Our Philosophy of Building
1 Cor 3:10 -10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. NIV
The very nature of the Kingdom of God demands that a building dimension must be evident and present around apostolic grace. Inside this grace is a philosophy of constructing Kingdom life which permeates those who chose to partner together. Today, through apostolic reformation we are experiencing clear emergence of apostolic grace across the nations. Creditable and recognized apostolic builders are producing viable apostolic networks with a dedicated focus upon building Kingdom realities in the lives of people and institutions.
We at PTWN are endeavoring to build the highest level of human existence which we see patterned in the word of God. The basis for this building activity is founded upon the reality that the Kingdom of God is in a man; therefore the starting point of our building is from the progressive direction of inside-out.
Luke 17:20-21 - 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." NKJV
Grasping this core reality has caused us to evaluate many of the traditional apostolic models which seem to be driven from the exact opposite position – “outside-in.” The “outside-in” paradigm can be evidenced in the very inaccurate nature of building which we have not only seen, but have been partakers of in the past. Evidences include such things as 1) gathering of churches into a network for the primary function financially supporting the “called apostle” 2) clear favoritism to those churches within an apostolic network that exhibit large membership and large financial giving 3) the limitation of apostolic grace because of the simplistic view that all apostles plant churches and travel extensively 4) hierarchical positions with corresponding multi-layered titles 5) primary focus of collecting more churches, and which is propagated by a distorted paradigm that “bigger is always better” and 6) organizational connection rather than clear relational connectivity emanating from the discerned will of God.
Based upon this foundational and core perspective, PTWN has and will continue to build with an emphasis upon integrity of the human heart and accurate relational joining.
Our Connection to Congress-WBN
PTWN is an affiliated network within the Kingdom Community sector of Congress-WBN (www.congresswbn.org), and therefore portrays the reality of a seamless connection to the wider world of Congress-WBN. PTWN’s founder and senior leader, Steve Schultz, serves on the Core Leadership Council (CLC) of Congress-WBN, which automatically incorporates PTWN as a singular network, into a wider global network of churches (KCN – www.kcnetwork.org). The result of this networking integration brings every member of PTWN into the relational orbit of hundreds of churches across the globe and into the power of a larger leadership resource. This integrated approach brings with it the reality of common language, thinking systems, building patterns, etc.; therefore, those who join themselves to PTWN are automatically enjoined within the framework of Congress-WBN.
Connecting to PTWN
We are under full persuasion that building an apostolic network must be motivated from a pure position of heart, evidenced from both the apostolic source and in those wishing to join. Joining within PTWN is not built upon a “shop and buy” mentality but by a discovery of God’s divine architecture which brings resources for correct life.
While relationship will be built over a process of time and discovery, there are certain qualities which are expected to manifest within the process of joining PTWN. These are qualities are:
- Evidence of function in the character of Christ and in high levels of human integrity.
- Leadership structure must clearly express or facilitate the twin principles of headship and plurality. Team ministry operations must be evident.
- A clearly defined corporate vision should be in place indicating the spiritual design, the territorial purpose and the ultimate goals of the ministry.
- A proper system of financial recording should be in operation.
- There must be emphasis on developing and equipping people not on programs or activity for activity sake.
- The Kingdom community (church) should be committed to establishing and propagating current truth being released by God in the present time.
- Clear commitment to relationship, responsibility, and accountability to PTWN through the headship of Steve Schultz.
- There should be a financial commitment to PTWN.
- All entering ministries should accept a One Year Mutual Assessment Period.
One Year Mutual Assessment Period: This period of time is a process of discovery in which the joining Senior Elder (pastor) and apostolic oversight of PTWN move through a series of interactions to discern if the linkage into PTWN appears to be a correct connection. At the core of this activity is reciprocal discernment to determine placement with full mutual conviction. This “connectivity” includes such areas as:
- Visit(s) by the apostolic oversight and/or designated representatives of PTWN to the applying community. There will be discussions, analysis and evaluations to determine with clarity God‘s will for relationship.
- Through discussion and clear communication, the applying community must become conversant with the vision, positions and philosophy of PTWN/Congress-WBN and a position of acceptance must be taken by the applying leadership. There must also be full knowledge and declared commitment to the wider vision and operations of PTWN and its close relationship inside Congress-WBN as one of its affiliated networks.
- During the One-Year Assessment Period there must be mutual agreement for voluntary relationship.
- During the One-Year Assessment Period all the Conditions for Association must be put in place, or there must be substantial movement in the direction of fulfilling the conditions.
- During the One-Year Assessment Period it must be made abundantly clear that while there is a process for entry to the Network, departure can be immediate and without process other than that which common courtesy and ethics may suggest.