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John Howard Morgan

Faith. Prosperity. Purpose. Leadership.

The Mental Continuum of Poverty v. Prosperity and Failure v. Success

Socialism—Entitlement—Victimhood—Passivity—Activity—Responsibility—Ambition—Enterprise

In our organization, People Prosper International, we deal with the problem of poverty around the world and we show the pathway out. The first step is a change of mental culture. Culture in this sense is our automatic habitual way of thinking and acting.

Each person has a mental culture. Each family has one. Each community has a general mental culture. This taxonomy will help you understand where you are on the continuum of mental culture and it may help you move toward where you want to be.

The middle of the continuum has the two opposite positions of Activity or Passivity. Psychologists call this division of mental thinking the locus of control(i). It means a person is prone to think that what controls his or her life is either the internal forces of their choices and activities or they think their life is controlled by the external forces of what everybody else does or what happens in their world. Those with an internal locus of control tend to get active to change their situations for the better. Those with an external locus of control are prone to go passive and to wait for others or for circumstances to act or change.

We will move along the continuum first to the left. The passive person can go from Passivity to the position of Victimhood. Because they believe their life is controlled by external forces they blame their bad situation on whatever external forces seem to be the most culpable such as a person who hurt them, or their parents, or the government, or a loss, or God, or their bad DNA, or bad luck, or the police, or a political party, or some group of people. Because they have been wronged, they are a victim and that dominates their mental culture. All of us struggle with degrees of passivity and victimhood because we would rather put the responsibility on something or someone else rather than on ourselves to improve our lives. Some politicians and political systems try to leverage the human propensity to victimhood to sell their positions and gain their power.

People who have a Victimhood Mental Culture can easily move another degree to the left and that is to Entitlement. The Entitlement thinker reasons like this: since I have been victimized by someone, or a group of people, or my parents, or my community, or my country, or another country, or the government, or life then someone owes me for that damage they have done. We are not talking here about legitimate victimization such as having your house burglarized or being assaulted. In those cases, the perpetrator does owe the victim retribution. We are talking here about people who through the regular struggles of life move to an Entitlement Mental Culture. This person  reasons that they are owed a living and possibly more than that by someone or possibly by everyone.

Victimhood and Entitlement thinkers are ripe for Socialism. They are ready to give up their freedom and everyone else’s to a government which promises to give them everything that will right the wrongs of their Victimhood and fulfill their rights of Entitlement. If you wonder how in the world people can still be fooled by the promises of socialism despite the horrid historic record of socialism and the current horrid record of socialism, it is because it preys on the worst propensities of our human nature toward Passivity, Victimhood and Entitlement.

The left side of this continuum of Mental Cultures is the side where poverty rages. It can also be described as the Culture of Poverty. While there are some poor who live on the right side of this continuum because they are active and working hard, they are still suppressed by systems that reward the left side of this continuum and punish those who are on the right side.

As we move from the middle of the continuum to the right and toward prosperity, the Mental Cultures look like this.

The Activity Mental Culture of course is the mindset of the person who believes they can change their circumstances for the better with positive action. Many people who have an Activity Mental Culture have many potential reasons to feel victimized by people or by life or by God, but they refuse to live in that thinking. They choose to get active to change their lives. They believe that problems yield to effort (ii.) so they look for the best effort they can give. When you find yourself spinning your wheels in pity and depression and passivity, the most powerful thing you can do is to just make yourself get active at something positive. Positive activity breeds more positive activity and more good results.

The next step to the right is the Responsibility Mental Culture. The people who live here not only believe they can change their lives, they believe they have a duty and even a responsibility to do so. Because of their ethics, or their family culture, or their faith or just their choice they believe they should focus on positive action to improve their lives and help their families and help others and benefit society with their work.

The next step to the right is the Ambition Mental Culture. The people who live here move from duty to an inner drive to succeed. They want to achieve something that to them is significant. They live above duty. They go beyond responsibility. They take on more effort, responsibility and risk to achieve more. They may fail, but they will take the risk to succeed. When they do fail, they often try again or try in different way.

The final step to the right is the Enterprise Mental Culture. The word Enterprise comes from Latin root words which mean to literally get in the middle of something and put one’s hands on it. It means to lead yourself to create the best that you can. It is beyond Responsibility and Ambition. It is the Mental Culture to use your God-given abilities and opportunities to create the best results you can, in whatever field where you are called. We often think of Enterprise as the same word as business, but the broader sense of Enterprise is that you  put your whole self on a big problem to create the best solution you can.

In the work to end poverty and to create prosperity the first place to begin is the Mental Cultures of individuals, of families, of communities, of nations and of all those who control the socio-political-economic systems around them.

What solves poverty is Cultures of Enterprise and environments of freedom.

What determines so much of our life situations is the place on this continuum where we tend to live.

I challenge you to do a self-assessment of where you tend to live. If you want better, take a step to the right.

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i. https://psychologydictionary.org/locus-of-control. Accessed 11.12.2018.
ii. A phrase I heard Bill Clinton use in an interview at Willow Creek Church, circa 2000.

