Denny has had the privilege of volunteering with PRMI since about 1986. One of his first events was a Spirit Alive weekend.
Since then, he has had the opportunity to watch this ministry grow in so many wonderful ways in its ability to train and equip people in the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit, and in its ability to give so many people of Reformed Faith backgrounds the opportunity to experience the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.
I came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Spring of 1971. And, while I am not a “product” of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, it greatly influenced and affected my walk with the Lord.
I saw God doing things that could not be explained “naturally” in which I wanted to participate that excited and energized my relationship with the Lord. But I was also conflicted by the arguments “for and against” what was taking place. I believed the Holy Spirit was at work, since I saw God using me in ways that fit these “charismatic descriptions.”
So I began a personal search by talking with many about their perspectives from many different denominational backgrounds. But the teachings conflicted, not only with each other, but in many cases, with what I saw the Word of God teach.
Fast forward to 1984… I was introduced the ministry of PRRMI (later to become PRMI). I met Spirit-filled believers who were Reformed in their theology and solidly biblical who also operated in ALL the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
They had both solid biblical for why certain spiritual gifts did not cease, they knew how to walk in these gifts, and they knew how to train and equip those in the Reformed family of faith to do the same… which included me!
As a volunteer with PRRMI, I had the opportunity both to minister and to receive a more biblical understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
Fast forward again to around 1990… Brad Long became the Executive Director of PRRMI. Through the influence of Brad’s Leadership dynamic changes began taking place in both the teaching content and context for how this training and equipping took place.
One of the most important aspects of this dynamic change that was activated was the role of “mentoring/disciplining”. Brad and several others, like Doug McMurry just “naturally” were relational with me and others that greatly spurred me/us on in our experience and biblical understanding for how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
I was privileged to be on the ground floor for many dynamic changes for how PRMI did its ministry. These are principles of ministry that I have incorporated into every church position and PRMI conference where I have been allowed to serve.