December 2015 –
What a fun time of year! Since Thanksgiving the Boiler Room has been on a public sabbatical. God led our team to take the wintertime to re-calibrate as a ministry. During this month I have continued to minister to the Lord as my primary purpose and ministry function – daily in worship, prayer and the Bible. Everything we do flows from intimacy with God.
This month I was privileged to lead worship at Harvest Church in Washington, NC and to lead a worship & prayer workshop with Ignite Movement in Cary, NC (see above photo). Ignite Movement and some of our friends in the RDU area of North Carolina are launching monthly Burns in both Durham (in a public high school!) and Raleigh! The all-day workshop was to teach their leaders on the biblical values and practical tools to host united worship & prayer gatherings in their region. I am so honored to help serve the prayer movement in our state!
Most of our month has been spent in MEETINGS! God is moving so powerfully behind-the-scenes among our staff, among the Boiler Room community and among leaders in our region. It’s been fun (and at times very tiring) spending the hours planning, praying, strategizing and seeking the Lord for wisdom. The top photo above is from our staff retreat at the Refuge in Ayden, NC. The bottom photo is from a meeting with regional North Carolina prayer and revival leaders – seeing how we can work together as a region for God’s purposes.
One reason for so many meetings (and the winter sabbatical) is that our ministry is in the biggest transition since launching the Boiler Room in 2009. As we head into 2016, I am calling this upcoming season Boiler Room 2.0. I wish I could share everything, but much is still being fleshed out. I will share more as we clarify our plans, but here’s what I can share.
- Frank and Lauren are joining me as full-time prayer missionaries starting in January. We will be able to open up the prayer room at least 15 hours each week, along with many hours of prayer behind the scenes. God has also led Nelson Radford, founder of Goldsboro House of Prayer, to commute to Greenville and join us 2-3 days each week in the prayer room.
- We are relaunching monthly Burns in February, taking them mobile to various churches and venues around Greenville. As a mobile tabernacle, the team will host God’s presence for 12-24 hours of non-stop worship, with prayer, creative arts and outreach flowing out of the presence of God. We want to unite our city in worship and catalyze a culture of prayer and revival in the body of Christ.
- We are heading to Shepard’s dad’s family in western NC for Christmas. From there we drive to Kansas City for the Onething Conference, where 20,000 gather for worship & training. Matthew is joining the invite-only leadership summit with a few hundred key prayer & missions leaders from around the world. Pray for traveling graces, divine connections, revelation and renewed passion.
- We received funding for our missions trips to Wilmington, the east coast and Kansas City this year. We are hoping to make a fourth trip to The Call: AzusaNow in Los Angeles in April, but are still believing for the funds to do so.
- Ongoing leadership wisdom during the ministry transitions happening going into 2016.
This is a special season of the year to spend with family and friends, sharing gifts, remembering Jesus’ coming and dreaming about a new year. Enjoy Jesus and your holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Matthew, Shepard & the kids