2022 Ministry Highlights – Part 1: Preparing for Growth

Part 1

This video provides a snapshot to the ministry NLWI has contributed towards the Kingdom. This segment is one of four segments shared with the NLWI board of Directors in 2022. In part one, Dwayne explores several testimonies regarding how the community aspect of NLWI brings kingdom growth.

Transcript

Dwayne Moore:
Our community is our ministry. Without them, we wouldn’t have one. From the very beginning I’ve said it was the resources such as Pure Praise, but it actually got a community of people around us. And we didn’t even mean for it to happen. It just happened! The community aspect has been very important. And so, we just continue to focus on the community aspect as ultimately what kind of drives everything else and gives us opportunities.

Like a real preacher, it all starts with S. I didn’t necessarily mean for that to happen, but it was easily convenient. The soil, seeds, sun, water, and system. And for us, the soil is church leaders. Wherever we’re going, we’re finding really hungry, needy and wanting to grow people. There’s fertile soil in these leadership groups. Some of them are already meeting together, they already know each other. Others are individuals that gather other people around them in the areas they meet because of worship. But, regardless, they are hungry. And it’s phenomenal. It’s fascinating to watch. We see it even in the States. We don’t see it as much unfortunately in the States as we do in other countries. But God just keeps sending us to people that really do need for what we can bring.

“The seed that we can plant into their lives is our message.”

But here’s something that Mitchell Lawrence shared. It’s just like a minute long, but we just took a little portion of a longer conversation than I did with him a few months ago. Mitchell lives in South Africa, and you’ll hear it in his voice (See video). He’s got a great voice. I love to listen to him. But Mitchell is not a part of our team because he’s on several teams and serves as a connector. He knows a lot of ministries, he has worked for lot of ministries, but he loves what we’re doing. And you’ll hear that in what he says. Mitchell took us all around Zimbabwe. (He’s a missionary in Zimbabwe, he and his wife, Carol). We just went from city to city in several places doing conferences. And it was Mitchell that lined all that up. So, Mitchell has also helped us to get in South Africa in Cape Town.

Mitchell Video Excerpt:
“Every time we heard you sharing, it was like a newness of what God is doing and what God desires to do when it comes to worship. And I think I always say to you that I believe it’s a kairos message that God is bringing into the earth right now. Oh, I was taken aback when I heard you sharing on the outward side of it and teaching the worship leaders how to reach out and to become a catalyst for the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, for me, following you over these six years has been phenomenal. Every time I hear you, it’s new. That’s a great thing about the message of Jesus Christ and what’s God is doing through Next Level Worship, Dwayne. It is as refreshing as it comes.”

For Mitchell to say that, it is really, really powerful. Mitchell’s been around an he’s seen a lot. And he said, “I’ve never seen anything like what Next Level Worship’s doing. So, that message is cutting through. We’ve seen it almost everywhere we go – the same thing happens.

The most important focus is on worship, inward, upward, and outward worship. I’m just reminding us that is the seed we’re talking about. I had no idea when I was writing Pure Praise and writing about this stuff, that God would use it and elevate it the way he has. But my goodness, it’s incredible. And it’s almost not a week, I’ll say at least a month, goes by that someone didn’t say, “That changed my life.” That’s what we see happening.

Every time I hear you, it’s new. That’s a great thing about the message of Jesus Christ and what’s God is doing through Next Level Worship, Dwayne. It is as refreshing as it comes.” Mitchell Lawrence

You see Donald there teaching. (See graphic in video) This is actually in Kenya, and he is holding a kettle. That kettle actually, it went all around in Africa and Donald is using it there. He’s using an illustration. So, I want to show you this little clip from the young lady, a worship leader in Zimbabwe. She had just heard this teaching. She had just seen us use the kettle, explaining it about inward, upward, outward worship. And she had just had a conversation with a small group. We always break them into smaller groups and let them talk about it. And now, she’s standing up talking about what she just learned. Listen to this. It’s kind of cool.(See video)

NLWI Student:
“I’m going to share about outward worship. Hallelujah.

