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.” 94. 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…’” 95.
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.”
TOPIC also partners with Equipping Pastors International (EPI) . EPI is another church growth org and RC Sproul is listed on their Board of Reference.
“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.” 96.
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 Harvest Bible Chapel-Hickory 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. 97. 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.
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 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.]
Mr. Len Crowley—the Managing Director for Counsel & Capital
Another man who could be considered an important TMAI leader is Mr. Len Crowley. Mr. Crowley was once a pastor at Grace Community Church and in addition to teaching at TMAI centers, is the Managing Director for Counsel&Capital (C&C). C&C is in the business of “bridging the gap between ministries and their prospective donors.” C&C provides ministries with counsel that will enable the ministry to obtain more capital. TMAI is a “client ministry” of C&C. According to the TMAI prospectus, Len Crowley “was trained for ministry under the teaching of John Macarthur and GCC.”
The C&C vision statement: “To inspire ministries to effectively connect with left-brain, major donors, igniting increased impact, thus transforming “the matter of giving and receiving (Phil 4:15).” Their mission: “To build bridges of accountability and trust between left-brain, major donors and ministries by transplanting functions of the investment banker into the Christian non-profit community.” C&C believes a problem is that “all too often a gulf exists between donors and ministries.” They call the solution to this problem “the paradigm addition-communication tools that connect and create confidence with major donors.”
Among the board members of C&C are Jack Modesett Jr., a Board Member of Christianity Today and its Chairman as of 2006, and Fred Smith Sr. [now deceased] who “was a contributing editor to ‘Leadership’ and a past director of Christianity Today, Youth for Christ and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.” 98. Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham in 1956, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are completely dedicated to the globalist goals of the church growth movement.
“In Billy Graham and His Friends (which came out November 2001) I mention (and fully document) a number of Masons who have close ties to Billy Graham. Several of Graham’s staff have been Masons such as William M. Watson who was the director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Corporation (BGEA), David M. McConnell, also a director of the BGEA, and Arthur Lee Malory who was the co-chairman of the Billy Graham Crusade Advisory Committee for the St. Louis Crusade in 1973.” 99.
The C&C website lists resources they recommend for our reading. One article is called “Principled Governance” by Len Crowley. Under the headline, “Forging Unity,” and the sub-headline, “Making decisions by genuine consensus,” Mr. Crowley, advising church boards, admits “genuine consensus building in board decision making is hard work.” Consensus building is another term for the group dialectic process. Should church boards make decisions based on consensus (what they can all agree upon and feel good about), or should they make decisions based on obedience to God’s Word? Traditional governance makes decisions by obedience to higher authority or by adhering to truth or by debate or by majority vote. A transformational governance makes decisions based on consensus.
Under the headline, “Yoking Vision with Plan,” Mr. Crowley states that every organization needs a vision which is “motivating and unifying.” He goes on to say that any plan should include “measurable goals.” Under the headline “Cultivating Transparency,” Mr. Crowley states, “Transparency means cultivating an environment of honest, open communication within an organization. It is vital to its health.” “Transparency,” another transformational term, facilitates team building. Transparency in the environment, I believe, implies a kind of vulnerable openness where organization members have a willingness to confess their thoughts and feelings so that they can be synthesized to consensus through dialogue.
Another C&C recommended resource is an article written by the C&C President called “Reaching the left-brain donor.” The article states, “John D Rockefeller, patriarch of the Rockefeller family, may have been such a donor [left brain]…Historians suggest that the nervous breakdown Rockefeller suffered was due to the difficulties he faced trying to accomplish his philanthropic responsibility. While token givers may be labeled selfish, many, like Rockefeller, desperately want to give generously to humanity.”
Rockefeller’s agenda for the Christian Church was its transformation. “In the fostering of Marxism in the churches through such agencies as the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, by the Rockefeller Foundation, there emerges the idea that the real intent and purpose is the destruction of religion as we know it and its replacement by ancient concepts of religion…” “The mask of religiosity, combined with the sham of pseudo-philanthropy, was invaluable in blinding the public to the true nature of the activities of the Rockefeller interests.” “The clear-cut statement of Rockefeller’s purpose in his ‘philanthropies’ has never been lost to sight by the Rockefellers or their agents. That purpose from the start, was, and still is, a ‘new social order,’ the establishment of a dictatorship in the United States.” (Emanuel Josephson’s “Rockefeller ‘Internationalist’”, NY: Chedney Press, 1952)
Counsel & Capital lists on their website 14 of their “client ministries.” Several, if not all of them, are new paradigm Communitarian orgs. In addition to TMAI, their clients include Joni and Friends, SEND International and Cure International.
