The mission of MLC is to use the skills I have learned and developed in ministry, servant leadership, and the field of communications. Each is a science and an art and fuses the spreading of the Gospel through mission and ministry, serving others and communications such as writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, reading, listening and viewing through the science and art of communications. I do this because I believe I am called to minister to the least of these, training, equipping and bringing up leaders to be ministers to the least of these and communicating through message, music and mission.
This is not a think tank, but rather a do-tank. It is to study what the word says, but moreover to foster relationships with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit by thinking, speaking and writing through a knowledge and study of Biblical, Systematic and Evangelical Theology which MLC likes to call Triology. MLC is a collaboration of doing what Jim Daly, the President of Focus on the Family says it is Or-tho-Praxi that comes from Orthodoxy. The practice of doing what is thought and known from the example of Jesus Christ.
Inner-City Praise Praise Project
One thing that MLC has started is collecting praise and worship music that reflects a more urban and ethnic discipline. MLC is partnering with longtime broadcaster Ron Maxwell by working on the Community Radio Network which will be bringing, new, old, Gospel, folk, R and B and Jazz formats that reflect roots oriented music with the struggles of the inner city. The hopeful, soulful, and heart and mindful music with short ministry stories of inner city missionaries collected in a 24/7 hour online radio network, a hymnal, on the air, and on the street. This goes with Praise and Prayer walks in the inner city streets like East Colfax in Denver. “Our mission is like Friendship Fellowship in planting fellowship for people with intellectual disabilities, their caregivers and families,” says Pastor Bruce Duell who founded Ancient Paths Evangelical Free Network of House Churches that includes Friendship Fellowship. “MLC is scholarly but accessible, correctable and challenged, transformable and built to be changeable but always Biblical in mind, systematic in action, and evangelical in Spirit,” the MLC Blog proclaims.
The Ministry states that they have an approach much like the apostle Paul when he wrote to the Romans:
30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. 31 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation[c] I am taking to Jerusalem. 32 Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other. Romans 15:30-32
The BLOG editor and journalist paraphrases this passage, “In ministry this tells me that Paul is writing in his letter, that “It is not what’s in it for you, it is not what is in it for me, it is what is in it for the people we are called to reach!” “Pray for me because you love the work that God has called me to do, and we love the people in Judea and pray that the struggle will bear fruit!” It also challenges the reader to also say that the reason why we pray, the reason why we financially support and join in the missionary efforts is to take our eyes off of self and fix our eyes on Christ by struggling in the inner-city, by reaching special needs families., the inner city poor and to tell people who haven’t gotten the memo yet that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. We do it through sharing the message; by raising songs and music that encourage one another, and mentoring people on our mission field, whether that is East Colfax in Denver; Eighth Avenue in New York, or Central Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Family First for Ministers,Leaders and Communicators
“If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:5
A blogger comments on this letter to Timothy from Paul: “I always hear the flight attendant who says: “Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” Why? because you cannot help anyone if you are passed out because you ran to help everyone else!” The participants in MLC will often take a Chapter and verse and apply it to their own mission, foremost being their family; and practicing ministering, being a leader and communicator to their marriage, their family and their community.” This speaks to getting your financial house in order, your relationships strengthened, and your communication’s process in workable condition, in short it is accountability, mentoring, and communicating. One of the leaders of MLC writes on the ministry blog, that this year there will be a monthly prayer and praise walk in Denver; up to 7 gatherings with Ancient Paths in Denver and Colorado Springs that will include 3-5 Friendship Fellowship (special churches for special needs families) and Ancient Paths House Churches in Park Hill, Washington Park, and City Park neighborhoods) For further information call Pastor Bruce 720.690.8900 in Denver; Pastor Rich 719.268.4821 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Friendshipfellowship@juno.com.
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