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2017 PROPHETIC WORD: THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE INCREASING POLARIZATION IN THE CHURCH

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2017 Prophetic Word:

The Trump Presidency and the Increasing

Polarization in the Church

For the last several years, I have felt a tremendous burden from the Spirit of God to shut down all active ministry and travel in the month of December to seek Him concerning His heart for the following calendar year. My main request before God every year has simply been, “As a prophetic voice, how can I help prepare people for the days ahead?” By God’s grace and through personal consecration, He has always answered me clearly through the Bible, prophetic dreams, visions, and encounters.

On November 27, 2016, I had a visitation from the Holy Spirit in my home in which He very clearly told me to get off all social media immediately, stop consuming all caffeine and sweets, and consecrate myself for when His word would come to me. As I responded in obedience, I began to receive several significant prophetic dreams concerning the year 2017 and beyond. Each time that I awakened, I sensed the deep abiding presence of God and began having further fellowship and conversation with the Spirit, asking for greater clarity and wisdom. On the 22ndday of the fast, I sensed a release from the period of consecration and also permission to share what I have received from the Lord. I ask that you would judge the following prophetic words concerning 2017 and beyond with sobriety and prayerfully consider what I believe God is revealing. May the Holy Spirit grant us His wisdom, divine strategy, and perspective in the days ahead.

 

Part 1: The Trump Presidency

 A Bitter Cold Winter

I received a prophetic dream in which the Spirit of God showed me very troubling weather patterns coming in the winter of 2017. Some of the coldest and most severe weather that has ever landed in America will fall in the winter of 2017. Great snowfall and treachery will mark this period of time. As Donald Trump is inaugurated and set into office, the brutal winter in various parts of the United States will be a direct reflection of the coldness of men’s hearts toward this man and his presidency. As the bitter winter lays hold of certain parts of the United States, we must recognize that this is a specific prophetic sign of the cold and bitter hearts of men toward Donald’s victory and election.

Donald Trump and Russia

The next prophetic dream I received was a special and unique dialogue between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The Spirit of God said to me, “The eagle (Trump) and the bear (Putin) shall partner together and they will both be hunted by the liberal media.” I saw great potential for wealth, creativity, and innovation with these men. The Spirit said to me, “Donald Trump will not be remembered for building bridges or even burning them, but for the grace that I have given him to create them.” God began to show me that Donald Trump will create deals and make deals across the world that have never been thought possible. Many will be astonished at the grace and favor that he will walk in.

As I inquired of the Lord further about Trump and Putin’s relationship, I heard the words, “Their friendship will cause tremors and earthquake like activity among the liberal media and parts of the government like never before. Their talks will cause the conspiracy and accusation levels to rise to an all time high.” I believe that the watchmen and intercessors need to lean into the wisdom of God concerning these men and not give into carnal fear and speculation. There will be a false prophetic narrative concerning the United States and Russia that will be fueled by soulish fear and mere speculation. Look for divine perspective and prophetic insight to be released concerning these two men and nations.

The last prophetic dream God gave me was the spiritual awakening that is coming to Russia and how underneath Putin’s reign, the Spirit of God will begin to move among the Russian saints at unprecedented levels. Look for religious liberty to expand in the days ahead as Trump and Putin’s friendship grows.

Donald Trump and China

The next prophetic dream I received was Donald Trump placing a crown of thorns upon the nation of China. In the dream, God immediately reminded me of the prophetic word (Click here:    ) that I had received from Him in July of 2015 concerning Donald Trump and his destiny. In the prophetic word that was released, the Spirit specifically said, “He will be like a bull in a china shop.” God began to speak to me and say, “During Donald Trump’s presidency, he will not only be a thorn in the side of China, but also a bull to their shop (economy).” The Lord continued, “The bullies (China) will lock horns with the bull (Donald) and it will cause great tension and strife among the nations.” 

Donald Trump and Israel

On December 20, 2015, I received a prophetic word concerning the year 2016 and specifically Benjamin Netanyahu. Part of the prophecy that was recorded and published said, “Benjamin Netanyahu is greatly anticipating the 2016 elections far beyond most American’s and for good reason, as I have placed a humble spirit within him and he has not taken offense as President Obama has spit in his face and plotted evil in secret.”

I believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is greatly relieved and comforted by Donald Trump being elected President of the United States and beyond ready for President Obama to leave office.

