Culture is our leadership values. It connects all the track volunteers to the team.
Culture is the “why we do” (being) versus “what we do” (process). Behavior and task flow from underlying values.
Culture grants us common language in multiple locations to declare “this is who a Dunamis volunteer leader is, and the ‘why we do-what we do-in the way we do.’”
While many of these are true across the entire PRMI ministry, I’m thinking specifically of Dunamis Project volunteers. It may be that future thought development would expand this to all volunteer leadership in all our events.
These “pinnacle phrases” of Dunamis Culture has depth. Each one has a whole slew of characteristics, habits, or behaviors behind them that make Dunamis Project a reality (like “Eagle Scout” condenses 7-8 years of character formation and activity into two words).
Our Six Pinnacle Phrases Booklet
1. We are Context Creators.
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
We create the context for the Holy Spirit to work.
Our events are where people both
- experience the power of the Holy Spirit (receive ministry) and
- grow in cooperating with him (do ministry).
We create contexts where it is safe for the curious and skeptical to ask questions, where relationships are formed through small groups, where permission is sought before ministry, and where lab times give people a place to try without fear of failure or criticism.
We lead events as a team, practice mutual submission to each other and utilize giftings of men and women in leadership.
We meet regularly between events to plan / pray / work through logistics of publicity, registration, etc. to create that context.
We teach the material of the Dunamis Institute – that’s our ministry grid that influences all other teaching expressions.
We create an intensive 4-5 day context for the Dunamis Project. It recognizes the value of withdrawal before returning to regular life. In all of this, we nurture excellence, like a farmer preparing the field and nurturing the soil for the best outcomes, covering areas like hospitality, event promotion, registration, quality of teaching, ministry experiences/ We do not manipulate environments to get desired outcomes.
2. We are Kairos seekers
God rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
God sovereignly moves in Kairos moments.
We position ourselves to look for them with expectancy and cooperate with Him in them. We constantly ask what is God doing? How is the group doing? What does God want? We seek him in prayer and listen.
Some Kairos moments occur during structured lab times, where we move from teaching to experiential involvement. Teams plan for lab times: where, how, and when a lab time can occur in a teaching block. Example: we’ve taught on healing, let’s pray for it. We’ve talked on tongues, let’s pray for those who want it.
Other Karios moments are impromptu developments in a teaching, worship, or prayer moment, as a response to something the Lord invites us into.
We use our PRMI ministry style (team work, mutual submission, discernment, cooperation, permission, etc) in Kairos moments. Much of this is spelled out in our 7 Habits of Effective Ministry Etiquette brochure.
We debrief many of our Kairos moments to remove the potential for confusion, to help people understand what may be new to them, and make sure we remain submitted one to another.
We always include prayer for empowerment and a time for recommitment to Jesus Christ.
3. We are Prayer Prioritizers.
Nothing happens without prayer.
All prayer patterns in our style flow out of this value.
Leadership teams convene regularly for prayer as part of advance planning. Lead intercessors mobilize their teams before the event. Some might make site visits in advance to prepare the way through prayer
Intercessors cover the room “on the wall” and contribute to the discernment process. All the other prayer behaviors in our style flow out of this value.
Prayer ministry happens in teams in the PRMI style of prayer ministry. Some events provide personal prayer ministry appointments during free time.
Morning prayer sets the stage for discerning what God is doing on that particular conference day and to prepare the way for ministry during the day.
The Walk is a guided form of prayer we encourage people to use that is available on the PRMI website.
4. We are Contributors not Consumers
We call people to volunteer within PRMI. We find ways for people to contribute their time through serving in logistics, event promotion and advocacy, trying out ministry experiences like prayer teams or intercessors.
Volunteers step into a role where they can express their gifts, in ministry and find ways to meaningfully contribute to the Dunamis community.
We call people to give generously to the mission of PRMI. We live out the PRMI faith basis and expect God to provide through people who receive and participate in ministry. We charge only what the conference center charges.
Since PRMI is funded by free-will offerings, we excel in asking for offering to support the vision of PRMI. As people participate in their local Dunamis community, we call people to grow from event based giving to monthly automatic giving through our Sustaining the Flame program.
5. We are Community Builders – where friends become family.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
We invite people to take advantage of the community time away from ordinary life to become an extended family. We create the context where community is formed and owned:
- new people join,
- joined people grow,
- members of the fellowship care for each other and
- they long to regather for the next event.
In community, we share a common language of PRMI: dance of cooperation, Kairos moments, on the wall, getting guidance, and practicing discernment.
At the Dunamis Project, friends become family through
- meal times,
- Kairos moments
- small group relational work,
- Prayer ministry in small groups, and
- unstructured times of relationship.
As leaders, we cultivate community ownership, ongoing connection between events, and advocacy to take Dunamis expressions elsewhere,
We don’t remain a closed community. We invite newcomers, we help visitors get connected, and we cultivate a sense of mission to start a new community.
6. We are expansion / replacement raisers
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.- Hebrews 13:7
To extend any PRMI program beyond current locations and to future generations, we are intentional in:
- scouting for future leaders,
- giving them places to grow and serve, and
- releasing them to take our place or serve a new team.
We embody our culture and teaching. Then we step into the role of mentor or coach, encouraging the growth of upcoming leaders we observe.
We look for those who have begun to embody our Dunamis culture and are demonstrating giftedness for serving our context.
We intentionally look for new leaders of all ages.
We have many roles where those growing in PRMI can join in prayer ministry or intercession teams, worship teams or test out their spiritual leadership skills during evening prayer and praise times. There are many places to serve in hospitality, technology, photography or directing a track. We look for next leadership – whether for our current ministry role in PRMI events or for a new Dunamis track a few hours away. We look for people who might lead in any of the PRMI ministries, Board of Directors, Dunamis Fellowship and/or the Dunamis Institute.