Kingdom Association of Convenant Pastors

I have waited until today to send this note to all of our KACP and churches concerning the horrors we witnessed last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia and the response to such actions by the leaders of the free world. I have concluded that the final withdrawals were made this week from the moral bank of America. It is now insolvent. For some years now we have watched great withdrawals being made without any deposits of righteousness and fairness to replace them. We witnessed the horror of Katrina and the near collapse of the financial system with blame being placed on the shoulders of poor people and people of color. This week we saw the ageless face of racism and white supremacy seizing control of our nations consciousness as it was given moral standing by a sitting president. The failure to call such ideas reprehensible makes the words of Maya Angelou stand out, “when someone tells you who they are, believe them.”

Yet he is not the only one telling us who he is. Business leaders rose to tell us they are not in that camp. Yet the voices of those who sit on his Evangelical Council have not found a voice with which to cry aloud and spare not. They have showed us who they are by their silence and continued association. Many who have been sent to Washington and now control the three branches of government have spoken with despair about the comments but have refused to demand a change in both pronouncements and the policies. I have been heartened by those voices willing to cry against evil and speak against such moral comparisons. God is opening our eyes to the perils of the times. We have to believe people when they tell us who they are.

What then does this mean for us? We cannot be sidetracked into discussions about monuments; it is not about that. Robert E. Lee spoke to these venerable monuments in a letter to a friend, “My conviction is,” Lee wrote, “that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; & of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labor.” It is about a return to an America where all men are not created equal and where people of color are marginalized back into oppression. This is not the time to mute our voices and just listen. We must join the conversation and assert that not everyone will allow this to happen. We must stand up. Do I think we are in peril? Absolutely! The American model that evolved in its thinking is like an experiment that a scientist no longer wants to continue. The actions of this government seem to say this loud and clear. It is time for us to rise up candidates and to push them into doing their civic responsibility. We need new leadership.

Last weekend a young woman died as a result of hatred and indifference. The response has been strange, but not unanticipated. Our hearts grieve for all those hurt both in body and in spirit but we thank them for exposing the underbelly of our nation. May we find that the disease has not overwhelmed the body system of our nation and may we trust that God still has our back and still with us.

This week we saw the ugly stance of ageless hatred taking control of our consciousness and even religious leaders who associated with this movement even tangentially have found themselves important and co-opted to the same spirit they once denounced…at least publicly.


Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr. 
Presiding Prelate

Dear Pastors,

So much is happening and the Lord is moving in a powerful way. Easter signals the commencement of a new move of the Spirit calling persons to new life in Christ. It is resurrection season and our mission and message is to speak life and see God raise that which was dead. Easter is not the culmination of the forty-day Lenten season. It is the beginning of a mighty announcement and that announcement is that the kingdom of darkness has been defeated. During these next weeks and months, move your worship to celebration and encourage all worship participants to understand that the marvel of the tomb has created curiosity and it must be matched by authentic worship and empowerment.

We are preparing to carry that same emphasis into the KACP conference in July. All roads are leading that way as we discuss and develop the theme: “Ministry Based on Big Dreams; Loosening the Imagination.” Our team has put together an awesome program and the speakers and presenters will attack this topic from many different angles. We are hoping that all of our churches are represented and that our pastors will make this a priority. We want the members exposed to what is possible and what God is doing throughout the kingdom. Our speakers will include Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Bishop Claude R. Alexander, Dr. Cynthia Hale, Dr. Denny Davis, and Pastor Lester McCorn, in addition to myself and others. We will have a KACP mass choir of our various church choir members and the witness will be powerful. We open on Tuesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. with a VIP reception for our members and special guests prior to worship. I hope that you will be in attendance. This is one of our two big events each year. We want every member in attendance, along with the leaders and members of their church.

Remember, you can register on the website at www.kingdomassociation.org/registration. We are almost sixty days out, so let’s register now and secure hotel reservations. I look forward to seeing our KACP family all together and in the house, so let’s make it happen.

See you in July.

Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
Presiding Prelate


From the Desk of Bishop Thomas

It is hard to fathom that spring is here and this month we are celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord. I am hoping that each of you are bonding with your congregations to make this Easter a most memorable one. Christ died for our sins and for us to know the wondrous relationship of the Father. That is our message: Christ’s sacrifice and the Father’s love. I am asking each of you to mobilize your leadership to make the worship services of this season enlightening, empowering, and effective in conveying this message. I believe in God for people to be saved and for the light to shine in darkness. Report back on your efforts and reach out if you need helps with your plans. Each member of our executive council is ready to help and to help churches partner together to develop plans and programs. His sacrifice was His life, but His free gift to us is life, and that message must be heralded this season.

Let me plant the seed for our annual conference July 18-20. The theme is: Ministry Based on Big Dreams "For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Our format will be very similar to last year’s format and some of our topics are:  How does the clergy leader awaken, feed, and mature imagination? Imagine challenges and opportunities for the church—Christian persecution, secularism, automation (driverless cars, robots, and digital homes).  Imagine church with all the generations present and spiritually hungry and much more. 

