“My heart, mind and ministry will never be the same as I begin to understand the heart and depth of the Ekklesia as Jesus taught and lived it”.
This was a comment shared with me by a fellow kingdom minister as the Expanding the Ekklesia Vortex Summit was concluding earlier this month. And I received many more comments saying the same thing. That’s what a touch from Holy Spirit and a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven does to you: it changes you forever.
As I share my observations from our amazing weekend together, I want you to see a picture of something that didn’t just happen; it is happening. I don’t want you to see an event; I want you to see an expression of a Holy Spirit-led movement that is transforming the body of Christ. The movement cannot be contained in a building or a gathering. Everything I share with you here is meant to illustrate something that’s much bigger and more wonderful than we can imagine.
It is the expanding of the church into its fullness,
as it flows into every sphere of the world around us.
We gathered atop the Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto. Surrounded by glass walls, we could look out over the heart of the marketplace and across Lake Ontario. What a setting to invite God to change our perspective!
The diversity of the room was amazing: marketplace and ministry leaders, pulpit pastors attending, high-level business leaders, entrepreneurs, former gang members, millennials, intercessors, prayer ministry leaders, mainline and ethnic church leaders, First Nations leaders and many others all desiring one thing: more of God’s kingdom. Generations were represented too, from our passionate young leaders with Leadership Edge and FaithTech to a 92-year-old First Nations intercessor who has lived a life of ministering to those in need on the streets of Toronto.
As we prayed, heard testimony and listened to Dr. Ed Silvoso’s powerful teaching, God started to release a new vision and hope that “we can make a difference with the power of the Holy Spirit to impact and transform the nation of Canada and beyond.” The faculty for the summit were over the top in sharing (over the top? As in, too much? Lol Do you mean ‘over the moon’ or something like that?) how they were experiencing the Ekklesia in every aspect of activity and social interaction. Ed was amazing, as he envisioned, equipped and empowered us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
On Saturday night, the Holy Spirit-powered vortex started swirling.
Hearts and minds were transformed. Creativity and innovation was stirred.
It was like being immersed in a new baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors, business leaders, intercessors all came up to me and shared that this Summit has impacted their heart and mind in a way they’d never experienced. They received renewed passion and vision to advance the Kingdom as Christ’s Ekklesia, both within the church and outside of it – into the very heart of their workplaces and the marketplace. A number of people shared that they could see their workplace office tower from the venue, and had been convicted to take the kingdom into their place of work.
One observation was really profound. From where we were, people noticed the multitude of office towers interspersed with a few church spires. They said that trying to fit all the people from all the office towers into those church buildings would be an impossible task. So instead, we need to take the church, or Ekklesia, to those office towers and high-rises so that people everywhere can have a power encounter with Almighty God and be forever transformed.
And just like this illustration, the Holy Spirit flowed beyond our Summit gathering. On Sunday, Ed preached two phenomenal Ekklesia messages at Catch The Fire that were live-streamed around the world and are available on their YouTube channel. And later in the week I was invited to speak at a prayer breakfast for Jesus in the City led by Ayanna Solomon. The focus on the Ekklesia was evident in every speaker: the 20,000 worshipers who will join the parade in September are the forerunners of 1-2 million workers who will see their “labour as worship” bringing the kingdom Ekklesia to every workplace and office tower in the GTA!
As this movement continues to expand, the TC team is now in a time of strategic prayer to discern our next steps in serving the needs of the Ekklesia locally and abroad. Please join us in prayer for next steps as a movement, and share your ideas and needs with us as we go through this process. And please continue to sow generously into the movement with your prayers, participation, and financial support!
DR. ED SILVOSO | FOUNDER & CEO, TRANSFORM OUR WORLD
Ed Silvoso is an author, documentarian, and founder of both Transform Our World and the International Transformation Network, the objective of which is to end worldwide systemic poverty. Dr. Silvoso is a recognized leader of the Argentine Revival and of the modern transformation movement. He addresses massive audiences in several nations and offers solutions to problems facing the twenty-first century.
DERK MAAT | CEO & CHAIR, TRANSFORMATION CANADA
Derk Maat is a professional engineer with 40 years experience focusing on the development of socially responsible and environmentally bene cial entreprises that address systemic poverty with a range of solutions. As CEO and Chair of Transformation Canada, Derk is responsible for helping identify, lead and champion the movement of the Holy Spirit in the spheres of business, government, education and ministry across the nation.
ANNITA MAAT | INTERCESSOR, MAAT ENVIRONMENTAL
Annita Maat is a shareholder in two family- owned environmental companies and is the company intercessor, leading weekly prayer with employees. She leads a small nationally focused transformational prayer team and another praying for the GTA. She is part of a global prayer team of transformational leaders. A retired teacher, a mom and grandma, she is expecting amazing wonders from the Lord through the release of His ekklesia, as they bring His kingdom into the Canadian marketplace and beyond.
BRIAN BEATTIE | LEAD PASTOR, FREEDOM HOUSE
Dr. Brian Beattie, PhD was impacted by Ed Silvoso’s book, “That None Should Perish”. Brian and Sharlyss Beattie made this story the foundation of their church, Freedom House, which God is now using as a point of inception in Brantford and other cities. Brian is the Lead Pastor of Freedom House, the President of Freedom Training Centre and on the National Leadership Teams of both Transformation Canada and 24/7 Prayer Canada.