Several days later (within the last 30 days) after receiving the dream concerning Trump and China, I received another prophetic dream in which I saw Benjamin Netanyahu and a mighty prophetic anointing that came upon him. God said to me in the dream, “Benjamin, though small in the eyes of many men, has gained great favor with Me. I will use him as a frontrunner in the nations of the earth to expose the plots and plans of the enemy. He will be a trusted adviser to Donald Trump and help him navigate through turbulent days ahead. Donald will be a friend to Israel and Israel will be a friend to Donald and America.” 

Donald Trump and the Church

Two days before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I received and published a prophetic dream in which a baby with the face of Donald Trump was brought to a church and given to an older woman who was a nursery worker at a church. The woman began to rock baby Donald and sing over him. This is what she sang, “Donald, you have a crooked way in you, but through the intercession of the Church, God is going to change you.” She sang this tune over Donald several times and then I woke up.

Having had a significant amount of time to pray through this dream, I have become convinced by the Spirit of God that there is a tremendous amount of weight and responsibility that now rests upon the Church as Donald Trump has been elected President. Per the dream, Donald has clearly been given by God as a gift to the Church and she must engage in intercession in order to drive out the crooked way that is inside of him. Donald Trump is not the savior of America, and the Church must not go back to business as usual now that he has been elected. In prayer, I heard the Spirit of God say, “The presidency of Donald Trump will be defined by one thing: his character. You must know that his character can be greatly shaped and forged through the faithful intercession and prayers of the Church.”

As I attended an event on April 9th, 2016 called, “Asuza Now” in Los Angeles, California where some 70,000 Christians gathered for a day of prayer and fasting, God spoke to me and said, “If elected, Donald Trump will legislate stadium Christianity in America. If elected, Hillary Clinton will abolish stadium Christianity in America.” God showed me that there are going to be several historic and significant gatherings of believers contending for a third great awakening under the Trump Presidency. We must understand that the Church in America has gained great favor with Donald Trump winning the election, but we must also be committed to faithful prayer and intercession that any crookedness in him would be repented of and driven out.

 

Part 2: The Increasing Polarization in the Church

As I sought the Lord concerning His heart and words for the body of Christ in the year 2017, I heard Him say, “Polarization.” Polarization usually refers to how people think, especially when two views emerge that drive people apart. I believe that we are about to see the emergence of one of the greatest polarizations that the Church has ever seen. The first area God showed me is concerning the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the second area is regarding apostolic ministry.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

In an open vision, I saw the ministry of the Holy Spirit being substituted and replaced like never before in various parts of the body of Christ. In 2017, some churches are going to engage in entertainment and fleshly-driven marketing techniques that the earth has never seen before. Parts of the church are going to give themselves to becoming a sub-culture for the world. I heard the Lord say, “The false gospel that produces false converts will be spread like wildfire in 2017. Church attendance, the number of church services, and financial increase will deceive many who are looking for soulish confirmation of success.” He continued, “Church leaders who started the ministry being led by My Spirit will begin to drift away from My voice in 2017 and operate from a realm of man-pleasing and carnality.”

While the ministry of the Holy Spirit will be substituted for and replaced in various churches and ministries in 2017, the Spirit of God also showed me a remnant of saints and churches in America that are going to welcome the ministry of the Holy Spirit like never before. There will be powerful visitation and encounters fueled from the place of prayer and fasting. Signs, wonders, and miracles will be demonstrated so that people will not put their trust in men, but in the Lord. We are going to see truly Spirit-filled churches rise in America. Church leaders are going to experience a fresh awareness of the fear of the Lord and begin to preach messages that will cut to the heart of real issues with which we must deal with. I heard the Lord say, “It’s time to shut down the drive-thru church that is bound by watches and calendars and get into the place where you’re governed by My Face.” I saw many church services and conferences that were scheduled for shorter periods of time actually be extended in 2017 as the Holy Spirit’s presence and power begin to move.

Be on the lookout for the increasing polarization that is coming in 2017 regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Be warned concerning churches and ministries that will choose to glory in their own flesh and ideas, but also be encouraged by the churches and ministries who will value devotion to Jesus, prayer, and having an ear for what the Holy Spirit is saying.

The Apostolic Ministry

I received a prophetic dream in which the Holy Spirit said to me, “Of all the five ministries functioning in the body of Christ, the greatest level of deception is operating in apostolic ministry. There is coming an increasing polarization to this ministry. On the one hand, you will witness true apostles rise who walk in authentic apostolic ministry, but on the other hand, you will see false apostles rise who will spread soulish and false apostolic ministry.”

