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About Equipping The Saints Ministries

 

7405 53rd St Ct. W

University Place, WA 98467-5010

 

253.564.3261

etsministries@yahoo.com

 

Background

 

The vision for ETS began in the early '80's, in Tri-Cities, Washington as I was beginning to understand what God was calling me to – worship, intercession, spiritual warfare, discipling, teaching and missions. To this foundation, missionary experience in Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico and India and ministry from Washington to Florida was added. Equipping the Saints (ETS) Ministry formally started in 1991 while I was in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Los Angeles. 

 

My debt of gratitude goes to the local church and para-church ministries, to whom I owe my training. I have never been to Bible School or Seminary, God always seemed to block my way the various times I tried to go. However, I have received the finest of training from the churches and ministries listed below. I went to some full time, while I visited others when my home church did not have services.

 

Child Evangelism Fellowship (that is where I met the Lord)

1st Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, WA

Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts

Campus Crusade for Christ

People's Church, Tacoma

Young Life

The Grange (Evangelical Free), Pullman, WA

The Chapel (AG), Pullman

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Pullman

Baptist Student Union, Pullman

The Navigators, Pullman

Pasco Bible Church which became Tri-City Foursquare

Bethel Baptist, Richland, WA (especially Saint St. Singles)

Country Christian Center, Pasco, WA

Connell Christian Center

North Pasco Home Church

Word of Faith Church, Kennewick, WA

Calvary Chapel, West Richland, WA

Instituto de Lengua Espanola, Costa Rica, chapel services

Agape Lighthouse, Jacksonville, FL

Youth With A Mission, Lake View Terrace, CA

Glendale Vineyard

Church on the Way, Van Nuys, CA

Promise Keepers

The Dwelling Place, Lakeview Terrace, CA

Neighborhood Church, University Place, WA

Healing Waters Church, Tacoma, WA

Faith and Vision, Auburn, WA

Clover Creek Bible Fellowship, Spanaway, WA

 

Also, I have had many friends and Bible Study and prayer groups along the way, which have discipled and mentored me. Unfortunately, they are too numerous to mention, and I would undoubtedly forget a few. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

 

I have had the privilege of ministering in a variety of ways and places throughout my life, many within the local church, and several outside of it. I have ministered to children, youth and adults (both singles and married), in Sunday School; regular and special services (both here and abroad).  The Lord has blessed me to have been able to minister in nursing homes, juvenile detention centers (here and abroad), jails, and rescue missions. I taught in private church schools. I have ministered on the street, both preaching and feeding street people, and have ministered to drug addicts (both here and abroad). I have been blessed to see people saved, healed (in all areas), set free from demonization, mature and be discipled in their walk with the Lord. The majority of times I have ministered in teams or pairs, but often on my own as part of a bigger ministry.

 

Before I went on my first mission trip to Costa Rica, I was licensed and ordained by Ministerial Fellowship (founded by John G. Lake). I served with Youth With A Mission in Los Angeles and Mexico. Before my trip to India, I was licensed by New Life Fellowship. I am on the board of Four Corners Ministry and am under their covering as well as that of FCMI.

 

Vision

 

Discipleship or multiplication is at the core of my vision. Whatever good I have in my is by Holy Spirit working on the word of God. All of that can be imparted and transmitted in various ways, to various degrees. My passion is to see that happen on any level possible. I prefer the most expedient ways, but God knows best. I also prefer many seeds planted, but sometimes only one can be received. But if that one seed bears fruit, it is all worth while.

 

Transdenominational is my scope. Anyone willing to receive is welcome at this table. There are no restrictions, and I want this word to run throughout the world, so copying and translation is welcomed. Likewise, I have benefited from and continue to fellowship with those from various 'streams' or 'tribes'. I believe we can all learn so much from brothers and sisters from many different denominational backgrounds. Cross-pollination is very beneficial. Don't get me wrong. I go to, submit, minister to and support Neighborhood Church and my pastor Bud Brown. You can email him if you like to check me out: pastorbud@harbornet.com. But that does not stop me from fellowshipping with, receiving from nor ministering to a variety of fellow believers. As I have recently observed my life, I have been transdenominational since high school.

