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Sex, Money and Power: Table Talk

How do we treat God's Gifts?Dear Pastor,

A few years ago God put a strong word in me about the struggles Pastors have with sex, money and power. As people that are human we have the same driving issues that every other person has. The flesh that we live in has hungers that if not “Disciplined” will ruin our lives our families and our ministries! Sex has been made to be a dirty word by many pastors and churches because the world has been very abusive and seductive in its portrayal of it, however the beautiful union between a man and a woman was given to us by God. God set this special gift aside to be between a man and his wife as a Holy Union that demonstrates the oneness of marriage. Our challenge to you today is to ask yourself, am I seeking to be like the world or am I seeking to be like God. In other words, am I treating sex as “Holy Intimacy” as a gift or am I treating it as a flesh satisfying action where God is forgotten?

Pastors, we must not allow ourselves to stay in the trap of the enemy filling our eyes, mind and actions with sexual fantasies. This is a sure way to total failure and perhaps eternity in the pit of hell. Yes, we said hell! Let us say this very truthful statement, “Your Actions and Words Identify Whose you really are!”  The only way to defeat the enemy in this arena is to (1) Be “full” of God’s word (2) Obey the Holy Spirit (3) Put NOTHING before your eyes that cause temptation (4) If Married- Have Holiness in your intimacy and make your bed an altar before God (5) Engage in weekly Accountability The Bible teaches that the love of Money is the root of all kinds of evil. Having Money or lacking Money is definitely a driving force in peoples lives today.

As Pastors we must have Money for ministry. We must have money for survival. We must answer the question that if we serve an all powerful and loving God why are so many Christians struggling to eat and pay bills. These are questions that we face constantly. The wealthy Pastor versus the poor Pastor is a very difficult challenge. What we know is very clear, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven”! “Where your heart is there is also your treasure!” These are just two of the truths of God’s word. As Pastors we volunteer to give up our lives to serve the Lord. Money is the defining tool God uses to determine where your heart is. God may choose to bless one greatly and another not. He looks at the heart. But be aware, the enemy can pour money and earthly treasures on you as well giving you the choice, who are you going to serve?

The questions you may need to also ask is, do I have any idols in my closet? Would you be willing to sell all to follow Jesus? If the answer is No, then perhaps you need to examine your heart and see if Jesus lives there. If the answer is yes then you need to live like it! Treat everything you have as if it were Jesus’ and he expects you to return it to him. Having Money is a good thing as long as it doesn’t own you! Power and Glory are battles that all Pastors face. They are either inward or outward. Being in control as the Shepherd is a genuine responsibility that must be taken seriously. Falling into the deception that we are to control and dictate has caused the destruction of many great Pastors. Leading as a Bold servant of God who understands the authority you operate under is critical to having a highly blessed/successful ministry. Power struggles in church leadership, pastoral staffs and congregational leaders continue to be one of the primary tools satan uses to destroy churches and pastors.

Self center attitudes by pastors breeds destructive tendencies as well. Being in charge is a constant battle and it often stems from home life. The worlds way says, “it’s all about me”! The idea of being a humble servant is not very appealing based on worldly standards however Jesus humbled himself to become a man. The fact is that when you truly know who you are in Jesus and you know how to live under his authority then being humble is a necessity. Why? Because you walk in His Power and Authority, not your own. You walk in the fullness of Holy Spirit and are confident! Pastor, I pray that you will examine yourself today and get with your fellow Champions and review these three major battle grounds for Christians/Pastors. Dissect them, search the scriptures establish a checks and balance/accountability. It is our prayer that this brief letter will bring things to your attention that will cause you to stretch to a higher calling and a higher walk with the lord Jesus. We also pray that you will become the leader and pastor that God called you to be by humbling yourself and praying daily more fervently than ever before. We love you and continue to pray for you. Your Servant, paul        

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Am I a “Man of God”?

Recently at one of our lunches the guest speaker used the term “Man of God” as he was telling a story about someone. Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Man of God is what you and every man should be striving to be called”. When people see you they should think of you as a “Man of God” before anything else!

The “Holy Spirit” further went on to say that being a Pastor is a position, but being a “Man of God” is a description of who you really are. It describes your character and testifies of who you are on the inside.  Many of us work hard to earn degrees and attain many great titles and this can be well and good, however Holy Spirit said to me the most important title (if we can call it that) is “Man of God”.   Who are you, really? Who am I? Does our title tell the world who we really are? I have been called many things: Pastor, Dr., Bishop, Apostle, Executive Director, Reverend, etc. some of these are not accurate about me and others were spoken just for respect, but none of these are true reflections of who I am as a follower and servant of Jesus!

Did my wife marry a Pastor or a man? She married a “Man”. She is more interested in me being a man seeking God with my whole heart and mind than she is that I may be a Pastor or Minister. Who we are is much more important than what we do as a calling or position. How important is it to our church families and fellowships to know that they can trust and count on us as men of integrity and godly character?   Our positions can change and be forgotten our relationships are what is remembered and has the longest lasting impact.

Now for the kicker. When we truly are a “Man of God” all of these things mentioned become easier to do and with lasting affect! Being a Pastor is easy when you know that you are walking in the Power and Wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Being a husband and Father is much easier when your wife sincerely sees you as a Man of God! Being a leader of a ministry or business breeds much success because people want to be led by great “Men of God”!

Now the question remains, am I a “Man of God”? Are you a “Man of God”? What are we going to do about this?

I pray that this will make us think about how people really see us, starting at home. As you meet with your Champions Table this week discuss the importance of why it is critically important that as Pastors and Ministers that all people see you as a “Man of God”

We are praying for you!!

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“Church in the Son” of Orlando hosts Great Luncheon!


On Thursday May 29, 2014 All Pro Pastors had a Powerful luncheon with Pastors from many denominations and races at the “Church in the Son” Orlando Florida. Our very special guest speaker was Dr Patrick Morley, founder of Man in the Mirror ministry. He gave us a heart pounding message and a challenge to be “God’s Men” starting at home! Dr Jerry Brandt, Kingdom Life University, started the day with a wake-up call for Pastors and Churches to embrace technology as a powerful tool to share the gospel around the world and to our own congregations. Pastor Nolan Edwards of Champions Church, Winter Haven Florida, closed the day with an invitation to all Pastors to step up and start or join a “Champions Table”. “Church in the Son” has a wonderful staff and made everyone feel loved and appreciated. Their facilities are fabulous and the attention to detail is unmatched by anywhere we have been. Praise God for Pastor’s and Church families who take great pride in providing the very best for Pastors!

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What a Great Year You have Had!

Have you taken the time to write down all the events, activities, ministry opportunities, acts of kindness, etc  that you have gone to or been a part of this year? Let me suggest that you start a list right away. You will be amazed at how much that could be. Include everything. Men often volunteer to coach or help in sports. Some are Deacons or Elders. Pastors, you preach 2-3 times a week or more. Women go to conferences, help at nursing homes, many lead youth activities, visit hospitals, teach Sunday School, etc. How much travel have you done? Special times with your spouse. How about date nights!!!! You might be surprised how much you did. Write it all!