In 2017, I saw God raising up fathers, apostolic preachers who will proclaim Jesus Christ and all of His glory. The Holy Spirit will anoint their declarations and restore fascination and love for the Beautiful One as they minister.

These fiery heralds will help usher in revival to the Church centered upon the knowledge of God and encountering the person of Jesus. This company of burning and shining lamps will devour the Word of God. They will say “yes” to fresh encounters on the road to Emmaus where the unveiling of Christ will be made known to them through the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets. God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus shall be manifested to this generation through these apostles.

Apostolic ministry that does not recognize that to gain revelation concerning Christ is everything and to forfeit it is futile is not authentic apostolic ministry. The primary calling of ALL true apostles is to unveil the glorious person of Jesus Christ to His body. (Col 1:17; Eph. 3:8-11)

Apostles have been commissioned by the Father Himself to uncover and reveal Jesus Christ as the foundation, the cornerstone, and head of the Church. True apostles consistently teach, preach, and prophesy on the life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ.

If HE Himself is not their central focus and message, they are NOT legitimate apostles. It is a terrifying thing to recognize that you can hardly find ANY well known apostles in America that are actually “Christ-centered” or even preaching “Christ.” We seem to be hearing every “revelation” besides Jesus from apostles and prophets!

Paul was not known as an apostle of “deliverance,” “spiritual warfare,” “prophetic,” “faith,” or the “supernatural” etc. He was an apostle of Jesus Christ.

The Apostolic Networking Merry-go-round

In 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12, Paul writes concerning five specific earmarks of apostolic ministry. They are as follows:

  1. Apostles do not lord their authority over the saints, but rather they minister in gentleness as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.
  1. Apostles are full of fond-affection for the saints and impart life and love through relationship, not networking or hierarchy.
  1. Apostles are not greedy and do not desire to be a financial burden to those to whom they minister.
  1. Apostles are fathers who exhort, encourage, and challenge the saints to walk in a manner worthy of God’s call on their life.
  1. Apostles do not come to flatter saints with their words nor do they seek glory and praise from men.

I received a prophetic dream where God said to me, “My people must be warned of the coming apostolic merry-go-round. In the days of Paul some claimed to be of Cephas and others Apollos, yet it is no different in the days that you are living in. False allegiance to man is what has caused the immaturity of much of the apostolic ministry in America.”

We are living in a day and age in which in order to be a spiritual son or daughter to many so-called apostles, one must pay their monthly dues or be labeled “false sons and daughters.” In other words, these charlatans are asking people to rent their name per month so that they can declare that they are operating under “apostolic covering and authority.” Through fear, intimidation, and control, the apostolic networking merry-go-round is being established and advanced in America. In a gifted generation that is hungering for fathering, they are being prostituted and pimped and don’t even know it. If anyone dares to challenge these so-called apostles, they will be blacklisted and the minions working in these networks will be told not to associate with these individuals. A secret society is being formed within these networks that more resembles the mob rather than the bride of Christ.

Unfortunately, in order to preserve their public image and reputation, these “apostles” will only network with certain individuals from whom they can benefit. It’s all about money, applause, and public image. I’m convinced many of these con artists posing as apostles need to go open up a business in the world and stop bringing their greed and filth into the body of Christ. They are using and abusing the saints as they fill up their travel itinerary and boast about how many leaders are submitted to them. It’s disgusting in the sight of God.

The problem with most of the apostolic networking in America is that Jesus is being sold out and being merchandised, and the apostolic ministry turned into a marketplace for prostitution and casual harlotry.

Apostles Know it is Better to Give than Receive

Paul the Apostle ministered to the body and Elders at Ephesus for a period of more than three years. As an apostolic voice and father in their lives, he shares his heart and motives with them in a crystal clear way when he says, “I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak…” (Acts 20:33-35)

As a called apostle, Paul had no desire to be a financial burden to the saints there. He labored among them in the marketplace and set a powerful example for other called apostles throughout the ages. Seeking to explain his actions, he reminded the leaders that, “we must help the weak” and the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, “it is better to give than receive”. (v.35)

How does Paul’s heart and passion for apostolic ministry in Ephesus compare to current apostolic trends that charge fees and require specific honorariums to come minister? Why do many so called “modern day apostles” demand to be treated like a Hollywood celebrity and operate in a spirit of greed and mammon and act like its Scriptural?

The Spirit of God wants to make it clear: because many of them are not apostles and are acting like scam artists who push their multi level marketing strategies in order to get rich quick. For a so called “apostle” to require specific honorariums to come preach and to charge saints certain “fees” to be a part of a networks is nothing more than Babylonian harlotry.

