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Thursday
Aug042011

Summer Family Bible Conference 2011

Andrew, Jamie and praise and worship minister, David Hinton stand as Andrew opened the annual Summer Family Bible Conference in prayer. (Click to enlarge)Many families from across the globe gathered in Colorado during the week of July Fourth to attend Andrew's annual Summer Family Bible Conference. Over the course of the five-day event, the festivities were spread between the ministry's current campus in Colorado Springs, nearby Charis Christian Center and Charis Bible College's future campus in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Andrew taught a new series about the meaning of the cross of Christ called, Power of The Cross. He ministered things the Lord has revealed to him over the years, but that he had not previously shared publicly. He opened the meeting on Monday night by asking the crowd, which filled the auditorium of Charis Christian Center and spilled into several overflow rooms, "What does the cross mean to you? What does it mean to cling to the cross?" And, in true Andrew fashion, he went on to say that religion has made the cross a cliché, that most people don't understand what the Bible means when it refers to the cross of Christ.

As Andrew's revelation of the meaning of the cross carried through the week, he also shared the platform with a number of other guest ministers; each shared blessed messages and revelation of God's unconditional love and grace with those in attendance, both physically and via live broadcast over the internet.

Praise and Worship, with Charlie and Jill Leblanc, David Hinton, Daniel Amstutz, Jamie Wommack, Mark Abernethy and others. (Click to enlarge)Andrew ministering on the meaning of the Cross of Christ from the platform at Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)

Guest speaker, Wendell Parr, the Director of AWM World Outreach. (Click to enlarge) Guest Speaker, Stephen Bransford, the Director of CBC's School of Media. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew hosted guided tours of The Sanctuary, CBC's future campus in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge) Andrew shared his vision for the development of the new home of CBC and AWM. (Click to enlarge)

Conference guests enjoyed a buffet at the Pavilion on the Sanctuary campus. (Click to enlarge) Many enjoyed the cookout in the shade of the pavilion in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge)

Speaker, pastor of Charis Christian Center and CBC Instructor, Lawson Perdue. (Click to enlarge) Speaker, pastor of Charis Christian Center and CBC Instructor, Barbara Perdue. (Click to enlarge)

Youth engaged in worshiping the King of Kings.
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Andrew ministering the Word to the youth in the CBC second-year classroom at CBC. (Click to enlarge)

Kids of all ages enjoy the fun at the Summer Family Bible Conference. (Click to enlarge) Engaging the children in a fun-filled, Jesus-centered atmosphere. (Click to enlarge)

Guest speaker, Greg Mohr, the Director of CBC's new School of Business. (Click to enlarge) Guest speaker, Arthur Meintjes, founder of Kingdom Life Ministries. (Click to enlarge)

Whatch the video below as Andrew introduces the topic for the 2011 Summer Family Bible Conference teaching series, Power of The Cross.

 

Thursday
Jul072011

Daniel Amstutz: CBC's Way to Worship

Daniel Amstutz, the Director of Charis Bible College's School of Worship and the School of Healing. (Click to enlarge)Charis Bible College of Colorado continues to expand its third-year Ministry Training program. The third year has been specifically developed to further equip those students who have been called to an office in full-time ministry (Ephesians 4). Among the available course offerings, or tracks as they are called, are the School of Ministry, School of Worship and School of Media. Each of these tracks is led by a well-seasoned minister or team of ministers. As the third year offerings increase, the Lord continues to bring quality leaders to oversee each department. In the case of the School of Worship, CBC has been blessed to welcome to its staff, music ministry veteran, Daniel Amstutz, whom some refer to as a "Father of Modern Worship."

Daniel was raised in a Christian home as one of five children, and the son of a Baptist minister. He remembers the day he was born again when he was five years old. Daniel speaking in Greely, Colorado in 1978. (Click to enlarge)"I prayed with my Mom in the kitchen of our home in Montana, and received Christ at that time," recalled Daniel.

He knew from a young age that the Lord had called him to a life of ministry, but it wasn't until Daniel's latter college years that he realized his call to music ministry. As a young man, Daniel developed his musical skills to the extent that he was accepted to audition for several prestigious positions and collegiate-level scholarships across the country. Among these auditions were one for the Fisk Memorial Scholarship at the University of Colorado (CU), and one for a position at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After auditioning for both, he was awarded a full scholarship to CU, Here Comes the Son, Daniel's first album release. (Click to enlarge)which he and his parents viewed as a confirmation from the Lord of His provision. Daniel graduated from CU with a degree in Vocal Performance.