Inviting Our ABQ Friends to the PPI ABQ/BBQ & Friends Event. Sept. 27

You Are Invited to the
PPI ABQ/BBQ & Friends Event
Thursday, Sept. 27th at 6:00 p.m.

You are invited to a casual BBQ dinner with about twenty or so friends in the ABQ area where I will present a new ministry that I have founded that I believe will reshape Christianity and the global impact of Christianity in the coming years. In short, it is a ministry with a goal and a strategy to lead 1 million Christians out of poverty worldwide by 2030 through the power of the biblical principles of enterprise. The most powerful model to solve poverty is the biblical model and it has worked everywhere it has been applied. We are seeing it work in projects that we are leading now in Kenya, Haiti and in the Navajo community in the Four Corners and we’d like to share some of those exciting stories with you.

Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world. It is growing the fastest in the parts of the world that are plagued with poverty. By empowering these growing Christian communities who are in poverty with the path to prosperity, we will be resourcing the sleeping giant of millions of Christians who can rise up and resource new churches, schools, ministries and missions to change the world through the power of Christ.

We call our organization People Prosper International (PPI) and we would like to share our inspiring story with you.

Here are two promises if you attend this dinner:

1. You will have fun and a good meal and good fellowship with some very good and interesting people.
2. We will not ask you for money at the event.

We will share with you our vision and strategy and several ways you could get involved with PPI, if you choose. No pressure, promise. Just great information and a great opportunity.

This dinner with be hosted at the home of one of our PPI Board members, Ron and Debbie Baker.

Address: 3248 Greystone Court
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m..

Phone if you get lost: John Morgan 505-330-9076.

Please RSVP back to me by messaging me or email at john@unboxppi.org or text my phone number. I hope to see you there.

Blessings to you,

John Morgan

P.S. If you have family or friends who might like to attend the PPI ABQ/BBQ & Friends event, please feel free to forward the invitation. Just have them RSVP or RSVP for them so we have enough food and beverages to go around.

CrowdSolving Poverty through Enterprise.

http://www.unboxppi.org

1 Million People Out of Poverty by 2030: The 5 Big Ideas of PPI

The Five Big Ideas That Drive and Define People Prosper International
http://www.unboxppi.org

#1. Our Human Purpose is a Kingdom Culture Mission.
• Our purpose is to grow the Kingdom of Christ in human culture. (Matthew 6:10)
• This means shaping all parts of culture with all of God’s truth.
• This means solving the biggest problems of our day with God’s truth and help.

#2. At PPI We are Called to Solve the Problem of Poverty.
• Because it is not God’s desire for people who are created in his image to live in the indignity, desperation and degradation of poverty.
• Because poverty, the lack of resources needed for one’s life, health and purpose, is one of the biggest problems facing humanity.
• Because poverty is correlated to so many other human tragedies like disease, death, crime, abuse, addiction, ignorance, and hopelessness.

#3. Our Global Strategy is to Transform Poor Christian Communities into Christian Cultures of Enterprise.
• Because poverty is solved by enterprise, not charity.
• Because Christianity is growing most rapidly around the world where poverty is the greatest.
• Because when these Christian communities become empowered with their own resources they will change the world through their ministries and their calling to lead everyone out of poverty.

#4. Our First Tactic is Education.
• Because the first problem that the poor have is that they do not know there is a pathway out of poverty or what that pathway is.
• Because when the poor learn to think and act in enterprising ways, they rise out of poverty.
• We deliver several levels of training globally through a strategy of video based training courses with books and workbooks that are translated into target languages and facilitated by indigenous partners. Each course focuses on the three key principles of enterprise which are CREATE, OWN and GROW.

#5. Our Second Tactic is Connection.
• A key problem of the poor is isolation from knowledge, access to resources and access to people who can help them take the pathway out of poverty.
• We create access to knowledge, skills, markets, equipment, jobs, businesses, communications, transportation, property and financial services.
• Our key connectors are an online global platform called the iCreate Community and our indigenous PPI partners.

Our mission is to solve poverty. Our vision is to lead 1 million people out of poverty by 2030. You can partner with this world changing mission at http://www.unboxppi.org.

People Prosper’s New Branding

People Prosper International’s New Branding

We have been doing the work of PPI for over seven years. We incorporated PPI in 2016. Now we are rolling out our new PPI Brand. Our new name is People Prosper International.

You can find us on Facebook and other social media and our website is unboxppi.org.

I am the President and Co-Founder of PPI. My Co-Founding partner and the Director of PPI is Mark Robinson.

Here are the quick facts I would like for you to know about PPI.

Our Mission: To Solve Poverty.

Our Vision: To Lead 1 Million People Out of Poverty by 2030.

Our Strategy: We CrowdSolve Poverty™ by Creating Cultures of Enterprise.

Our Plan: A Global Platform of Education and Connection called the iCreate Community and a Global Network of PPI Partners.

• The poor do not know the pathway out of poverty. We teach the way out.