I’m convinced that a majority of those claiming to be “apostles” and running “apostolic networks” are really just business type CEO’s who need to take their manipulation, charisma, and lust for power and money somewhere else besides the body of Christ. Go sell your products and schemes to the world and stop defiling authentic Christ centered apostolic ministry.

We are going to see the rise of true apostles in this generation who recognize that it is better to give than receive. These fathers will give all they have away free of charge and consider it an honor and privilege to share and impart the portion of Christ that God has given them to this next generation. We must not be surprised when the names of these authentic apostles are not recognized by the public, but known by their Father in heaven.

The Shepherding Movement Reborn

I received another prophetic dream in which the Spirit of God has specifically shown me that in the next 15-20 years, we are going to see the “Shepherding Movement” of the 1970’s REBORN through some apostolic leaders in America who will prey upon this fatherless generation of millennials.

There is a newer apostolic wineskin currently operating in the body of Christ that believes that individuals who do not submit to their authority are wounded, rebellious, and prideful.

This new apostolic company thrives on titles, showmanship, control, intimidation, fear and releasing “new revelation” that must be swallowed by their followers.

Their over-emphases will be the same as those in the 1970’s, namely: authority, submission, and accountability, all of which are biblical truths that will be blown out of proportion and hammered upon the next generation.

In the midst of this coming apostolic disease, we must not lose sight of true apostolic fathers who, through love and care, will properly impart both their own lives and revelation of Jesus Christ, and raise up and release genuine sons and daughters. These apostolic reformers will be relatively unknown to many and will give birth to true sons like Timothy, the true shepherds that this generation so desperately needs!

We must have true voices in the body of Christ who will not compromise their DNA for the sake of connectivity and platforms. Forging friendships with one another with the hidden motivation of seeking greater visibility and notoriety is idolatry. There are many unholy alliances forming among church leaders. The religious apostolic games need to stop. Let’s get back to private devotion with Jesus and move beyond the public prostitution of gifting and notoriety.

God is looking for a generation of men and women who will find their voice in the wilderness, not from being connected to a network. A soulish search for validation and significance has driven too many out of the wilderness and into the arms of false apostles who are looking to prey upon the next generation. In 2017, we are going to witness the shaking and dismantling of apostolic networking like never before. Motives, attitudes, and the flesh is going to be exposed and what has been built upon the altar of performance and greed will be burned in the fire. From up out of the ashes and rubble will come a generation of sons and daughters who will find their identity, purpose, and destiny from their Father in heaven. They will be a mighty force in the kingdom of God and resolve to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

The Final Word

In 2017, Donald Trump is going to need the prayers of the saints like never before. Some might have prayed for him to get elected, but now it’s time to pray that He is protected and respected. Look for Russia, China, and Israel to continue to be in world news and events during the Trump presidency. Remember that the bitter cold winter that is coming to America in 2017 is a prophetic sign of the hardness of hearts toward this man and his victory. Let’s stay on the alert and through intercession and prayer, let’s ask God to forge His character in our 45th President and that any crookedness would be driven out of Him.

Finally, be on the lookout for the increasing polarization that is coming to the Church, especially regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit as well as apostolic ministry. We are truly going to see extremism manifest like never before. There will be carnal ministry versus the ministry of the Holy Spirit and authentic apostolic ministry contrasted to false apostolic ministry. May Jesus Christ be glorified and let His kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

I am Yours in Christ Jesus,

Jeremiah Johnson

12-30-16

TRAVELING MINISTRY PROSTITUTION

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Shock and Awe

I remember like it was yesterday when I received my very first invitation to minister at a certain city in America. At that time, I had just planted a church in Lakeland, FL and was giving myself full time to the work of the Lord on a local level. As I read the email that day, I was floored that anyone would even consider me to come speak to their congregation. When I got the initial request, I grabbed my wife and tossed her up in the air and said, “Honey, I can’t believe it. I’m only 21 years old!” Boy, was I in for a big wake up call!

The next week I found myself in the green room with the pastor of the host church, moments before the opening service began. My palms were sweating and I was as nervous as I have ever been. Hundreds of folks were waiting in the auditorium for “prophet Jeremiah Johnson” to come  and give them the word of the Lord. What happened next has marked me forever.

