The Leaders’ Summit began with worship bringing the messages, “May we never lose our wonder”, “Through it all, my eyes are on You”, “It is well with my soul”, and “Our God Never fails”. As a confession of faith, we sang along together with a video of the Gaither Vocal Band, “I then shall live”. What a privilege to sing in unity with mighty Aglow men and women of God!
Living Room Chat With Jane
Anna, Kathy, Rick, and Linda sat down in a living room setting to ask Jane heart-to-heart questions.
Kathy – What are some of the ways Aglow has remained relevant through the years?
Jane expounded that in 1967, the year that Aglow began, many significant things happened such as the first heart transplant, the first ATM machine, and Apollo 1 was destroyed. It was also the year of the Yom Kippur War. 1967 was the year of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Recently, close to 700 people participated in a conference call to pray about relevant worldwide situations. A few weeks later we had another call where 500 participated.
We have prophetic words on most of the hot topics in the news. A team has gone into Dearborn for 7 years; Regional teams have been going into Washington DC for 5 years; Israel has been in focus for 15 years; Islam 20 years; the prayer movement has been going on for at least 25 years; male-female 34 years; evangelism 47 years. We now focus on Generations, anti-human trafficking. Jane concluded, “I think we’re relevant.”
Linda – We know that 4 women started Aglow in Seattle and it quickly spread to Canada. How do you see Aglow impacting the nations of the world?
Jane spoke about a word given to us years ago about how men and women walking through the nations of the world would softened the ground. We are doing just that worldwide even in nations where you could be killed for being a Christian.
Anna – For at least 7 years Aglow has been intentional about reaching out to men and women under the age of 35. In what ways do you see young people connecting with Aglow and what personal message would you give to men and women who are in the audience or watching by webcast to encourage them that their gifts and leadership abilities have a place in Aglow?
Jane – I love being with young people and hearing their heart, being touched by their enthusiasm, I love the commitment, fervor and the sense that there’s no reticent. They are just ready to go do what God tells them to do. So in that way, I think, ‘How can we draw them in? We don’t want to dominate, we want to integrate. And in that sense I feel blessed by the younger people in the ministry.’
Rick – Where do you feel Aglow is now in regards to men, what role do men play in Aglow and where do you see us going?
Jane – The scriptures in Genesis 1 and 3 speak His heart at the beginning of time. What you see there in Genesis 1: 26-28 is the plan of God for the male gender and the female gender working together in a way that would be so powerful, it would bring that level of dominion into the earth that He always purposed; that we would walk in authority, we would bring heaven to earth, and bring heaven’s authority to earth.
Kathy – When were you first aware of the male/female message forming in your heart?
Jane shared from her heart a time when her son was suffering with addiction problems, and her marriage was having difficulties. She wondered how she could make a difference. In her conversations with heaven change began to come. Her husband’s heart turned from a cold place, to a place that was totally touched and transformed by God. Her son is a man of God today, and it’s because of the power of prayer.
Last summer Aglow wanted to gather a group of people who could hear the truths of the Word that Graham was bringing, and personally process them going to a deeper level, people whose lives were really transformed and could become a Game Changer in their own life, family, circumstances, church, community, and be GameChangers in Aglow. They would be people of a different spirit knowing what it meant to walk in kindness and goodness, and mercy.
Corporately, God is forming that prototype. He is forming an apostolic community, and apostolic dynamic in the earth through this ministry and this is one of the ways God is beginning to build that and put it together.
It was prophesied to us in 2008 that we would be a prototype and that people would look at us with amazement. These truths are transforming us into a place that will cause the world to look at us with the same amazement that they looked at Christ.
Anna and Jessica had fun with their “We carry the presence” skit. When these two get together it’s always so much fun, powerful, and challenging!
The 6 different faces of the church
Key Points of the Message
The Greek word for church is “Ekklesia”, meaning “a church or company of people who are called out to achieve specific purposes in the earth.”
Each of the 6 identities have their own expressions and needs.
Every church needs to have all the expressions within it so we are all growing up into the fullness of Christ.
Jesus only mentioned church 3 times in the gospels. He mentioned the kingdom 108 times.
The church is a new society on earth knit together by relationships and the presence of God.
Kingdom is more important than church. Church can only come through Kingdom.
We’re going to see lots of prototype churches emerging in the earth, and Aglow is a prototype church in the making in terms of what we are doing, and our Kingdom expression throughout the earth. Because church can only come through Kingdom, so that we have this expression of the culture of heaven coming down into the world around us.
1) Household of Faith
Scriptures: Galatians 6: 10, Ephesians 2:19-20, Hebrews 3:6, 1Peter 2:5
The church is the household of God. We are a family together. Maintaining unity provokes our authority over the enemy.
You don’t become a mature man by listening to good teaching. You become a mature person by putting that into practice in the relationships around you. All of the teaching of Christ is relational.
2) The Army of the Lord
Scriptures: II Timothy 2:3-4, I Timothy 6:12, Philippians 2:25, II Corinthians 10:4, 6:7, Romans 13:12, Ephesians 6: 10-20
There is a call to fight on every single one of us.
Abiding is a weapon. A carrier of His presence stays, dwells, and remains in the presence of God.
