4 Characteristics of Lighthouse Churches

by | Feb 22, 2016 | Church & Ministry

A lighthouse church is presence-based, not dependent upon the show, the slick presentation or any particular formula or program.

Focused on seeking and experiencing the presence of God, worship in a lighthouse church is no “in and out in an hour” affair, but lasts as long as it takes to open people up to the real presence of God. Both leadership and laity value the pursuit of the presence for the honor of the Lord and will not stop until a genuine encounter with God has been achieved.

Freedom for God to Move

God is free to move in any way He chooses. Leadership gets out of the way and allows out-of-the-box things to happen that have not been planned for. Historically speaking, unusual, messy, out-of-the-box manifestations and occurrences have punctuated every visitation of the Spirit that has ever impacted this culture.

Wise leaders of lighthouse churches therefore show themselves willing to absorb a degree of messiness. History amply demonstrates that when controlling leadership or a religious spirit suppress manifestations, both the number of salvations and the incidence of miracles diminish. This culture needs and hungers for miracles and the tangible evidence of power. In days to come, words alone will not do.

A Culture of Honor

In a lighthouse church, both leadership and laity cultivate a culture of honor. Honor by definition ascribes worth, value and significance to people. Lighthouse churches do this for every individual without exception, no matter who they might be, where they come from or what their condition. From top leadership to the lowest of the laity, respect, encouragement and uplift prevail.

This can only work within the context of community, a commitment to one another in honor. Lighthouse churches work hard at relationships and at ministry structures and strategies that foster relationships, knowing that relational love stands at the heart of the Kingdom of God.

A Healing Atmosphere

Lighthouse churches cultivate a healing atmosphere and diligently pursue specific healing ministries, both for the physical body and for life’s hurts in order to demonstrate the love of God and His restorative power to a world in need.

Refocus for Intimacy with God

It would seem that in days to come we must stop seeking the signs, wonders and prophecies. Such a quest puts the focus in the wrong place. Becoming a lighthouse church cannot be about hungering after power as I see so many of my fellow revival seekers doing. As the events of recent years amply demonstrate, the mere presence of power does not necessarily lead to the creation of an atmosphere of love and safety that both the saints and the world can rely upon.

The goal of our pursuit for these crucial days must be intimacy with God, oneness with His heart. We must plumb the depths of Paul’s affirmation when he wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

Power is a byproduct of that affirmation. Signs and wonders result from it. This single affirmation forms the basis for all we aspire to become and all we aspire to do.

Conclusion

Let the lighthouse churches arise. Let them gather in the refugees out of a philosophical system that cannot work, that can only wound its adherents, because it disregards and violates the principles on which God built this universe.

A lighthouse church is a prophetic church—a prophetic people—because of the impact it makes upon the society around it and upon the individuals who avail themselves of its ministries. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Is. 55:11). Let the prophetic impact be made!

Excerpted from The Prophetic Church. R. Loren Sandford (M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado. He speaks internationally and is a past director of Elijah House, an international ministry of counseling founded by his parents, John and Paula Sandford. Loren has also released 14 CDs of original music.

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

Are Domestic Missions as Important as International Missions?

Are Domestic Missions as Important as International Missions?

Huntington, Indiana, is a small town that is witnessing a revival stirring within the youth. For 10 days, I was able to witness this firsthand by the opportunity to lead a trip to this town to serve with six other college girls. During this time, I saw how the Lord...

8 Ways You Can Attract God’s Full Attention

8 Ways You Can Attract God’s Full Attention

We all want God’s attention, right? The best way to get His attention is to give Him our full attention, and pay close attention to what attracts Him. There are certain attitudes and actions which attract God and others that repel Him. We want to create an atmosphere...

What the Holy Spirit Showed Me About the Fentanyl Overdose Crisis

What the Holy Spirit Showed Me About the Fentanyl Overdose Crisis

Fentanyl has been making headlines lately in the midst of an overdose crisis raging in America. Doubtless, if we don’t shut this down in the spirit, this overdose crisis will soon find its way into many other nations. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to...

Could Judas Have Been Saved?

Could Judas Have Been Saved?

The answer is yes. If Judas would have simply repented to God, he could have been saved. The Bible tells us that everyone can be saved. Judas knew he had sinned but he didn’t bring it to God. A person can feel remorse within themselves, but not remorse for sinning...

Anne Graham Lotz: One Kingdom Truth That Will Never Change

Anne Graham Lotz: One Kingdom Truth That Will Never Change

Out of respect for those of you who have taken the time to comment about a statement I made 11 years ago regarding the World Economic Forum, I thought it would be beneficial to restate God’s call on my life. In 1988, He made it clear that I was to be His messenger,...

RECENT ARTICLES

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Only Pulpits Have the Power to Change America

One thing is crystal clear in America: If we truly want change, we must re-spark biblical boldness and flame the fires of biblical action. If we won't fight, then spiritually speaking, we will fade...
A Big Excuse That Shuts Down Our Ability to Hear from God

A Big Excuse That Shuts Down Our Ability to Hear from God

One of the biggest excuses we have is that we somehow feel God doesn’t speak to us. This excuse shuts down our ability to hear from Him, trust Him and surrender to Him. All three things are integral when we are trying to change our habits, lose weight, get healthy and...

How Do You Leave a Church That Becomes Toxic?

How Do You Leave a Church That Becomes Toxic?

Two weeks ago, I shared several practical guidelines on how to leave a church gracefully. I wrote this because I hear so many stories about people storming out of churches because their feelings got hurt. But one astute reader didn’t appreciate my observations because...

Prophetic Word: There Will Be a Day of Reckoning

Prophetic Word: There Will Be a Day of Reckoning

“Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and...

8 Reasons for You to Speak in Tongues

8 Reasons for You to Speak in Tongues

If a person were to ask, “Why speak in tongues?” couldn’t we also ask, “Why pray?” The Word of God shows a definite value in praying with an unknown tongue. Jesus tells us that “it is necessary always to pray” (Luke 18:1, MEV). Later, in speaking of prayer, Paul...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]