Vision

The River that Flows Out

THAT HEAVEN AND EARTH MIGHT MERGE

At The Stirring there are two components that drive the 'what' and the 'why' do we bother.

Our Mission: Love Reformation

What do we mean by reformation?

"To improve (a law or institution) by correcting abuses" Farlex dictionary

Revival always starts with the poor. It starts at the grass roots level, and it burns its way up. However culture is shaped from the top down. So if what starts at the bottom does not impact those at the top, there will never be a reformation.

Keep it simple. We build a friendship with Heaven, take a look around, what we discover we then serve people with on Earth. Heaven is characterized by extravagant love, so our mandate is to make it tangible in our City.

When reformation is actualized, it brings transformation.

Our Vision: We are a family encountering God and empowering people to stir our world through love.

The Culture we are building is characterized by the presence of God, Worship, Love, Family and Honour. We believe these are the incubators to what we will create with God.

Culture is shaped by the way that people think. This is why Kingdom culture is foundational to the way we do life, not just in our church family but also in our everyday 'world'. The way we think about the circumstances that play themselves out in front of us every single day, these must be anchored in Heavens culture. The goal of what we are doing is to bring heaven to people now, and it begins with the renewing of the mind. For everyday kingdom living to be sustainable, it needs a greenhouse to grow. We like to think of The Stirring as a laboratory, not to be confused with lavatory, however similar the outcomes may be. It's a good idea to have both a manufacturing department and a research and development department. We were born to be a people of discovery! We were asked to disciple Nations...  It is transformed people, that transform the world around them.

The structure of our vision is vital to the outcome.  We don't just huddle, we play the game!

Our structure: Train and Equip with Deployment in mind.

Church is supposed to be a safe place, but if you get trained in the Zoo, when you reach the Jungle, all of it will be completely irrelevant. Biblical faith has practical application!

In the Kingdom, you only get keep what you give away. So all the encountering God, must find a practical application in your everyday life. Which is why we believe that every believer is in full time ministry and your world is your pulpit. There is no such thing as 'lay people' in the body of Christ, once you are in you're part of the royal priesthood. It is the Saints who perform the work of service.

Ezekiel 47 illustrates how we function.

The River From the Temple

47 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

We believe that God's presence (river) wants to leave the sanctuary in every direction. The further away from the sanctuary, the deeper the river. The most spectacular works of God are going to happen the farther you get from the sanctuary. The greatest miracles are destined to take place in the darkest places. Every living thing that moves wherever the river goes will live! Movement is life.

Everything that the river touches receives supernatural benefit.

Jesus said that belief in Him will cause rivers of living water to flow from the heart (John 7:38). And you have become the temple of God. The fullness of God lives inside you! Wherever you go, the river goes with you. God is going to water the root system of society, and He wants to use you to do it.

When a river has only an inlet and no outlet, it has no movement (swamps and marshes). Sometimes all it needs to start moving again, is a little stir.

What do you see? | Part 1

A few years ago, I had a fairly weird experience. Which now isn't uncommon but at the time it definitely was. It was during my first year at Ministry School, where I was pushed, pulled and dragged through all kinds of wonderful opportunities. All of which I am definitely grateful for! (We should never become accustomed to comfort.) The one I want to highlight in particular was 'Creativity'; which to me was a foreign idea. The first 24 years of my life probably included some forms of creativity, especially my younger years. But the older I got the less I really took notice, explored or played with it. I do remember taking up the guitar at around 7, before stopping at 8. I also remember drawing and painting as a child. But by High school, Art and Music were probably my least favourite classes.

Jumping back to Ministry School; one night after class, I spent some time in the Prayer Room. Now, this isn't remotely as boring as it sounds. In fact, it changed prayer for me completely. There's all kinds of fun things you can do in there, one of which is to draw (If you're finding prayer boring, do something different). At first I began playing around with some ideas that I thought were... Well literally just good ideas.  Mostly they were things that I thought would be good additions to either my future or to the lives of people I knew. Actually, I was kind of being a little bit selfish!

