Gateway's Prophetic Ministry Conference 2021

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
Acts 2:17–18

Dates & Times (all events will be held at Gateway Christian Fellowship):

Leading up to the Conference:

• All-Ages Prayer Meeting - Wed April 7th, 6:45-7:45PM
• Prophetic Teaching and Prep Night - Wed April 14th, 6:45-8:00PM
• Personal Prayer, Fasting & Journaling - Mon April 5th, 12th & 19th (All Mondays)

The Conference:

Session 1 - Friday, April 23rd – Prayer at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm
Session 2 - Saturday Morning, April 24th – Prayer at 9:30am, meeting begins at 10:00am
Session 3 - Saturday Evening, April 24th – Prayer at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6:00pm

• Each conference session is expected to last approximately 2 hours.
• Hospitality elements will be available (beverage and light snacks) following the conference sessions.
• The CityLight Espresso stand will be open on Saturday morning, from 8:30-10:00AM
• Children’s Ministry is available for kids through age 8 during each conference session.

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Some Q & A:

What is a “Prophetic Ministry Conference” all about?

This is a conference that is strategically arranged to make room for our church to hear God’s voice with great clarity and abundance. In planning and organizing this conference, we are making a statement to the Lord that says, “We desire to draw closer to You and to hear Your voice!” The guest ministers that we have invited to the conference are known to be living holy and God-fearing lives, and to operate accurately in the gift of prophecy.

In planning and organizing the conference, we are making room, both in our individual lives and in the structure of the conference, to hear God’s voice. This is a step of faith, recognizing that God is sovereign and He will only speak as He will. But yet, we know according to the Scriptures that “The righteous shall live by faith”, and we believe that God desires to speak to His people.

Can you tell me about the format of the meetings?

Every service is preceded by pre-service prayer. The pre-service prayer will last for 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute transition time prior to the start of the main service.

Every service will begin with a short time of worship, after which the pastor will confer with the guest ministers. If they are ready to move into prophetic ministry, the pastor will choose a person or couple to come up front and sit on the stage, with the guest ministers coming around them to begin praying and laying hands on them. The worship team will close the worship set and will be seated at this time.

The guest ministers will begin to share what the Lord is speaking to them for the individual or couple on the stage. This may last approximately 20 minutes, but may go longer or shorter, depending upon how the Lord is moving.  During this time of ministry, the congregation is listening and watching, even taking notes on what is being said.

It is common for the congregation to hear things spoken over people that really resonate with them. There is a sense of wonder that is expressed among people observers of prophetic ministry, when they recognize that the ministers don’t know anything about the candidates, but yet are speaking things that the Lord is revealing to them. This kind of ministry is always for the edification and building up of people, and what is spoken is always edifying and productive, never negative or degrading. The heart of God is to build up His body, the bride of Christ.

When the ministers sense that they have spoken all that the Lord has revealed and inspired them to speak for the individual or couple, the pastor will then close that time of ministry with prayer and blessing, and the worship team will come and lead the congregation into another set of worship – this time more brief than the opening set.

This brief time of worship will be followed by ministry over another individual or couple, and the pattern of worship followed by prophetic ministry will go for several cycles, until the set time for the meeting is completed or the Lord leads otherwise.

Following the last set of prophetic ministry, we have pre-arranged for a guest minister to close each service with a word of teaching and encouragement for the church. This will last approximately 10-15 minutes, and the congregation will then be dismissed.

After each meeting, we have arranged some hospitality elements to facilitate fellowship among the body of Christ.

Will everything be done orderly?

Yes! We believe in walking by the instruction that the Apostle Paul gave to the Corinthian Church, specifically that we operate with a sense of order so that the focus and glory of every service is on God Himself.

We also never want to quench the movement of the Holy Spirit, so our leadership team is constantly open to the move of the Spirit during each service, and is ready to give room for whatever God wants to do.

For further reference, read 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, 40.

Who is this conference for?