You probably have had a fabulous year and didn’t realize it. Today so many people talk about only troubles, problems and bad news. When we add up the good it far outweighs the bad! Take a minute and start a list right now and see for yourself what a great year you have had!

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P.S. This week we started writing down all of the many things All Pro Pastors Ministry as well as Linda and myself have been a part of. As we started writing the list got longer and longer. When we took a break we were amazed at just how much we were a part of. In fact as of this writing December 20th the list is still growing. Sometime in the next few days we will be putting our year end newsletter together that will highlight some of these. Hope you will take the time to read it.

We are praying for you!

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Florida APP Chapters Hit Home Run!

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Pastors Enjoying Lunch

 

All Pro Pastors in Florida has set a high standard in the USA with three Pastor Luncheons. Lakeland, Winter Haven and Plant City Chapters each held luncheons inviting all local pastors and their spouses for a complimentary lunch with many gifts and door prizes. Ambassadors Tony Ponceti-Lakeland; Dwight Edwards, Kevin Clark-Winter Haven; and Dan Middlebrooks, Joe Kelley-Plant City are all mighty men of God and passionate about encouraging fellow Pastors. These men organized and hosted three different luncheon events which gave pastors a powerful and detailed pictured of how APP Champions Tables are making a big impact in their lives and community.

 

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Pastors Fred Harrold and Dick Moore

Pastor Mark Epperson from Medulla Baptist church in Lakeland was a great host. This was his first APP Luncheon and he became excited about getting involved. The Oasis Church and Pastor Kevin Clark hosted their second luncheon. Pastor Kevin has been in a Champions Table for three years and he has a dynamite testimony about why the  “Champions Table” can be life changing foe every pastor. Pastor Fred Harrold and Pastor Dick Moore from Parkway Baptist hosted the Plant City luncheon. They featured special guest Dr Keith Johnson, America’s Number 1 Confidence Builder and Pastor Leadership Trainer.

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“H” and Ralph always ready to serve

Each Luncheon had special guests that Pastors heard from. These guests speak on a host of subjects that most Pastors do not hear yet nearly all need! When planning Chapter Luncheons we pray that the Pastor “Take Away’s” are added value and create the attitude of “when is the next luncheon”.

 

We applaud the great work these Chapters are doing! Pastors we are Praying for you!!

 

 

 

As a ministry to Pastors by Pastors, we are ready to serve you and help you plan a Pastors luncheon. We are also looking to start APP Chapters in every community.

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Pastor James Lewis Sr. a Champion for Three Years

If you are a ministry or minister who serves Pastors or you are part of a Pastors Organization we would be happy to assist you in organizing a Great Pastors Event or start an APP  Chapter. Please contact us today.

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Dr Jerry Brandt, Kingdom Life University Speaks at Lakeland Luncheon

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Rhonda and”H” serving Pastors at Medulla Luncheon

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Director of Ambassadors faithful servant leader in Lakeland. W F Floyd

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Pastors serving Pastors

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Champions Table Pastor couples enjoying Luncheon in Lakeland

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Pastor Mark welcomes all to Medulla in Lakeland

Pastor Dwight Edwards Testimony

Pastor Dwight Edwards Testimony

It does not matter how old you are or how long you have been in ministry, we all need friends to lean on. Hear a short word from this mighty man of God!

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2nd Annual All-Pro Pastors and Wives Conference

 

(Commentary by Cheryl Johnston)

What a day of refreshing and practical encouragement was the 2nd Annual All-Pro Pastors and Wives Conference held on May 9, 2013 at Champions Church in Winter Haven.

The more than 115 attendees from Central Florida were treated to a well-organized program of powerful messages, practical advice, a great lunch, and opportunities to network with supportive organizations such as Moody Radio Florida 91.1 FM, Kingdom Life University, Strong Tower Insurance, World Action Radio & TV Network, and the National Center for Life & Liberty, among others.

Pierre Chestang of Moody Radio Florida emceed and author Richard Mull and Natasha Malpeli led with worship music. In addition to some of the early speakers in both the morning and afternoon portions, women enjoyed two breakout sessions.

Over and over were heard these comments: “Wow, so powerful!” “Great advice.” “Those ideas gave me a whole new perspective.” “I had never thought about it from that approach before.” “Thank God for my Champions Table group.”

In addition to the “Champions Table” accountability groups of 3-4 men who meet weekly for friendship and encouragement, the international All-Pro Pastors ministry now has its first groups for women. This is a ministry for people who are hungry for God and who desire with their whole hearts to see Him made known throughout the world.

Without a doubt, founders Paul and Linda Pickern are two of those.

 

Hats off for an incredible day of revival for area pastors and their wives, and all glory be to Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

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Where can I (Pastors) go to really TALK?!!!!!!

 

  As a pastor I have found it very difficult to trust anyone. I have many friends/acquaintances in my church and denomination, but these are people I would never expose my hurts or weaknesses to. There are times that I have questions and frankly I am embarrassed to ask anyone because of what they might think. Other times I get so frustrated I just want to quit, knowing I can’t it just stays inside of me like a sore that keeps festering up. I get so lonely on this island surrounded by people! Where can I go just to talk?

Does this sound familiar? You may have other issues that only you know about. The Champion Table may be the place that over time you build deep rooted trust. The kind of trust that you can say anything and know you are not going to be cast out and burned at the stake. How refreshing to find a place where I can take my “Pastor Suit” off and just be plain old me.  

 Testimonials

I wanted to drop you a line to express my joy in our All Pro Pastors Champion Table. We have been meeting since May, 2007 now, and the intimacy level is really growing. We have seen barriers come down, and transparency taking place. Our four pastors have learned to lean on and count on one another. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t receive an email or phone call, giving or asking for encouragement. Every pastor needs a Table like ours.

In Christ,

 Fred Harrold, New life Community Church,USA

All Pro Pastors has helped me as a man, a husband and a Pastor. The impact of Champion Tables in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is changing the Kingdom of God for all of Africa. My life will never be the same!

Ambassador Peter Simwa, Higher Vision Center, Eldoret, Kenya,   

Our “All Pro Pastors” Champion Table meets every Tuesday morning. I was at a point where I had decided not to add anything else to my weekly calendar. After visiting a couple of weeks I discovered that “All Pro Pastors” was not your normal “meeting type” atmosphere as some would think.  It offered open discussion with likeminded people who share the same type of accomplishments, challenges, and needs.  We share the importance of honoring God as the husbands, fathers, and leaders in our homes.  I now look forward to Tuesday mornings as a priority.   

