TO LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS:
I’m sending you this e-mail (see below) that I got from the “Awakening America Alliance” about their recent biennial “RESET SUMMIT” held in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Awakening America Alliance” states this as their ultimate goal: “The Alliance’s ultimate goal is serving kingdom initiatives for spiritual awakening and missional living. The Reset Summit is a part of their pursuit of a fresh Christ-Awakening across the nation—in every state, every county, every church, and every heart. Gathering leaders from these various spheres of influence not only builds relationships, but reflects one of their foundational principles—“history is transformed among friends.”
I am sending you this because I noticed that participants included Roma Downey (and husband Mark Burnett)! This is a conference for national Christian leaders, and Ronnie Floyd (President of the Southern Baptist Convention) along with other denominational prayer and church leaders participated. What is Roma Downey doing at a National Christian Leader’s conference for an American “spiritual awakening”?
I am concerned over Roma Downey’s growing influence over evangelical Christians, and what seems to be her public role in helping Christians supposedly gain influence or reclaim “dominion” over the “Arts and Entertainment” mountain of the “7 Cultural Mountains”. (See–http://www.7culturalmountains.org/). Lance Wallnau, Os Hillman, C.Peter Wagner are all proponents of this.
Roma Downey’s (and her husband Mark Burnett’s) recent and growing projects are gathering great momentum, sadly among evangelical Christians. As you well know and have warned about, her projects include creating the “A.D.” miniseries currrently airing on NBC, which is not even remotely accurate to the Bible. She and husband Mark Burnett were also executives of the recently released Roman Catholic, mystical film : “Little Boy: Believe the Impossible” (See Facebook page link with trailer–https://www.facebook.com/littleboymovie).
I’m sending you this email so you can hopefully keep warning your readers about the unbiblical teachings and associations of Roma Downey and the promotion and embracing that evangelical leaders are giving her.
Concerned in California
Reset America Summit Unites National Leaders
The Awakening America Alliance recently hosted their bi-annual Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The summits emphasize:
- Strategic Planning and Development of Preach2Engage Initiatives
- Relational Connecting and Encouragement for National Leaders and Spouses
- United Ministry Engagement around a Contemporary Spiritual Awakening
General Sessions introduced fresh ideas and inspired the group of key leaders with speakers from the arenas of denominational leadership, next-generation evangelism, faith-based media, and prayer ministry. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Producers of A.D. The Bible Continues, and Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention joined the group via video conferencing. (Click here to view Mark and Roma’s greeting.)
|Awakening Indicators Emphasized Dr. David Ferguson, Co-chair of the Alliance, opened the event with a brief celebration and drew attention to the Twenty Indicators of Awakening, [link removed from online] identified by the Awakening Alliance in 2008 and still a major focal point for the ministry. Indicator #10 in the Church, “Heightened expressions of love and unity among all believers, as demonstrated by the unity of pastors and leaders,” was evident in the Summit as a clear answer to prayer. In addition, “Christ’s influence in the arts, media, and communications” (Indicator #3 in the Culture) has also been greatly increasing, and a moment of praise and thanksgiving ensued. A Prayer for RESET in the Nation The summit theme, “RESET America,” focused on restoring biblical foundations and godly values in the nation. An invitation to RESET was given by Nick Hall, Founder and Chief Communicator of PULSE Movement. Nick explained that RESET is simply a prayer for Jesus to reset our lives, our families, our churches, and ultimately the nation. To reset something literally means to restore something to its original design, so the Alliance’s prayer is that Jesus would “RESET America.” One underlying theme emphasized prayer as the key to transformation. Presenters such as Doug Small of Project Pray, Joe Battaglia of Renaissance Communications, Dion Elmore of National Day of Prayer, and Michael Obi of African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network stressed the importance of extraordinary, united prayer in any great awakening and each one led the Summit in prayers for God to RESET our generation.
|Strategic Planning and Prayer Breakout sessions convened for strategic planning and united prayer, targeting the Awakening indicators. Georgia Ministry Leaders, led by David Franklin, gathered to plan and pray for the May 7th National Day of Prayer efforts. Denominational and Prayer Leaders, led by David Ferguson, joined in a Solemn Assembly as a pre-curser to calling their constituency to Solemn Assemblies across the nation on Pentecost Sunday, May 16, 2016. Kay Horner facilitated a session with Awakening Imperative Leaders, who were encouraged as the group shared a powerful time of prayer for their respective ministries and celebrated the flash points of revival God is sending. Convergence Conference That evening the Alliance joined forces with the ConvergenceConference, a three-day event centered on fanning the flames of revival and evangelism on local college campuses and throughout the Atlanta region. This high-energy event spanned the generations, and a deep sense of unity was experienced across cultural and racial divides. Musical artists included Trip Lee, Kutless, and Lacey Sturm leading worship while Nick Hall, Corey Lee, Byron Paulus, and Alex Kendrick (producer of War Room, to be released August 28) joined with numerous other leaders ministering in the General Sessions. The Alliance recognizes that spiritual awakenings are sovereign moves of God’s Spirit that are often marked by united prayer, courageous preaching, and pastors who are spiritually whole and personally renewed. With this in mind, they are providing:
- Prayer guides focused on the Twenty Indicators of Awakening
- Sermon outlines with media elements
- Bulletin inserts and social media graphics/posts
- Mobile apps for spiritual renewal and marriage enrichment
- Other free resources to engage Jesus followers in a prayer-care-share lifestyle throughout 2015 and beyond
The Alliance’s ultimate goal is serving kingdom initiatives for spiritual awakening and missional living. The Reset Summit is a part of their pursuit of a fresh Christ-Awakening across the nation—in every state, every county, every church, and every heart. Gathering leaders from these various spheres of influence not only builds relationships, but reflects one of their foundational principles—“history is transformed among friends.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with the Awakening America Alliance Executive Cabinet contact: Gil Balch, Media Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at 1.888.9AWAKUS or 1.888.929.2538.