Loving God

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Nurturing a Love Relationship with God


Effective ministry flows from our relationship with God—from the inside out. After 10-15 years in ministry, leaders can begin to lose their connection to the Lord—relying more on their strengths and experience. This brings trouble and weakens the impact of their ministry. In contrast, leaders who continue to deepen their love of God are transformed and can bring powerful change to their sphere of influence.
  • How Effective is A3?

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    Viewing A3 Alumni Survey Results

  • ἐν – The Power of “In”

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    ALL IN with God

    One of our core values is so crucial to life and ministry… We call it All in with God As I’ve been reflecting on this meaning, it struck me how often scripture references this preposition in relation to our walk with Christ… Take a look:

  • Integrity

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    in·teg·ri·ty

    noun

    1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
      "he is known to be a man of integrity"

    2. the state of being whole and undivided.
      "upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty"
  • Connect.

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    Connections are a Hallmark of A3

    Leaders need connections. A3 fosters an environment to encourage leaders to make significant, life-altering connections.

    This is fairly intuitive, right? Everyone believes that, right?

  • The Blessing of the Pandemic: God's Deconstruction of My Ministry

    Herman Moldez

    by H.A. Moldez, National Director of A2/Philippines 

    “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruined and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairers of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets and Dwellings.”
    — Isaiah 58:12

    My ministry activities have been undermining my intimacy with God.

  • Learning from the Valley of Baka...

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    A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors gathering virtually due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. While not ideal for us, it was such a rich time of fellowship given the limitations of in-depth relational connections via digital formats. Nevertheless, most were delighted to see one another, commune together, and grow in Christ. We spent a great deal of time resting in the public reading of scripture, especially meditating on Psalm 84:5-7. 

  • Don't miss God's presence in times of crisis

    birdbath mark timberlake GvZnX8p4HF8 unsplashMy favourite place in my house is in our lounge room looking out of a bay window into our garden. One day, I felt a strange prompt; this garden needs a bird bath. So I purchased a bird bath and placed it in the garden. To my surprise, it wasn’t long before the local birds discovered this newly installed bird bath. News travelled fast. Around dawn and at dusk, a number of birds would appear at our bird bath to splash and enjoy a cool drink...

  • Faith Encouragement

    love jez timms bwtgal6MJLM unsplash 700pxDelight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:4

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matthew 6:33

    Masako and I are praying for you today! More than anything else God wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the way God designed us to live. Living in love relationship with Him connects us with the Source of grace, mercy, blessing and life...

  • Leaders Loving God

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    We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

  • Terry Looper on Loving God & Making Disciples

    joe handley interviewing terry looperRecently, I was able to interview Terry Looper about his new book SacredPace being released today on February 26. It’s a book laying out several great principles that align with our core focus at Asian Access. I know you’ll enjoy the book. You can learn more about it here: Sacred Pace. Here are a couple clips from our interview that I want to share with you. Terry talks about his relationship with God highlighting some of the themes from the book. It’s a terrific reflection on Asian Access first outcome, Living in a Love Relationship with God. Enjoy! I hope it inspires your walk with Jesus... {addthis off}

  • Why I need to Keep Looking Up

    image009By Guest Contributor: Jerry Hardy 

    As all of you know, I am not the smartest one in the room (unless I am alone) or the sharpest knife in the drawer.  Usually, the Lord has to hit me a couple of times to get my attention.  Well, He did this morning. I was reading in A. W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of God, the chapter titled, The Gaze of the Soul. Here are some of the highlights: “….. Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”... “They looked unto Him and were lightened: and... {addthis off}

  • How A3 impacted me

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    Hear how A3 impacted an alumnus from a high-security country... 

  • What's your greatest ambition?

    herman and billygraham sqAs a leader called by God, what will be my greatest ambition? In what way will I truly please my Master? All leaders work to reach a place of success in their work for God. There is something hypnotising to be on top to receive recognition and reward. It makes one feel good to be on a place applauded by people in this side of history. In Exodus 33, Moses as a leader learned that what matters the most is to be in God’s presence...

  • A Fish Out of Water

    fish out of the water free 500pxTen years ago, Pastor Paul started a church, and for the past three of those ten, he’s been part of Asian Access in a South Asian country. He’s now planted eight churches from that first church plant but he learned something profound the last few years that will impact his ministry for years to come. As Pastor Paul was sharing his strategy paper, he said: “A relationship without God is like a fish out of water.” Paul was referring to serving as...