 Kevin M. Wynne,  FBC Durant, USA

 Getting Started 
  • Find 3 other Pastors who you will agree to meet with every week. These may be Pastors who you are not acquainted with and need to seek out. (4 total is best but you may have to start with less)
  • Establish a place and time that works for all. 
  • Be committed and make attendance a Priority!  
  • The first few meetings is a time of introduction.  Share about your family, personal interests, Salvation Experience, hobbies, where you have lived, etc.   Just get acquainted with one another.
  • Note: Each Champions Table should have someone volunteer to be the Table Champion. This is a commitment to contact each Table member the day before your meeting as a reminder.
  • After your time of introduction share with the Table any current goals that you feel comfortable sharing. (Marriage, Family, Physical, Household, Personal Improvement, Spiritual Growth, Business, Financial, Health, Education, Ministry, etc.) 
  • Share any Personal areas of Improvement that you want to be encouraged to acheive.                                                                                    
  • Examples:  I need to lose 30 pounds, I need to increase my income, I want to write a book, I need to finish school, I need to spend more time with my wife, I need to read more, I need to watch less TV, I need time off/vacation, I have many debts that I need to pay-off. You get the idea.  (Your Table is there to Encourage you, cheer you on, not judge or give unrequested advice.)                                    
  • Review the “Accountability” Questions and discuss how your Table wants to use these. (You may want to add some or revise them). Where do you want to start? How much Accountability does your Table want!? (This will make a big difference in your Table. If you have some who want a high level of accountability and others who do not, be patient. You, who want it, go ahead and lay it out on the table each week. Watch God work. Trust HIM!)
  • The week you decide to start your journey as “Champions” is a very important week. This is the week your decide to embrace the “Accountability Questions  as your Personal Guideline”. You start talking about the good and bad of your week.  You can unload or just listen to one another. Do not talk so much that others do not have a chance.  You can be reserved or let it all out. You must decide personally. Each week is different. Things happen. There is a direct relationship in what you give and what you receive.
  • Each week try to set personal and specific goals. You may have one or many goals. Write them down and share with your group.  This is your “TO DO LIST”.ASK for Accountability and each week give a progress report. This is not a requirement for the Table only a proven way to help you reach goals while building trust and real friendships! 
  • End each week by sharing Prayer needs and close with prayer.

Special Note:   The Table is not a Bible Study Group or Prayer meeting, you should already be doing that. It is Men getting serious about Real Men issues.  (Men meet with Men and Women with Women.)

PASTORS WITHIN THE SAME CHURCH SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE SAME TABLE.  

Weekly “Accountability Points”

(You should use first names and avoid titles. Dr., Bishop, Pastor, etc).

  • How have I done on my weekly “TO DO’S”?
  • Have I spent enough personal time in God’s word and in prayer?
  • Have I had any flirtatious or lustful attitudes, tempting thoughts, wandering eyes or exposed myself to any explicit materials (TV, Internet, Mag. Etc) which would not glorify God?
  • Did anyone in/from my church tempt me (wandering eyes) or approach me in an inappropriate manner?  What did I do?
  • Have I met my wife/children’s need for LOVE each day (Words of encouragement and appreciation; Hugs, touches and intimacy; acts of kindness and service; my personal time and attention; gifts of love? What would they say?
  • Have I prayed with my wife every day?
  • Have I been completely above reproach in my financial dealings? Have I been honest with my wife about my spending?
  • Have I treated my body as God’s Temple? (Health, Exercise, Weight)
  •  ( Have I lied in any of my answers?)
  • YOUR TABLE MAY WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS AND CHANGE THE ORDER. THE TABLE IS YOURS. YOU MUST DECIDE HOW CHALLENGING AND TRANSPARENT YOU WANT IT TO BE. IT MAY TAKE A FEW WEEKS! OVER TIME THESE MAY CHANGE.

What am I going to do about it this week? 

As you are talking and listening, write down “action items” that jump out as this weeks “To Do’s”. These are specific actions you are planning to do before your next “Table”. You Are asking your fellow Champions to challenge you and encourage you to succeed? You must be Specific! Note, you should have a few items that you have as “To Do’s” that are each and every week in order to start new habits.

 If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always gotten and you will continue to be what you have always been! It is time to step up and step out. 

Dear Pastor,

In 2003 the Lord clearly spoke to me that Pastors needed to learn to trust one another and to love each other. He also said that we as Pastors need to live” Holy” lives at home and embrace accountability.  This word started my wife and me on a journey to begin a ministry called All Pro Pastors (APP) and now The Champion Table Global Ministries.

The Champion Table is the foundation of APP and these guidelines have helped Pastors throughout the world to experience miracles, start lifelong friendships, save marriages and ministries, and unify the Body for Kingdom building. We are committed to praying for you and encouraging you to stay the course! When we say we love you, we mean it.

Thank you for reading through the Champion Table Guidelines. We are absolutely sure the Holy Spirit has given this to us. Many Pastors want specific guidelines and others already understand the principles to become real Champions through accountability/trust and friendship.

Each Pastor makes the decision as to whether you want a strong “Accountability” table or simply a Fellowship/Friendship table. Both are extremely essential in our life. These are a few specifics that it takes to make a successful “Champions Table”.

(1)          Pastors/Men should meet together with Pastors from different churches/denominations/tribes/etc (if at all possible).  

(2)           4 Pastors are the best number at a Table. 5 or more reduce “Trust Building” genuine intimacy and increases the time needed each week.

 (3)          There are stages “Strong Tables” go through. : Fellowship-Friendship-Honesty-Encouragement-(Commitment)-Trust-Accountability-Acheivement-Success-CHAMPIONSHIP

(4)          Setting Weekly To Do’s give a foundation for commitment, it is the easiest way to learn accountability without the need for deep trust, helps establish Achievable Goals, provides a circle of friends to cheer us on to success each week  

(5)          The Table is not a Bible study. (You should already have this). It is easy for us as Pastors to avoid real issues by using the Bible as a way not to face them.

Again, Please review the attached carefully and discuss with your Table. We love you and this ministry is striving to honor God best by serving you as we serve Him. It is up to each of us.

Your Friend and Servant,

paul 

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Africa Mission a God-Sized Success!

Praise God, Pastor Peter Simwa from Eldoret Kenya did an outstanding job preparing the way for APP to come and share with over 200 pastors in three days of conference. His efforts and prayers were rewarded by a mighty move of God. Many Pastors were encouraged and connected together in the Body/ Kingdom of God with renewed harmony and unity. Several Bishops, Apostles, Dr.s and other leaders met with us and have embraced the mission of All Pro Pastors as a vital part of their ministry to reach Kenya, Africa and the World for Jesus Christ.

Peter Simwa was commissioned and anointed/appointed as the Chief Ambassador for Africa and specifically the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania region. Pastor Patrick Ogoda APP Ambassador for Uganda and Pastor Bosco Odongo traveled for two days to be with us in Eldoret. Pastor Joseph Chai stepped up in a big way to help our team while in Eldoret. Pastor Peter Simwa’s Champion Table brothers Wycliffe Masika has a Pastors Training School and had several students at the conference and Pastor John and his wife treated us to lunch each day in their home. It was wonderful! There were many Pastors who treated us with great honor and we were humbled by their outpouring of love and compassion.

We must also point out that APP also appointed a new Ambassador to Tanzania while in Eldoret. Pastor Patroba Ammolo has been pastoring for 6 years and the Saturday after our conference he graduated and received his ministerial degree. Praise God.

