1) To help re-establish the Church as a sanctuary:
The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge. (Isaiah 14:32)
Too many of God’s precious little ones have been injured by some misguided pretender calling himself
“pastor” and by frauds professing to be Christians. Therefore, these wounded sheep have become
disillusioned with pastors or church in general and find it difficult to trust again. They then become left to
the wolves, as it were, because they have no true shepherd to nurture them, protect them and help them
The church must, first of all, be a sanctuary¾a place of refuge. She must be to believers what a fold is to
sheep¾a place of rest and protection from outside forces that would seek to harm them. It must be the
last place that one would feel threatened or misunderstood. Above all, it should never be a place where
one is mistreated in anyway. Instead, the church must be a haven of safety and a hospital of hope
designed to promote healing for those who have suffered mistreatment.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By
this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - Jesus (John 13:34-35)
The local church must be distinguished by an abundance of warmth, kindness, caring, nurturing,
understanding and unbounded joy. She must be a place of healing for the mind, body and spirit. Plus, her
love for one another must be evident to all. Indeed, everything that defines the character of Christ must
be manifested in her assembly. Furthermore, the leadership must strive to not only lead by example, but
also seek ways that would help to promote this kind of atmosphere in their mist.
2) To help re-establish God’s design for leadership:
“The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy
and say to them: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take
care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves
with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not
strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays
or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because
there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My
sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole
earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” (Ezekiel 34:1-6)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘“Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person
through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied
around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” (Luke 17:1-2)
Many in church leadership have long propagated a great misunderstanding. It is the notion that the
sheep exist primarily for the benefit of the shepherd and his so-called “ministry.” The motive behind this
false teaching, whether done out of ignorance or cruel intent, is obvious. Their objective is to exploit the
energy and finances of the church membership in order to obtain their own personal goals. In other
words, these “pastors” use the resources that God’s people provide to fuel their own personal agendas.
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me? He answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I
love you. Jesus said, Take care of my sheep.” (John 21:16)
These misguided shepherds do not, or simply wish not, to understand the true nature of the office of
Pastor. God established this office for one primary purpose, which can be summed up in the words of
our Lord. “Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” You see it’s called a “sheep fold” not a
“shepherd fold”. The fold was created for the sheep and not for the shepherd. It then stands to reason
that the shepherd was created for the sheep. This analogy holds true for the church as well¾the
assembly of believers. A true, God-called, Pastor knows that his primary function in the body of Christ is
to care for his flock.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” -Jesus (John 10:11)
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)
Jesus is our pattern for pastoral leadership. The way in which he lived his life and the compassion he
displayed for hurting people is our example a good shepherd/pastor. We, in leadership, must structure
our lives, our conduct, and our ministry in ways that reflect the character of “the Good Shepherd.” Our
goal must be to seek out ways to become more like Him in word, thought, deed and in leadership.
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose
work is preaching and teaching. (1 Timothy 5:17)
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”-Paul (1Corinthians 11:1)
The church will honor to a leader. Submission to Godly leadership won’t have to be demanded or
coerced, as happens in many churches. Rather, a grateful people will freely give it to a pastor.
3) To help re-establish the mission of the church as a soul winning station and a lighthouse to the
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. (Proverb 11:30)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am
with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
This passage is referred to as “the Great Commission”, not “the Great Suggestion”! If we would walk in
obedience to our Lord, we must passionately present the gospel in a clear fashion.
According to the Lord’s direction our mission is primarily three fold:
#1- Make disciples
#2- Baptize disciples
#3- Teach disciples
“I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” - Paul
(1 Corinthians 9:22b)
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who
will also be qualified to teach others.”- Paul (2 Timothy 2:2)
The world is dying and we have the cure. Our mission is to use all possible means to reach as many as
we can. We must use radio, TV, the print media, drama, concerts, the Internet, and old fashion street
witnessing to accomplish the task set before us. Once people are converted, the church must then
baptize them, and then begin to teach and train them. Then after proper training, they will themselves
become disciple makers.
However, in order to fulfill this mission we ourselves must be trained.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - Paul (2
4) To help re-establish the giftings God has placed in local churches and to help each member find
fulfillment in his or her calling:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same
Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
(1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
As the old saying goes, “Waste not, want not.” God has blessed each church with many gifts. Many
already have teachers, preachers, singers, psalmists, musicians, and helpers within their ranks, and
many others are on the way. Without exception each of us has something to offer. Everyone in each
church has skills that God has given him or her to use for the common good. None must go to waste. As
a church truly grows everyone will find his or her place.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given
through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same
Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another
miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking
in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of
one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one
body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body whether Jews or Greeks,
slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I
do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.” And if the ear should
say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason cease to be part
of the body.” If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body
were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body,
every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As
it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, I don’t need you! And the head cannot say to the feet, I don’t need you!