The motto on the Cure International website is “healing changes everything.” Under “get involved” it states, “being a part of something much bigger than yourself has a way of transforming your life.” This is General Systems Theory (GST), the theory behind the practice of TQM. In GST, we must all see ourselves as part of the greater whole. We are all interdependent. A butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon can cause an avalanche in Alaska. We are useless without relationships. There are no lone saints! The Cure website states, “450,000 children have already had their lives transformed by CURE…and their families have experienced equally miraculous transformation.” If a child is cured, why does that transform all other family members? “CURE’s” operational model is designed “to ultimately increase the healthy capacity of the indigenous people…” To increase the “healthy capacity” of the people could mean to increase a capacity for openness and compromise within the people. “Components of our faith ministry include ‘Leadership Development.’” In addition to being cured, they’ll be made “leaders” (change-agents).
Another C&C “client ministry” is International Bible Society (IBS). IBS is a World Evangelical Alliance associated ministry. IBS is “the translation sponsor of the NIV.” Their vision: “What we do each year must be in concert with the vision of the future.” Not in concert with God’s Word?
Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) is another C&C client ministry. Their website states, “CHF builds strong relationships with indigenous leaders.” In “about us,” CHF wants “to meet thousands of needs that exist in the world today…help transform children’s lives from hunger to hope.”
Biola University is another C&C client ministry. Their front webpage has (since taken down) a headline: “Biola Goes Green.” It goes on to say, “In honor of Earth Day, Biola University celebrates its efforts across campus to “Go Green.” A “Christian University” is honoring the pagan Earth Day? On May 24, 2008, Rick Warren gave the undergraduate commencement address at Biola. John Macarthur graduated from Biola University’s seminary.
Another C&C client ministry is Crown Financial Ministries (CFM). CFM offers a “Life Group Study” called “Biblical Financial Study.” To prepare to lead this study CFM offers “Life Group Leader Training.” This Study is designed to last 10 weeks. In the sample Crown Biblical Financial Study Leaders Guide, concerning “group size” the leaders guide states, “We limit the size of the group because the group dynamic is damaged if the group is too large.” Why are they concerned with group size and dynamic? In a didactic financial study, just like a didactic Bible study, the size of the group would only be limited by the size of the room. CFM is concerned with group size and dynamic because this isn’t a didactic study where the leader will “teach to facts.” The study says that for 10 minutes each group member “shares creative ideas on how to save money.” Then for 70 min. they have a “group discussion.” This conforms to dialectical guidelines where each group member opens up and shares and then a leader facilitates a discussion (dialogue) to consensus.
It matters little to change agents whether the diverse group is meeting to talk about financial matters, world hunger, curing the sick, the Bible, or whether they are going to a restaurant, or enjoying fun summer BBQ’s, or playing miniature golf. All that matters is that they are together, that they are sharing, that they are open to seeing matters from each other’s viewpoint, that they are experiencing compromise, finding common ground, and are being transformed into group thinkers who will always have a willingness to compromise Truth for group consensus.
Another C&C client ministry is The Seed Company (www.theseedcompany.org). Their vision statement is “Creatively networking God’s people around the world to translate the Bible into every language for his glory.” Networking God’s people? “Partnerships are an integral part of The Seed Company vision.”
Len Crowley has also served on the International Executive Committee of SEND International (WEA associate member). And Mr. Crowley, like Mr. Jay Letey, is also a ministry representative for the Center for Church-Based Training (CCBT). Mr. Crowley is also a teaching pastor for Northword Church.
Northword has both a purpose and vision statement. Their vision “is to know and love the Lord Jesus transformed by His power.” On the Northword website in “our values” under the subtitle “giving ourselves” the first sentence reads, “Transformation occurs in community.” If Jesus has the ability to transform us, as the Northword website states, then why do they emphasize that “transformation occurs in community?” Because the transformation they are referring to is facilitated by man and is not a work of God.
