Traveling and ministry in Australia is always a privilege. The concept for church based and distance education which became Vision International began in 1974 in Tasmania, Australia. Taking the Whole Word to the Whole World, the motto God gave Drs. Ken & Alison Chant over 40 years ago continues to come to pass by God’s grace. This was my 40 + ministry trip to the Land of Oz.
After 15 hours of flying, I was greeted by Pastor Kyle Johnston, former Youth Pastor at The Lighthouse Church Kuwait, and a VIU graduate. We try and catch up every time I visit. We always have wonderful fellowship and deep discussions on life in the church. Kyle drove me to Werrington, New South Wales where I had a day planned with Ken & Alison Chant, and Sharon Jones their daughter. Eric and Belinda Chant joined us for lunch and fellowship. Sunday, I was blessed to preach at Horizon Community Church, pastored by Shane Conlon (the church Ken, Alison, & Sharon are now a part of). I preached on Peaceful Pursuit…the message was well received. That afternoon Ken & Alison drove me to the small town of Yass, where I met up with Pastor Trevor Murphy, and from there traveled to Narrandra, where the bulk of my ministry occurred.
At Narrandra CRC Church, from Monday through Sunday, I taught/preached 14 times, to local students and students from Orange, NSW, Albany, Letton, Hay, Griffith, Canberra and Sydney…nearly 80 in all. The theme was “Anchor for the Soul”, and I focused my teaching on transition and identity in Christ, and a three-part message on Christ as our Anchor from Hebrews 6:19. With the help of Malcolm & Jill Taylor, Daniel Taylor, Evangelist David Wooldredge , and a wonderful worship team, we saw many healings, recommitments to Christ, and wonderful encouragement. It was really powerful!
After Narrandra, and a brief stop in Hay, it was back to Sydney, a night in a hotel (kindly supplied by Dr. Denis Plant) and another 15 hours home.
A Final Thought
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“Several years ago I went to preach a three-day crusade in a Western city. The Spirit of God moved in such a great measure that what started as a three-day crusade, lasted for six weeks. During that time, there were several first-time decisions for Christ made daily. The Spirit of revival was tremendous, as many people came into a personal knowledge of our precious Savior, Jesus.
“Approximately one year later I returned to visit the same church. I asked the pastor if I could meet some of the new converts who had been harvested during the crusade. The pastor stated, with some anger and discouragement in his heart, that from the dozens saved, there were only three people that had been planted into the local church. I too was angered and sought the Lord as to why this situation had occurred. I believe the Lord gave me a key to be implemented if we are to stop this tremendous loss of precious souls.”
In this church, to no real fault of the local pastor, and much like most American churches, there was no structured follow-up program for new converts. The new Christians were left to their own devices, truly like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel and to make disciples. A disciple-making follow-up program would have helped this church to retain the fish, initially gathered into the nets of revival, to build the Kingdom of God.
In this book, one-on-one discipleship in the rudimentary teaching of the Word is presented. Through the proper utilization of Dr. DeKoven’s guide, new converts can be adequately grounded in the precious Word of God. Further, as discipler and disciple work and share together, a necessary bond that links people into the local church will be formed. I strongly encourage the usage of this material to ground people in the things of God and to firmly establish their “New Beginnings.”
In our Author Spotlight, one of our new features for 2017, we will highlight one of our fabulous Vision authors on a regular basis. This month we would like to introduce our newest author to Vision, Pastor Brian Weeks. His book, Musings will be released next month.
Pastor Brian lives in Rehoboth, Massachusetts with his wife Donna of 45 years; they have two adult children. Pastor Brian began ministering in 1972, first as a youth pastor, then a pastor to young adults, an associate pastor and for the past 24 years he has been a senior pastor, missionary and church planter.
His ministry has taken him to Haiti, Ukraine, India, Romania and Neah Bay, Washington with the Makah Indians. In recent years, he has been encouraging and stirring people, from very diversified “movements” with his prophetic gift. He has been blessed to minister in Evangelical, Charismatic, Episcopal, Catholic, Black Pentecostal, Dutch Reform, Vineyard and Faith churches and many diverse churches internationally.
Pastor Brian’s passion is to see lives transformed by the power and love of God. Desiring that God’s sons and daughters would not only discover their gifts and talents but more importantly comprehend how much God delights in them and how affectionately they are loved. To know they were created for a divine purpose. His prophetic ministry helps people grasp these realities and empowers them to take a step(s) towards their tomorrows. One of his greatest joys is to see people in the presence of God and to see God’s people enjoy and cherish their relationship with the Lord and His people.
