ICMP from a DOM Perspective
January 30, 2014< Back to List
ICMP Testimony of Dr. Ted Hodges
I first heard the initials ICMP while attending Leader’s Edge training but I had no idea what ICMP stood for. During the training Joe Youngblood and Daryl Price came to explain the process. I recognized the importance of the process and began to pray about churches that would participate. God moved eight churches to go through the process the first year. As I attended the training the Holy Spirit revealed that I needed the process as much as the churches needed it. The training touched on areas such as leadership development, vision, assimilation, and much more. I believe I received as much benefit as did our churches.
All eight churches received some benefit from the process. West Chester’s Prayer Team story is inspirational. They committed to pray every Tuesday night for the church and the process. That year Christmas and New Year’s Day both fell on Tuesday; instead of canceling they met both nights to pray for God’s leadership. They are not participating in year two but the Prayer Team meets each Tuesday to pray.
Blackstock 1st Baptist did not have a pastor when the process began. Joe and I met with the church and shared that a healthy church would benefit the church and a new pastor. They decided to participate and it has brought about a great change in the church. They are excited about ministry and reaching out to their community. They still do not have a pastor but their testimony is they are a healthier church because of the process.
Woodward Baptist, on the other hand, had just called a new pastor Rev. Keith Hinson. The church had fallen on difficult times before calling Keith. They immersed themselves and took full advantage of every aspect of the process. Joe did a Disciple’s Revival in 2013 and that initiated a complete change in their church ministries structure so they could effectively and enthusiastically fulfill the role of making disciples. They are growing numerically and spiritually.
This year we have transitioned to a Tri-county Cluster to include Chester, Moriah, and York Associations. I would encourage every church, every pastor, and every DOM to avail them of this great opportunity.
Dr. Ted Hodges
DOM Chester Association
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