One of the biggest joys and delights of our life is to learn to stay in Jesus, every day, practice staying, practice abiding, practice dwelling, practice remaining.
God is not really intent on rescuing us. He doesn’t want to rescue us, He wants to teach us how to stand. He wants to teach us how to press in. He wants to teach us how to take territory.
We need to know who God is for us when the enemy comes attacking. We need to learn how to overcome, how to be victorious, and how to learn to become more than a conqueror.
There are 3 levels of anointing in battles
Standing in victory not being moved,
Becoming an overcomer taking ground,
Being more than a conqueror, one who occupies in the name of the Lord
Prayer is a weapon, resting in peace is a weapon, the fruits of the spirit are all weapons, because they are all part of the presence of God.
Part of that praying is praying down the grace of God. If it’s the goodness and the kindness of God that leads men to repent, then praying about kindness and goodness, is a huge part of what we’re doing in terms of battling the enemy.
What if Aglow is the wealthiest community in the world when it comes to grace. What if we’re so wealthy in grace that the presence of God can come down into any place that we speak it into.
We reign in life through grace. Grace is the empowering presence of God. If we become rich in grace and if we are kings in grace, if we are ruling in grace, the grace of Jesus is utterly irresistible. No one can stand against it.
Truth is not just what you have heard, it’s what you have experienced. It’s what you have encountered. It’s what has changed you personally, and every one of us has to give evidence of our transformation.
It’s not taught until it has been caught.
God commits us to levels of warfare so he can grow us up from being good soldiers to being warriors and champions and Game Changers.
3) The Bride of Christ
Scripture: John 3:29
We are preparing people to be the lovers of God and to be the beloved of God.
The Lord is teaching us to speak as one who is in intimate relationship with Him, so we have a different voice in the earth.
It’s time for us to stop praying like a widow and start praying like a bride. Pray like one who is beloved. Pray like one who knows she has incredible favor with God.
There’s a new sound in intercession being released, and it’s the sound of joyful prayer. It’s the sound of laughter on the battlefield. It’s the sound of people happy in their favor with God. It’s the sound of people who are loving their life, and who love bringing down the favor of God into this situation and that situation because we are carriers of the presence, we are carriers of the favor of God.
Church leaders need to see themselves as the attendants of the Bride.
You are so beautiful to the Lord. When He looks at you He sees you through the eyes of Jesus. It’s so important to the world to see the glory of God in the people of God.
Our truest identity is as a son and daughter of God, but also as the Bride of Christ, and also as the Body of Christ, and also as the Army of the Lord, and also as the Household of faith. We’ve got a lot of stuff to live up to.
4) Body of Christ
Scriptures: Romans 12: 4-8, 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31, Ephesians 4: 4-16
God appoints in His Body ministries and gifts that enable that Body to come alive and be a true expression of what it is for Jesus to be walking around the earth in millions of people.
We’re living a lifestyle of faith, we’re growing up in faith, we’re loving the truth, and every member is in place and working. And you know who you are, you know what your identity is, you know what your calling is. Welcome to the church.
5) The Church is a City Set on a Hill
Scriptures: Matthew 5:14, John 8:12, 12:35-36
We’re walking in the light. We’re not walking in darkness. The light we have is powerful in every single area if life and existence.
We are visible. And if we are visible we are available.
Jesus talked about believing in the power of light and becoming sons of light.
6) The Church is the Temple of the Lord
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 2: 21-22
Before you invite people to church invite them into your life, invite them into your heart. Open up the doors of your own personal temple and invite people in to see who God is for you. Your testimony is a part of that. This is what it means to be the habitation of God.
A church that is unconcerned about the temple will never be a habitation of God. When we act as a temple corporately, then God comes and dances among us.
You cannot build a relational experience of intimacy in a predominantly functional environment.
We have an internal responsibility to become worshipers. God is looking for people to abide in Him and the expression of abiding is thanksgiving and rejoicing. Counting everything as joy living in the joy always, experiencing joy as power and as strength.
I’m saying to us in Aglow, “Buckle Up!” All of us in Aglow are here for ‘such a time as this’ to see the biggest, deepest, widest, more powerful expression of church that the world has ever seen.
Every single one of us needs to be “All in”.
Jane’s Closing Comments.
I like Graham’s statement, “We are visible in the dark.” The word of the Lord says when the darkness increases the light will increase as well. And I believe the light will increase to such a degree that it will overtake the darkness. So when you think about the fact that we, as the light of the world, the city set on a hill, we are visible in the darkness.
He referred to the temple of the Lord. It’s not a church on a street corner. It’s inviting them into your life. It’s being open, and vulnerable and transparent. Learning how to deal with the negativity in your life. The pressures in your life, the things that He paid for.
When you invite people into the real you, you can honestly talk about places of struggle in your life and how His grace was greater. You can share with people in a real way that causes them to desire that kind of life and that kind of grace in their own life.
Kathy’s Closing Statements
There are times when I’ve heard people say, ‘Is Aglow a church?’ Church isn’t a place you go, it’s something you are.
We are the body of Christ.
We are the light of the Lord.
We are the Army of the Lord.