When we arrived in Nairobi, the first day, we were greeted by a host of Pastors from Neno Evangelism Center, a great church in Niarobi led by Apostle James Maina. He has founded a church of over 20,000 in Niarobi with 300 plus churches throughout Kenya. Pastor Simon Njenga a Kenyan now from America made the introductions and they treated the team as royalty. (Pastor Njenga was a gift from God!) He took great care for us and became a vital part of our ministry team.  Our team led Pastor conferences in Kitegela (thanks to pastor Simon Obunga’s fine preparations) and preached in several outdoor crusade meetings. Many were healed, delivered and SAVED.

We were each blessed as we poured ourselves out each day for Jesus. It seemed that every day each one of us became exhausted physically because the power of God flowed through us to so many different people and in new ways. Many thousands of lives were touched and God smiled upon this ministry. The Kenyan people are very loving people and have a hunger for God. They are heart broken by how America has appeared to step away from the Christian heritage that our country was founded upon. The past several years they have actively sent powerful men of God to America as Evangelists and Pastors to start new work. They have a sincere burden for the USA. (WE may discuss this further at a later date)

As we close out this news, let us say how thankful we are to our many partners who have joined this ministry to reach out to Pastors throughout the world. The impact of Saving Pastors stretches for greater than a Pastor and his family. It reaches the congregation, the orphans, the hungry, the hurting, the poor, the shoeless, the naked, the sick, the dieing, and the homeless. This Ministry called All Pro Pastors is reaching more people for the Kingdom of God than we will ever know. I Praise God that we can say, this mission to Africa was a great success and at the same time it is just a beginning. We have been asked to return and to have conferences (teaching, preaching, saving, healing, delivering and empowering) next time to thousands of Pastors. The fire that was started is believed to be the FIRE of GOD that can reach all of Kenya and Africa for Jesus. The coming together of the Pastors in unity has never happened before. It is a Miracle!

Please pray for us as we answer this great call and commission to go back to Africa and to all parts of the world who are crying out for the Kingdom of God to come together and save them. We love you!

 

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APP Champion/Ambassador Speaks from Africa

We received this e-mail message from Bishop Peter Simwa from Kenya. He is our resident Ambassador to Africa for All Pro Pastors. We have copied his message exactly as it was in order for you to feel his heart.

(He is seated in the middle of his Champions Table.)

Dear Paul and All Pro Pastors.

Am writting this note from my heart and know that you will be encouraged and touched by what the Lord is doing in Africa through  All propastors Champions Table.We already have  sixteen Tables in Kenya and Uganda.The Lord Jesus is annointing  us  to  manage this tables with the knowledge that  we did not start them,but  he Jesus is  the  author  and the finisher of  these great ministry that has the sole purpose of bringing men of God  to  seat  together and share their  hearts  confidently to each other.

Barriers are being broken,bounderies are being expanded,relationships are being birthed,brotherhood and  friendship is becoming strong,Churches are being made  strong  as the discouraged are  encouraged,all this is  as result of Gods divine connection to All  propastors.

God is speaking to the pastors through this  Tables that Unity is what is needed  for the Church  of Christ   to be strong and make  an impact to the world.God  is   connecting  us  from every tribe, color,race and nation to be one  as we move  in this last days to Establish  his Kingdom on earth before he comes back for his glorious Church.

Testimonies are being shared everytime we meet,and  men of God are realising that we need  each other in the ministry.

As we serve the congregation we also realize thhat  we need someone to serve  us  and talk to us,we need encouragement,we neeed prayers,we need to be loved,we need someone to pour  our heart  to and  the Champions Table has brought that to us,praise the Lord!!!

Am planning to have a Pastors luncheon the first week of may on thursday so that we can review and see how far we have gone and also introduce other pastors  to the Champins table.In june am  going to Uganda to meet with Pastors and  those  who have  already  joined the Champions table,Pastor patrick  is asking me to  come  to Uganda and have a Luncheon with them.I want to  appeal to you all,first to pray for this missions and the  provision to have the Lucheon succeed and  two, to make it  to Uganda and have the same ministry.please keep me in prayers as  an Ambasador that the Lord will grant me wisdom and knowledge to be the Joshua that will take this Jesus ordained ministry to the  ends  of Africa.

We look  forward to being the Christ Ambasador together  to make Champions of  Christ.

may the Lord bless all the Champions as you serve in his kingdom,our labour iis  not in vain.

Bishop Peter Simwa.African  Ambasador,All propastors.

All Pro Pastors Newsletter March 2012


March 2012

Dear Friends and Beloved of God,

Linda and I are sincerely thankful for your prayers and continued support of All Pro Pastors. God has heard your prayers and this ministry is growing at an amazing rate. Pastors and their wife’s are testifying on a  daily basis of how APP is encouraging them and giving them strength to stay the course.

Pastor Moses Brown from Tampa spent 10 days in February for a Pastors conference in Kenya, Africa and started a new All Pro Pastors Chapter. Since his visit 16 New Champion Tables have started in Africa. 

 “ChampionTables” are starting to form all throughout the world, simply because Pastors need each other as men to lean on, talk to, laugh with and cry with. Most people do not know how lonely being a Pastor or a Pastors Wife can be. We need to be encouraged to live up to the standards God expects and requires us to. And perhaps more so, we need trusted friends to pick us up when we fail and fall short. Praise God that a great “Champions Table” will not kick us when we are down. We lift each other up and offer a shoulder to lean on for as long as it takes. The “Table” challenges us to keep our relationships with God and family in proper order so that we stay qualified as Pastors to lead and be living examples.

You need to know that you are helping reach Ten’s of Thousand’s of people for Jesus throughout the world through All Pro Pastors. The Pastors that we serve are encouraged to stay the course and stand strong through the struggles. They are comforted and challenged to link arms with each other to hold each other up when the going gets tougher!! These Pastors lead large and small congregations that rely on them to be living examples of Jesus. They give hope when things look hopeless. This ministry provides a safe place where Pastors can rest each week and truly lay their mantle off for a few minutes and breathe in a fresh breath of Holy Spirit with a few other hungry warriors for Christ! It is a place that they receive a re-fill of hope for themselves and power to move mountains!

We ask that you pray that every Pastor have the opportunity and challenge to become a part of a Champion Table. We are expecting to reach 1000’s of Pastors this year through the internet, personal engagements, Pastors telling Pastors and other media we expect God to open up. We ask that you pray for God to open doors and to provide provisions to see this vision come to pass quickly. What do you believe would happen if our Pastors started loving one another across all the divisions that exist today? We would see an amazing outpouring of His Spirit that would shake the world from the bottom up to the top!

Thank you for continuing to help us help Pastors develop trust with one another and embrace personal challenging accountability! Now tell someone else about this ministry and what God is doing.

Your Servants, Paul and Linda

PS. Please read through our local and Global news on page (2) and the Vision on the last page.