In the green room, the pastor pulled out a list of names and faces from behind a door and put them right in front of my face. “You see all these people?” he said. “Yes” I said. “If you want a big love offering tonight, then you had better prophesy to these people and make sure you give them a good word” he said. Stunned, I simply nodded and he walked out the door as the worship began. I immediately dropped to my knees and cried out to God and said, “What is this Father?” He said to me, “Jeremiah, I have sent you here that you might choose life or death tonight, for anyone that I have ever called has been tested and tried by the hands of men that I might know whom they shall serve.” I wept and wept. I think I missed the entire worship service.

With tears in my eyes that night, I did my best to preach a message on the infinite worth of Jesus Christ and proceeded to stand up the poorest looking people I could and proclaim to them the love and affection of God for their lives. Hours went by it seemed, until perhaps the richest people in the congregation heard absolutely nothing from God, for I decided that night neither to become a traveling prostitute nor allow a host pastor to prostitute me. I walked out of that meeting years ago with zero dollars in my pocket and the voice of the Father on the plane ride home that told me, “Son, I am proud of you, but you must know that many, many more tests shall come in your lifetime.”

Let the Good Times Role

Having had this first encounter traveling and ministering on the road years ago, some would think that the story that I shared above has been repeated over and over again in my life, but the truth is that is hasn’t. In fact, I have been well treated and taken care of in every church that I have ever preached at since. Typically traveling and ministering more than 70, 000 miles a year, this is a tremendous blessing!  I have met hundreds of fabulous leaders all over the United States and various parts of the world that love the body of Christ well and are eager to be a blessing where they can. On my end here in Lakeland, FL we host approximately 10-12 guest speakers a year for our conferences and special services and we typically are one of the first churches that leaders contact to see if we would like to have them minister again the following year. Just to be clear, yes, I initially had a very bad experience traveling, but my various experiences since and the many that I have had as a local leader dealing with traveling speakers has been great. One of the unique things that I get to experience on a monthly basis is that I not only host traveling ministers as a local leader, but I get to be the traveling minister that gets hosted by pastor’s from all over the nation. It’s been fun to fully understand what they have gone through to put on a conference or revival service and encourage them through the process.

Coffee and Conversation

While I have personally had great experiences traveling and ministering nationally and internationally, I can categorically tell you that THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR MANY, MANY OTHERS! I remember having coffee with a gentleman who travels and ministers to the body of Christ and after he shared how he had been treated by host churches in the body of Christ, I literally wept for him, right there in the middle of Starbucks. I could not believe his various experiences. Unfortunately, that coffee story continues to happen over and over again. I would venture to say that 7 out of 10 traveling ministers that I meet with feel USED and ABUSED by host pastors and leaders and on the flip side about the same, 7 out of 10 pastors and leaders, feel USED and ABUSED by traveling ministers. So what’s the problem? The problem is what I believe the Holy Spirit recently revealed it to me as: TRAVELING MINISTRY PROSTITUTION. 

I would like to offer what I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me about this growing industry and epidemic in the body of Christ by breaking each side down:

5 SIGNS THAT TRAVELING MINISTERS ARE ENGAGING IN PROSTITUTION

1. They Only Do It To Survive

Like prostitutes, traveling ministers who engage in this lifestyle are really in it for the financial gain. They are not concerned with the welfare of those whom they minister to, but are focused on love offerings and honorariums. They love to take up special offerings and get people to “sow” seed into their latest revelations so that they can feed their next itch.

2. They Never Take a Break

Ministers that are engaging in traveling prostitution blow from place to place, addicted to ministry and the benefits that it can offer them. Because they find their worth, value, and significance from ministering on a platform, the thought of actually being committed to one group of believers for a period of time or even ministering to their own family makes them miserable.

3. One Night Stands are the Norm

Traveling ministry prostitutes are usually only interested in ministering at the fewest amount of services possible and expending the least amount of energy that they can.

4. They Self-Promote and Provocate

Ministers that indulge in traveling prostitution are professional entertainers and producers. They make their own flyers, exaggerate their success, and constantly try to build friends for the sake of where they can minister next.

5. No One Really Knows Who They Are

Worst than any other sign, traveling ministers who are caught in prostitution live in green rooms and are never found down in the altars. They are not warm and friendly and especially enjoy preaching messages and walking off stages without anyone really knowing who they are. They do not care about the host church or what they are possibly going through. They typically have entourages and armor bearers who keep people outside of “their world”.

