Encounter, Equip, Encourage
We provide opportunities to encounter the supernatural power and presence of the Holy Spirit both corporately and individually
We intentionally invite individuals to experience and nurture a relationship with the Holy Spirit to release spiritual gifts and fruit
Through our prayer ministry, we facilitate healing, transformation and freedom in Christ.
We are called to equip the Body of Christ
Equipped by the Holy Spirit, disciples are used to carry out God's mission in the world
ARM equips believers through teaching, preaching, worship and prayer to carry out the ministry of Jesus for the transformation of the world
We take seriously our call to the ministry of encouragement
ARM has an ongoing ministry of encouraging Spirit-filled, followers of Jesus, to daily live and walk in the Spirit.
In all times and places, ministry and life as a disciple can be filled with many obstacles
Through community and words of life, ARM strengthens the Body of Christ to remain true to the Lord
Obedience to the Holy Spirit in which new possibilities come to life through the power of the Holy Spirit - 2 John 1:6
The Revelation of the Spirit through Word, prayer, prophecy, dreams, and visions in which we hold ourselves accountable before God and each other - John 16:13-14
Exposure to and participation in the miraculous work of God in which we expect to see the activation of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit within the Body of Christ - John 14:12; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
The process of growth and maturity through the Holy Spirit in which ministry is exercised from and to all age groups and throughout the generations - Acts 2:17-19
A worldwide ministry in which we send out persons who are transformed by the Holy Spirit and who act as transformational agents in the world - John 20:21
Worship in the Manifest Presence of God - 1 Chronicals 16:23-25, Matthew 18:20
Fellowship, biblical grounding, Holy Communion, and the centrality of prayer - Acts 2:42
The centrality of prayer and discernment in seeking the Holy Spirit inspired consensus when making decisions - Acts 15:25
Transparency and accountability across all areas of the ministry including finance and accounting
What Makes a Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement Wesleyan?
By: Dr. Luther Oconer, Asbury Theological Seminary
The modern Pentecostal movement has long been acknowledged to find its roots in Methodism since it emerged directly from the Holiness Movement during the late 19th and early 20th
The Holiness Movement was a revival movement emerging from a deep concern for a restoration of John Wesley’s doctrine of holiness in American Methodism.
This movement spurred the rise of hundreds of holiness camp meetings around the country in the years after the Civil War reaching the masses for Christ while crossing denominational lines as Baptists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and other Protestant groups caught the holiness wave. It essentially became at that time what the Charismatic Movement had become for the 20th and 21st
When a powerful nationwide revival known as the Layman’s Revival broke out in 1857, a renewed sense of the working of the Holy Spirit gripped much of American evangelicalism. As a result, the holiness message began borrowing language from the Book of Acts as holiness preachers began equating it with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They saw the baptism of the Holy Spirit as the definitive event leading to one’s experience of holiness.
In addition to holiness, the Pentecostal baptism was also seen as a source of power for ministry. Hence, the more radical section of the movement began promoting divine healing while its mainstream sector rejected it.
Later, this same radical section would also take hold of the teaching on the imminent return of Christ or specifically what is known as prem. Soon, the term “full gospel” or “four-fold gospel” became the catchword of the radical holiness folks as they taught Jesus Christ as the one who 1) saves, 2) sanctifies, 3) heals, and 4) is the soon coming King.
It was from this radical holiness movement that the modern Pentecostal movement would emerge as they extend this four-fold gospel of the radical Holiness movement to a five-fold gospel by highlighting another important work of Jesus, namely, the baptizer of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Therefore, some scholars like Vinson Synan, Donald Dayton, and others would call the Pentecostal movement as part of “one Holiness movement.”
Given this history, it has always been assumed that Pentecostals are Wesleyan. However, that has not always been the case as the following chart shows:
A Pentecostal/Charismatic movement that claims to be Wesleyan like ARM must emphasize the importance of holiness. If it claims to be a movement of the Holy Spirit, it needs to bring back the “Holy” to the “Spirit.” ARM needs to be a modern holiness movement.
Teachings on the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) in a Wesleyan Pentecostal/Charismatic movement should not merely focus on supernatural ministries but also focus on soteriology (how one is saved from sin). Wesleyan understanding of salvation is highly pneumatological (Holy Spirit centered) given its emphasis on grace. Wesley’s theology of grace is a theology of the Holy Spirit.