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All Pro Pastors Africa (See New Photos)

We are excited to announce that Bishop Peter Simwa has been asked and he has accepted the role as  our official resident “Ambassador in Africa” Pastor/Bishop Simwa lives in Kenya and travels throughout many countries in Africa working with Pastors throughout the continent. He is married and has 4 children. Last week Pastor Moses Brown from Tampa, Florida USA was the featured speaker to nearly two hundred pastors at a pastors conference in Kenya. He presented All Pro Pastors as part of the conference and many Pastors committed to starting Champion Tables. Pastor Simwa has started his and is moving forward to start others. Praise God!

We have been invited to come to Kenya to meet with Pastors and trust that when the time is right, God will make a way. It is our prayer that these men of God will teach other men how to treat their wife and children according to God’s word and that they will work together to reach the lost. Many of these pastors are struggling for food, shelter and food. There are times that they must go and lead their church in worship and have not eaten nor have their chilren and yet they go with a smile on their face and joy in their heart. Please pray for these Precious Brothers, their wives and their families.

Next week Pastor Simwa travels to Uganda to meet with more Pastors. Pray that his journey is powerful with God’s anointing and that many pastors will start new Champion Tables! This is a big step forward as God stretches All Pro Pastors to reach around the Globe. Pastors touching Pastors, encouraging one another and holding each other accountable is critical for us to stay strong in this war against our enemy. Please pray for God to continue to open doors and to send more “Ambassadors” to carry this message.

Thank you again for your prayers, Linda and I continue to pray for you, in His Name that is above all others!

THE FOLLOWING IS A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR PETER SIMWA

Dearest Paul and ALL PRO PASTORS,
I want first thank the allmighty  God and  the holy spirit for the conference that we ahd  in Eldoret,Kenya.I also want to thank all of you for praying with us and encouraging us.
Pastor Brown arrived in Eldoret on 23th after i picked  him  fro Kisumu Airport.we drove for 2 hours to to Eldoret and booked Pastor Brown in a Hotel.I came to know of pastor Brown through the Face book and we charted for some time and the Holy spirit bond us together.I invited him to Kenya and he agreed,he said he was looking for an Air ticket,and  by december he had gotten the ticket.so we i started putting the meeting together for Pastors.
Pastor Brown had introduced me to ALL PRO PASTORS and PAUL PICKERN.Paul send me an email and we also had a to talk through the phone after i called him.
Back to our Pastors meeting,I had invited 200 Pastors  to attend the conference and so we were expecting a good number,Paul send me an email encouraging me to bring together as many Pastors as possible,and by the grace of God and  your prayers we had almost 200 Pastors.
Pastor Brown and myself shared about ALL PRO PASTORS and what it means to be part  of it.the response was positive and also many Pastors are willing to Join in this ministry.Pastor Brown preached and we could feel the flow  of the HOLY  SPIRIT speaking to many.we had a powerful time of prayer, and we so God move in many  lives.


We did lounch the ALL PRO PASTORS AFRICA,and we want it to start in kenya  then other countries in Africa will join us.We are so excited with what the LORD is about to do as many Pastors in kenya are passing through many things and they need to be encouraged and  encourage each other.
We believe the CHAMPIONS TABLE is  going to bring great changes and healing in many Pastors lives.
I have always have a burden for Pastors and God  has  Just connected me to you for this purpose.
As we sarted the seminar I was expecting Pastor  Brown to help me to surport the Pastors with meals as they were  going  to be staying in the meeting the whole  day  and we also had some  who came from from as far as 100 miles and others 50 miles.Pastor Brown said he  had no money and he came by  faith.Let me  tell you    PAUL, God is a God of Mirracles,he provided for me  for the three days.

We have already started with three Pastors and we are going to move a  head and bring in others who have already shown interest in joining the CHAMPIONS TABLE.

I very much need your prayers to have this ministry  move forward,pray for my family,the church and provision and wisdom from God.

hope to hear from you,

My  Adress,

PASTOR PETER SIMWA.

 

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F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Question About “All Pro Pastors”:

When was All Pro Pastors started? The vision to get started was in 2003, the first “Champions Table “ Started April of 2007, and the actual kick-off to reach out in Florida started in January 2009 in Tampa

Why was it started? Because there is a great sense of loneliness and isolation identified by 70% of Pastors, and God through the Holy Spirit laid on our heart to start it. Pastors live on an island and sometimes we shut everyone out including our wife and children. Only another Pastor can feel what this is like. (I know from personal experience.)

What about Pastor’s wives and Women in Ministry? All Pro Pastors is directed at men who are Pastors. This is at the Holy Spirit’s instruction. Women R Champions is the name of our women’s ministry. Women Ministers may start “all women” Champions Tables. These are organized within our Pastors/Wives organization called “Women R Champions”. Women are vital in this ministry and we want to give you the much needed support too. Pastor wives are often the unsung heroes of the church and the most forgotten. It is our prayer that “Women R Champions” will meet your personal needs at any and every level.

How many members are in All Pro Pastors? We estimate 10,000-15,000 worldwide. Our new on-line registration(Free) was just turned on October 2015. We have Chapters that are led by Ambassadors. Chapters are made up of 2-20 “Champions Tables” who are facilitated by “Champion” pastors who agree to start the “Table”. We stay connected through our website, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

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What are some of the countries outside the USA that APP have members/chapters? Kenya, Nigeria, West Africa, Pakistan, Germany, Cyprus, Nicaragua this is just a sampling.

What is a Champions Table? A group of (4) Pastors who are committed to meet each week for about 1-2 hours for personal encouragement, accountability, prayer and relationship building. We have started over 100 Champion Tables throughout Florida but we also have 100’s of Pastors connected with us throughout America and the world. In Africa alone based on verbal reports we estimate well over 1000 Champions Tables have started. As of January 2015 we estimated 10,000-15,000 pastors have connected with us in some way. Our New website which opened October 1, 2015 allows Pastors to register on-line.

What are the benefits for a Pastor to register? Anyone who registers will be given a secure portal in the website which gives immediate access to Free resources and weekly updates/news and video messages.

Also, notices for events will be posted and Pastor Testimonies. This is the doorway to many new friends.

What is the most common testimony of Pastors who are in Champions Tables? 1)I feel safe at my Table 2)Finally a place I can really talk 3)It has saved my marriage 4)It has saved my ministry 5) It is not a meeting, it is place of trust and rest each week 6)It is the only place my wife pushes me out the door to go to7)A place I can go as a man with no holding back 8)Opened my eyes to new revelations of truth that I desperately needed.9)I now know what real trust is. 10)My Table has literally saved my life and become my prayer fortress!

Why does All Pro Pastors have lunches/breakfasts and other special events? To introduce Pastors to All Pro Pastors and to give them relevant information they can use in their ministry and life. Also, to introduce them to fellow Pastors in their community.

What will take place at one of these luncheons? Pastors are treated to a nice meal, they may see a 4 minute video about APP, a few Pastors will share how being a part of APP has impacted them and we usually try to give away some free gifts. Frequently we will have a guest join us by Skype and speak or pray for the Pastors and sometimes a guest speaker will deliver an impactful message.

