Posts tagged ‘father’

May 20 2010

John was a prophet. He was an apostle. But most of all to those in the Fellowship, he was a father.


May 20 2010

A Father’s Heart

One of the things that I’ve heard from many people who knew John Stevens was how much he wanted everyone to find their own relationship with God. Some would say that was one of his great missions in life. My friend and co-pastor Rob Rich described it as a father’s heart, because a true father always wants to see his children do better in life than himself. I found this quote from Stevens in 1980:

I do not regret the fact that others have taken over where I have served. Actually, I look forward to the time when there will be a thousand prophets who can outminister me; there are already a good number who can outminister me now. I know very well that there are others much more qualified, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to direct the churches and Kingdom businesses in specific areas. The diversity and the distinctiveness of the ministries is taking form as never before.*

This is something to admire in a man, that even after creating such a dynamic ministry, he is still humble enough to want to see his spiritual children excel beyond his own fulfillments!


  • *John Robert Stevens, "Things Have Changed..." 1980
    *John Robert Stevens, "Things Have Changed..." 1980
    Excerpt from the This Week "Things Have Changed; How Shall I Think About It?" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1980 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.