1.  We Are Context Creators

We create the context for the Holy Spirit to work where is it 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. Our events are where people both 

        • experience the power of the Holy Spirit (receive ministry) and 
        • grow in cooperating with him (do ministry).

We meet regularly between events to plan/pray/work through logistics of an event. We teach the material of the Dunamis Institute, our ministry grid that influences all other teaching expressions. We create an intensive 4-5-day context for the Dunamis Project which recognizes the value of withdrawal before returning to regular life.

In all of this, we nurture excellence, covering areas like hospitality, event promotion, registration, quality of teaching, and ministry experiences. 

2.  We Are Kairos Seekers

A “Kairos” moment occurs when the Holy Spirit starts to move over a situation or a person. It is the invitation to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and advance the Kingdom of God. We position ourselves to look for Kairos moments with expectancy. 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 Kairos moments are impromptu developments in a teaching, worship, or prayer moment, as a response to something the Lord invites us into. We use our ministry style (teamwork, mutual submission, discernment, cooperation, permission) in Kairos moments. Much of this is further explained in our 7 Effective Practices for People in Ministry.

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.
        • Prayer ministry happens in teams. 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 during afternoon times between sessions.  

4.  We Are Contributors, Not Consumers

We call people to volunteer within DFC. 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 ministry of DFC. We expect God to provide for our financial needs through his people who receive and participate in ministry. Our events are free to attend but there are conference centre charges for rooms and food. We excel in asking for offering to support the vision of DFC.

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 Canada giving program. There are several options listed on our website for giving a one-time gift or a monthly donation.

5.  We Are Community Builders

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 maintained:

        • new people join
        • joined people grow
        • members of fellowship care for each other and
        • they long to regather for the next event

In community, we share a common language: dance of cooperation, Kairos moments, on the wall, getting guidance, and practicing discernment. 

At the Dunamis Project, friends become family through

        • Mealtimes
        • Kairos moments
        • Small group relationship work
        • Prayer ministry in small groups
        • 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 Replacement Raisers

To extend any DFC program beyond current locations and to future generations, we are intentional in:

        • scouting for future leaders
        • giving them places to grow and serve
        • releasing them to take our palce 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 DFC 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 DFC events or for a new Dunamis track a few hours away. We look for people who might lead in any of the DFC ministries, Board of Directors, Dunamis Fellowship, and/or Dunamis Institute.