 

How many Pastors usually attend? Usually between 10-250. It depends on whether it is the first time in an area, whether it is an All Pro Pastor Chapter Sponsoring it or a local ministers group, and if the host Pastor embraces the event and reaches out to area Pastors. (Also if advertising is used)

What do you offer Pastors? What we offer ANY Pastor is a way to connect and build lifelong trusted friends through “Champion Tables”. This is your opportunity as Pastors to not walk alone!

What are the requirements to join? Our ministry is focused on men who are Pastors who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior and recognize Him and Him alone as the way to eternal life. It is basically a Pastor to Pastor ministry. The purpose is to help these men develop trusted friendships through encouraging accountability and to become great husbands and dads, great roles models based on how they live not just what they preach, and to stay healthy in their ministry.

Pastor Statistics

Pastor, Church and Family Statistics

1800 pastors leave the ministry each month

4000 churches begin each year, but over 7000 close

80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors

80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave within 5 years

90% said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people

70% feel grossly underpaid

90% said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be before they entered the ministry

80% of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked

80% of pastors’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church membership

80% wish their spouse would choose another profession

70% of pastors fight depression

80% of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression

70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor

95% of pastors do NOT pray regularly with their spouse

80% of pastors surveyed spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayer

70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermon

1 in 4 Pastors look at Pornography daily

These statistics came from across denominational lines, and have been gleaned from various reliable sources such as Pastor to Pastor, Focus on the Family, Ministries Today, Charisma Magazine, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Global Pastors Network.

Our Founder

Paul and Linda PickernPastor Paul Pickern is married to his wife Linda. They have 5 children (Tony, Stephanie, Dale, Seth, Schyler) and 11 grand children. Their home is in Plant City, Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Paul was born in Belleville, Illinois and Linda was born in Charleston, West Virginia.

Experience

Paul is the Founder and CEO of All Pro Pastors Ministry, a ministry that encourages and challenges Pastors to join together as Kingdom Brothers to develop trust, accountability and unity. It is a ministry that strengthens Pastors marriages, families, and ministries by establishing “Champions Table’s”. The “Champions Table” is a safe place where Pastors can meet together and develop genuine relationships.

Paul’s wife Linda is a vital part of the ministry too. She minister’s to pastor wives and hosts a website/blog called “Women R Champions“. The many women in ministry throughout the world are connected thru this women directed ministry.

Paul speaks to 1000’s of pastors in Conferences, Lunches, Ministerial Meetings, Radio, and website conferencing about the challenges they face and how to face these challenges. The first “Champions Table” started April 2007 in Plant City Florida and can now be found in many countries as Pastors are connecting in great numbers throughout the world. Many Tables started forming in 2012 in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by Pastors who caught the vision!

Paul comes from a deep heritage of several generations of Pastors. He has been a Christian since October 1959 and has been a student of the Bible since then. He spoke his first words to a church at the age of 3 years. Learning God’s Word was a way of life. Pastor Paul started singing and speaking at many meetings through the 60’s and 70’s in multiple denominations. He was the featured soloist from 1971-72 on the Television show “The Way”. He has written several plays, and the study guide series The Agape’ Lifestyle. He has had numerous magazine articles published.

His formal schooling was at Polk Community College , Hillsborough Community College, and completed at The University of South Florida majoring in Business Administration. He also is Certified in Counseling, has been licensed in many business fields.

Many years of Ministry included being in the Marketplace: Business Owner of “Shiloh Christian Supplies”, Marketing Consultant and Independent Director of Marketing for “Century Communities”, Owner “Independent Insurance Agency”, Co-Founded the “Florida Housing Information Bureau”, Vice President of “Gatsby Spas”, Certified Counselor/Speaker for “Family Life Resources” 

Pastor Paul served at Shiloh Baptist Church, Plant City in many volunteer ministry capacities from 1975-1998.

Paul felt the call on his life at a very early age. He never had a desire to become a Pastor only to obey God whom he was called by and instructed. He has studied and taught God’s word for years and been a revivalist according to some. In 1999 Southside Baptist Church licensed Pastor Paul to preach and in 2000 ordained him as a Pastor. (His father, David a Pastor for 56 years, took part in the Ordination.) Paul’s Biblical study continues: by sitting at the feet of Jesus for over 50 years, reading countless books, and having a Father who taught him how to live God’s word! He has sat through many classes of ministry and Bible teaching and taught just as many.

Paul living as a Pastor’s son, serving as a Staff Pastor, and also counseling many Pastors gave him the experience to understand completely the needs in Pastors and their families. God instructed him specifically that he was to serve Pastors and help them from being deceived and destroyed by the world and the enemy. The vision for All Pro Pastors came to Pastor Paul in 2003 to reach ALL Pastors, Bishops, Evangelists and Ministers throughout the world. Paul has been in a “Champions Table” since November 2005. In January 2009 All Pro Pastors and Champion Tables were introduced publicly in Tampa, Florida and today hundreds of Tables and thousands of Pastors are connected worldwide. These “Tables” are saving marriages, ministries and lives!

Paul understands that only another Pastor can feel the struggle and pain that come with the work of Pastors and when pastors come together in love they can soothe the pain, counsel with wisdom, pick up the weary and be inspired to greater victory!

Paul’s younger brother Jon died at the age of 47 while serving as a Pastor in Alabama and first cousin Steve serves today as a senior pastor in Georgia.

Special Note

This ministry was given to Paul with a primary focus on men. According to Paul, the Lord told him specifically to minister to men. Men who are Pastors have a much greater need to become better husbands, fathers and living examples of Jesus. The ones who reap these benefits are the families of these mighty warriors.

About All Pro Pastors

Do you know that many pastors today live very lonely lives. Many pastors say, “I am surrounded by masses and still I am standing on an island all alone!” In recent surveys asking pastors what is the toughest thing about being a pastor, the re-sounding number one answer was “not having a trusted loyal friend”.

All Pro Pastors is a ministry founded in 2007 that addresses this issue head on. It is a “pastor-to-pastor” ministry bringing pastors together in very small groups of 4 for developing trust with encouragement, accountability and lifelong relationships. It is also a ministry that provides on-going words of inspiration and motivation with helpful resources, tools and special events that we can link into.

As men it is very easy to keep things bottled up inside and as pastors our very nature puts us on guard. Many pastors are stepping down or out of the pastoral ministry each and every day due to the pressure and high expectations that we feel. The fact is, only another pastor can relate to what we feel. It is with this in mind that we started what we call, “The Champions Table“.

The development of “The Champion’s Table is a God given instruction to be shared with all pastors. Pastor, the Table is a safe place! Jesus gave us an example to follow. We also call it “The Jesus Model“.

We believe that God has called pastors to lead, to set the example, to be His “Champion Role Models”. Through the Champion’s Table we see God changing pastor’s lives and their families, becoming leaders that men want to follow, and filling the void of aloneness by building trustworthy friendships!

All Pro Pastors is reaching around the GLOBE through the power of technology and “pastors telling pastors”. Pastors throughout North America, Central America, Asia, Europe and Africa are forming Champion’s Tables in increasing numbers and report that they are having a great impact on all relationships. Many other Continents and Countries are connecting the Kingdom together through Champion’s Tables and are sharing with us astonishing testimonies.

