Midwest Apostolic Prophetic Conference 2013 - Great And Mighty Things

By: Curtis Ophoven   1/22/2013

ST. CLOUD - The other day I had the chance to chat with Pastor Mark Johnson of Jubilee Worship Center of St. Cloud about their upcoming conference Feb 6-9.  

This year the theme of the Midwest Apostolic Prophetic Conference is – Great and Mighty Things. 

Now that is a title that I can get excited about, because our Lord is Great and Mighty and he does amazing and astounding things.  

Pastor Mark told me some interesting things about this conference. For example, here is his response when I asked what an Apostolic Prophetic Conference is:

“An apostolic prophetic conference is a conference which highlights the apostolic and prophetic offices (see Eph. 4:11-12). The church is built on an apostolic and prophetic foundation, not a pastoral foundation (Eph. 2:20).   All five office giftings are given to the church to equip God's people to do ministry (Eph. 4:11-12), rather than to do ministry while God's people watch.” 

Ephesians 2 through 4 is an interesting passage.  It is about the unity of the Jews and Gentiles and the how God will bring the Body of Christ to maturity.  

Ephesians 2:11-20 tells us how the blood of Christ made the two groups one and how we are fellow citizens in the household of God, which is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.

“11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles … 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one … His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. …

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”

Ephesians 4:11-13 and now that the two groups are one, Paul goes on to tell us that when Christ ascended he left us these offices to equip his people. 

“11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  

This is an interesting passage to read through and think about.   

"The Midwest Apostolic Prophetic Conference started a few years ago, by the RAIN network in the metro area (led by Jim & Ramona Rickard). About 4 or 5 years ago, The Rickards turned the conference over to us to host in St. Cloud, so they could focus more on the Healing Conference. We have been hosting the conference ever since. “- said Pastor Mark.  

Jubilee Worship Center is a non-denominational church and the conference is likewise open to “anyone who is hungry for God and desires to be equipped to fulfill the purposes of God. You can expect passionate worship, anointed and inspired teaching and preaching, and the gifts of the Spirit in manifestation. “ – said Pastor Mark.  

The theme “Great & Mighty Things” is compelling to me because I want to see God do more great and mighty things in Central MN.  So I asked Pastor Mark what someone should expect to learn at the conference. 

“Our theme for the conference is "Great & Mighty Things" from Jeremiah 33:3, where God says, 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' As we call on God, we are expecting that He will answer us and show us great and mighty things which we don't yet know. “ – said Pastor Mark

The conference is not just for Central MN, it is a regional conference, in which some people come from the surrounding states.  

“This conference is for the Midwest region, but is for anyone who is willing to come, regardless of where they live. There is even a pastor from Africa who is planning on attending. “ – said Pastor Mark 

One of the keynote speakers, Jane Hamon, has been to the conference previously,  and the other, James Maloney, has been a frequent speaker at other conferences in MN.  

For more information about the full schedule of the conference, visit www.jubileewc.org or http://www.jubileewc.org/pages/MidwestApostolicPropheticConference/.  

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