Revival is on the hearts of pastors and lay leaders in the U-S

By April 13, 2004

USA (MNN) — Pastors and lay leaders from around the world will be meeting next week for a time of renewal. “Heartcry for Revival” is an effort held every other year and it’s coordinated by Life Action Revival Ministries. Life Action is an organization dedicated to seeing revival come to the United States.

Ralph Sutera helped spearhead the first conference. He says unless revival happens inside the church, evangelism is pointless. “The problem is in many of our churches, pastors are trying to get lay people to go out and evangelize and to do what they really don’t want to do anyway,” says Sutera, “because their hearts are not in tune with walking in the spirit and knowing what God wants them to do and to be.”

Sutera says because the work is being done in the flesh, conversions are limited. He says, “If it’s a weak, anemic brand of Christianity that’s being purported by the converter, it will probably reproduce more of the same. And, we certainly don’t need that in the church. That’s why God needs to work in revival.”

“Heartcry for Revival” is being held April 20th – 23rd at The Cove in Ashville, North Carolina. Sutera says the conference has been sold out for months and he thinks he knows why. “I think in many places pastors and church leaders are fed up with trying to find new programs to make the church go. Too often we look to the program to produce the spiritual energy, when I believe it’s just the opposite. We’ve had it backwards and I think pastors and church leaders recognize that we better get back to the basics.”

Pray that God will move in the hearts of those attending.

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