  • "From the Inside Out" means everything in discipleship

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    Edmund Chan speaking at A2 Global Leaders' Summit 2018"The most important reality we live in is the unseen world. Ultimate reality is the Kingdom of God." – Pastor Edmund Chan

    Pastor Edmund Chan encouraged our global leadership community through several profound teachings on discipleship in Malaysia recently. And, he walked with us through meals, discussions, and even an outing to the city. What a beautiful example for us as we seek to live lives more rooted in Christ. His first teaching focused on Entering the Sanctuary from the words of Asaph in Psalm 73...

  • MissioNexus incorporates two Eastern Voices in their own series

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    MissioNexus has produced a video series entitled "International Voices." They have decided to utilize two of Asian Access' Eastern Voices landmark book, Volume 1.

    These are the two interviews that appear in the series:

     

  • Small is the New Big

    Pastor Rajiv

    Prior to joining A3, Pastor Rajiv was “on a journey of big.”

  • Eastern Voices: Meet Adrian, The Blasphemy of Worship

    A250 Adrian & DougAsian Access has released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

    We'd like you to meet Adrian...

    A Call for a New Paradigm

    Adrian de Visser shares his concern that in some contexts, we have actually made worship blasphemous. Is it possible that we have made worship blasphemous? Adrian de Visser shares how this in fact has happened. He also provides keen perspective on how foreign missionaries brought worship styles into Asian cultures that are alien,...

  • Are you in the Word?

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    Not long ago I had the privilege of taking part in the Leader Development Consultation. Asian Access was one of the co-sponsoring organizations and it was a joy being there with so many global leader development specialists. Many were there from Asian Access teaching and facilitating various workshops and training sessions. One highlight for me was connecting with Asian Access leaders and one encounter caught me by surprise: though it shouldn’t have! I was sitting next to Mike Hoisington, one of our faculty members who asked me this penetrating question, “Joe, are you spending time in the Word?” You gotta love Mike. He puts it right out...

  • Shopping with my wife is like Walking with God!

    Shopping in JapanLiving in Japan brings all sorts of new life experiences for me. Stateside I focus mostly on ministry and family but here in Tokyo, Silk and I share house duties more because she is teaching and we live in a world that requires us to do more teamwork when it comes to daily living. Areas where I try to help out are weekly shopping, cleaning the dishes and once in a while laundry. No one trusts me with cooking so this is the best I can offer and all of these things I rarely participate in stateside. It certainly helps me grow as a Christ-like leader. It helps me develop character, one of the biggest challenges in Christian leadership today...

  • When we sit with Him and learn, the revelation comes

    joe with nakamura senseiPastor Chittry (not his real name) shared at Asian Access/Japan National Conference this week. He shared many amazing stories of the impact of Asian Access in his country. Even though I’ve heard these stories countless times, they continue to inspire me. God has been at work in an amazing way in his country and now that work is lighting a fire under the Church of Japan! As Pastor Chittry was sharing, he pointed to a very critical aspect of who Asian Access is: "Before we do the work of the church, we must have...

  • Strategic Category 1: Developing the Leader

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    Asian Access utilizes an interwoven curriculum that focuses on fourteen strategic areas of leadership and church health. These strategic areas are covered in a variety of ways depending on the needs and situation of the participants and on the availability of faculty.

    There are four categories covered:

    1. Developing the Leader
    2. Reproducing Other Leaders
    3. Multiplying Churches
    4. Expanding the Kingdom...
  • They were lost in God!

    samuel cb headshot 2016We need leaders today about whom we say, “They were lost in God!” - C.B. Samuel

    A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our Global Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was one of the best summit gatherings of my nearly eight years of ministry with Asian Access! The fellowship and partnership with one another across eleven nations is strong, the sense of community grows year after year, and the mutual support and rallying behind one another is second to none. We had a powerful week together. One of the highlights is captured in this quote above by C.B. Samuel who helped start Asian Access/India and who serves on our India Council of Reference. Each day C.B. shared about one of our core values and this quote came in reference to our first and primary ministry value: ALL IN with God. We often say that everything in ministry and life flows from “A Love Relationship with God”...

  • Identifying Leaders: The Asian Access Approach

    ND gathering 2015 web 500At Asian Access, we have been affirmed for our ability to identify leaders who are right for our program. We’ve had numerous requests to share what we believe we have learned. So with humility, let me offer a few thoughts on our approach. The Asian Access approach is rooted in a core value: a commitment to developing a deep love relationship with...