In the mid 1970s, after graduating from CU, Daniel began writing and publishing music while he was leading worship for his dad's church in Alamosa, Colorado. He then recorded his first album while working as a music minister with Faith Ministries Fellowship in Greeley, Colorado. "My first solo project was called Here Comes The Son, recorded in 1981, and it was all original songs—most of which I wrote during the sermons, and would sing at the end of the service as a part of the altar call," Daniel and Praise & Worship artist, Don Moen, at CBC's Better Way to Worship Conference June 2011.
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said Daniel.

Over the years since his first release, Daniel has recorded several other projects, including his second solo effort called, Inside Out. In 1983, while Daniel was the worship leader for Bob Yandian's church, Grace Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he and his worship team recorded Heart to Heart, the first of five live recordings he was a part of at the church. "At that time we were one of the first churches to record live praise and worship," Daniel said.

Daniel leading worship at CBC. (Click to enlarge)After the initial recording at Grace, Daniel began hosting an international worship gathering called, The Local Church Music Seminar, which drew hundreds of attendees. "People came from all over to receive teaching and mentoring in what was the beginning of the contemporary worship movement—although at the time we didn’t know that's what it was," said Daniel. It was then that many people, including his peers, began referring to Daniel by the nickname, Father of Modern Worship. "I was just trying to hear from God and obey," stated Daniel humbly.

Since the late 1970's, Andrew and Daniel had occasion to minister in the same places, and each became aware of the other's ministry. Over the years since their initial meeting at The Rocky Mountain Faith Minister's Conference held in Daniel and his wife, Tracy (green shirt) ministering together at CBC's Better Way to Worship Conference.
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Greely, Colorado, the two have maintained a friendship. Looking back Daniel said, "Every time I heard Andrew minister, it was so full of revelation and yet somehow so practical. He really ministered to me. I really could not be doing what I’m doing, and teaching what I’m teaching, without what I have received from Andrew."

When the suggestion to include a School of Worship as part of CBC's third-year program came forth and began to take hold, Daniel ministers to a couple. (Click to enlarge)there was some question as to who would lead. As roles were being considered last fall, Andrew recalled Daniel's influence in the music ministry, and called him to ask if he would consider being a part of leading CBC worship once a week or so. "That developed into more of the 'or so' and pretty soon I was asked if I would like to teach in the night school—and then the day school—and then when they found out that I had already written much of the worship school curriculum at Grace Fellowship in Tulsa, they asked me to put together a proposal to lead the CBC program." In January 2011 CBC welcomed Daniel to his new full-time position as Director of the School of Worship.

Daniel makes his point with contagious exuberance at a recent meeting.
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Daniel has ministered through his music in many places and in many capacities through the years, and now he has found his home at CBC. Just as Andrew has found A Better Way to Pray, Daniel has found a better way to worship. His revelation of what it means to praise and worship the Lord from a New Covenant position in Christ is being well received, and is sure to stir up the world of music ministry—again.

"It's a real blessing to have Daniel as part of the school. I think it's a Godsend. It's just awesome. He's got such great vision," Andrew said.

Wednesday
May182011

A Pharisee Set Free

Charis Bible College graduate and business owner, Sandy Harmon. The Lord has prospered Sandy as she has followed His lead. (Click to enlarge)Sandy Harmon was navigating her way through the ravages of divorce when she was first introduced to Andrew's teaching. In the summer of 2001, Sandy's counselor, a Christian woman who had been helping her through her marital situation, asked if she could give Sandy some audio tapes that would further explain some of the topics the two had been discussing. The teaching Sandy's confidante gave her was Andrew's Spirit, Soul and Body, and her reception of this teaching brought the beginning of a huge change in Sandy's life.

Nearly a decade after Sandy had received the free gift of salvation, and after she had served her church as a deaconess and a Bible study leader, she began to realize that she had not established a true relationship with Jesus. In her own words she was a Pharisee.

When Sandy listened to Andrew's teaching, You've Already Got It, she was set free. She had been teaching Bible lessons and acting like a Christian, but she really didn't understand the truth of the Word. This message completely changed Sandy's approach to the Word and her relationship with God. Sandy Harmon's three children enjoying the favor of God and their first winter in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)"I was always dragging my knuckles behind me into my time with the Lord and feeling like such a failure. I was always asking God to give me more love, more patience, more kindness; I did not know that I already had it inside me. I cannot tell you how much that changed me. Understanding that, I began to walk a little taller and with a peace (instead of striving) that I had never known," said Sandy.