• The poor do not have access to the knowledge, people and resources needed to take the pathway out of poverty. Some of the resources we help the poor connect with are:
o Knowledge and Skills.
o Capital.
o Property.
o Equipment.
o Technology.
o Markets.
o Communication and Transportation.

We know what works. We have researched it biblically, economically, historically and in the field. We have experimented with it. We have done it. We are doing it. And we keep learning how to do it better. We have trained people who are now thinking and acting in new enterprising ways to create new levels of income, to own property and to grow businesses. They are changing their lives, their families and their communities.

We start first with the poor in faith communities around the world because they have the calling of God, the Word of God and the Spirit of God to not only rise out of poverty themselves but to also help others. We are changing Christianity by mobilizing Western Christianity to solve the real and pressing problems of our world and by empowering the Emerging Global Church in the poor regions of the world with the resources they need for their lives, their families and their ministries. With you and with them, we are changing the world.

Connect with Us:

http://www.unboxppi.org
o Send us a message.
o Join the iCreate Community for updates on PPI and opportunities connect with the mission of PPI.
o See upcoming events and opportunities to serve and connect with the aspiring and rising poor.
o You can easily donate to PPI a one-time gift or monthly.
• Social Media: People Prosper International
• My blog: drjohnmorgan.com
• john@unboxppi.org
• mark@unboxppi.org

Church and Community Group Opportunities:

• Contact us if you would like for us to speak at your church about the exciting and inspiring Ministry of Solving Poverty.

• Contact us if you would be interested in hosting a PPI Community Group Event. It is a fun evening of food, friendship and community that introduces PPI to your friends in a no-pressure and relaxed experience. People love our PPI Community Group Events. We have upcoming PPI Community Group Events in:
o Denver (Aug. 30)
o Albuquerque (Sept.)
o Dallas (Oct.)

May God prosper you in all ways as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

Tyranny and Appetizers

via Restaurant Tyrants

Restaurant Tyrants

The hounding, harassment and shaming of the employees and their families of this presidential administration in restaurants, at their homes and in public discourse by the Leftist Socialists is a violation of their civil rights. It is part of the evil that these secularists do. If they can’t advance their agenda by democratic means they will advance it by tyranny.
It is a violation of these victim’s civil rights because it is their right in a just and civil society to be able to live their personal and private lives in peace and it is their rights to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To be hounded out of a restaurant and down the street by people screaming, “Shame, shame, shame,” is a violation of all of these rights. Imagine a conservative group doing that to a gay couple in a restaurant. The outrage by the left would be massive. And they would quickly call it what it would be; a violation of their civil rights. And other conservative groups would quickly agree because they are rooted in an ethic that demands the protection of all people’s civil rights.
These were the methods of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Castro. They each created a culture of public shaming of those who opposed them or whom they targeted for contempt. Then they followed it up with violating the civil rights of their opponents. It went from barring them from free public movement to barring them from government jobs to murder. Hitler made the Jews wear stars of David on their clothing to identify themselves for the reproach of the public, to restrict their freedoms and to eventually identify those marked for death. Che Guevara, the hero of the left, was Castro’s trigger man. He would march whomever they had decided was not completely loyal to their movement outside of their camp and put a bullet in his/her head. The iconic picture of Che should be a silhouette of him holding a gun to a woman’s head and pulling the trigger.
The left has no ethical restraint on using tyranny to advance its means because the ethical basis of the left is not grounded in an absolute truth that protects the equality of all humans. They are so convinced that their atheistic vision for society is so good, that that good justifies the violation of the civil rights and human rights of their opponents. They are perfectly to violate and even murder millions of their opponents in the “service of mankind.” That is why the socialist and communist regimes of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro and Pol Pot arrested, tortured and murdered hundreds of millions of people in the last century. It is why that same pattern has occurred in Venezuela in our times. It is the same ethic of the Assad regime in Syria. It is control by tyranny, the polar opposite of democracy and liberty.
The extreme left likes democracy as long as they win. When they don’t they turn into the thugs that their ideology requires. These recent attacks on peaceful people are not just challenges to good manners, they are challenges to freedom itself.

Expanding Our Leadership for Our Kingdom Culture Mission (KCM)

When I came to be the pastor of what is now Pinon Hills Community Church (PHCC) in 1995, my vision was to grow a spiritually dynamic regional church on a state-of-the-art mission campus with ministries that would impact the Four Corners and the world for Christ. It was a lofty vision and we have been pursuing it for the last twenty-three years.

 

For about the last ten years God has been convincing my heart and mind that those of us who follow Jesus have a Kingdom Culture Mission (KCM). A Kingdom Culture Mission is the belief that God has called us to grow the Kingdom of Christ in every part of human culture. As much as possible the truth and values of Christ should be reflected in not only the church and the family, but also in public manners, in education, in businesses, in government and all other sectors of society. It was most elegantly stated by Jesus when he taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10).

