One of the important parts of my ministry is the Leader Development Program that I lead with Paul Manwaring through Global Legacy at Bethel Church, Redding. This program is an online distance learning revival curriculum that trains leaders in the revival culture. Here are the twelve cultures. They are foundational to sustain personal and corporate revival.
Twelve Revival Culture Themes
From Global Legacy’s Leader Development Program (Bethel Church)
1) The Goodness of God Culture
- God is in a good mood.
- Hearing and believing good news is God’s “Plan A” to get into the kingdom and to advance in it (Rom 2:4; Gal. 3:1-5; Rom 10:15).
- God’s glory is seeing His goodness (Ex. 33:19).
- Testimonies are the major contributor to this culture.
2) Joy and Hope Culture
- These are a fruit of believing truth instead of lies (John 8:31-32; Rom. 15:13).
- My personal hopelessness is a bigger enemy than the devil.
- Childlikeness and laughter are “good medicine” (Prov. 17:22) and are part of a healthy wineskin for leaders(Ephesians 5:18).
3) Honor Culture
- Life flows through honor (Ex. 20:12).
- Honor accurately acknowledges who people are in our lives (Matthew 10:40-42).
- Leaders create a safe place where people are empowered, not controlled (Is. 54:10). The essence of love is safety (shalom) and connection.
- Honor confronts wrongs in the lives of others from love, prophetic eyes and training rather than punishment.
4) Salvation and Righteousness Culture
- Evangelism and discipleship is foundational to kingdom advancement (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Five core values of evangelism:Love, honor, presence, power and joy.
- It is fueled by conversion testimonies (Acts 26:15-19) and emphasize water baptism.
- Salvation/saved (sozo) is the healing of the whole person.
5) Risk and Faith Culture
- As newborn babes in Christ, we GROW into maturity (I Peter 2:1-3). This implies that we risk failure with each higher thing we do in God.
- “Success is moving from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill. Those who succeed most will “fail” most.
- The Bible is full of risk takers (i.e. Hebrews 11).Faith can be spelled R-I-S-K.
6) Prophetic Culture
- Prophecy is to be the most desired “gift” (I Cor. 12:7-10; I Cor. 14:1).
- The gift of prophecy is primarily to strengthen, encourage and comfort (I Cor. 14:3), and it calls out the gold in people (Judges 6:12).
- A prophetic culture is an extremely encouraging environment. Prophetic people cause life to manifest by the words they speak (Ex. 37:4-10).
7) Valuing His Presence Culture
- David got a hold of something ahead of his time and was declared “the man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).
- We are first worshipers that minister to the Lord (Deut 10:8).
- Presence is to be valued about principles (Ex. 33:15).
8) Grace and Empowerment Culture
- Grace is the empowerment to do God’s will and to live in victory (Rom 5:17). It is released through true biblical humility and high-level beliefs in others.
- “Grace leaders” give hope to people and turn the dysfunctional into mighty men and women (1 Sam. 22:1-2; 2 Sam. 23:8-38).
- Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve.
- There is much grace available to us in areas of life where there is effects of sin (curses) present (Romans 5:20).
9) Generosity Culture
- It opens heaven’s door of abundance on earth (2 Cor 9:6-12)
- It is a major key for us to see provision in any area of our life (Luke 6:36-38)
- Generosity is not just about money
- “Visionates” people to give and manage money powerfully for heavenly rewards, kingdom advancement and the release of true spiritual riches (Luke 16:11).
10) Releasing the Supernatural Culture
- The Book of Acts demonstrates the normal Christian life.
- We are called to bring encounters so we need encounters. We receive encounters by faith, not by feelings.
- We can bring encounters to others in whatever areas we have faith for (John 7:37-39) and relentlessly pursue the full manifestation.
11) Family Culture
- Value heart connections in relationships.
- Identify where you might be in the relationships illustrated in Luke 15’s Parable of the Wonderful Father (Prodigal Son): Pre-inheritance (not asking for more); Running (avoiding intimacy); Revelation (either comes through hunger or pain); Returning Home (post revelation – pursuing relationships); Elder Brother (orphan spirit, performance attitude, self-hatred and critical spirit); or A Son at Home (rest, favor, heart connections).
- Learn how to become a “son” – it is key for effective fathering.
12) Revelation and the Word Culture
- Abide in the Word to know truth and to be set free (John 8:31-32).
- Hunger for the Bible (Matthew 5:6).
- Overflow with scripture in conversation, teaching and the prophetic ministry (Jeremiah 20:9).
- Interpret scripture through the finished work of the cross (2 Corinthians 3:6)
- Living by “rhema” words (Matthew 4:4)