Dr. David A. Wismer
The only TMAI board member I have yet to mention is Dr. David A Wismer. He is the treasurer for TMAI and according to his TMAI bio, “Following his graduation from UCLA with a Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering, David joined the UCLA faculty and rose to the tenured rank of Associate Professor.” According to an article by J Douglas Birdwell, the President of the IEEE Control Systems Society, “I have always believed there are strong connections between the theory and applications of systems and control and the problems of everyday life. These connections exist with management of human organizations, too. An example is financial management…” TQM, general systems theory and control systems, I believe, are similar. They depend on accurate assessments and feedback. As of 11/06, Dr. Wismer was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Institute for Creation Research. Tim LaHaye is also on the board. Dr. Wismer, the treasurer of TMAI, as of 2007, was the director of The Believers Foundation. 100.
Dr. Steve Lawson, Southern Baptist
“God is the Architect…radically transforming our lives”
Though he isn’t on the board or the staff, Dr Steve Lawson also could be considered another leader at TMAI. In addition to sitting on the board of The Masters College and Seminary, he teaches at several TMAI training centers and serves on the Advisory Council for Samara Preachers’ Institute and Theological Seminary in Samara, Russia, a TMAI center in Russia. Dr. Lawson is the Senior Pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church (CFBC) in Mobile, Alabama. CFBC is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, a UN-NGO. The teaching ministry of Dr. Lawson is called “New Reformation Ministries (NRM).” On the NRM website, the first sentence of their purpose statement states, “The unique focus of New Reformation is to recover and reclaim in the church a high view of God, a vision of Him…” Under “Our Passion” it states, “Moreover, we must know that God is the Architect of an eternal plan for us, and that He is ushering in His sovereign purposes on a grand scale, there by building up our faith and radically transforming our lives.” “Radically transforming” is new paradigm, church growth language.
According to The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the word “architect” is not in the Bible. In his “Institutes of the Christian Religion,” John Calvin, a crypto-Jew, referred to God as “the Architect of the Universe” as does Freemasonry. Freemasons refer to their God, Lucifer, as the Grand Architect. The first sentence of a Masonic sermon on a Masonic website states, “Masonic conduct is to adore the Grand Architect of the Universe.” 101. Dr. Lawson states that “God is the ARCHITECT… ushering in His sovereign purposes on a GRAND scale.”
It has been documented that the Southern Baptist Convention is controlled by Free Masonry, that more than 1 million Free Masons are members of the SBC and that more than 1000 pastors in the SBC are Free Masons. 102. Incredibly, the publication of these statistics hasn’t prevented John Macarthur from fellowshipping with and bringing SBC pastors and leaders into GCC.
TMAI’s Leader’s Transformational Language
I’ve taken a close look at the TMAI leadership and their church growth backgrounds and connections. TMAI has 16 training centers. They are all in foreign countries. I was able to attend a small group session at the Guild and experience an ice-breaker exercise at the Foundry. I’m unable to attend a TMAI training center. Nevertheless, the presence of the church growth movement can be detected by its transformational language.
Because the GCC membership is more biblically savvy than, let’s say, the Saddleback membership, Satan’s agents (change agents) working within the GCC walls must, therefore, be more subtle in their use of transformational language. For example, Grace Church change agents probably can’t, at this time, use terms like “facilitator” or “paradigm shift” or other terms that might be common at Saddleback or at other church growth orgs. Language employed at the Center for Church Based Training or at World Partners USA couldn’t be used at TMAI. Language used at Leadership Resources International or TOPIC can’t be used at TMAI; for to use this more blatant language now would risk waking up the sleeping Grace Church congregation. “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” Genesis 3:1.
TMAI has 16 centers worldwide dedicated to the training of local church pastor/leaders. In the TMAI “Overview” under the headline, “The Right Vision,” is the statement, “Training Indigenous Church Leaders.” The TMAI centers are staffed by graduates of The Master’s Seminary. The centers have established partnerships with local churches that send some of their congregants to the local TMAI center for training. The centers have also established partnerships with churches in the US. These US churches have also sent their leaders to TMAI centers to assist with the local pastoral training.
In the TMAI “Overview” under the headline, “The Right Strategy,” TMAI explains the urgent need to train church leaders: “Presently among the nations approximately 4,000 new churches are born each week. That number is projected to reach 12,000 per week, within three years. Well trained leaders are drastically needed in order to establish these new churches in the Word of God.” (I have seen similar projections on other church growth sites).