 

Statement of Faith

 

The Bible is the all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. The following statement of truth is not intended to be exhaustive, but to be simply a common expression of faith:  

  1. ETS believes in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things.

  2. ETS believes that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell and on the third day rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and is true God and true man. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

  3. ETS believes the Bible, in its entirety, to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct.

  4. ETS believes God created man in his own image and set before him the ways of life and death. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation. Man's nature is corrupted, that all people are, by nature, separated from God and responsible for their own sin and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

  5. We believe in the priesthood of every believer in Jesus Christ. That is to say that all people born of God have free and equal status and direct access to Holy God through Jesus Christ and that no person other than Jesus Christ can serve as mediator between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5)

  6. ETS believes in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal joy of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost.

  7. ETS believes in personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

  8. ETS believes in sanctification through the sacrifice of Jesus by the Holy Spirit, expressed in personal holiness of heart and life.

  9. ETS believes in divine healing, through faith in the name of Jesus Christ, and that healing is included in the atonement.

  10. ETS believes in water baptism by immersion as an immediate declaration of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

  11. ETS believes in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, in speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4), in the gifts of the Spirit, and the evidence of the fruit of the spirit. ETS believes that all are available to all believers.

  12. ETS believes that Satan is the personal spiritual adversary of both God and man. We believe that Satan was created as a perfect angelic being (Ezekiel 28:15). He rebelled against God (Ezekiel 28:15-18; Isaiah 14:12-17). As a result he became depraved; the Devil, the leader of the host of angels who fell with him, and the adversary of God and God's people (Rev. 12:4, 10-17; 13:7; 2 Cor. 11:13-15). Satan has been defeated and judged at the Cross. He now awaits his ultimate doom at the Second coming of Jesus Christ (John 16:11; Rev. 20:1-2, 7-10).

  13. ETS believes in the soon-coming, personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  14. ETS believes in intensive world-evangelization and missionary work in accordance with the Great Commission, with signs following. (Matt. 28.18-20, Mark 16.14-20, Jn. 20.21-23, Acts 1.5)

  15. ETS believes in the Church as the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with each born-again believer as an integral functioning member, and that there is unity among those members.

I ran across this covenant, which Four Corners Ministry has adopted as their own. It is so good and reflects my thoughts so well, I am going to include it here:

1. Obedient to the Holy Spirit ‑- Like Jesus, we only seek to do what we see the Father doing. We acknowledge His right to break our rules and offend our sensibilities. John 5:19, Psalm 12 7: 1, 1 John 3:8

 2. Relational ‑- We are a community of friends with shared vision and values, driven by friendship rather than function. John 15:14‑15, Luke 10: 1‑22, 1 Peter 4:7‑ 11, 1 John 4:7‑ 12

 3. Indigenous -‑ We respect, value, and honor cultural diversity. Revelation 7:9‑10, Daniel 1, 1 Corinthians 9:20‑21

 4. Inclusive ‑- We work with anyone provided they share our vision and values, regardless of race, age, gender, or church background. We build unity and enjoy diversity. Colossians 3:11, Ephesians 4:3‑6

 5. Like Jesus ‑- We seek to be like Jesus, in the way we do what we do. For us, the means do not necessarily justify the ends.