As Sandy continued to listen to Andrew's teaching, she began to have a desire to attend Charis Bible College (CBC). Although she imagined attending CBC in the distant future, it became clear to her, as she gained deeper revelation of God's love for her, that the Lord was leading her to go to CBC much sooner than she envisioned. In early spring of 2002, Sandy contacted CBC and asked for information about the school. She then attended one of Andrew's camp meetings and that helped finalize her decision; Andrew and Sandy Harmon standing in what would become the headquarters for AWM and CBC Colorado. It was from this visit to the new building that Sandy returned to the Robinson location to overhear the phone conversation that led to her first job in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)she moved her family to Colorado one month later.

Sandy and her three small children, twin five-year-old daughters and a two-and-a-half-year-old son, left the east coast and drove to Colorado Springs. No job, no contacts, no place to live—just a mom, her kids and a faithful knowing that she was to attend CBC. As Sandy stepped out, the Lord met her family's needs.

After getting situated in Colorado Springs, Sandy spent the next two years attending CBC; saturating herself in the Word of God and being equipped for a life of ministry in the marketplace. Her mornings were spent in classes and her afternoons were filled with business opportunities—all of which came supernaturally.

For example, Sandy walked in on a phone conversation the CBC receptionist was having with a local business owner; Sandy and her Discipleship Evangelism class, which was led by program co-author, Don Krow (center, red shirt). (Click to enlarge)the conversation was about Sandy. Sandy had previously called the business owner about a job opening, but was so quickly dismissed because of her limited availability, that she didn't even have a chance to leave her name. Somehow the business owner had tracked Sandy down to invite her to apply for the job. When Sandy arrived to apply, she noticed the owner wasn't feeling well and asked if she could pray for her. The owner allowed Sandy to pray. The woman was instantly healed and exclaimed, "You're hired!" Sandy went on to enjoy extraordinary favor within the company during her days as a CBC student, and she was able to minister to the company's staff on a regular basis.

Andrew and Sandy at her CBC graduation. (Click to enlarge)Sandy continued to work with the company after graduating from CBC until the Lord began to turn her attention to Real Estate. This surprised Sandy because although she had been successful in the field before moving to Colorado, she had been open with the Lord about not wanting to be involved with it again. "I was very much against it since Real Estate is a very performance driven industry and I was now living by grace. Grace and performance are polar opposites," said Sandy.

Sandy yielded to the stirring and gave her notice at work. Six months later, after hearing in her spirit "Call brokers," she began to call local Real Estate brokers and ask them if they needed help with their businesses. As she offered her expertise, not as an agent, but as a consultant, the Lord consistently brought her new experiences and a wide array of job opportunities—not all in Real Estate. Over the next several years Sandy held four different jobs, and much like Joseph's story in the book of Genesis, God's favor was evident in each position. She would work for a season, and then Sandy would be laid off. Though troubled by the disturbing trend of being let go, Sandy began to see that each new job had prepared her for the next—each was a promotion. Sandy and her children after graduation. (Click to enlarge)She could see that her work across the years since graduating from CBC had prospered her employers and her family, and each position had provided an opportunity to minister to her employers and clients.

After being released from a job in 2009, Sandy reflected on her experiences, and it became evident that the Lord had gifted her in the areas of business development, organization and administration. Sandy sought the Lord for her next step. Again she heard the words, "Call brokers"—something from which she had drifted, clinging instead to the security of a steady paycheck and benefits. Sandy heard the Lord say, “If it’s not by my grace, than it does not belong to you.” Again Sandy yielded and opened her own company. "By this point I knew that the Lord had gifted me to help people—specifically Realtors. The name of my company is Helping You Succeed and that is what I do. Sandy enjoying a moment outside last fall. (Click to enlarge)I assess a broker's business and spiritual needs, and then God uses me to be a blessing to them and to minister to them in their marketplace."

Looking back Sandy shared, "The Lord was so good in how He provided for me and my three when we got to Colorado." Through Andrew's teaching and her subsequent revelation of God's love for her, Sandy had developed a true relationship with the Lord. Through that relationship with Jesus and her dependence upon the Holy Spirit, He has guided her every step into His promises of prosperity and abundance.