What is Fanning the Flame Ministry?
Fanning the Flame (FTF) is a fourteen-month coaching ministry built
upon the ten strategies of biblical church health taught in the Embers
to a Flame Conference. FTF is not a "program," it is a commitment by
a church’s leadership to continually seek to be a more healthy church.
This is a lifelong journey. It is NOT something we can engage in for
a season confident that we have arrived. It is a marathon, not a sprint.
The Japanese have a word for this: "Kaizen." It means having a heart
for a continuous, unflagging commitment to incremental improvement.
Just so, God's Word consistently calls us to be faithful, constant and
obedient; in other words, we are to "... run with endurance the race
that lies before us."
In order to accomplish this, we will diligently seek to achieve three
major objectives through the FTF process:
1. A review of all ten strategies for authentic biblical church health.
We will explore all ten strategies and
find ways, where appropriate, to "drip" them down into the life of the
church. The goal, at the end of
our journey, is to make sure that the leadership of the church has a
thorough grasp on the essentials
of the ten strategies.
2. Drive down prayer as the most critical and essential element in
the DNA of a local church. Martin Luther
said that "prayer is the daily business of the Christian.” John Calvin
said "We see that nothing is set
before us as an object of expectation from the Lord which we are not
enjoined to ask of Him in prayer.”
John Wesley said, "There is nothing without prayer…. " Prayer is a constant
focus throughout the
14 month period.
3. After taking a church health survey and discovering the area that
you need to address first, we will then
develop a strategy to help you address the particular needs of that
area. This process of identifying the
area and then working on correcting the weakness is a lifelong process
that you should make a part of
the fabric of your church as you seek incremental improvement toward