John Macarthur preaches the sovereignty of God with regard to the salvation of the elect. Yet, in putting forth church growth statistics to justify the urgent need for worldwide leadership training programs, the TMAI leadership is clearly embracing an unbiblical, Arminian theology as must all church growth leaders. For if God is sovereign, as John Macarthur preaches, and if men come to Christ only by God’s sovereign will, as John Macarthur preaches, then how could the TMAI leadership possibly project that God will quicken enough dead men 3 years from now at a rate sufficient to fill 12,000 churches per week? “For who hath known the mind of the Lord?” Romans 11: 34
TMAI projects that within 3 years (perhaps by 2010) there will be a drastic increase in the number of new churches “born” each week with the implication that these new churches will be filled with new Christian converts. But their church growth vision is clearly refuted by the Bible which states that in the last days, and preceding the coming of Christ and the rise of anti-Christ, there will be a “falling away” or apostasy (2 Thess. 2:3). In fact, the explosion of church growth orgs and the infiltration of their subversive transformational leadership into nearly all the churches in the last 20 years is solid proof of the “falling away” foretold in Bible prophecy.
Church growth leaders have cast their transformational visions which project the need for a drastic increase in church plants. Why? Planting churches is the “P” in R Warren’s global PEACE plan. According to the plan, the poor can’t be aided, nor can the sick be healed, nor can water wells be dug, nor can educational goals and business interests be met without first planting churches.
It could be true that in 3 years, 12,000 churches will be planted worldwide per week. And these churches may have many members. But how many in their membership will be true converts? How many of their membership will have ever even heard the true gospel? If the churches planted are all in the process of becoming “healthy” with their membership all participating in facilitated small groups and teams, then any true convert, being resistant to this PEACE plan process will either leave or will be kicked out. As time goes on, these “healthy” church plants will have no true Christians in their membership.
One way to know if the transformation process has infiltrated an organization is if its leadership is using transformational language. Is there more evidence that the TMAI leadership is employing this transformational language? In the TMAI literature there is little, if any, mention of the need for repentance, forgiveness of sins, picking up your cross, etc., but many references to the need for transformation and change. Allow me to give, in no particular order, some examples of this language from their website.
TMAI publishes a small, 4 page long, monthly newsletter. The headline of the TMAI newsletter (3/07) reads, “Transforming Africa.” The first sentence asks, “How do you transform a continent?”
The TMAI newsletter (7/06) says that Pastor Len Crowley went to speak at the first-ever TMAI Croatian Pastor’s Conference. The first 3 sentences of the article: “Courage. What does it produce in the life of the believer? What kinds of transformation can it bring to a church?” During his speech Pastor Crowley said, “We want to train expositors so that we can see a transformation in the pulpits of Croatia.” The article goes on to say, “This isn’t just transformation for transformation sake, either. By making an impact on the pulpits, Crowley and the rest of the TBA team are looking to transform congregations.”
The TMAI newsletter (9/06) talks about the Impact Bible Conference in New Zealand. The first sentence states, “What can you say about the 2006 Impact Bible Conference that isn’t summed up by the phrase printed across the front of its guide booklet? It reads, ‘Transforming Lives with Truth,’ and that’s precisely what took place last month.”
In the TMAI newsletter (9/05), the first sentence of the opening article reads, “For 4 days in August, the neighborhood that serves as home to the Shepherd’s Bible College was transformed as church leaders from across New Zealand and parts of Australia flocked to the 2005 Impact Bible Conference.” All the TMAI centers have pastors’ conferences at least annually as does GCC. These conferences are interdenominational. They give diversity an opportunity to come together, build relationships, and unify. Men can be transformed as they learn to set aside their differences, find common ground and reach consensus.
Regarding these TMAI conferences, the TMAI newsletter (5/07) states, “In essence, the conferences generate momentum. They build relationships and lay the groundwork for a broader scope and a new level of cooperation. They glorify God by bearing powerful witness to the power of His Word to transform churches…and to transform lives.” Are churches and lives being transformed by the “power of His Word”, or are churches and lives being transformed by the wiles of change agents facilitating “relationship building” and “new levels of cooperation?”
The first TMAI newsletter (4/05) under the title, “The Right Results,” is the subtitle, “Transformed Lives and Churches.” In the article under the subtitle it states, “Consider the results in the life of a transformed individual.” The article goes on to explained how a woman has been “transformed by the Lord.” One pastor in the TMAI Samara (Russia) said that “the training…has completely transformed me as a preacher.” (7/05) “…they believe in the power of Scripture to transform lives and save souls.” (9/05) And “to know God’s transforming Grace.”