Pastor Brian has co-planted two churches and has planted three other churches. His most recent church plant was birthed on Christmas Eve 2009. With his rich diversified experience, he loves encouraging and mentoring other pastors about the Holy Spirit, as well as helping them grow and develop their churches into their future.
As a part of his ministry, Pastor Brian has been publishing a thought for the day. Now he has compiled the work into a devotional book titled Musings. The book will be released by Vision Publishing in February 2017. You can get a prelaunch special by ordering your copy today for just $19.95. To order you copy at the reduced price please contact Pastor Brian at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit the church website at www.solomonsporchonline.com
What Others Are Saying
Pastor Brian has a very powerful prophetic ministry. I have had the opportunity to minister with him on several occasions (he is a regular guest minister at my parish) and I have watched the Lord speak amazing words of encouragement over many people through him. The prophetic words that he has spoken over both me and my wife have been very encouraging and have come to fruition!
Pastor Brian also has a deep heart for the Lord and his people. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend his ministry to anyone looking to grow in the Lord and expand into the prophetic ministry.
Fr. Jim French
Rector, Holy Trinity Anglican Church Plainville, CT 06062
I have known Brian for more than 30 years. If there is one thing that I can say about his life and ministry it is that he is focused on hearing and speaking from the heart of God. He is not interested in just speaking any old word, but the fresh, intimate, life changing word of a loving Father addressed to His children. And when God speaks, it is important to take the time to hear Him out and understand just what He is saying. That is why “Musings” as a title is so fitting. These essays are a compilation of thoughts, spoken diversely in a daily walk pattern that must be contemplated in order for us to receive the heart and mind of God and walk in a way that is pleasing to Him. In a world that is more focused on amusement (not thinking) than musing (thinking), may this book challenge that pattern and cause all of us to ponder the great thoughts of God and follow after Him.
Ronald L. Bernier, Senior Pastor
Master Builder Ministries
More than a quarter of a century has passed since I first met Pastor Brian Weeks. If I were to honor three men of God who have impacted me the most in my life, and in my work for the Lord, PB is one of them.
He has earned this place because:
His flexibility to hear the voice of God.
His pedagogy: Even when the topics are of a complex nature the moment he speaks he brings clarity and understanding to his audience and people are convicted that God has spoken to them.
His sense of duty. Everything he does he does well and with a spirit of excellence. These attributes inspire other people to follow his example.
He is a visionary.
During this last decade PB and I have journeyed together through many parts of Haiti. Whenever we go God uses him to speak to people prophetically. There is one question that is continually asked, “How does he know that?” My answer is I know that PB has the mouth and eyes of God having read what is in people’s lives.
So PB is and remains a divine tool, a vessel of honor, full of integrity, a dispenser of truth, rightly dividing the word of God. All this is summarized by saying he is a simple servant of God.
Jean Carlo Thomas
Founder and President of New World Missions for Christ
For 25 years, Pastor Brian Weeks has been a friend to our family; an encouraging mentor to me – a pastor in a denomination not known for comfort with the charismatic experience of Holy Spirit; and a colleague of great integrity. That integrity is nowhere more evident than in Brian’s transparency of character and soul. To be trusted by him is one of the greatest compliments I can imagine. His willingness to share freely with others what he is learning, and his willingness to join in the spiritual adventure of others also marks Brian Weeks as a man of courage. He is no fool who rushes in with a word that may be ‘out of season’. He is a careful pastor with others; but with the revelations in his ‘musings’ blog, Pastor Brian took a further risk. In both, Brian has opened a door for others to experience how personal, how loving and how challenging it is to be in the embrace of Holiness and Perfect Love. There is nowhere else he would want to be. For those of us with that shared passion, I say thank you, PB.
The Very Reverend Susan Baker-Borjeson, M.Div, Retired, Diocese of Albany President, Jubilate Deo Ministries Inc and Missionary
One of our recent graduates from the Bachelors degree Sandra Comfort Adewoyin went home to be with the Lord yesterday. She recovered from a bad bout of shingles early last year. She recovered from it but her immune system was affected. However, she did not loose her grit. She faithfully completed all her assignments & requirements. She was unable to be present on her graduation due to her failing health condition and yesterday she breathed her last. Her husband Ps Samuel Olesegun graduated with Masters last Dec. Has been with us for the last 6 years.