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A new wineskin church is sparking fire across our city
For just a minute imagine how the early church functioned. Taylor Rogers has been dreaming about this for years. Over the last decade, he has sensed a deep need for a more agile and effective expression of the church. In some ways, he had a vision of something new; in other ways, his vision had mirrored historical descriptions of the very first church.
A small discipleship group began in 2017. They came to believe that Jesus desired a response to our changing culture by launching a ministry that would provide servant leadership to multiple grassroots ministry efforts and spark like wildfire across the city. In seeking God for a name: this element, which both renews and destroys—fire—would become the metaphor for the Holy Spirit’s work through them.
To understand how the organization operates, it helps to picture it as a campground. Wildfire’s 501(c)(3) status acts as an umbrella for new ministries. Each ministry effort is small, led by those who often have full-time jobs or side hustles, and feel called to make a difference in the lives of a very specific demographic. Each “campfire gathering,” hosted by Wildfire, the campground leaders, allows these start-up ministries to enjoy the facilities, training and accountability.
“When you join the Wildfire Network, you automatically have a team,” Taylor says. “You have access to a (multitude of business development services).” Wildfire’s philosophy, rooted in the mission to serve others through relationships, stems from the natural response to help others do what Jesus has called them to do. The opportunities provided values from $7,000+. Yet, Wildfire offers this free of charge to each ministry willing to abide by the Wildfire Network Values.
The organization's orientation booklet states, “Our network is a family of firebrands. Bold servants who have heard the call of Jesus, been empowered by the Holy Spirit and are sent by God on a mission come to us for help.”
Fifteen ministries are already a part of the network. Each has complete access to the full spectrum of Wildfire Network services. Most importantly, each has access to quiet, powerful prayer at the Wildfire Network office, where a special room has been designed for reflection and empowerment.
If you go to the Wildfire Network Facebook page you will get an even more in-depth story regarding many of Wildfire’s ministries. Of note: T.H.U.G.G.I.N. For Christ, which is showcased in a January 17 post on Wildfire’s page. This grassroots ministry connected to Wildfire’s network recently. Mashaun, the movement’s leader, came from the streets; he felt called back to the streets. When Taylor heard about Mashaun, he invited him to the Wildfire office to see how he could support him. He wanted to come, but his car battery died. “So,” says Taylor, “this guy’s clearly a missionary. He doesn’t have a working battery or the funds to purchase a new one, so we paid for a battery. Then we met; we talked.
“He was diligent. He went to the website, he read through all our values founded in scripture, and he was like, ‘I want to be a part of this.’ So, we laid hands on him and his wife Brandy, and just anointed them for this work God’s called them to.” Mashaun has remained obedient to God’s call and God is blessing his ministry as people have come to Christ and are being discipled.
Because of the shutdowns due to the pandemic and San Antonio’s continued economic struggles as a result, the need for food donations is greater than ever. Many soup kitchens have shut down. “So, we started a Wildfire Pantry that has connection to Daily Bread,” says Taylor. “We wanted to help our missions enjoy access to food for those they serve.”
Wildfire continues to grow with many new connections locally and around the world since their ministry is based on discipleship and relationships rather than programs in a building.
Are you the next ministry God’s calling to Wildfire? Visit Wildfire Network’s website and click the “Starting Something New” tab. Maybe your dream is not so far away. If you love Jesus and can say “yes” to the Wildfire Network manifesto, your spark might start the next wildfire.
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Donate. Giving to Wildfire goes a long way and is multiplied as they serve their missions. Pray. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to connect deeply-committed servants of Christ to join the Wildfire Network. Spark. Light a spark yourself: think you might align with Wildfire’s vision? Ask for a Manifesto book. See if you can give a hearty “amen” to the values outlined within and then enjoy all of the services Wildfire provides.