Mr. Jay Letey, the Executive Director of TMAI until Jan 2008, often talked about change. He wrote a very brief article for each newsletter. The following are several quotes he’s made. “Together, we’re fostering the kinds of deep changes that reshape families and communities for generations. We’re helping create changes that extend into eternity.” (9/06) “Your sacrifices are shaping churches and changing communities around the world.” (8/06) “[Numbers] are a yardstick we use to measure our steps toward our ultimate goal, which is to see God change lives.” (9/06) “[After your pastor says something that really pierces your heart] Slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) you begin to change. Like clay on the potter’s wheel, you take on a new shape.” (9/06) “Those kinds of changes are our goal.” “Thanks to friends like you, we’re changing lives.” (9/06) “They are prepared to Shepherd God’s flock—to lead believing men and women toward the kind of change we all crave when we go to church.” (9/06) “And that’s what we’re after—changed lives by exposure to sound systematic Bible teaching.” (9/06) “…turning that support into powerful, life changing ministry…” (7/05) “We (at TMAI) know that the only avenue to true change in people’s lives is to expose them to solid biblical teaching.” (9/06) (Notice that solid biblical teaching doesn’t result in saved souls or repentance, but “true change.”)
The following are random quotes taken from the TMAI website regarding some of their references to change. “How long does it take to change a person’s life? An hour? A day? How long to change 300 lives? If what happened in May at the Pastors’ Conference in Ukraine is any indication, even sweeping change like that can happen in an instant.” (7/06) (If those attending this conference were already Christian pastors, then how did they change “in an instant?”) “…and that attention is planting the seeds of change in both nations.” (6/06) (Not planting the gospel, but “seeds of change.”) “That’s the power of the right message—the power to shape churches and change lives.” (7/06) “If you want to change Africa, change the pulpits.” (11/05) (Get the true preachers out and the transformational preachers in?) “But the schools impact is anything but small. Measured by changed lives, its impact is immeasurable.” (11/05) “But one thing is certain. Lives will be changed and communities will be bolstered in Krasnodar because churches will grow there.” (4/06) “The results are palpable. You can see it in the changed lives of the people in the churches.” (12/05). “You’re giving us the ultimate gift by helping us change lives.” (12/05) “3-day conference in Samara changes lives, ministries.” (8/05) “…listen to the heart of a ‘changed pastor.’” (4/05) “You can see it in the changed lives of the people.” (12/05) “Your year-end gift can change lives.” (12/05) “A team from Coast Community Church in So. Cal….there to change lives.” (12/06) “My life was totally changed.” (3/07) “each one demonstrating the life changing power of God’s work.” (3/07) “in churches…lives are being changed for the glory of God.” (10/07)
From these quotes listed above, one can see that the TMAI leaders want to transform or change the following: lives, pastors, pulpits, families, ministries, congregations, communities, nations and continents.
Do TMAI leaders also have transformational visions and are they casting visions? The following quotes are from Mr. Letey: “I saw church leaders catch the Master’s Academy vision.” (3/06) “To me, little is as exciting as when a church body here in the US catches our vision for God’s church around the world.” (8/06) “The conference…provided us with a platform to share our vision with hundreds of pastors and church leaders.” (3/06) “The country’s Baptist Union is enthusiastic to promote the same vision as we are trying to accomplish…” (10/06) “We want you to make one of these training centers an extension of your church’s missions outreach. That is our vision.” (3/06)
Are other leaders at TMAI using this language? The first headline of the first TMAI newsletter, April 2005, is “The Right Vision.” The article under the subtitle, “Historic Gathering,” states, “For the first time in TMAI history…representatives from all the training centers gathered…for 2 days of meetings…exciting reports were given by each training center as they shared their approach to fulfilling the common vision of training church leaders…” The first TMAI newsletter has a headline which reads, “Your vision and strategy—participating in training church leaders worldwide.” “We think locally, then expand that vision around the globe.” (2/06) “Central Baptist Church (TMAI partner), has helped spearhead the institute’s vision country wide.” (1/06) A pastor who visited a TMAI center to teach reflected on his experience: “It definitely renewed and deepened a vision for me…” (4/06) Regarding one TMAI team, “Their vision, meanwhile, remains the greatest source of encouragement to everyone who hears it…” (6/06) “They reflect the academic and theological unity he has always envisioned for Academy [TMAI] sponsored schools.” (6/06) The leaders of the German TMAI center “are fulfilling a vision for their homeland.” “The Pastoral Training Institute (PTI) of Pune, India is the fulfillment of Pastor Chris Williams’ vision.” “PTI’s vision is to strengthen the church in India by equipping hundreds of men who are committed to ministry as pastors and church planters.” “…the