 
Most people don’t realize it but the founding of America on the core principles of faith, freedom and prosperity was the application of the Kingdom Culture Mission to human government. The founding document of America is the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. It made the core case for the separation of America from England and the establishment of a new nation based on timeless principles. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the primary author of that document, however the core ideas and some of the core phrases themselves were not original with Jefferson. They were original with John Locke (1632-1704). Locke was the originator and Jefferson was the communicator. Locke was an English Christian theologian whose genius was to apply the truths of the Bible to human government. The central phrase in the Declaration of Independence of “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….,” is John Locke’s application of biblical theology to human government. Most of the rich blessings of America have come from the fact that it was founded on Kingdom Culture truths and values.

 
The only way to fulfill a Kingdom Culture Mission in the various sectors of society is for Christians to develop great kingdom churches plus other kingdom ministries, works and organizations that impact the various sectors of society; such as religion, education, government, business, non-profit work, art, science, entertainment and the media.
Over the last few years God has been convincing my heart and mind that my calling now is to move from the work of pastoring a church to the work of developing multiple organizations and ministries that grow the Kingdom of Christ in human culture.

 
In September of 2016 I asked the Board of Elders of Pinon Hills Community Church to start working with me to create a succession plan to select the next Lead Pastor for Pinon Hills Community Church so the church could keep moving forward and so I could make a transition to focus my time, energy and gifts on developing kingdom ministries like The Prosperity Project International that grow the Kingdom of Christ in our culture. I said at that time that my target date to complete the transition was approximately June of 2018.

 
I expected our Board to agree and to essentially send me on my way after we had completed the pastoral succession. Instead, after several months of prayer and deliberation, they concluded that we should expand our ministries from Pinon Hills Community Church (PHCC) to Pinon Hills Ministries (PHM) and that the broader umbrella of PHM would include the church plus our growing Christian school system called Southwest Academies, the Browning Ranch Equine Center (which came as a result of receiving the 32 acre Browning Ranch), the Pinon Hills Village Senior Community (which we are developing) and The Prosperity Project International (which we formed in June of 2016). And they concluded that I should move over from the role of pastoring PHCC to developing these other major ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries. So, we concluded that God was leading us in this direction.

 
Their reasoning was first that they agreed with the Kingdom Culture Mission that we have been pursuing. Then second, they felt like the work that was done so far to create a great church plus several other major ministries had been led by God. So, they concluded that we should keep moving forward in this calling that God has on all of us here at Pinon Hills.

 
In March of 2017 we presented the plan to expand the ministry from PHCC to PHM to the people of Pinon Hills Community Church and we presented the plan to expand our leadership by selecting a new Lead Pastor for PHCC and for me to move over to leading PHM. Our church accepted and supported the broader vision and plan.
That same month we met with William Vanderbloemen of the Vanderbloemen Search Group to prepare for our national search for our next Lead Pastor. In November of 2017 we officially launched our search with the Vanderbloemen Search Group (VSG).
By March of 2018 VSG presented four recommended candidates to our Search Team. The Search Team did its initial evaluation of these four candidates. Our Search Team released two of the candidates from our process and kept two. At the same time one of our staff members requested to submit his candidacy in the mix and the Search Team agreed to allow that.

 
In April of 2018 (this month) our Search Team took the two outside candidates and our inside candidate through a process of interviews, onsite visits and evaluations. After an intense and prayerful process, our Search Team selected one of the outside candidates on April 17, 2018 to be the candidate that they believed God had led them to recommend to the members of Pinon Hills Church. That candidate is Matt Mizell.

 
Matt and Ashten Mizell have two children ages five and two. Matt has served in two mega-churches in major leadership positions. He is serving in one of those churches now in California. Matt and Ashten have strong ties to New Mexico with family who live in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Matt has been a leader in ministry teaching and communications. He has a weekly ministry of training over 250 youth pastors nationwide in ministry and leadership. Matt’s gifts are teaching, leadership, entrepreneurship and communications. Matt is excited about leading forward on the vision of Pinon Hills Community Church and partnering in the broader work of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
One of Matt’s ministry passions is to create a healthy church culture that begins with the church staff and that translates to the whole church. Matt has grown every organization and ministry where he has led and we expect him to lead PHCC to not only greater health but also to greater growth. He is also driven by the Kingdom Culture Mission and the church’s part of that mission to make as many disciples as possible who follow Jesus.
Matt and Ashten will be presented to the congregation of Pinon Hills Church on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Matt will preach in the 8:30 a.m. service. He will be interviewed by me in the 10:00 a.m. service and He will preach again in the 11:30 a.m. service. Then we will ask the members of PHCC to vote to affirm the selection of the Search Team by paper ballot or by online ballot. We believe that the confirmation of Matt Mizell as the next Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church is the next step in a long journey of faithfulness to God’s leading on our church and ministries.

 
Upon the confirmation of this selection by our membership we will finalize the plans for Matt, Ashten and their children to make their transition to Farmington and to begin ministry here at Pinon Hills Church this summer.