I believe this is going to spur thinking in our churches about what we can do to help persons find Christ and His fellowship. We don’t want to just maintain our churches; we want our churches to become movements for the kingdom. We want you registered, and we want you to register your church leaders, ministry workers, staff, and lay members. I am asking you to register early. Let me say that again. Early. The registration will be available on the website in two weeks. I am hoping for 600 attendees at this year’s conference. 
It is a great time for members to get together and get to know each other.  There are many other conventions and associations you may attend, but I am encouraging you to register your members and leaders so that you will be ready for a dynamic new outpouring in your church. Last year was phenomenal and we are still hearing of the changes churches have made to be more effective. Be sure to check back on the website regularly and see updates for the KACP 2017 Conference.

We do want to make sure that our communication with our pastors and churches is strong. We have sought a structure that enables every member and church to be able to reach out for support. Those leaders will be sending you an email reaching out so that you can maintain their contact information and the fellowship. Ours is a unique organization and we want each church and each pastor to gain from our collective strength.

Finally, our retreat this year was powerful and productive. Our time was spent looking at our Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and it was helpful to all in attendance. Some of you might want to explore this with your staff or even go deeper in for yourselves, and I would be open to helping you accomplish that. If you were not at the retreat and would like to do the personality inventory, let me know and we can schedule. I think it is a powerful tool for self-awareness and leadership, so do not hesitate to contact me about having a seminar for your leaders, staff, or for yourself. I have found that most of our people problems can be addressed through better self-awareness and by better understanding the people God has us working with.

Enjoy this season of Lent and minister knowing that I am praying for you and with you. God is going to mightily manifest Kingdom power and we will be conduits for its flow to God’s people.

I am looking forward to seeing you in July and staying in touch with you till then.

 

Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
Presiding Prelate


Dear KACP,

I hope you are doing well and adjusting to the fast pace of the New Year. Our prayers are with our members who have started the year with the loss of a loved one. Please continue to keep them in your prayers during this difficult season. Just yesterday, it seems as if we were preparing for Christmas and New Year’s, and now both are behind us and January is coming around the last turn on the track.

Remember, this is the time for us to set direction and offer training on the vision that we have for our church. The vision for a church year is really not just for the year, but it’s to inject and infuse new ideas and concepts into the DNA of the church. Much of what we introduce this year will bear fruit in the years to come. Bring in your leaders and set the course; help them to understand the church the Lord has sent you to nurture and develop. Together we will be an amazing witness for Christ, as we each grapple and wrestle with the nurturance needed to grow such a church.

The KACP Retreat was simply awesome. We learned, we laughed, and we lifted up the churches of the fellowship. I thoroughly enjoyed leading the workshop on The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The learning was insightful, leading us into extraordinary self-awareness. Many of you mentioned that you would like this workshop for your staff and/or leadership. I am more than willing to facilitate this.  It would be my pleasure to have an opportunity to interact with your group at this level. Just contact me and we can work out the details. I really believe that God empowers us to become self-aware, and when we do reach this self-awareness, the work of the Kingdom moves at a new pace.

Let me also remind you to save the date for our Annual KACP Conference in Baltimore on July 17*-20, 2017. We are planning a dynamic experience and we are looking for our KACP churches to be in attendance in large numbers. We will begin the online registration in February and we need you to register early so we can plan appropriately. Our theme this year is: Ministry Based on Big Dreams: Loosing the Imagination (Luke 1:37)

We are looking for full participation from our membership this year, and we want the membership to invest and bring their staff, leaders, and members to the conference so they too can become inspired to do even more for the Kingdom of God. Make the investment.  Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam’s office will be sending out invoices and it is important that you get your dues to him in the time allotted.  

Finally, be sure to check the website regularly as we are updating content on a regular basis. 

I am looking forward to seeing and chatting with you soon. 

 

In His Name,

Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.

* Complete information will follow regarding Monday, July 17th Pre-Conference Activities.


The Easter season is upon us. In the liturgical calendar, the seven Sundays after Easter are reserved for the resurrection. This Easter was electric and many of you have reported that it was a time of great excitement. I really believe God is doing a new thing and we are beholding a massive shift in the paradigms we known. An awakening is beginning and we must rise to the occasion, helping to open the eyes of those who desperately want to see.

I must admit I am excited about what I see. I am challenged to be the pastor that understands the times and ministers accordingly. I have the desire to employ my resources to make me competent and I have the faith to stay confident. This is God's church and we are God’s servants. I am sure that you feel the Easter excitement. The resurrection reminds of the unconquerable Christ. Even death failed at the attempt and because He lives we live.

In July, we are readying for our time together and our Opportunity to grow and below. I am hoping that you will bring your members and leaders to the annual meeting so that as one church we can hear the message God has for us. We have a dynamic program and it will offer us a dialogue with great minds and leaders. Many of our members have made friends at other churches and this is a time for those relationships to be renewed. The website carries all the information about the meeting and the hotels that are available. I look forward to the time we spend each year and cherish the relationship I am developing with each of you.

Register now, letting us know who is coming and how many so we can be prepared upon arrival. Let's make this the best conference yet. Sign up for the Golf Tournament on Monday and enjoy the week in "BMore!"

See you in July!


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