dream and vision for the founding of the TBA (TMAI Croatia) in our territory became an historical reality…” Regarding the TMAI training process, “In order to fulfill our vision…the training must be reproducible in others.” “…it is our prayer and vision.” “Christian’s (the last name of a leader in TMAI Germany) vision for Europe, her pastors, and her people was exemplary.” “The hunger for the word is growing tremendously here,” Andreson says. “The vision is for the extension to last…” (11/07) “They have a real vision for reaching the German speaking people.” (1/07) “…it also helps…create a world-wide vision back home.” (1/07) “Biedebach’s (missionary partnering with TMAI-South Africa) vision is to settle in the Malawi capitol…” (6/07) TMAI missionaries “after spending a week overseas as a guest teacher, return with a deeper vision and a greater sense of worldwide outreach.” (10/07)
Is John Macarthur also using this language? On Feb. 27, 2006, representatives from all the TMAI centers gathered in a room for a symposium at GCC. John Macarthur addressed the group: “To see this expand is a great thing,” Macarthur said. “To see you reproducing (the biblical model for the church) for another generation is a great thing…I want to make sure we continue to be committed to this vision you’re living out for us, and that it grows and flourishes and expands.” Macarthur is using the church growth terms “vision” and “reproducing.” It looks like the person who wrote this newsletter account edited Macarthur’s speech by qualifying “reproducing” as “the biblical model for the church.” If Macarthur had said “the biblical model for the church,” then it wouldn’t have been placed in parentheses.
I know a Christian who attended Grace Church for years. He told me, though he could be wrong, that he has never heard Macarthur use terms like “vision” and “reproducing” from his pulpit. Does Macarthur employ traditional, biblical language when preaching to his congregation and then use transformational language when talking to the TMAI leaders? Are the TMAI leaders obeying Jesus Christ or are they “living out” the GCC leader’s “vision” as Macarthur said?
An excerpt from John Macarthur’s book, “The Truth War,” does show that Macarthur uses “health” language as well: “…we need to notice carefully that a polemic defense of the faith by no means guarantees a healthy church, much less a healthy individual Christian.” Quoting further from this 3 paragraph excerpt: “Churches have a clear duty to guard the faith against false teachers who infiltrate,” says John Macarthur.
The excerpt goes on to say, “Truth is under heavy attack, and there are too few courageous warriors who are willing to fight. When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, believers from this generation will not be able to justify their apathy by complaining that the strife of conflict over truth just seemed ‘too negative’ for the kind of culture we lived in—or that the issues were ‘merely doctrinal’ and therefore not worth the effort.” I fully agree. I’ve experienced the “strife of conflict” for attempting to tell the truth to Macarthur’s pastors at GCC.
Macarthur also said, “Remember, Christ rebuked the churches in Rev 2-3 who had tolerated false teachers in their midst (2:14; 20-23). He expressly commended the Ephesian church for examining the claims of certain false apostles and exposing them as liars.” Macarthur’s truthful statement here shows that he will be rebuked by Christ for tolerating several false teachers in his church. I know from experience that one will be called a liar by Macarthur’s pastors if one dares expose truths that they would rather have kept hidden.
John Macarthur offers a 4-part series called “The Character of a Healthy Church” which has been taken from his sermons. He states in this series that “a healthy church will be healthy internally and healthy in regard to its witness.” Christians “are to be healthy in faith.” “…so a healthy church with healthy Christians is going to have a witness in the world.” I’m not saying this series is biblical or unbiblical. What I find concerning is his use and promotion of “health” language.
Not long ago, John Macarthur wrote a book titled “The Book on Leadership” (2004). Today, the world (change agents, facilitators, Marxists, Fascists, Communitarians, church growth leaders) is busy talking about leaders and leadership. And if the church is supposed to be set apart from the world, then why is John Macarthur also talking about leadership?
In the 12/06 TMAI newsletter, Jay Letey said, “By helping establish churches that are committed to proclaiming God’s Word, we are carrying on the mission Christ gave us when he said, ‘Make disciples of all nations.’” There is some dispute as to whether Jesus Christ said “make disciples of all nations” (NASB) or “teach all nations” (KJV). Nevertheless, church growth orgs love this verse in the modern versions because it allows them to justify “discipleship making” which means “leadership development.” Church growth churches are also called “disciplemaking churches.” The commission in modern Bible versions “to make disciples” allows church growth leaders to justify all their church plants and their training and mentoring programs. Here’s an example from TMAI: “Pray for the National Expositors Conference on Jan. 8-12, 2007 sponsored by the Pastoral Training Institute (TMAI India). The theme of the conference is “The Pastor as Disciple Maker. (2 Tim 2:2).”
