Why THE GATHERING?
Metro Apostolic Network has been serving The Body of Christ in Northern New Jersey since 2000 and we have been growing! We are now active in the NY/NJ Metro Area and the Atlanta, GA Metro Area too! Each month we hold a Gatekeepers Gathering in Newark, NJ and more and more Ministers, Leaders and Intercessors have been steadily attending. We received a Prophetic Word in December of 2016 that caused us to create a conference that would help bring a Shift in the Church so it would permeate society and Advance God’s Kingdom. We saw this as a restoration of the Apostolic Mandate of the early Church being revived today.
The key that is bringing people together is their dissatisfaction with the status quo of the Church today as it is led by a Pastoral Paradigm.
Most Pastors today center on the people and their needs and they continuously perform “bless me” services where they try to meet their peoples’ “felt needs”. Pastors today feed the people to put on weight and make them feel satisfied rather than training them for Spiritual Warfare.
The shift that will bring the Body of Christ into a position of power where the Kingdom of God will advance into more segments of society is in the Apostolic Paradigm or what we call The Apostolic Mandate. The key factors of that paradigm shift are:
The Apostolic Leader must, as Moses was called, be Godward to get the vision and burden of the Lord rather than be wrapped up in finding out what the people feel is important. His primary concern must be to meet the root needs of people and not just to satisfy their felt needs. Therefore the Leadership Team must be Apostolic. It has to move from a “maintenance mentality” to an “equipping mentality”. This places a righteous demand upon the Members of the Local Church to become mature. In this way, each believer is equipped for the work of the ministry that The Lord has called them to.
This signals the end of the “Top/Down one man show”. Church Members need to be encouraged to discover their purpose in life rather than to be lulled into lethargy by being left in the pews with nothing to do except the giving of money. The Apostolic Mandate creates a demand for believers to change their lifestyles from one of just waiting until Jesus comes to one where they have a desire to become what they are capable of becoming and to do what they are capable of doing for the Kingdom of God and “Occupy until He comes”. And the Apostolic Leader must develop the corporate identity of the Church so everyone moves forward in the same direction so the Kingdom of God, like yeast, penetrates every aspect of society lifting people into higher purposes.
At this Conference we will hear from Ministers whose focus is to elevate the vision of each person attending to see that there is more in life than being comfortable but that they are called to rise up as the Army of God and storm the Gates of Hell taking back what the enemy has stolen from The Church.