What is a MORE Team? Part 1
(Originally published January 27, 2014 at www.elijahhouse.org)
MORE team stands for “Ministers Of Reconciliation Everywhere”
During the summer of 2012, His Whole House Ministry was experiencing growing pains as we launched our first conference with International speaker, Sandra Kersten. One morning, as these plans were being laid before the Lord and it was becoming quite overwhelming, I heard a voice say, “I want more teams.”
I quickly said and wrote the instruction, “Yes Lord, more teams” to which came another reply, “No, MORE teams.” Leaning in to listen further, He went on to say these teams were to be made up of people who had completed an Elijah House School, those who could be called on to work alongside the ministry staff in events and activities where needed. I remembered the scripture from II Corinthians:18-19, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” This instruction and scripture seemed to leap off the page. As I brought it before the intercessors, the vision became clearer…we are all called to become Ministers Of Reconciliation Everywhere.
In any ministry, there is often an abundance of work and few laborers. Over the past several years, His Whole House has held a number of Elijah House Schools and graduated many who do not have their own ministry but long to be used by the Lord. As a member of a MORE team, we can now provide these graduates of like passion and love for people with an avenue to share their hearts and impart to others the transforming work of the Holy Spirit done in them!
Working as a team, members are refreshed by updated lessons and walking out ministry in a very fluid and informal way. Each event is couched with intercession and prayers calling forth in unity the various gifts and talents of the team and their ministry experience. Engaged in pursuit together, we are learning what it means to interact with each other and attune our hearts and spirits with Father God’s to discover His plan and desire for each event and people group. Joined together by a common heart, this has not only ministered to those we are serving, but has also become a table from which to build up the body of Christ with mutual love and respect.
Here’s a testimony from Beverly Blackstone, a MORE team member during a recent offering of “Training to Heal Trauma” held in Houston’s Catholic Charismatic Center where 42 lay ministers spent 3 full-day sessions to sharpen the tools in their ministry tool kit.
Team Experience- By Beverly Blackstone
I have had the opportunity to minister with His Whole House as a MORE team member in several venues. I consider it such a terrific opportunity to "come alongside" other seekers, and I have been personally blessed by each breakthrough a seeker may experience.
After I completed the Elijah House video Prayer Counseling Ministry training in 1998, I have been privileged to minister as a Biblical counselor full-time for many years. I'm always looking for additional avenues in which to touch lives and to see God heal hearts. Participation in a MORE team re-confirms God's leading and calling in my life. For anyone who believes God is directing them to be an agent of healing for others, I believe MORE team involvement is an excellent place to "get your feet wet" and see if God confirms the call.
Also, spending time with Molly McNamara and witnessing what God is unfolding for His Whole House is such an exciting journey. It enriches my personal growth and ongoing healing, and demonstrates the impact that one life, committed to God, can accomplish!