Tuesday, October 23, 2018
An Important Update on Randy Dean Ministries
The partisan and tribal divide of our time has given rise to a large group of people from within the Church of the USA. I have come to call them “spiritual refugees” because, while some have stayed in their churches they feel more and more separated by the harsh divides fostered even in the Name of Jesus. In addition, many are leaving church but not their spirituality. Not long ago one of these fine young adults identified for me the apt notion that this crowd of good yet weary hearts are “refugees from evangelicalism.” Others are identifying them as “exangelicals”; whoever they are, I want to love them as pastor, father, and a Bishop.
I’ve delightfully spent most of my 44 years in ministry speaking at youth camps and youth conferences. I have forged hundreds of friendships over the years with these lives. Additionally, God has always given me an empathy for folks thrown out of established religion and the forbidden of the same. I believe my whole life has been a set-up for this time so I am launching a mission to my own nation, the USA.
These spiritual refugees are not rebels but they most certainly are revolutionary. Western Christianity is ripe for their voice and their passion. I simply long to speak into these valuable lives with a spiritual father’s heart to run out and meet them right where they are, just as the Prodigal Father ran out to meet his younger son.
I believe the political bitterness of our time is a set-up for a raw discovery of the practice of Divine Love. Dealing with the hot topics of our day from a Christian perspective MUST default to this “one commandment” of Christ. We simply must walk away from all other methods (political, doctrinal, debate, and throwing Bible verses at each other) so that our best energies can be spent in a healthy and joyous practice of LOVE.
Jesus prayed for His people, the Body of Christ, in John 17:20,21 ~ “…that they all may be ONE even as You Father art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.” The partisan/tribal divide I mentioned at the top of this blog is a cry for healing for the wounded Body of Christ.
To that end my wife and I are transitioning out from our current pastorate of 30 years and into a specific ministry to these refugees. I am developing a podcast, a blog, and finishing a book on this topic (as well as other related topics). My previous book, RADIANCE brushed into some of these important values but I am ready to spend this season of my life diving into the deep end of this vital need in America, and beyond.
We are looking for the support of people who have an understanding of everything just stated. We are looking for large or small sponsors for this leap of faith. I am convinced there are thousands of hearts who understand this cause. If you or someone you know can help us financially to give launch to this Mission to the USA, we would greatly appreciate your support. Not only will this support help underwrite the podcast, blog, and book, it will also give us the freedom to minister in small groups or places who might not otherwise be able to afford an honorarium or travel expenses.
As always, we will continue to be available for ministry to churches, youth conferences, retreats, and meetings of all shapes, sizes, and themes. Also, we have ordained sons and daughters into ministry and we will continue to offer them and others seeking ordination a Bishop’s heart and connection. God has loaded our hearts with over 44 years of love, life, and light.
Randy Dean Ministries is a 501(c)3 non profit ministry located at our home, 2694 200th Ave Emerald, WI 54013. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our home phone is 715-265-7141. Donations can be sent by mail to our home address (above) or by PayPal ~