This conference is most definitely for the entire Church body. It’s an exciting time for our local church, and we want everyone to be a part of it! Many people have attended a prophetic conference in past years, and although they may not have been called on for concentrated prophetic ministry, yet they left with a sense of awe and wonder at the greatness of God, both built up in their faith and filled up with life-giving words that God spoke to them during the conference.
So, whether you are preparing yourself for specific individualized ministry during the conference or not, this is for you and we hope that everyone can attend throughout the entire weekend.

How should I prepare for the conference?

What a great question! The preparation process leading up to this conference is just as significant and valuable as the conference itself, because in the preparation phase, we are able to clear our hearts of anything that doesn’t honor God, position ourselves to hear from God, and set ourselves apart for God’s purposes.

If you’ll notice, part of the “Leading up to the Conference…” preparation phase listed above includes several days of prayer, fasting, and journaling. Keeping a journal close to you is important, because when God speaks, you want to hear and take note of it! Times of fasting and prayer open us up to hear God’s voice more clearly.

Feel free to share with a close friend or a pastor or leader what God is speaking to you during this significant time. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out!

What is the purpose of prophecy in the local church, today?

  • One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of Prophecy. There are many examples of it at work in the Scriptures, Old and New Testament alike.

  • There are several purposes of the prophetic as we see and learn about this gifting in the Scriptures. In particular, take note of the following:
  1. EDIFICATION | God is the giver of good gifts, and prophecy should build believers up in their faith. (1 Corinthians 14:3)
  2. CONFIRMATION | Every word of prophecy is to be tested against the truth and authority of the Scriptures, and the witness of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life. Often, a word of prophecy will simply bring confirmation of what the Holy Spirit has been speaking already. That confirmation is powerful in a believer’s life.
  3. DIRECTION | Many times throughout Scripture, prophets would give direction during a time when key decisions were being made. This occurred in the New Testament as the prophetic team in Antioch gave a word of direction to Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1, 2).
  4. EQUIPPING | God has given gifts to His church in order to build up and equip His people for works of ministry. As ministry takes place in this context, believers are strengthened, healed, and shaped to enter more fully into all that God has for them.
  5. IMPARTATION | In 1 Timothy 4:14, Paul reminds Timothy not to neglect the gift that was given to him through prophecy. An impartation of gifts can take place in this setting.

Can you tell me more about the guest ministers?

Steve and Barbara Williams
Steve and Barbara Williams have been married for 43 years. They have three grown children who are very active in serving Jesus and serving in the local church. They have four of the cutest grandchildren on the planet. Steve is a graduate of Portland Bible College in Portland Oregon. Steve and Barbara have been involved in church leadership for over forty years. and have been the Lead Pastors of City Church of Albuquerque for 25 years. In August of 2016 they transitioned the Lead Pastor role of City Church of Albuquerque to their oldest son and his wife, Matt and Amber Williams now lead City Church, it is a thriving community of Jesus’ Followers committed to fulfilling the Great Commission in their city and throughout the world! Steve serves on the Apostolic Leadership Team of Ministers Fellowship International head quartered in Portland Oregon. Steve and Barbara recently relocated to Portland Oregon to help care for Barbara’s mother who is a robust 95 years young, and Steve is now working with the Team at MFI employing his Fathers heart pastoring pastors. Steve and Barbara also travel to many nations, working with church leadership teaching and training in the prophetic ministry.  Steve has written and teaches a seminar on Becoming Prophetic People which has been taught in many nations of the world. Steve is acknowledged by many apostolic leaders as a prophet to the nations.
Travis and Rachel Arnold
Travis and Rachel met while attending Portland Bible College (PBC), fell in love, and have three young children. Travis graduated from Portland Bible College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Theology, then briefly served as an assistant to Pastor Frank Damazio (former senior pastor of City Bible Church, now Mannahouse) before returning to PBC in 2008 to teach full time while completing his Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary. In addition to teaching, Travis serves as an elder at Mannahouse and also functions as an elder for a new church plant in Central Washington. Rachel studied Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology and then worked at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. She attended PBC from 2009-2010 and began working in the PBC office while studying. Rachel is passionate about seeing Christians grow in their knowledge of God and in their relationship with Him. The Arnold’s live just outside Portland in Vancouver, Washington with their three young children. Their mutual passion is that of Ezra: “to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach his statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).