 
When Matt arrives, I will work with him for several months in a co-leadership role to help orient him to some of the dynamics of PHCC like working with our staff and our Board of Elders. I will be hands-off in his day to day leadership of the church and I will give him the room he needs to establish his pastoral leadership. At the end of those several months we will have a full handoff of the leadership of the church to Matt. After that I will serve Matt in an as-needed and as-wanted mentoring role. We will work collegially to create a synergy between PHCC and the other ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries. He will be the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Church and I will be the President of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
I am excited about the future potential of Pinon Hills ministries with expanded leadership. As we pursue the Kingdom Culture Mission, these are some of the vision goals that I have for the ministries of PHM:
• Our Southwest Academies can become the premiere school system in our region to deliver academic excellence and a Christian worldview for pre-k through 12th grade on state-of-the-art campuses and winning state titles in sports and arts. Our graduates will be the leaders in defending and promoting the kingdom values of academics, faith, freedom and prosperity.
• Our Browning Ranch Equine Center can become the premiere national faith-based program that transforms people physically, mentally and spiritually through the human-equine connection.
• Our Pinon Hills Village can become a faith-based and ministry driven senior’s residential community of 400 people.
• The Prosperity Project International can lead 1 million people out of poverty by 2030 and especially transform the Christian Poor around the world to become the Christian Empowered who help change the world.
• Pinon Hills Community Church can grow to 2,500 plus attenders with ministries that impact the whole Four Corners Region and it can be a teaching church that lifts and mobilizes the ministries of other churches in the Kingdom Culture Mission.

 

Every one of the ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries is on a growth and development
track. Each one is designed to change lives and to grow the Kingdom of Christ. Together all these ministries will have amazing impact.

 
This is what is happening at Pinon Hills. We are expanding our ministry to pursue our Kingdom Culture Mission. We are expanding our leadership to fit the expanded ministry. We are selecting the next pastor for Pinon Hills Community Church and I am moving over to become the President of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
As we expand our ministries and our leadership, I want to call everyone who is part of Pinon Hills to keep working with us to fulfill the vision. I also want to call every believer who is part of every other ministry in our region and around the world to the greatest work that is possible; to change lives and to grow the Kingdom of Christ. It is greater than any of us. The full fruit of our lives will not come in until after our lives and the results and rewards of our work will live beyond our lives and for eternity.
May God bless you and may God bless us as we serve The King.

 

Dr. John H. Morgan, 4.24.2018.

 

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i. Wallbuilders.com. Article: John Locke Deist or Theologian? John Locke wrote a commentary on the epistles of Paul, multiple defenses of Christianity in his works The Reasonableness of Christianity as Delivered in Scriptures, A Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity and A Second Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity. He quoted the Bible 1,349 times in his first Treatise on Government. In 1669 Locke assisted in drafting the constitution for the State of Carolina. That constitution required that citizens believe in God, be members of a church and not attack religion.

John Locke. Two Treatises on Government. (London. J. Whiston, etc. 1772.). Book II, p. 285, Chapter XI, sec.135.

Thomas Jefferson. Letter to John Trumbull. Paris Feb. 15. 1789. (Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Trumbull. Accessed at Loc.gov 2.18.2018.)

David L. Wardle. Reasons to Ratify: The Influence of John Locke’s Religious Beliefs on the Creation and Adoption of the United States Constitution. (Seattle University Law Review. 2002. Vol. 26. P.291ff.)

Pinon Hills Church Is Selecting Its Next Pastor And I Am Moving Over to Pinon Hills Ministries To Expand our Leadership and To Grow the Kingdom of Christ

When I came to be the pastor of what is now Pinon Hills Community Church (PHCC) in 1995, my vision was to grow a spiritually dynamic regional church on a state-of-the-art mission campus with ministries that would impact the Four Corners and the world for Christ. It was a lofty vision and we have been pursuing it for the last twenty-three years.
For about the last ten years God has been convincing my heart and mind that those of us who follow Jesus have a Kingdom Culture Mission (KCM). A Kingdom Culture Mission is the belief that God has called us to grow the Kingdom of Christ in every part of human culture. As much as possible the truth and values of Christ should be reflected in not only the church and the family, but also in public manners, in education, in businesses, in government and all other sectors of society. It was most elegantly stated by Jesus when he taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10).

 
Most people don’t realize it but the founding of America on the core principles of faith, freedom and prosperity was the application of the Kingdom Culture Mission to human government. The founding document of America is the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. It made the core case for the separation of America from England and the establishment of a new nation based on timeless principles. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the primary author of that document, however the core ideas and some of the core phrases themselves were not original with Jefferson. They were original with John Locke (1632-1704). Locke was the originator and Jefferson was the communicator. Locke was an English Christian theologian whose genius was to apply the truths of the Bible to human government. The central phrase in the Declaration of Independence of “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….,” is John Locke’s application of biblical theology to human government. Most of the rich blessings of America have come from the fact that it was founded on Kingdom Culture truths and values.

 
The only way to fulfill a Kingdom Culture Mission in the various sectors of society is for Christians to develop great kingdom churches plus other kingdom ministries, works and organizations that impact the various sectors of of society; such as religion, education, government, business, non-profit work, art, science, entertainment and the media.

