Apostolic Letter to the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru to the Nations

(On my last trip God “spanked” me for not taking my apostolic responsibility to the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru more seriously.  Specifically, He said, “Quit apologizing for the apostolic office and start operating in it.” 

I’ve written about the messages I shared during the conference.  My next apostolic objective is to periodically write the pastors and church leaders of the denomination.  This is my first installment to them.  I will post it in both English and Spanish.)

July 1, 2011

To The Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru to the Nations, I bring you greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

First of all, I want to thank you for the hospitality you always extend to us when we come to you.  Our love for you is reflected back to us in your outpouring of love toward us.  I count it an honor and a privilege to serve our denomination.  Recognizing the mandate from God under which I have been called, I pledge to serve you in the grace and love of our Lord, striving to encourage you as we labor together in Christ.

I believe that our conference in Trujillo laid a foundation for the future of the Evangelical Church of Christ.  When I met with you in the Saturday mid-day session I charged you to raise up and support young leaders and release them to ministry.  Our denomination is one generation away from extinction—indeed the entire church is one generation away from extinction—if we don’t recognize that we must pass the mantle of leadership on to the succeeding generation.

Marsha and I are an example of this, in that four years ago we recognized that we must release our sons to ministry.  So, under God’s direction, we stepped down from the Senior Pastor’s office and released our son, Michael, to that office, and his brother, Jeffrey, as co-pastor.  At that point I became Apostolic Pastor to the church, my primary role being to “pastor the pastors” and let Pastor Michael and Pastor Jeffrey pastor the church.

Was this transition difficult?  The most difficult part was releasing them to fulfill the vision God had given them, and to let go of wanting to continue the vision we had been given.  But as it turned out, God shared with our sons the same vision He had given us.  Once the leadership transition was completed it was not difficult.  Indeed, it was a joy to watch as our sons fulfilled the call God had placed on their lives.

The important thing to recognize is that we must raise up spiritual sons to succeed us…sons who have the heart of their father.  Marsha and I are blessed that our natural sons are also spiritual sons.  Indeed, that is not always the case; sometimes the natural sons choose not to follow in the ways of God as spiritual sons.  In such cases God will provide spiritual sons who have their father’s hearts.

But in order for those spiritual sons to have the fathers’ hearts, the fathers must share their hearts with the sons.  That means being genuine, loving and full of grace toward them.  The best example of such is Jesus Himself, and His model of servanthood toward His disciples.

I wish to write more, but I think that this is enough for now.  Marsha greets you with the Love of the Lord, and longs to be with you again, as do I.  We will return to Peru in October, and hope to see as many of you as we can at that time.  Until then, may God richly bless you exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or even imagine (Eph 3:20).

In His Abiding Love,

Apostle Jim Dixon

1 de Julio del 2011

A la Iglesia Evangélica de Cristo del Perú a las Naciones, ¡les traigo saludos en el nombre de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo!

En primer lugar, quiero agradecerles por la hospitalidad que siempre extienden a nosotros cuando venimos a ustedes. Nuestro amor por ustedes es reflejado a nosotros en su efusión de amor hacia nosotros. Reconociendo el mandato de Dios bajo el cual he sido llamado, me comprometo a servirlos en la gracia y el amor de nuestro Señor, tratando de alentarlos mientras servimos juntos en Cristo.

Creo que nuestra conferencia en Trujillo sentó las bases para el futuro de la Iglesia Evangélica de Cristo. Cuando me reuní con ustedes en la sesión del mediodía del Sábado les encargué que levantaran y apoyaran a los líderes jóvenes y que los enviaran al ministerio. Nuestra denominación está a una generación de la extinción – de hecho la iglesia entera está a una generación de la extinción – si no reconocemos que debemos pasar el manto de liderazgo a la siguiente generación.

Marsha y yo somos un ejemplo de esto, en que hace cuatro años reconocimos que debíamos enviar a nuestros hijos al ministerio. Así pues, bajo la dirección de Dios, salimos de la oficina del Pastorado Principal y enviamos a nuestro hijo Michael a esa oficina, y a su hermano Jeffrey como el co-pastor. En ese momento me convertí en el Pastor Apóstol de la iglesia, mi papel principal siendo “el pastor de los pastores” y dejando que el Pastor Michael y el Pastor Jeffrey pastoreen la iglesia.

¿Fue esta transición difícil? La parte más difícil fue enviarlos a cumplir la visión que Dios les había dado, y  dejar de querer continuar la visión que se nos había dado a nosotros. Pero como se vio después, Dios compartió con nuestros hijos la misma visión que Él nos había dado a nosotros. Una vez que se completo la transición del liderazgo, ya no fue difícil. De hecho, fue un gozo ver como nuestros hijos cumplían el llamado que Dios había puesto en sus vidas.

Lo importante que tenemos que reconocer es que debemos levantar hijos espirituales que nos sucedan… hijos que tienen el corazón de su padre. Marsha y yo estamos bendecidos de que nuestros hijos naturales son también nuestros hijos espirituales.  Es cierto, que este no es siempre el caso; algunas veces los hijos espirituales deciden no seguir los caminos de Dios como hijos espirituales. En esos casos Dios provee hijos espirituales que tienen el corazón de su padre.

Pero para que esos hijos espirituales tengan el corazón del padre, los padres deben compartir su corazón con los hijos.  Eso significa ser genuino, amorosos y llenos de gracia para con ellos. El mejor ejemplo de eso es Jesús mismo, y Su modelo de siervo hacia Sus discípulos.

Desearia escribir más, pero creo que es suficiente por ahora. Marsha los saluda con el Amor del Señor, y anhela estar con ustedes nuevamente, tanto como yo. Voy a regresar a Perú en Octubre, y espero ver muchos de ustedes como sea posible en ese momento. Hasta entonces, que Dios los bendiga ricamente mucho más abundantemente de todo lo que podamos pedir o imaginar (Efesios 3:20).

En el Amor Duradero de Cristo,

Apóstol Jim Dixon

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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