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that
we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are
treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has
combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there
should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part
suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
(1 Corinthians 12:7-26)
The ground is level at the foot of the cross. In other words, there are no big I’s and little you’s in the body
of Christ. Each believer serves in different capacities. We may wear different hats, but all are needed
just the same. No one is better than or bigger than the other. Each of us walks in the humility of knowing
that it is by God’s grace and His grace alone, that we are called to fulfill our respective rolls.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”
-Paul (1 Corinthians 15:10a)
Each pastor serves by the grace of God and by the will of the good people of the church. (Indeed, what is
a pastor without a church?) I serve in my capacity because this is the call that God has placed on my life.
I walk in that understanding everyday. Every time I stand before God’s people and deliver the Word of
God, I’m reminded of this indisputable truth. In addition, what holds true for me is true for all.
1) Forged in fire:
In the whole land, declares the LORD, two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left
in it. This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call
on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The LORD is
our God.” (Zech. 13:8-9)
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the
LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 37:32)
It’s little doubt that SoaringWings Ministries was birthed in the fires of adversity. I have known the
hammer and white heat. God has used fire and is continuing to use it to forge us into a mighty weapon
that the Enemy will have to reckon with.
Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will
receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
We have persevered through the testing and, by the grace of God, remained standing. It is my firm belief
that God has positioned us at a strategic point in history. He wants to use SoaringWings Ministries to do
great and mighty things for The Kingdom. However, it is up to us to respond to a calling out that He is
issuing. Let me explain with an excerpt form my soon to be released book entitled The Death Grip
The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who
seek God. (Psalm 14:2)
Since the days of Adam, God has always had a people. Examine The Bible or study Church experience.
You’ll soon discover that a royal lineage of faithfuls can be traced throughout the pages of history. God
has always had a remnant consisting of those who dared to forsake the norm; a people who were
dissatisfied with the ordinary-- a breed of disenchanted saints who were fed up with the mind-numbing
boredom of lifeless religion.
God has always had a band of radicals: those who have left the rank and file; a refined remnant who are
no longer impressed by the worlds goods; those who resist being lured by the glitter of toys and refuse
to be lulled into the common place; extremists who push beyond man-made boundaries, then press on
and go for God. He has always had a crew who possessed a holy boldness in witnessing to the lost and
a passion for one another.
God has always had a people: those who would dare to defy the traditions of men and speak the truth in
spite of the cost. These are a people with-in his people-- a core of sold out saints who are ready to toss
aside everything for the sake of seeking their God. It is through such as these that he demonstrates his
God is on a worldwide quest. He constantly looks for that nucleus of believers within the Church that has
concluded there has got to be something more to the Christian experience. His search is not limited by
man’s finite grasp of truth either. It spans across denominational lines and movements. He knows that
there is a caliber of people that stand head and shoulders above the rest, not so much in the eyes of
their contemporaries but in his eyes. Those who have got to know truth regardless of the price; those
who want to know God at any cost. These are the ones he seeks.
It’s my desire that SoaringWings Ministries will answer the divine summons to “Come out from among
them!” I pray that we will endeavor to rise above the religious norm and seek to network with churches
that are of like mind. My heart’s cry is that above all we will be a ministry who hungers for God; that we
will seek Him whatever the price; that we love one another with a passion, obey His commands without
flinching and seek the lost at any cost.
My desire is that we will be bonded by a love for one another and sustained by the unity that comes from
the Holy Spirit. I pray that this unity, along with a common vision, will become an impregnable fortress
that the Enemy cannot penetrate.
“I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.”- The Apostle Paul (Acts 26:19b)
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you.”- Paul (1 Corinthians. 11:23)
Then the LORD replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run
with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though
it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
I’ve done my best to share the vision I’ve received from the Lord. When God gives one a vision it’s much
like an onion. It comes in layers that are peeled off one layer at a time. As God reveals more, I will pass it
on to you. Just remember, God does things only in His timing. It may not happen all at once, but be
diligent and don’t give up. It will come to pass. The revelation awaits an appointed time. In the mean time,
we must be obedient to the vision as it unfolds, lest God closes the Heavens and we all miss Him. God
Chaplain Rod Davis
*All scripture references come from The New International Version of The Bible