As we approach Spiritual Leadership Conference, I’ve asked a few of the conference speakers to participate in brief interviews regarding what is involved in launching out by faith. I believe you’ll find their perspectives both helpful and faith-building.
This interview is with Pastor Wayne Van Gelderen. Pastor Van Gelderen has served as the pastor of Falls Baptist Church in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin, for almost twenty-seven years. We are looking forward to his session at Spiritual Leadership Conference on “Prayer and Revival in the Local Church”
What is an area in the past five years in which you’ve launched out by faith, and how has God blessed?
When we stepped out by faith to build a major college building, I wanted this to be a laboratory for our faith. I determined to take each step with the full knowledge and participation of our people in prayer. As a result, our people had the joy of seeing many specific miracles occur that they had prayed for individually and corporately. This then became the foundation for confidence in prayer regarding greater works in the areas of the Great Commission and revival. We are now beginning to see intense discipleship that is training new believers to reproduce quickly.
How have you seen Satan target leaders who launch out?
I believe Satan endeavors to cause leaders—after they start well—to become self dependent. This will either lead to discouragement and a lessening of the original vision or human ingenuity and dependency that leads to fleshly accomplishment. Either way the original vision from the Lord is compromised. (more…)