San Francisco Church Draws Bay Area Christians

by | Aug 25, 2008 | Charisma Archive

The ‘Golden Gate Outpouring’ is heading into its
third month of nightly revival meetings.
 
San Francisco Church Draws Bay Area Christians
[08.26.08] During a visit to Lakeland, Fla., in May, San Francisco pastor Michael
Brodeur blogged some thoughts for his church members back home who were antsy
for revival.
 
“I believe this is just the beginning of a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit in
our midst,” said Brodeur, senior pastor of Promised Land Fellowship. “I
encourage you to put on your wet suits, grab your surfboards and paddle out into
the coming move of God. This could be the ride of your life.”
 
Now, after 67 days of nightly meetings, his church and staff are in the
midst of something not unlike the Lakeland Outpouring, though Brodeur calls
what’s happening in San Francisco “a different animal.”
 
“Our meetings have been very different from Lakeland in style and form,” he
told Charisma. “The character of our outpouring is been much more just
soaking in the presence of God and seeking His face.”
 
At least 2,000 people have been drawn to what has been dubbed the Golden
Gate Outpouring, which began June 20 and was expected to last only 10 days.
Without the benefit of mass media exposure on GOD TV, tens of thousands aren’t
flocking to San Francisco. But that doesn’t bother Brodeur, who has ministered
in the Bay Area for the last 30 years—15 of them as a Vineyard pastor.
 
“We cry out to God and worship and pray for the sick every night, but it’s
not Lakeland or anything, where 10,000 people show up,” he said. “The San
Francisco Bay Area has less Christians per capita than most missions
fields—under 3 percent. The cry for revival is something that is really burning
inside of us”
 
Brodeur, raised by hippies and saved while hitchhiking cross-country in the
1970s, said there have been a number of supernatural occurrences as a result of
the meetings, from dramatic healings to deliverances from demonic spirits.
 
More than individual transformation, Brodeur believes the meetings are
affecting change in the San Francisco region. He said demons visited several of
his leaders shortly after the meetings began this summer. In one instance, his
assistant pastor woke up one night with insane, suicidal thoughts, went
downstairs at 5 in the morning, sat at the kitchen table, opened his Bible, and
shuddered when he saw a dark being seated across from him.
 
According to Brodeur, the demon told his assistant pastor: “‘I am the
prince over San Francisco. Why have you chosen to make war with me?’”
 
The same week another friend was apparently offered “the desires of his
heart” by a demon if he’d just choose to stay away from the revival. Another
woman reportedly woke up feeling choked and gagged in her bed until her husband
prayed for her.

During those first few weeks of meetings, Brodeur urged “revivalists” from
the across the region to visit. “There is a powerful wave of the Holy Spirit
crashing upon the nations,” he wrote in June, “with epicenters in Lakeland,
Fla., and in other key regions. We believe that the San Francisco Bay Area is
next on God's calendar.”
 
Before the Golden Gate Outpouring began, Brodeur had decided to visit
Lakeland on the tail end of a ministry trip to Asia. He said he was healed of
being “dog tired” in ministry and “wiped out spiritually,” and he said revivalist Todd Bentley’s
restless passion for the power and presence of God quickly rubbed off on him.
 
“The way Todd was going after God was just so impactful in my spirit,” he
recalled. “Here was a guy who just wasn’t going to let go. Somebody was breaking
through. Somebody was not willing to play church anymore. Somebody was going for
God.”
 
But Brodeur said at the outset of the Golden Gate Outpouring, a guest
speaker told his church not to look to Bentley or Lakeland for direction, but to
look to the Lord, who had something unique and authentic for San Francisco.
“We’re kind of off the beaten path, but some see the strategic value of San
Francisco,” Brodeur said. “We’ve had many seasons where we’ve fasted and prayed
for revival, but we’ve never seen a significant move of God.
 
“We believe it’s time,” he continued. “We believe God wants to change that.
We believe San Francisco has a redemptive gift as a ‘people movement incubator.’
 
“So many movements that have swept the nation began in San Francisco, and
most of those have been harmful. But the anointing to affect the nation in the
way that San Francisco has is something that the enemy didn’t create. It’s
something that God created.” —Paul Steven Ghiringhelli

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