Note:(The Champions Table format can be used by any Ministers Group, Association or Organization as a tool to strengthen and sustain their efforts)

Mission Statement

The mission of our ministry is to empower Pastors to become Champion Role Models for all people through personal encouragement, challenge, achievement, and accountability that by this our Lord Jesus may say “Well done my good and faithful servant!” and to see the “Body of Christ” joined together with one heart and mind in love for one another.

Global Vision

To see Champion’s Tables meeting in every city, town and community throughout the world, so that men and families will have Pastors who set the example of Jesus as Champions to be followed.

Core Values

  • Commitment to Jesus, Wife, Children, The Body of Believers, and to never give up  I Timothy 3: 5
  • Humble as a Servant leader, accepting this Powerful God given role (Humility)  Philippians 2:5-8
  • Accountable. God holds everyone personally accountable – we accept genuine self accountability shared with a trusted few for counsel, strength, and Agape’ love. Proverbs 27:9
  • Mature – God expects us to be a “Role Model” by being Spiritually Mature Hebrews 5:13,14
  • Positive – Giving confidence to others by the words we speak and by displaying a victorious life attitude Philippians 4:13
  • Influence – realizing that the world is watching our every move, starting with our family, and diligently working to carry the Light of Jesus for all to see Matthew 5:16
  • Openness – We are transparent and trustworthy with heart to heart confession, examination, counsel and grace  Proverbs 27:17
  • Network – We support fellow “Champions” like a tightly woven garment, and we strongly encourage the support of Evangelical Christian businesses, churches and all believers as co-laborers to reach the world for Jesus Ephesians 4:15, 16
  • Self Examination – To test ourselves against God’s Word and determine specific ways to Achieve improvement Galatians 6:3,4

Tables

All Pro Pastors is helping Pastors overcome the heartbreak of “aloneness” by bringing Pastors together in a format that has proven success. Christ is using All Pro Pastors to accomplish this mission utilizing several platforms:

  • Champion’s Tables – small groups of 4 Pastors meeting weekly in a much needed, structured, simple and completely confidential forum with secure website weekly support.
  • Pastors Events – Luncheons, Breakfasts, Conferences, Retreats, and Seminars offer to Pastors informational and encouraging platforms that cover the real issues that are current and relevant in the lives of Pastors.
  • Speaking at existing Pastor/Leaders events such as monthly meetings and annual conferences
  • Mission Trips – International Pastor Conferences as well as USA/Global Pastor Unity Events
  • Website and Multi-media weekly challenges, news, devotionals, encouragement videos, Webinars and social networking

Letter from the Founders

Dear Pastor,

In 2003 the Lord clearly spoke to me that we as Pastors need to learn to trust one another and to love each other. He also said that we as Pastors need to live” Holy” lives at home and embrace accountability. This word started my wife and me on a journey to begin a ministry called All Pro Pastors (APP).

The Lord gave me the vision of 4 pastors meeting together as men and this was to be called “The Champions Table”! The Champion’s Table is the foundation of APP and have helped Pastors throughout the world to experience miracles, start lifelong friendships, save marriages and ministries, and unify the Body for Kingdom building. We are committed to praying for you and encouraging you to stay the course! When we say we love you, we mean it.

Please take the time to read through some of these great testimonies and to watch some of the Pastor’s Testimonies  and much more on our All Pro Pastors YouTube Channel. We are absolutely sure the Holy Spirit has given this to us for all pastors and it will bless you.

As a Pastor it is your decision as to whether you want a strong “Accountability and Encouragement” table or simply a Fellowship/Friendship table. Both are extremely essential in your life. These are a few examples of what makes a successful Champion’s Table:

  1. Pastors who meet together with Pastors from different churches/denominations/tribes/etc (if at all possible).
  2. “Four” Pastors are the best number at a Table. 5 or more reduce “Trust Building” genuine intimacy.
  3. There are stages “Strong Tables” go through. : Fellowship-Friendship-Honesty-Encouragement-Commitment-Trust-Accountability-Achievement-Success-CHAMPIONS
  4. The Table is not a Bible study. (You should already have this). It is easy for us as Pastors to avoid real issues by using the Bible as a way not to face them. The Table is for us as Men.
  5. The Table is your Prayer Fortress! You can put any and all prayer needs on the Table because it is safe and secure.

Please read through the Champion’s Table Guidelines and pray about this for yourself. We love you and this ministry is striving to honor God best by serving you as His Servant. Press onward as Champions!

Your Servants,

Paul and Linda Pickern

Note: We invite you to become a part of connecting 1,000,000 Pastors by 2020 through Champion’s Tables of trust, love, encouragement and accountability. We need your prayers. There is NO Cost or Fees required by Pastors to join or start a Table. All-Pro Pastors is completely funded by donations of Individuals, Christian Companies, Pastors and Churches who want to see Pastors encouraged and strengthened. Participation in any way helps this ministry reach more Pastors and provides for on-going daily and weekly encouragement, national and international travel, radio and television, breakfasts-luncheons and dinners, pastor conferences, pastor retreats, website support and encouragement, e-mail messaging, other events and critical personal pastoral care.

Please Register Today

Ambassadors

Ambassador Guidelines 2014                                             

Qualifications:

  • A Man who is Passionate about seeing their community saved and discipled for Jesus!
  • A Godly man who is in a Champions Table and passionate about it.
  • Loves Pastors and has a genuine desire to encourage and to see them strengthened in their ministry and family
  • Believes that Pastors need to build Trusted Friendships that reach across Denominational, Tribal and Racial barriers to connect as “Men”.
  • Has a Reputation above reproach, follows instructions, leads by example, self-starter and highly motivated, a winner, helps the weak, picks up the broken, does not criticize the uninformed
  • A local Pastor, Minister or Marketplace Minister
  • Will be committed to this position (Ambassador) as unto a call of God!
  • You clearly receive All Pro Pastors as a ministry for Pastors of the Christian Faith who accept Jesus as God’s Son and risen Savior. You accept that He (Jesus) and He alone is the only way to heaven and have received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior!

Responsibilities:

  • Establish and Coordinate new All Pro Pastors “Chapters” in Specific Geographical Locations; community, village, town, city etc.
  • Establish  Champions Tables within a local “Chapter”. This can be done through existing ministerial associations, sponsor local breakfasts and luncheons. Have small meetings with a few Pastors, meet one on one with Pastors, anyway that works to bring Pastors together, etc.
  • Identify or appoint Table Champions (leader, communicator, facilitator)
  • Meet with newly established Tables to Review the Table Guidelines and Covenant.
  • Contact each Table Champion by telephone, text or e-mail once a week to encourage.
  • **Make certain that each Champions Table Member is REGISTERED on line www.allpropastors.org
  • Contact W F Floyd, Director of Ambassadors wffloyd@allpropastors.org  on the first of each month with an update. How many Tables have started, How they are progressing, What are your needs.

