I like Todd Bentley but I can’t agree with him starting Secret Place Church. Let’s face it, Todd has no pastoral bone in his body. I think that is great because I do not have any of them either. Todd is great what he does but he is a complete failure outside of what he is anointed to do. History shows this.
In my mind, this is the classic example of Evangelists (and prophets) starting churches. The motive behind this is rarely a true word from the Lord but it is fear of finances. Having a local church is like having a conference every weekend for them. It is about keeping food on the table and not worrying about making sure they are booked for a meetings every single weekend.
I have the same strong word to Evangelist friends who want to pastor a church just to have a crusade every Sunday morning. Sadly, sometimes people need more than to pray the sinner’s prayer over again. They need that boring pastoral care stuff.
I say that to myself as I have tried to be a pastor before and realized being a prophetic voice and Missionary Evangelist makes you a crappy pastor. Sorry but the truth hurts.
Secret Place Church will be no secret!
Evangelists are loud, bold and only know how to go huge meetings. To us evangelists, it is about going big or going home. Evangelists are not good at secrets. The truth is goes against our nature. The name alone sounds like something out of the prayer movement with Mike Bickle; not an Evangelist like Todd Bentley.
What I expect to happen is it will be a gathering of unruly prophetic types that can’t deal with traditional leadership (nothing wrong with that either) and meetings will turn into a free for all prophetic campmeeting. We call those fire parties where I am from. Amazing times but hardly a functional New Testament expression of the city church.
If we want to be realistic, many of the people that will gather will be the ones that are too crazy for the other radical churches in the city. Off the top of my head, you have Dr. Micheal L. Brown’s FIRE Church; Rick Joyner’s Morningstar Church (that Todd has been a member of) and Robin McMillian’s Queen City Church. With that mix, only people at the edges of those ministry will make it to Secret Place Church. Sorry, Todd.
The Secret Place will probably need some serious emotional healing focus as the the people who will be gathering with those at the edge of society. The good news about this is they will finally have a place to cry out to God. Many of them just can’t fit into the traditional charismatic fellowship!
One thing that will come out of this is there will be a place in Fort Mill, South Carolina that the sick will know that they can come in contact with the healing power of Jesus. It will be a place where divine healing is not pushed to the backroom.
But…Todd won’t actually pastor it?
As I understand it, he will be working with a worship leader named Darryn Belieu to lead the ministry. I know nothing about Darryn but history tells me worship leaders are about as good at pastoring as evangelists. They do not want to preach; let’s get see this chorus for the next three hours, please!
What this tells me is just confirming what I already believed: a lot of worship, healing prayer, soaking times, and the release of the prophetic. I am not sure you can call that a local expression of the Kingdom but I know lives will be changed forever.
The ideal for what is happening in Fort Mill will be leaders who release their control and allow a free flow of believers that are liquid. They go to Queen City Church for pastoral care, they go to Morningstar for apostolic leadership and they go to Secret Place Church for times of impartation. That is how the city church should work biblical but I have never seen it it actually work that well. Pastors are too controlling using “being planted” as their cop out for it to happen.
Evangelists need to be evangelists
Todd like many of us need to focus on what only they can do, not doing what everyone can do. Evangelists are a special breed. Our feet are blessed. We need to focus on the harvest.
We must remember that the harvest is not determined by what is in the barn but by what is left in the field to get done. We have thousands of unreached people groups and 1 in 3 people think Jesus could live in the next village. Evangelists have more important things to do than play pastors to make sure the finances are in place.
One thing I love about the United States military is inside their special forces unit; everyone is told to stay in their lane. That means do what you do best and let someone else do what they do best. We need to be Masters of one thing; not spiritual jack of all trades.
If there is anything that I feel the Holy Spirit speaking to me, it is to stay in your lane and focus on the one or two things you know you are anointed to do; not do what “pays the best” and gets the biggest newsletter subscriptions.