I’ve shown numerous quotes from TMAI leaders related to change, transformation, and visions. Is there evidence of more transformational language in the TMAI literature? Regarding TMAI’s efforts in Mexico to create partnerships, the TMAI newsletter says, “According to Rob Iverson, President of The Master’s Academy, synergy is the key.” (11/05)
Synergy is a word used in TQM and in church growth. One of Saddleback Church’s pastors is Eric Rees. He wrote an article called “Seven Principles of Transformational Leadership—Creating a Synergy of Energy.” In that article posted on R Warren’s website, Rees claims that Peter Drucker in “The Age of Transformation” called for a critical mass of transformational leaders who will commit to creating a “synergy of energy.”
There is an Islamic website that is entitled: “Leadership in Perspective—What I Understand about Leadership Principles in the Light of Islam.” The title of the opening article on the website is “Seven Principles of Transformational Leadership.” Under this title is the subtitle, “Creating a Synergy of Energy.” The article has a section called “Principles of facilitation” in which they discuss “transformational leaders.” In the section, “Principles of Preparation,” Rick Warren is quoted: “Leaders are learners.” The first sentence of the first part, “Principle of Simplification,” states, “Successful leadership begins with a vision.” The article mentions a “visionary leader among Da’is” named Khurram Murad. The article talks about unified team members “impacting their local mosque, their community, their nation and the world.” In another section of the website they discuss the need for “modeling,” a new paradigm, transformational term frequently used in church growth. But who is their model? Jesus Christ? A local pastor? No, it is Muhammad, “who was commanded by Allah to lead by example.” This website says that “synergy means 2+2=5. Together you can accomplish great things.” The website mentions Islamics by name who “must establish common ground.” The website says, “Retreats, seminars, conferences are great for sharing common experiences and discovering more about people under your leadership.” The Islamic leader must also be “transparent and accountable.” AbuBakr Korolia wrote an article about leadership which asks, “What constitutes a leader in Islam?” And the answer: “Leadership involves individual and collective transformation.” He further states, “The process of individual transformation…has potential for leadership quality when an individual gains knowledge of the Qur’an and lives according to the way of the prophet of Islam.” According to this site, Muslims are also lacking in leadership and they are praying to Allah to fill these leadership positions. This site also quotes from John Maxwell who has written a “Leadership Study Bible.”
Just as Saddleback and other church growth orgs are Communitarianism in Christian garb, this website is Communitarianism in Islamic garb. Just replace “church” with “mosque;” and replace “Christ” with “Muhammad;” and tell the Muslims that they need transformational leadership, visions, training and they need to be in small groups for relationship building, etc. All organizations and religions must be transformed into their proper place within the New World Order.
TMAI is about equipping leaders/pastors. Though references to equipping leaders are too numerous to list, I will mention just some examples from the TMAI literature. John Macarthur took part in the “2005 Mexico Leadership Conference” (TMAI Mexico). Notice that this isn’t called a “Christian conference.” At the Albanian Shepherd’s Conference, “70 Albanian church leaders and their wives gathered for Bible teaching, leadership training, encouragement…” (5/06) Regarding a trip TMAI New Zealand leaders made to TMAI South Africa, “They saw firsthand how another training center is preparing men for leadership.” “The new wing will also provide more space for leadership conferences.” “…a church committed to biblical exposition and leadership development.” “Equipping national leaders for local churches.” “Our primary focus is on training national church leadership.” “…training center is preparing men for leadership.” Regarding TMAI Brazil, “At that time, Baptista may become a full time missionary in this church planting/leadership training enterprise.”
TMAI Mexico sent a team to San Salvador to hold a pastors’ conference called “Leadership Basics.” Regarding the 2006 TMAI New Zealand Conference, Jerry Wragg, a leader at the conference, stated, “Churches are bringing groups (to the conference), whole leadership teams.” Just like GCC’s Foundry ministry, church growth orgs have “leadership teams.” Mr. Wragg has given a sermon one can download on his church’s website (Grace Immanuel Bible Church) called “Training Leaders: the mandate of the church.”