Ambassadors are the messengers, servants and representatives of this ministry (APP) for God in your Region. It is our God given mission to invite every Pastor in the world to join together in Champions Tables and to connect to All Pro Pastors through technology (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). Ambassadors are vital ministry volunteers and are not legal representatives of the ministry.

Sponsors

Our vision – That that men and families will have Pastors who set the example of Jesus as Champions to be followed – is happening with your help!

Embracing Pastors as God’s chosen leaders for His church, our minstry serves Pastors as their missionaries. We are supported  by  churches, businesses, Christian organizations, individuals and Pastors who believe in this ministry and have seen how it is impacting many lives. Thank you for your gift today and joining us in this effort.

 

  • Every Ministry Partner will receive APP’s Word of Encouragment Video (via email)
  • Every Ministry Partner will know that their support is making a difference in the lives of Pastors, their families, and in the lives of those they shepherd for the the sake of the Gospel!

 

God bless you and thank you.

The All-Pro Pastors Team

The Jesus Model

It is every Christian’s desire to be like Jesus! Do you know there is one vital example that Jesus gave us that most men do not follow. We call it “The Jesus Model”!  This model can also be seen when studying the lives of Moses and Daniel.

If we are to be like Jesus, to imitate his life, then we must follow his example when it comes to developing deep trusted personal relationships with other men. Jesus With_His_Disciples002In the Book of Mark three times it is recorded that Jesus took Peter, James and John aside, leaving the other disciples out. When Jairus’ daughter is raised from the dead, when he took them to the transfiguration, and in the garden of Gethsemene when he was troubled and distressed before his crucifixion he called them to join him. Sometimes people refer to this group as Jesus’ inner circle. It would be fair to say that Jesus might very well have taken them aside many times that are not recorded in the Bible. These four men spent a lot of personal time together. Jesus knew what was about to happen when he went to pray that night in the garden. His human body was about to be broken beaten and utterly mutilated and he wanted his “buddies” his closest trusted friends with him in those final hours. It was these three, Peter, James, and John who he poured more of himself into than any others. He trusted them and he felt safe with them!

Moses also had a strong group of 3 men who he leaned on, Joshua, Hur and Aaron. Aaron and Hur held Moses arms up during the battle with the Amalekites while Joshua led the physical fight. Sometimes we need a couple of brothers to hold our arms up and to fight for us.

Daniel had Shadrack, Meshack and Abednigo as his inner circle or trusted accountability and encouragement brothers.

Having men to encourage us and hold us accountable is something every man needs. Jesus allowed himself to be accountable as a man with Peter, James and John. His willingness to take them into his sacred trust is a further demonstration of how important that it is for us to learn to trust! Jesus was well aware as “the Son of God” what was taking place at all times. Jesus was all man and all God and he wanted his friends with him when it counted. He personally set the standard that this is what I need and you need too!

For Pastors it is a very powerful message for our spouse, church family and leaders when they know we have accountability and a place to unload our burdens when distress and trouble hits us. As a Pastor we are also human, we have the needs of the flesh along with the battles of the flesh. Making the decision to follow Jesus’ example will give genuine relief and freedom.

Finding three men (Pastors) to link arms with will extend your life, improve your marriage, and strengthen your ministry. We call this group of four the Champion’s Table!

What is a Champions Table?

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A Champions Table is a group of four local pastors(leaders) who meet together on a weekly basis for one to two hours to challenge each other, to encourage, to pray for one another and to help attain individual goals. To have a friend you must learn to be a friend. Champion Tables allow pastors to develop trusted friendships that are genuine.

As a pastor I have found it very difficult to trust anyone. I have many friends/acquaintances in my church and denomination, but these are people I would never expose my hurts or weaknesses to. There are times that I have questions and frankly I am embarrassed to ask anyone because of what they might think. Other times I get so frustrated I just want to quit, knowing I can’t it just stays inside of me like a sore that keeps festering.

Does this sound familiar? You may have other issues that only you know about. The Champion Table may be the place that over time you build deep rooted trust. The kind of trust that you can say anything and know your words and feelings are strictly confidential and secure . How refreshing to find a place where I can take my “Pastor Title” off and just be a man.

Testimonials

“I wanted to drop you a line to express my joy in our All Pro Pastors Champion Table. We have been meeting since May, 2007 now, and the intimacy level is really growing. We have seen barriers come down, and transparency taking place. Our four pastors have learned to lean on and count on one another. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t receive an email or phone call, giving or asking for encouragement. Every pastor needs a Table like ours.”

Fred Harrold, New life Community Church USA

 

“All Pro Pastors has helped me as a man, a husband and a Pastor. The impact of Champion Tables in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is changing the Kingdom of God for all of Africa. My life will never be the same!”

Ambassador Peter Simwa, Higher Vision Center, Eldoret, Kenya

 

“Our All Pro Pastors Champion Table meets every Tuesday morning. I was at a point where I had decided not to add anything else to my weekly calendar. After a couple of weeks I discovered that the “Champion Table” was not your normal “meeting type” atmosphere as some would think.  It offered open discussion with like-minded people who share the same type of accomplishments, challenges, and needs.  We share the importance of honoring God as the husbands, fathers, and leaders in our homes.  I now look forward to Tuesday mornings as a priority.”

Kevin M. Wynne, FBC Durant USA

Champions Table Foundational Scriptures

Encouragement and Growth

Proverbs 27:17

17 Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another. NASB

Friendly Counsel

Proverbs 27:9

Oil and perfume make the heart glad,So a [a]man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. NASB

Several Counselors

Proverbs 15:22

22 Without counsel, plans go awry,But in the multitude of counselors they are established. NKJV

Four Went Together

Matthew 17:1

17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; NKJV

Four Worked Together

Exodus 17:12-13

12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. NKJV

Friends Lift Each other Up and Stand Strong

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one,Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. NKJV

Friends Share the Load

Galatians 6:1-3

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. MSG

A True Friend You Can Trust!

Proverbs 18:24

24 Friends come and friends go,but a true friend sticks by you like family. MSG

A Friend Walks with us through our Challenges!

Proverbs 17:17

17 A friend loves at all times,And a brother is born for adversity. NKJV

Ministry Support

Introduction

For everyone who really loves their Pastor, All-Pro Pastors is a natural fit.

Our ministry embraces Pastors as God’s chosen leaders for His church. We are 100 percent underwritten by Christian companies, churches, ministries and individuals who believe that God wants Pastors empowered and encouraged to be living examples for their families, churches, and the community.

What are some of the ways I can get involved?

Companies – through corporate gifts, your company can partner with All Pro Pastors to carry this vision effectively to more Pastors.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Churches, foundations and other ministries – through in-kind promotions, lunch hosting and other resources, including financial gifts, your organization can partner with us in a number of ways. Most of all, we ask that you just continue to love and pray for your Pastor. Encourage him to get involved in a Champions Group, and at our Champions Web Site and special events

Families and individuals

Through financial gifts, volunteering and spreading the word about All Pro Pastors, your family can know you are helping make a real difference in Pastors’ lives. Encourage your Pastor to join or even start a Champions Group

 Thank you for all you do to help Pastors.

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