less than 2 years.” By this missionary’s standards, a Christian preaching the “pearl of great price” on foreign soil would be deemed invalid and useless unless he was willing to pick up a trowel and work. This missionary also holds to the false belief that one needs to first establish a relationship before the gospel can be preached.
Another TMM missionary explains the true nature of their “missionary work” in Kenya: “We moved into Gatab, Kenya,” Jim says, “where senior missionaries had located a healthful place with a good water supply for a mission station. Then we built roads, a water system, and an airstrip for medical emergencies. We built a church building and simple houses for us and the pastors. We worked with the people to get veterinary help for their livestock. We worked with them as they grew corn they could store for the dry season.” If missionaries came to my impoverished country and did all this work for me, gratis, then I think I may, in time, oblige them with a decision for their “Christ.” (Keep in mind that The Master’s College is supporting TMM with volunteer labor.) Why are missionaries laboring like this? Is this the kind of laboring Apostle Paul had in mind when he said he labored above all else?
The goal of the church growth movement is to transition the churches into an “equal partnership” with business and government: Drucker’s 3 legged stool. The plan basically calls for the “Christian” church workers to be the welfare workers for this envisioned Communitarian system. The deceived Christian, digging water wells somewhere in the third world, thinking he’s serving God, will actually be working toward the fulfillment of the global Communitarian goals. These “missionary” activities described by the TMM missionary are in accord with the New World Order standards for “Christian” world missions: be social workers, and keep the “new converts” controlled in small groups. These activities are also in accord with the UN development goals (sustainable development).
R Warren, the CFR member and Southern Baptist, has cast his vision toward the fulfillment of this globalist agenda which he call his PEACE plan. PEACE being an acronym (P=planting churches (since changed to “promote reconciliation), E=equipping servant leaders, A=assisting the poor, C=curing the sick, E=educating the next generation). Warren’s vision calls for “one billion foot soldiers” to solve the world’s problems—apart from God. These foot soldiers will include Christian volunteers serving in their place within the church-state alliance.
Is it believable that world leaders want to help the world’s poor and cure the sick? Or are these idealistic goals, like PEACE, just a lure intended to bring the churches into their proper alignment within the 3-legged stool (Communitarian system)? How else could the church be drawn into this Communitarian partnership without appeals being made to a social gospel of PEACE devoid of the true gospel message?
Church growth orgs, being dedicated to this Communitarian agenda, are now entering partnerships with business and foreign governments. R Warren plans to transform Rwanda into the first Purpose Driven nation. Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, spoke at Saddleback Church on April 15, 2005. He said, “Rwanda is interested in forming business relationships with people in this country and we will be more than happy to tell you about the investment opportunities that are available.” Kagame, speaking at a “church,” is inviting business to partner with his government. Since business is one leg of Drucker’s stool, when Warren’s small groups go to Rwanda, they may also be working toward the fulfillment of business interests.
Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez, is a leader in the effort to transform Africa (He partners with World Vision [UN-NGO]). Wilkinson was the keynote speaker for the “Transformation Namibia” celebration held on May 1, 2003 (May Day is a major Satanic holiday, Beltaine). The “Transformation Namibia” website states that their “ambition is all about government, business and church leaders joining hands to address the real needs of our country.” This means their ambition is to implement Communitarianism in Namibia. What kind of gospel do government and business leaders join hands with? Their mission is “transforming Africa through unity and prayer, as we mobilize the body of Christ, and all spheres of society, community by community, nation by nation, with the full gospel of Jesus Christ.” “Transformation Namibia’s” strategy is “to facilitate a national leadership strategy.” And “to formalize measurable targets per main focus areas for March 2010 and March 2030.” “Measurable targets” may refer to the measurable goals demanded by the global communitarian system. Church growth leaders are pragmatists who validate efforts by measurable results. Men like Noah would have been kicked off his church growth leadership team.
Church growth leaders desire much more than to transform Christians and their churches. Church growth leaders will say they desire to transform communities, nations and even entire continents. What do they mean? I believe these transformational goals refer to the subversion and transformation of national governments by Communitarian partnerships. Of course, all this transformation will occur “in the name of Christ.” But are church growth leaders transforming the world for Jesus Christ, who said His Kingdom is not of this world? Or are they transforming the world for Satan and his leadership?
[The following information is for those interested in the TMM money trail: Mr. Ken Fuller is the Executive Director of The Believers Foundation. Robert and Lorena Jaeb funded the Believer’s Foundation. Stephen Jaeb, their son, is a “servant-leader (Elder)” at Grace Bible Church in Brandon and he also sits on the board of directors of TMM. According to the 2007 IRS form 990, from 2003-2006, Stephen Jaeb gave $201,685 to TMM and his parents gave $593,000.
According to the 2007 IRS form 990, Grace Foundation from 2003-2006 gave $2,146,759 to TMM. Grace Foundation also contributed to Bill Molinari’s church of small groups, Harvest Bible Fellowship. Bill Molinari was the President of Van Kampen Funds. From 2003-2006, Judith Van Kampen, who is listed as a Director of Grace Foundation, contributed $384,320 to TMM. The last of TMM’s 5 major contributors listed on the IRS form is Grace Church of Dupage. From 2003-2006, TMM received $284,589 from Grace Church of Dupage.
Grace Church of Dupage is another transformational ministry. It has both a purpose and vision statement. It has “cell groups” that meet in various homes and “small groups” “for relationship building.” In one place its website states that because “The method Christ used focused on relationship building. We desire to be a relational student ministry with a purpose.” (Did Christ focus on building human relationships?) Men at Dupage are encouraged to “join an accountability group.” And they are reminded “the Christian life is a battle that cannot be fought alone.” Grace Church of Dupage wants to “facilitate” relationships among their women in various ways. Genesis, their middle school ministry, “comes together every Wednesday night in the cry room for a time of group activities, ice-breakers, interactive small groups and lots of fun. On the 4th Wednesday Genesis will participate in some kind of relationship building event such as rock climbing, laser tag, pizza party, etc.” Grace Church of Dupage also has FLOCKS, an organized small groups ministry, for, among other things, leadership training, and to “serve one another’s needs.” Grace Church of Dupage is clearly a transformational ministry built on a human relationship paradigm.]