 
Over the last few years God has been convincing my heart and mind that my calling now is to move from the work of pastoring a church to the work of developing multiple organizations and ministries that grow the Kingdom of Christ in human culture.
In September of 2016 I asked the Board of Elders of Pinon Hills Community Church to start working with me to create a succession plan to select the next Lead Pastor for Pinon Hills Community Church so the church could keep moving forward and so I could make a transition to focus my time, energy and gifts on developing kingdom ministries like The Prosperity Project International that grow the Kingdom of Christ in our culture. I said at that time that my target date to complete the transition was approximately June of 2018.
I expected our Board to agree and to essentially send me on my way after we had completed the pastoral succession. Instead, after several months of prayer and deliberation, they concluded that we should expand our ministries from Pinon Hills Community Church (PHCC) to Pinon Hills Ministries (PHM) and that the broader umbrella of PHM would include the church plus our growing Christian school system called Southwest Academies, the Browning Ranch Equine Center (which came as a result of receiving the 32 acre Browning Ranch), the Pinon Hills Village Senior Community (which we are developing) and The Prosperity Project International (which we formed in June of 2016). And they concluded that I should move over from the role of pastoring PHCC to developing these other major ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries. So, we concluded that God was leading us in this direction.

 
Their reasoning was first that they agreed with the Kingdom Culture Mission that we have been pursuing. Then second, they felt like the work that was done so far to create a great church plus several other major ministries had been led by God. So, they concluded that we should keep moving forward in this calling that God has on all of us here at Pinon Hills.

 
In March of 2017 we presented the plan to expand the ministry from PHCC to PHM to the people of Pinon Hills Community Church and we presented the plan to expand our leadership by selecting a new Lead Pastor for PHCC and for me to move over to leading PHM. Our church accepted and supported the broader vision and plan.

 
That same month we met with William Vanderbloemen of the Vanderbloemen Search Group to prepare for our national search for our next Lead Pastor. In November of 2017 we officially launched our search with the Vanderbloemen Search Group (VSG).
By March of 2018 VSG presented four recommended candidates to our Search Team. The Search Team did its initial evaluation of these four candidates. Our Search Team released two of the candidates from our process and kept two. At the same time one of our staff members requested to submit his candidacy in the mix and the Search Team agreed to allow that.

 
In April of 2018 (this month) our Search Team took the two outside candidates and our inside candidate through a process of interviews, onsite visits and evaluations. After an intense and prayerful process, our Search Team selected one of the outside candidates on April 17, 2018 to be the candidate that they believed God had led them to recommend to the members of Pinon Hills Church. That candidate is Matt Mizell.

 
Matt and Ashten Mizell have two children ages five and two. Matt has served in two mega-churches in major leadership positions. He is serving in one of those churches now in California. Matt and Ashten have strong ties to New Mexico with family who live in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Matt has been a leader in ministry teaching and communications. He has a weekly ministry of training over 250 youth pastors nationwide in ministry and leadership. Matt’s gifts are teaching, leadership, entrepreneurship and communications. Matt is excited about leading forward on the vision of Pinon Hills Community Church and partnering in the broader work of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
One of Matt’s ministry passions is to create a healthy church culture that begins with the church staff and that translates to the whole church. Matt has grown every organization and ministry where he has led and we expect him to lead PHCC to not only greater health but also to greater growth. He is also driven by the Kingdom Culture Mission and the church’s part of that mission to make as many disciples as possible who follow Jesus.

 
Matt and Ashten will be presented to the congregation of Pinon Hills Church on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Matt will preach in the 8:30 a.m. service. He will be interviewed by me in the 10:00 a.m. service and He will preach again in the 11:30 a.m. service. Then we will ask the members of PHCC to vote to affirm the selection of the Search Team by paper ballot or by online ballot. We believe that the confirmation of Matt Mizell as the next Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church is the next step in a long journey of faithfulness to God’s leading on our church and ministries.

 
Upon the confirmation of this selection by our membership we will finalize the plans for Matt, Ashten and their children to make their transition to Farmington and to begin ministry here at Pinon Hills Church this summer.

 
When Matt arrives, I will work with him for several months in a co-leadership role to help orient him to some of the dynamics of PHCC like working with our staff and our Board of Elders. I will be hands-off in his day to day leadership of the church and I will give him the room he needs to establish his pastoral leadership. At the end of those several months we will have a full handoff of the leadership of the church to Matt. After that I will serve Matt in an as-needed and as-wanted mentoring role. We will work collegially to create a synergy between PHCC and the other ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries. He will be the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Church and I will be the President of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
I am excited about the future potential of Pinon Hills ministries with expanded leadership. As we pursue the Kingdom Culture Mission, these are some of the vision goals that I have for the ministries of PHM:
• Our Southwest Academies can become the premiere school system in our region to deliver academic excellence and a Christian worldview for pre-k through 12th grade on state-of-the-art campuses and winning state titles in sports and arts. Our graduates will be the leaders in defending and promoting the kingdom values of academics, faith, freedom and prosperity.
• Our Browning Ranch Equine Center can become the premiere national faith-based program that transforms people physically, mentally and spiritually through the human-equine connection.
• Our Pinon Hills Village can become a faith-based and ministry driven senior’s residential community of 400 people.
• The Prosperity Project International can lead 1 million people out of poverty by 2030 and especially transform the Christian Poor around the world to become the Christian Empowered who help change the world.
• Pinon Hills Community Church can grow to 2,500 plus attenders with ministries that impact the whole Four Corners Region and it can be a teaching church that lifts and mobilizes the ministries of other churches in the Kingdom Culture Mission.