5 SIGNS THAT CHURCHES ARE PROSTITUTING TRAVELING MINISTERS

1. They are Only Interested in Taking

Churches that are prostituting traveling ministers know nothing nor ask anything about the traveling ministers family. They do not take the time to find out how the traveling minister is really doing or if there is anything that they can be praying with him/her about. They are extremely suffocating and treat traveling ministers like magicians.

2. They Enjoy the Thrills

Churches that are prostituting traveling ministers love the thrill of revival type atmospheres, but are not willing to pay the price to see them sustained. These churches pump traveling ministers for all they have in one, two, or three meetings, but could care less about cultivating their own atmosphere of breakthrough.

3. They Are Desperate

Churches that are prostituting traveling ministers are desperate and typically have nothing going on when they do not have a conference or revival service. These folks see traveling ministers as their saviors and only hope. No pressure LOL

4. They are Hypocrites

Like a rich married business man who outwardly portrays himself as blessed and happy, yet has a secret lifestyle, churches that are prostituting traveling ministers usually have created a picture through social media that they are well put together and are well off. Upon arrival, the traveling minister finds out the opposite is true! Why do so many pastors tell traveling ministers that the church is “struggling financially” when they pick them up? If you don’t have the money to invest and bless traveling ministers, then do not invite them to your church or ministry!

5. They are Cheap

Churches that are prostituting traveling ministers take full advantage of them and do not place proper value on their time, efforts, and energy expended. They expect traveling ministers to cover their own expenses and then give them love offerings that they would be ashamed to give their own mother.

Let’s Get Practical

I would like to finish by leaving the reader with seven pieces of advice that will help traveling ministers as well as host churches avoid traveling ministry prostitution. I pray that what I have shared will bring healing, clarity, and if nothing else, open up the lines of communication to what I believe is a dimension of the body of Christ that really needs help!

1. Work out logistics with traveling ministers prior to their arrival!

Do they charge an honorarium? If they take love offerings, is there a ball park figure that they usually receive when they minister so that you don’t insult them when they leave? There are many traveling itinerant ministers with large ministries and varying scopes of influence who accept love offerings because they will not charge for the gospel. While this is pure and right, please don’t plan to give them a few hundred bucks for a series of weekend meetings and expect them to be thrilled! I highly recommend you already have a built in budget ready to bless them in case of emergency. These are all issues that should be covered before they come and minister. The more unanswered questions, the more likely offense will come in.

2. Never talk about your struggling church finances while they are present.
The fact that a church is struggling financially and invites an itinerant minister to speak anyways is almost always an immediate red flag and warning sign that they are about to royally dishonor them with a poverty mindset. Traveling itinerant ministers are not magicians. A meeting or three with them cannot compensate for poor leadership around the clock and especially in regards to finances. If you don’t have enough money to bless them generously while they are with you, then don’t have them in at all.)

3. Never assume that they would love to stay with your deacon, elder, or staff member who they’ve never met or heard of before.

Have you ever wanted to use the restroom, get comfortable, have freedom to do whatever you want and whenever you want, but couldn’t because there was awkward restrictions put on you like being in a house with people you don’t know or couldn’t get comfortable around? The next time you have an itinerant minister in, get them a nice hotel room and grant them the right to do whatever they want and whenever they want outside of the meetings. You might be surprised that the meetings they are doing are way more fruitful this way!

4. Find out what their ministry style is by asking them questions beforehand or inquiring about how they like to do altar ministry.

There is nothing worse than when an itinerant minister feels the anointing lift off the altar ministry and they are ready to leave and the host minister is completely on another page. It’s a sad day when the minister continues to line people up to be prayed for and ministered to when the itinerant minister is completely exhausted and worn out. Consistently check in with them to see how they are feeling and shift accordingly.

5. Ask them what they like to eat and drink!

Don’t assume that they enjoy your cold potluck dinner afterwards or that they are fasting like your church is and cannot eat because you can’t. There’s nothing better than a meal they love after they just preached their guts out.

6. Remember, they are a human being, not a circus performer.

They have real issues and struggles like you do. They get tired, have families, and have to pay the bills too. Instead of focusing every minute of every conversation on you and your church, take some time to ask them how they are doing apart from any ministry. Trust me, this will form healthy relationships for years to come.

7. If you announced to the crowds that ALL of the love offerings or honorariums that were received as they ministered would go to the itinerant minister, for the love of God and the sake of your integrity, do it!

Don’t use what people thought they were giving to them for the church light bill, mortgage, your personal vacation, or any other nonsense. Also, always try your best to get them a check before they leave, not a month or two down the road.

Grace and Peace,

Jeremiah Johnson