 6. Deeply rooted ‑- We are committed to growth in maturity rather than size. Psalm 1: 1‑3

 7. Creative and innovative ‑- We embrace God‑inspired creativity as integral to authentic expressions of prayer. Exodus 35:30‑35, Genesis 1: 1‑2, Psalm 45: 1, Proverbs 8:22‑31

 8. Just -- We will pursue justice and freedom from oppression for humanity and the created world. Isaiah 61, Luke 4:19‑19, Romans 8:19‑21, Isaiah 58

 9. Good Stewards ‑- We take responsibility for ourselves, for those around us, and for the resources that God has entrusted to our care. Matthew 25:14‑30, 2 Corinthians 9:6‑15

 10. Sacrificial ‑-- We believe that a lifestyle of prayer is costly at every level. 2 Corinthians 8: 1‑5, 1 John 3:16‑ 18, Romans 12:1‑2

 11. Celebratory ‑- We believe that Jesus came to bring life to the full and that we have a Christian duty to celebrate all that is good. Fun and laughter are central to ETS, and we do not need to justify these. Genesis 1:3 1, Psalm 24: 1, Matthew 11: 19, John 10: 10

 12. Simple -- We are a network of like‑minded people, not some new slick organization. In character we are wild and unpolished, pas­sionate about developing people rather than our own profile. Psalm 1 16:6, Luke 10:3‑5, John 3:8

 

Purpose

 

The direction of this ministry is found, as you might have supposed, in Ephesians chapter 4 where Paul talks about the five-fold office gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. These were given to "Equip the Saints to do the work of service", hence the name, ETS – Equipping the Saints. In addition, and equally foundational, is 2 Chronicles 29:11, where Hezekiah gives this charge to the priests and Levites, "My sons, be not now negligent, for the Lord has called you to stand before Him, minister to Him, burn incense and be his ministers."

 

ETS exists to equip the saints with a firm knowledge of who their God is, who they are in Christ and what their purposes are in life. Its chief goal is to establish, motivate, and challenge all whom would listen to awaken, rise up and take a united stand establishing, expanding and extending the kingdom of God in every righteous way possible. God has given each of us a circle of influence that no one else has to the same degree that we do. No one else touches all the lives that we do to the same extent that we are able. God, then, has charged us to know Him and make Him known in our world. He has also challenged us to ask Him for more influence that we can truly be all we can possibly be for Jesus.

 

So why have yet another organization?  As I have served in various capacities around the world, I have seen a pattern emerge over and over. Many ministers are thrust into ministry at a young spiritual age, with little or no training. Most are barely more mature and trained than the ones they minister to. They usually have a full-time job with a family to support. What they typically have available to them for preparation to minister is measured in minutes, rather than hours. Many can draw from the depths once and awhile to do this and still minister effectively. But to do this week in and week out would frustrate most ministers and those ministered to.

 

To be sure there is a plethora of materials available, but most come at a cost of time and money that make them impractical for the ministers I mentioned to use. My goal is to provide condensed materials that can be studied quickly, expanded on easily, and at the price all can afford -- free. I can reproduce my studies at four cents a double-sided page. Even cheaper for me, I can offer them via compact disc, email and via my web site.

 

If this resonates within you, then I pray you will give some time to avail yourself of the materials. I don’t have all the answers. I challenge everyone to check me out in the Bible and in the Holy Spirit to see if such things be so. You are invited to use the materials here to help establish and extend the Kingdom of God, which is my very purpose. I only ask that you do not sell these materials without my express permission. I desire to have most available in Spanish, some are being translated into Telugu (a language in India). If you desire to translate them into another language, please feel free to do so. If you do, please email me a copy so I can copy it and make it available to benefit as many as possible.

 

I want the foundation of ETS to be as large as possible, open to any avenue through which the Lord may lead me in the equipping of others. This is impossible to fully define at present. All I know is that I never thought I would do all God has had me do so far, so only HE knows where, who, what, and how He will lead me farther along in this journey. This vessel is available, let all the glory be to HIM!

 

The materials available are: my book, Forget None of His Benefits (a 800+ page study on who our God is according to the word) and over 60 teachings (some are a work in progress to be made available soon). Eventually all teachings will be available in both English and Spanish.

 

I ask that you will pray for the vision of ETS Ministries and I pray that you might be blessed by the teachings. I am open to any input you might have. Feel free to duplicate the teachings via print, CD's, or email. In short, use them as you would like. I long to see God's word run throughout the world! I would appreciate any feedback you may have.

 

Serving Him Together,

 

Bart

 

 

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