 

Every one of the ministries of Pinon Hills Ministries is on a growth and development
track. Each one is designed to change lives and to grow the Kingdom of Christ. Together all these ministries will have amazing impact.
This is what is happening at Pinon Hills. We are expanding our ministry to pursue our Kingdom Culture Mission. We are expanding our leadership to fit the expanded ministry. We are selecting the next pastor for Pinon Hills Community Church and I am moving over to become the President of Pinon Hills Ministries.

 
As we expand our ministries and our leadership, I want to call everyone who is part of Pinon Hills to keep working with us to fulfill the vision. I also want to call every believer who is part of every other ministry in our region and around the world to the greatest work that is possible; to change lives and to grow the Kingdom of Christ. It is greater than any of us. The full fruit of our lives will not come in until after our lives and the results and rewards of our work will live beyond our lives and for eternity.
May God bless you and may God bless us as we serve The King.

 

Dr. John H. Morgan, 4.24.2018.

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i. Wallbuilders.com. Article: John Locke Deist or Theologian? John Locke wrote a commentary on the epistles of Paul, multiple defenses of Christianity in his works The Reasonableness of Christianity as Delivered in Scriptures, A Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity and A Second Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity. He quoted the Bible 1,349 times in his first Treatise on Government. In 1669 Locke assisted in drafting the constitution for the State of Carolina. That constitution required that citizens believe in God, be members of a church and not attack religion.

John Locke. Two Treatises on Government. (London. J. Whiston, etc. 1772.). Book II, p. 285, Chapter XI, sec.135.

Thomas Jefferson. Letter to John Trumbull. Paris Feb. 15. 1789. (Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Trumbull. Accessed at Loc.gov 2.18.2018.)

David L. Wardle. Reasons to Ratify: The Influence of John Locke’s Religious Beliefs on the Creation and Adoption of the United States Constitution. (Seattle University Law Review. 2002. Vol. 26. P.291ff.)

 

Game Changer for Pinon Hills Church

Expanding Our Vision, Our Organization and Our Leadership For Our Kingdom Culture Mission

A Pastoral Letter

From Pastor John Morgan

March 27, 2017

 

Within the next one and a half to two years, my role will change from being the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church to becoming the President of Pinon Hills Ministries and we will be selecting and hiring the next Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church.

 

Our Kingdom Culture Mission

We are expanding our vision at Pinon Hills Community Church to grow the Kingdom of Christ in human culture. Jesus expressed that purpose when he prayed, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) In short, that means that our ultimate goal is to bring the truths, values and actions of Christ into every sphere of society. We have a Kingdom Culture Mission.

The church is the priority ministry in a Kingdom Culture Mission because the church is the disciple-making engine of Christ’s Kingdom. As Jesus said, “Go make disciples of the nations…” in Matthew 28:19. However, many other ministries are needed to reach some people in society who are too far from the church and other ministries are needed that create Kingdom Culture in the different spheres of society. We also need schools and missions organizations and evangelistic organizations and ministries that address all kind of social needs from poverty and hunger to addiction recovery to counseling. We need great Kingdom Churches and great Kingdom Culture Ministries to fulfill our Kingdom Culture Mission.

 

Expanding from Pinon Hills Community Church to Pinon Hills Ministries

In order to organize ourselves to fulfill our Kingdom Culture Mission, we will expand our organization from having every ministry under Pinon Hills Community Church to having every major ministry under the expanded organization of Pinon Hills Ministries. The ministries under Pinon Hills Ministries will include Pinon Hills Community Church, the Southwest Christian Academies (preschool through 12th grade), The Prosperity Project International, the Pinon Hills Village Senior Community and other ministries that will develop as God leads us. This organization fits the strategic plan that our Leadership Team of our Elders and our Executive Pastoral Team have been working on for several years to pursue our sense of God’s leading.

The growth and health of Pinon Hills Community Church is always the first priority. Our church can and should grow to 2,500 attenders and beyond. We have a future larger worship center planned on our ministry campus to accommodate the future growth of the church and the need in our community for many unchurched people to connect to a life-giving church is clearly very great.

The Southwest Christian Academies will create the next generation of Christian leaders from our region as we deliver academic excellence and a Christian worldview. Our Southwest Academy high school will be the crown jewel of our academies with a state-of-the-art campus and leading programs in sports, arts, science and animal connectedness education. I am thrilled to announce that one of the families in our church recently donated $600,000 for the on-going construction and development of our academies. In addition to that, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Browning have donated their thirty-two acre Browning Ranch to be the anchor property for our future high school. We hope to eventually acquire 200 acres for all of our high school facilities. This year we will launch a region-wide branding and fundraising campaign to create the awareness of, financial support for and land grants for the Southwest Christian Academies.