After a while I began drawing a birds eye view of a particular area in my city, buildings, roads and businesses (Still all just for fun). Then I decided that one of the buildings I had sketched would be an awesome location for a Church. So I decided, in my little make believe world, to give it to the Church I was currently attending whilst home in England. I got really into it and even started taking over other buildings that were closely situated (Picture the board game RISK) "this would be an awesome place for lots of people to worship” "this one would be an awesome Healing Rooms, where people can come for prayer". I never prayed over them as far as I can remember, it was more of an inside acknowledgement to God that I thought the ideas would be awesome. Afterwards, I packed it up and went on with the rest of the School year.

Fast forward to around 9 months later.

When I got home for for Summer holidays (vacation), I received a phone call from one of the Pastors at my Church. He began to tell me that a friend of mine (who'd come to visit me during the School year) had mentioned that I had a prophetic word about a Church building whilst at School. He asked if I would mind sharing it with them, so I said yes. Honestly, I hadn't planned on telling anyone (because I had completely forgotten), and didn't think that my friend would remember something like that, let alone think it was important enough to mention to anyone else. Long story short, I shared my word and showed my drawings. Much to everyone's surprise, my sketch was seemingly becoming a reality. They were looking at buying one of the three buildings in my drawing. Not perfectly accurate, but close enough! There are a lot of buildings in that city. What made it more surprising was that none of this was public knowledge at this point. Every possible question went through my mind, including the most obvious: Did I make that happen? Just so we are clear, the Church chose not to buy that building in the end. They thought carefully about it for a while but it never happened. Which presented me even more questions! Was that a fluke then? If so next time can I just have next weeks Lottery numbers? What was the point of all that? It didn't happen, so am I a false prophet...? What started off as a nice idea in my imagination began to become a reality, right before my eyes.

So, what do you do with that?

In Hebrews 11:3, it says "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible."

It's my opinion that everything we see, including this Mac-book I'm using to write; Before it was ever seen in the physical world, someone had to first envision it by imagination.

A great example of this would be Walt Disney, who's ideas revolutionized the entertainment industry during the Twentieth century. His employees were, and still are named 'Imagineers', a term coined by merging the Imagination with the skill of Engineering. They quite literally were told they had one job.... To dream of new ideas and extend the borders of the Magic Kingdom. Eventually, Walt's ideas turned into the Happiest Place on Earth; The wonder filled theme parks we all know and love. These, including their characters, were first ideas that were birthed in the imagination. He wasn't scared to dream and he became pregnant with a vision which has changed the world. Some would say that the imagination can be dangerous, and I would have to agree, that can be true. But the renewed mind (Rom 12:2) is a sanctified imagination.

Just to be clear, by sharing these two stories I am not attempting to compare myself to Walt Disney. Nor my weird experience to Walt's world changing secret sauce. In fact the only person my experience has changed is me; In the way I see myself, see God and Prayer. What Walt Disney imagined, he created. And it changed much of the World.

So what is my point?

God said that we were made in His image and in His likeness (Gen 1:26).

In other words: What God imagined about Himself, we became.

You are like your Dad!

You have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).

God wants to create with you. He is the Great Creator, and He's not finished creating. Actually that's where you come in. I wonder how many God (good) ideas we've dismissed or passed off under the guise of greed or "that's not something we pray for"? Could false humility be robbing the World of new inventions, new technology and creative solutions to global issues? The religious spirit would love to keep you boxed in vein repetition, repeating acceptable prayers. Does God want to use YOU to give birth to these kinds of ideas? If you are feeling as though prayer has become a boxed routine, do something different.

One thing I failed to mention earlier. The first building in my drawing was actually already owned by a furniture store... called DREAMS.

What is in your spirit?... What do YOU see?