Parachurch Ministries 2012
Leonard Ravenhill says it this way - "Prayer is preoccupation with our needs. Praise is
preoccupation with our blessings, Worship is preoccupation with God himself."
Worship is..... Touching God with your heart. That may look differently, outwardly. Some
may wave banners or clap. Some may just sit and cry. There is no right or wrong way to
express your heart to God. It is the connecting and expressing that is so vital.
The Church altar should be like an airport lobby where you can meet and embrace the
presence of God with complete abandoment. Heaven has windows and doors and worship is
a key that can open them. The ultimate goal of our worship is transfiguration.
What is Parachrch anyway? The prefix "para" is a Greek word meaning "beside", “along
side” or "near". A parachurch organization, then, is one that works beside, comes along side
or is in concert with the local church. Just as the Holy Spirit in the greek is called the
Paraclete wich means “one called alongside to help”; a comforter and advocate; one who
encourages, strengthens, consoles, enables, protects, defends, intercedes, etc. So then a
Parachurch Ministry is one that comes alongside the local church to help. Not to compete
with it but rather to advance the Kingdom of God and help the local church.