The Prosperity Project International (PPI) has a vision to lead one million people out of poverty by 2030 through the biblical principles of creating enterprise. We have been teaching PPI training in Kenya, Africa and in Haiti for several years. We have a strong foothold of Christian communities in these countries who are growing in prosperity and their Christian missions. This year we have launched our Navajo PPI Initiative and we believe we will be able to gain a deep and broad presence in the Navajo Community. I also believe that our Navajo leaders will gain access to opportunities to minister to many tribes across America. I also believe that many people from many tribes will be working with us to help lead Prosperity Project training and support services around the world. We target poor Christian communities around the world because when they gain the resources they need, they can step up to help lead the global Christian mission. PPI has the potential to transform Christianity and the world.

We expect to break ground on our Pinon Hills Village Senior Community in the next few years on the western thirty acres of our main Pinon Hills Ministry Campus. We have had a vision for a senior community for a long time and this will complete our vision to have Christ-centered ministries for every age and every stage of life. Pinon Hills Village will provide senior adults with the Christian community, purpose and care that will bless them and that will help them be a blessing.

There are other target groups of people and target needs in our region where God is leading us to consider future ministries. We will develop those ministries as we sense God’s leading and as we are able to obtain the leadership and the resources to support those ministries.

Altogether Pinon Hills Ministries will provide for the expanded structure that we need to fulfill our expanded Kingdom Culture Mission.

 

Expanding Our Leadership

Within the next one and a half to two years, my role will change from being the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church to becoming the President of Pinon Hills Ministries and we will be selecting and hiring the next Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church. We will make this change to expand our senior leadership to fulfill our mission. I will move into the role of giving directional leadership to Pinon Hills Ministries and to specifically developing the Southwest Academies, The Prosperity Project International and the Pinon Hills Village Senior Community. Our next Lead Pastor will provide the directional leadership for the growth and health of Pinon Hills Community Church. Together, he and I will cooperate on the overall Kingdom Culture Mission.

We have used the consulting services of the Vanderbloemen Search Group to prepare for this leadership transition and we will also use them to lead our national search process to select and hire our next Lead Pastor.

We are targeting the following dates to complete this process:

  • January 1, 2018 is our launch date for our national search for our next Lead Pastor.
  • June 1, 2018 is our target date to hire our next Lead Pastor.
  • December 1, 2018 is our target date for a full hand-off of pastoral leadership to the next Lead Pastor after he and I have a six-month shared leadership transition period.

As we expand our leadership we are placing our best people on their best gifts. My gift and calling is to develop transformational ideas and organizations. That’s what I have done for the last twenty-two years as the Lead Pastor of PHCC. I have taken PHCC through my best development process. It is almost time for me to apply my development gifts to our other Kingdom Culture Ministries and for us to install a new Lead Pastor who has the gift of leading PHCC to future growth and health by taking advantage of all the great people, staff, ministries and resources that have been developed.

In the Bible, Samuel was the greatest leader of Israel up to his time in history. There came a time in his life where God called him to anoint the first and the second kings of Israel. John the Baptist had the ministry of preparing the way for someone greater than he. And the Apostle Paul came to a time when he handed off spiritual leadership to the next generation. My time is coming to anoint the next Lead Pastor whom God chooses and whom our church approves. I am preparing the way for one who will pastor better than I. And my time is coming to pass the pastoral leadership off to the next generation Lead Pastor who will lead PHCC into the future.

 

A Full Speed Transition

Being the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church has been a great privilege for me. God’s leading of me to lead us all toward an expanded vision of multiple ministries under Pinon Hills Ministries and my future role in it has also been unmistakable. I am confident in God’s leading and I am very excited about our future together to grow the Kingdom of Christ in the Four Corners Region.

This, of course, is not just about me. It’s about the Kingdom of God. It’s about Pinon Hills Community Church. It’s about the many people in our community who need the touch of God in their lives. And it’s about the gifts and calling that God has on your life. You are part of this Body of Christ. You have “different gifts according to the grace that God has given [you].” (Romans 12:6a) God is orchestrating these new things at this time in your life for a reason. I believe it is because God is calling you to use your gifts in a great Kingdom Church and possibly in one of the great Kingdom Ministries that make up Pinon Hills Ministries.

The Apostle Paul tells us to run the race so as to win. As we go through these changes let’s run this race at full speed. Let’s grow the church and strengthen every one of its ministries. Let’s advance our Kingdom Culture Ministries. Let’s pass the baton of pastoral leadership to the next Lead Pastor whom God chooses at full speed and let’s move with the next Lead Pastor at full speed. Let’s do it all to grow the Kingdom of Christ like never before.

May God bless us as Pinon Hills Community Church, as Pinon Hills Ministries and as each one of us uses our different gifts to grow the Kingdom of Christ.

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