Amen. Amen.

Yesterday we learned that it is a worship that requires service, that you are serving others by showing your outward worship. Hallelujah. This is worship where you are sharing with people. you are showing your love for Christ. Hallelujah. You’re sharing the scriptures. You’re sharing what know. You’re sharing how to worship. And we were told that you can’t love God if you don’t love your neighbor. Hallelujah. And it’s one of the greatest commandments. Hallelujah. You love them by sharing the love of God with them. Hallelujah. Let’s just read Colossians 3:16 together.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom done through psalms, hymns, and songs all from the spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your heart. Amen. Amen.

Hallelujah.

We should not keep it to ourselves. We should not be shy. Like that kettle, we should let it out. We should let it whistle. I’m giving myself an example. I have so much in me, and it boils up, and I just have to go to someone and share the love. Amen.

Basically, what this is saying is you need to acknowledge your God. We should not keep it to ourselves. We should not be shy. Like that kettle, we should let it out. We should let it whistle. I’m giving myself an example. I have so much in me, and it boils up, and I just have to go to someone and share the love. Amen. So, it’s kind of involuntary. It just happens. So, that’s basically what it’s telling us. It’s telling us you have to have that thing boiling in you, and it just automatically wiggles out even if you keep it closed. It’s just going to have to come out eventually. Amen. So, that’s how to worship. Hallelujah.

Yeah.”

It’s really amazing how quickly they grab it, and not only grab it, they also remember it. We were in Ethiopia earlier this year and it was the beginning of the year – that first trip we went through back in May or April. Donald’s talking to this person in the back of the room who had come to our conference two or three years ago telling him we were in the area and they were there and they told him everything that we spoke about that message. I mean they remembered it from all that time ago. They remembered it because it has a stickiness about it. People remember it. In worship, that’s what we focus on – On prayer, it’s HE. WE. THEY.

And this is Dr. Clay Hallmark. Clay is the pastor at First Baptist, Lexington, Tennessee. But he’s also, as of this year and next year, he just got voted in again for another year, but he is the President of the Tennessee Baptist State Convention, so he’s got a lot of influence in Tennessee. This is what he had to say about HE. WE. THEY. It’s pretty awesome.

Clay Hallmark:

“While there is space to write in that book, when you start into this, you better have you a notebook or a journal ready to write down what God’s saying because you will fill it up. Because, again, I’ve got a doctors degree in ministry and theology. I’ve been in seminary. I read thousands of books and all these things. I probably wrote more notes about what God was saying to me in these personal prayer times, using this resource, than anything I’ve ever done in my life. And then, like I said, if I would do it a second time, I got more the second time than I did even first time. So, that is why we’re doing what we’re doing. We’re giving you a tool, a powerful tool, to be able to use as a resource in your personal life, your small groups, and the life of your church.”

I mean, for a guy like that to say that, I was actually videoing it with my phone, and you can hear me in the background saying, “Wow.” I mean it was like, “Did he just say that?” So, that’s really, really, really strong because he’s a highly educated guy. This is our key message, worship and prayer.

But also if you listen to us very long, we’re going to get into leadership. So, we don’t really ever get too deep into the skills of how to lead a song or how to use the latest technology. (We can.) We bring people in that can do that in certain cases.

“But our primary focus is on these things. Worship, prayer, and leadership, in the area of leading worship services, helping train worship leaders, and also helping congregations experience worship in their lifestyle. “

I got more the second time than I did even first time. So, that is why we’re doing what we’re doing. We’re giving you a tool, a powerful tool, to be able to use as a resource in your personal life, your small groups, and the life of your church.” Clay Hallmark

So, we said soil, seed, and the third thing is sun and water, which is the Holy Spirit. We can’t do this alone. We can’t. There’s no way. What we’re doing is not a business, and you got to have the Holy Spirit to pull it off. But we also need a community of people to help us. They help to water what we’re doing. So, they are there after we leave, and they are each other’s support, encouraging each other. They’re kind of pouring fuel on the fire, so to speak, in a good way. This is what the community part does.