Strategic USA Trip Recap

My trip in November began with meetings in Dallas, Texas with the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL), who represent thousands of churches. The fellowship was very good. Guy Cohen of Ketzir Asher in Acco attended with me. It was the first time that I was a plenary speaker. My message on the identity of the church as a body connected to Israel and Israel’s destiny, along with Jurgan Buhler of the Christian Embassy excellent message on Israel and the Church may have brought breakthrough for ICAL.

I left the ICAL meetings for one night to attend the transition of leadership meeting for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute. 20 years ago, I was one of the founders of this important ministry. In this Banquet we recognized Wayne Wilkes 20 years of service and also the new young President Nic Lesmeister. Former Governor Rick Perry was the key note presenter and was wonderfully relevant and supportive.

Then I traveled to Denver to spend time with Steward and Millie Lieberman who are connected to a new Tikkun congregational plant and spoke twice to the congregation. Next my son Ben and I along with several Tikkun congregational leaders attended The Messianic Jewish Roundtable sponsored by Jewish Voice under Jonathan Bernis. A few hundred attended. Again, I was privileged to bring a major address on building a leadership team with covenant love and trust. The idea of vision, character, program, implementation and enforcement were presented as keys to building trust.

Next was Rosh Pina, our congregation north of Baltimore for very important meetings with the leaders and the people. Then on to Frederick Maryland for three days of our Tikkun American Apostolic Team meetings where the nine members of our team planned and strategized for our next year and beyond. We now have a strong team of effective leaders who travel to train and equip in our congregations. Included was a review of our Institute program. In January we have four regional Institutes in the West (Phoenix), Mid-West (Nashville), North East (New York), and Mid Atlantic (Frederick Maryland). We also reviewed plans for our late spring conference at the end of May and early June, with guests Mike Bickle and Misty Edwards from IHOP, and also Eitan Shishkoff, Asher Intrater, Paul Wilbur and myself. It will be like a heritage reunion conference.