Charismatic Church Leaders Commit to Integrity at Orlando Summit

by | Nov 17, 2010 | Charisma Archive

Larry Stockstill has seen enough fellow ministers fall. At a
“Summit on Integrity” Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., the Louisiana pastor and a
roomful of influential Christian leaders took a stand against the American
church’s ongoing leadership crisis by pledging to walk with integrity in every
area of life.

Amid the latest ministry scandals, Stockstill, senior pastor
of Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La., charged pastors and church
leaders with specific ways to not only avoid moral failure, but also leave a
Billy Graham-like legacy of integrity.

“We’re now seeing many of the largest churches in America
pastored by people who are living a double lifestyle,” Stockstill said at the
all-day gathering. “This is a crisis. This isn’t something I’m dreaming up—this
is the reality of where pastors are right now.”

With ministry scandals reported almost weekly and studies
indicating that up to 40 percent of American pastors view pornography every
day, the need for integrity among church leaders is obvious. Yet Stockstill and
the assembly, which included the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic
Christian Leadership Conference and Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian
Church in Washington, D.C., discussed how leadership integrity isn’t simply
staying away from sexually explicit websites, but includes everything from
keeping a commitment to managing church budgets to honoring a spouse.

“The Lord told me we’re going to lose our nation if we don’t
turn our pastors around,” said Stockstill, whose book, The Remnant: Restoring Integrity to American Ministry, has been given away to more than 150,000 pastors. “[But] how can we change our nation
if we can’t keep our word?”

The summit, hosted by Ministry Today magazine and Ministry21 Network, convened pastors,
ministry leaders and church-network founders representing almost 100,000
congregations around the world. After Stockstill offered specific guidelines
for situations involving such issues as financial integrity, sexual and
relational purity, and personal character and calling, each attendee signed a
personal “Remnant Covenant” containing 10 pledges to foundational elements of
living biblically.

The group also discussed forming a document on integrity
similar to Graham’s Modesto Manifesto, in which the respected evangelist
established strict lifestyle guidelines to adhere to the apostle Paul’s warning
to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thess.
5:22, KJV).

“Integrity can easily be stolen by a lapse in watchfulness
or vigilance,” Stockstill said, “but when it comes to integrity, you can’t
watch too much. You can’t be too careful when it comes to your integrity.”

As long as more leaders fail to stay vigilant, Jackson
added, Americans can expect more cultural degradation—and the outward signs of
an nation no longer blessed by God. “The American church is at a place where
the nation has been under a judgment of God,” Jackson said, citing the cost of
leader’s “hidden” sins in Ezekiel 14:8-12. “Our economic woes are not just
economic, they have to do with God saying, ‘I cannot bless you as I have
blessed you in times past unless you turn to Me.’ America cannot return to her
God until the prophetic voices mount pulpits and declare this word.”

For Barbara Wentroble, founder of International Breakthrough
Ministries, the Summit provided an invaluable setting to strengthen those key
prophetic voices: “It was a day in which some high-level leaders were able to
come together and sharpen one another on how do we deal with the crisis we’re
seeing in the church today, to share from each other’s wisdom and experience so
that hopefully in the days ahead we can prevent a lot of the casualties that
we’ve seen in ministry—and so we don’t have to keep repeating the same
pattern.”

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

The Church Revived: 3 Keys to the Emerging Move of God

The Church Revived: 3 Keys to the Emerging Move of God

During the past two years, I believe the church at large has been in a season of returning to God. Repentance is crucial when it comes to revival. Scripture shows a clear pattern that repentance precedes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (see Joel 2:12-28 and Acts...

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

RECENT ARTICLES

Bill Johnson: Reformers Are Arising to Transform Our World for Christ

Throughout history, reformers have lived with the conviction of the superiority of the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform individual lives, communities, and ultimately, nations. Recently I had the...
37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest