Who are we – A Church or Ministry?

   People often ask, “Are you a Church or a ministry? ? My response is “We are both!  As members of His Church, the bride of Christ – our heart is to strengthen, build up, and equip the body of Christ in love for a habitation of God THROUGH the Spirit (Eh. 2:22).  We are an apostolic / prophetic ministry with the vision to see the Tabernacle of David restored (Amos 9:11). As a ministry to the Church we have the mandate to equip believers to know their identify, experience the Father’s love and be filled with the Spirit to fulfill their destiny. Especially to empower and equip believers for the work of ministry” (Eph. 4:11).  The means we do this is through the School of the Spirit, equipping seminars and conferences and our on line webinars. We have trained Eastgate ministry teams that serve the body of Christ locally and at large. Our passion is stand by you for a world-impacting ministry.

    Are we a Church? Yes but not in the traditional sense! We believe every born again believer is a member of the household of faith – the Church “For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body…” (1 Cor. 12:13). Thus, as members of Christ body, our house has the vision to build up His body “unto the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). Although we have a local body of believers, they are equipped to minister to anyone, anywhere in anyplace to reveal the love of God. Because our mindset and heart is for His Kingdom, we are able to bless and minister to His people, no matter what ministry, denominational preference or Church affiliation they attend. Everyone is called to ministry and all are needed!

     We are a ministry to the Church – Whether it is through the Eastgate School of the Spirit, webinars, or locally at our Eastgate House of Glory services, we seek to minister from the realm of heaven.  Our heart is to serve with His heart that bears eternal fruit that remains. And thus, the testimonies we receive exemplify the power of God that brings people to a whole new level of intimacy. Many testify of an explosion that takes place in their ministry, highlighting they have entered a new and profound level of spiritual life with an impartation of the Father’s love. (Click here to read and listen to testimonies)

Even during our Sunday meetings we flow where the river of God takes us. This doesn’t mean that we come unprepared. Our posture is to stand before the Lord to flow with the leading that will take us in any direction. God is creative who loves to minister in unique and varying ways.  And thus, we are able to demonstrate as the Spirit moves, that which the Lord is doing.  Laying a Biblical foundation we activate the people to participate so they can experience Him and in turn, do the same as doers of His Word (Acts 1:1). This ‘hands on” approach is the model Jesus demonstrated that we embrace to equip others for ministry (John 15:8).

   Am I a pastor? Although we don’t wear titles, I do shepherd those in our ministry that we oversee. It’s not unusual for me to council and mentor leaders from other Churches and ministries over the years. I often counsel those locally who need pastoral care that are un-churched or need additional ministry that attends a Church. I prefer however to leave this up to my ministry team. It is my belief that God has established Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters in the church for the work of ministry. Thus, leaving me to fulfill my highest call, which is intimacy with the Father to abide in God and His love. Equipping ministry teams for ministry is the key to handle the stress of the ministry load that will come with the harvest.

The Lord once told me that it will take a regional people working together to form a regional network strong enough to contain the harvest.  Thus, our ministry teams often consist of those from the region. As we work together combing gifts and mantles, the power of the Spirit with Kingdom authority is greatly magnified. We do not use the people to build up our ministry, but our ministry to build up the people of God.

We are non territorial for our heart is to promote the unity of the Spirit – the bond that works by love  Nor do we promote a “free for all” for we believe in divine order with oversight.  Our main goal is to cultivate a spiritual atmosphere where Christ is revealed on earth as in heaven for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:1).

As a prophetic ministry with the heartbeat of the Father, it is our passion to see all of the fivefold gifts of Christ (the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) function in the Church (Eph. 4:11). Also to see all of the spiritual gifts and anointing of the people operate as God has set each one in the Church (1 Cor. 12). We are devoted to see the full restoration of worship with expressions of the heart of the Father though the visual arts such as the praise dance and creative paintings.  It is our joy to hear the sound of praise and the new song that ministers the Spirit in the midst of the congregation of the saints (See Psalms 149).

God is a relational God. We are at heart a very loving relational family. The heart of Eastgate Ministries is the Father’s heart with the Malachi 4:6 anointing to “ Turn the heart of the Fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the their fathers.”   God has entrusted us with the word of reconciliation that brings healing and restoration to the body of Christ. To see the family of the household of faith united together as one body in Christ –the unity that works by love (2 Cor. 5:19-20). A house of healing where honor, God’s love and His peace rules.

We are thus known to carry a strong anointing of the Father’s love with an impartation of the joy of the Lord. We are seeing from the place of His presence, lives transformed as well as ministries exploding. Like a rippling effecting of a wave, the ministry of the Lord to His people just keeps flowing and going. In this way, we are able to impact ministries, Churches and His people in a much broader area.

Destiny Eastgate Ministries – the source of our name.

In summary, our goal is to see His glory fill His house, which is His people, built up as a holy temple for a habitation for His Spirit (Ez. 44:4 & Eph. 2:22).  Our name Destiny reflects fulfilling His ordained purpose – the hope of His calling  (Eph. 1:18).  Following Destiny is Eastgate. Scripture tells us that out of the  East side of the house that is filled with His glory  rivers flow that waters the region (Ez. 47:1-9) with the life of His presence.  This river is  God’s love that will flow like a raging river not only from heaven, but through the hearts of His people (Ro. 5:5). It will be His love that will touch nations with the light of His glory. A fresh baptism of His Spirit is here that is transforming hearts by the power of His love. This then is our ministry. It is our destiny to release rivers of living waters that come from the realm of heaven that flow through the Eastern gate of His house through His people filled with His Spirit that brings new life upon the earth (Rev. 22:1-2).

The call today is to “Rise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen” (Is. 60;1)

In His heart and love – Roy Roden