  • ALL IN with God

    all in 500x221A3 recently reviewed our values as a mission. What a fascinating journey and valuable learning experience it was! We spent hours in dialog throughout the movement at every level: volunteers, staff, alumni, faculty, board and reference council. It was nothing short of amazing to see things come together. As we honed the various nuances and prioritized down to three core characteristics, we came up with three core values. The first is...

  • CEOs in Seoul hone in on Christ-likeness, Marriage and Worship

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    A3.business ministry to marketplace leaders in Seoul, South Korea...

  • My heartfelt thanks for your ministry

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    Dear A3 Community: I am a graduate in my country. This is just to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciations for your ministry in A3...

  • Giving is Worship

    Giving is Worship"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
    - Luke 6:38

    As Thanksgiving approaches, I've been reflecting on my giving practices. I inherited an amazing treasury of generosity from my parents who are some of the most generous people I have ever met. They practice the truth of this passage in the Gospel of Luke...

  • Sabbath Rest

    JaynaRobcont.thumAsian Access/Japan was blessed by Robert and Jayna Gallagherfrom Wheaton for our May Spring Retreat. They walked us through the rhythms of rest in Christ which was perfect for us activist mission types. One of our deepest values at Asian Access is “Living in a Love Relationship with God” and Robert and Jayna helped us grow together in this area.I found our time deeply refreshing and in some ways convicting...

  • The A3 Attraction

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    I asked the leader of A3 in a restricted-access country, “What attracted you to A3?"

  • Focus on the Outcomes

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    What do we want to see as the result of our work in the life and ministry of each leader?

    A3 seeks the following outcomes of our work in the life and ministry of every participant.  We feel we're successful when the leader is...

    1. Living in a love relationship with God.

    Effective ministry flows from our relationship with God—from the inside out. After 10-15 years in ministry, leaders can begin to lose their connection to the Lord—relying more on their strengths and experience. This brings trouble and weakens the impact of their ministry.  In contrast, leaders who continue to deepen their love of God are transformed and can bring powerful change to their sphere of influence.

    2. Growing as a Christ-like leader.

    Effective leaders who abide with Jesus, lead more and more like Jesus. Flowing out of transformed hearts, they exhibit fruits of the Spirit and grow in Christlikeness. If leaders are not growing in Christlikeness, ministry can get off track and they are more susceptible to spiritual plateau and abuse of power.

    3. Reproducing disciple-making leaders.

    Fruitful leaders say, “Follow me as I follow Jesus”. They live out that truth by reproducing themselves in others and equipping those new disciples to follow their example to make more disciples. This is the heart of the Great Commission to make disciples who not only follow Jesus but also make more disciples.

    4. Catalyzing Christ-centered movements.

    Fruitful leaders build kingdom movements to expand the reach of their ministries. Starting new witnessing communities for spiritual growth, outreach, and multiplication gives more people access to Christ’s life-changing power. Launching new missional businesses brings about God-honoring change. Catalyzing movements advance the kingdom and bring momentum that transform people, families, cities, and countries.

    The fifth unspoken outcome of launching a church multiplication movement is entirely up to God. Yet, with His blessing, the first four outcomes can actually result from specific steps A3 takes. In other words, there are practical things we can do in structuring our program in order to help achieve these outcomes.

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  • Being Intentional about Christ's Presence

    Kavanah is the Jewish term for being intentionally attentive to God's presence in every aspect of living. For example, I always invite God to get on the bicycle with me when I go for a ride. I often sense his presence on the bike. I dialogue with him processing events as I drive in the car-and he often interjects comments or directives. We are not all gifted the same way. However, every believer has the Holy Spirit and can communicate with-and receive whispers from-the God who... 

  • Knowing Jesus Intimately * Our Love Relationship With God

    David Dayalan, National Director of Asian Access/IndiaThese last few days I’ve had the privilege of sitting with fellow pastors in Asia preparing for an important gathering coming up in March for our ministry. It was an invigorating experience because we spent a good deal of time on our knees praying for God’s direction and waiting on Him to guide us in the coming years. Our key focus was and is to strengthen our mission by reinforcing “The Essence of Asian Access”. Core to this essence is our “Love Relationship with God” and we prayed...

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