Grace Church puts out a weekly publication called Grace Today that sometimes highlights a missionary family on one of its pages. The issue I’m now looking at highlights the Glass Family in France with the heading above their picture: “Church Planting and Leadership Development.” Each issue lists “Other Grace Church missionaries Involved in Church Planting and Leadership Development.” This is the “P” and first “E” (equipping leaders) of R Warren’s PEACE plan, which is an acronym. (In 2007, R Warren changed the meaning of the “P” in his PEACE plan from “planting churches” to “promoting reconciliation.”)
The current Grace Today advertises a Chapel Electives course at GCC called “God’s vision for the world.” The issue I have has a headline called “Recognizing Our Servant Leaders.” The same issue advertises a Chapel Elective called “Lessons on Leadership: Learning from a Layman.” Who was scheduled to teach? Joe Weller, retired Chairman of Nestle. Rob Iverson, the 30 year Nestle VP, taught another day. The title of Mr. Iverson’s talk was “How to Survive and Thrive in All Circumstances.” Are Christians called to “survive and thrive?” “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” The last “lesson on leadership” was by the managing partner of Vintage Sotheby’s International Reality. Why are corporate leaders speaking at Grace Church? The global Communitarian system into which the church is being now transitioned must include the business sector.
This same Grace Today issue contains an article about the Grace Special Ministries for the disabled. This ministry is run by Rick Mclean. Within this ministry is “Grace Club.” This meets every Tuesday night. Regarding Grace Club, the article states, “More than 140 staff and club members come to participate in sports activities in the gymnasium followed by a chapel time and small group interaction.” According to this Grace Today issue, even the disabled have now been placed in small groups at GCC for “interaction.” If these Grace Club “small group interactions” are leader-led dialectic sessions, then Rick Mclean, who runs this ministry, is another change agent within GCC.
From the TMAI literature, Mr. Letey stated, “The ministry model we follow basically sells itself.” He also said, “This is what we want to foster—a sense of community is one of the things that helps TMAI work so well.” “The need is extremely great; the readiness to learn is high and your participation in the process is vital.” “Everything is already in place for them to grow exponentially.” Rob Iverson said, “Certainly, the scope of our outreach has grown exponentially…” “The Academy… sponsors annual FOCUS conferences.” Regarding TMAI Samara Conference, “The weekend offered everyone in attendance the unique opportunity to bond with fellow pastors…” “SETS (TMAI Albania) was able to present its program and ministerial emphasis to local and national church leaders in what its leaders deemed ‘a strategic marketing event.’”
Carey Hardy, the then Senior Executive Pastor at GCC, visited TMAI South Africa. He said, “One of the things you’re impressed with when you go to a culture so diverse from your own is that biblical truth doesn’t change. The needs of the human heart are the same around the world, throughout time.” I didn’t know Christians were called to meet the “needs of the human heart.”
Christ Seminary (TMAI South Africa) “realizes our students needs for ‘living models.” “the training must be reproducible in others.” “…praise for God’s grace and leading in the whole process.” “We…in equipping others who are capable of repeating the process.” Steve Lawson said, “I believe what needs to take place in Germany is nothing short of a new reformation.”
Jay Letey said, “EBTC Zurich is following the very successful model of EBTC Germany.” But are either of them following Jesus Christ? Modeling is a transformational tool used by the church growth movement. “…a local church all over the globe.” (2/06) “Praise for God’s grace and leading in the whole process.” (Zurich) “This church-based training provides an important laboratory.”
Mr. Letey said, “I saw men brim with emotion as they described the impact their training center is having in their community.” “How do we impact a continent as large as Africa?” (4/07) “How do we transform a continent?” (3/07)
True Christian missionaries have spent years in African countries engaged in zealous preaching and prayer before they could convert a single soul. But in a time when all African nations are embracing Communitarianism and when many African nations have a Muslim majority (there are more than 400 million African Muslims representing 45% of the total African population), TMAI wants to “impact” and “transform” the entire African continent. Impact it how and transform it for whom?
GCC is about a half hour drive from downtown Los Angeles. One would be hard-pressed to find a biblical church anywhere near downtown Los Angeles. I would say that GCC has made essentially zero “impact” in Los Angeles, a city of 10 million people ½ hour away. Yet, GCC, through TMAI, expects to somehow impact a largely Muslim, Communitarian continent? Impact it how?
By “modeling” their role in the global Communitarian system?
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