JOHN BOOTSMA | SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR, CTF TORONTO
John and Patricia Bootsma are the lead pastors at the Airport Campus church at Catch The Fire Toronto. They desire to see the Glory and Presence of God released in ever greater measures. John and Patricia help stir up Passion or Jesus, the revelation of His soon return and equip believers to walk in fullness of Destiny. They also travel to the nations bringing awakening to people’s spirits as it pertains to revelation of the supernatural, eternal and miraculous.
DAVE CARROL | COMMUNITY PASTOR, FREEDOM HOUSE
Dave Carrol is driven by one thing: the idea that a city can be transformed by good into good. Throughout his professional career, Dave has been involved in a number of new start-up projects and thrives on the ability to dream, create and develop concepts into life. From being part of starting a radio station, founding a church, inventing a superhero and Kindness Project that
TOYIN CRANDELL | PRESIDENT, TOYIN CRANDELL COACHING
Toyin Crandell (née Dada) helps millennial Christian women figure out their life’s calling and purpose, laugh lots and live at their highest potential. Toyin specializes in helping clients become debt free and teaching the step-by-step process of how to build an income based on where you are most passionate so you can live out the life that God has called you to.
JAMIE DE DOMINICIS | PRESIDENT, GEDCO EXCAVATING LTD.
Jamie De Dominicis established Gedco Excavating in 2004 as an excavating contractor servicing the Brantford area. Through years of dedication, hard work and strong passion for success, Gedco has grown to offer a variety of client services in the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The company’s core values are built on four pillars that define the business: integrity, trust, commitment and innovation.
GLEM DIAS | FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, GLEM DIAS INC.
Guilherme (Glem) Dias is an award winning talent management and diversity strategist. He was the Director of Strategic Talent Management at Pitney Bowes Inc. In this role he had global responsibility for managing the design and development of succession management, high potential leadership development, talent mobility, enterprise performance management and mentoring.
BRYAN ELLIOT | PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, CES INC.
Bryan Elliott, P.Eng., is a developer and manufacturer of specialized energy ef cient HVAC solutions for supermarket customers throughout the Americas. Bryan is also the founder of BEE Me Kidz, a New Brunswick based charitable foundation focused on providing school aged children from lower socio-economic areas a program to boost self worth and resiliency. Bryan supports several other charitable organizations and foundations. Bryan is a graduate of University of New Brunswick and is a professional engineer.
JIM FOSTER | PRESIDENT & CEO, FOSTER CONSULTING INC.
Jim Foster is a leadership coach, trainer and pastor. He is the co-founder of the Leadership Edge, helping emerging leaders grow into transformational leaders. His work as a leadership coach and program facilitator assists others develop the capacity to create and lead strong, healthy environments where global intelligence thrives. Jim also serves in the heart of Toronto as a Marketplace Pastor, helping others in community engagement.
FAYTENE GRASSESCHI | CREATOR & HOST, FAYTENE.TV
Faytene Grasseschi has been an humanitarian and advocacy worker since 1997, focusing on equipping Canadians in the democratic process, combating human trafficking, racism, poverty, first nations issues, elder abuse, women’s issues and more. She is a best selling Canadian author, conference speaker and has appeared on national talk shows regularly. Her work has been featured on various national & regional news outlets across Canada.
MAGDY KAMEL | OWNER, PURE HEALTH PHARMACY
Magdy Kamel is the owner and head pharmacist of Pure Health Pharmacy at RVH Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. Magdy’s kingdom-minded approach to whole health pharma care is transforming the community and revolutionizing the health care industry in Ontario and beyond.
PHIL LEES | FOUNDER, PEACE EDUCATION SERVICES
Phil Lees founded PEACE Education Services to empower traditionally-minded parents to build positive relations with their schools, help educators understand the needs of their faith community, and work with the schools to develop realistic and relevant learning accommodations. PEACE works with religious organizations, parents, government representatives, and publicly-funded school systems to understand, be informed, and improve communication around the issue of sensitive curriculum.
EKRON MALCOLM | LEAD PASTOR, HARVEST CALL MINISTRIES
Rev. Ekron Malcolm is lead pastor of Harvest Call Ministries and director of the Institue for Canadian Values. He is motivated to see the community ourish with the richness of God’s grace, and to see every family touched by the love of Jesus Christ. Ekron believes that every human being can rise to their fullest potential and have a fulfilled life through Jesus Christ.
ANNMARIE MORAIS | WRITER & PRODUCER
Annmarie Morais is a screenwriter and producer, best known for writing the lm How She Move. She earned a BFA from York University in Film and Video in 1995. Annmarie won funding for two Vision TV Cultural Diversity Drama Competition movies: Hotel Babylon and Da Kink in My Hair, which aired on Vision in 2004 and 2005. Morais was also a writer and story editor on the television series adapted from the play, which aired on Global Television in 2007.
PHILLIP MORAIS | PRESIDENT, MORAISTECH SOLUTIONS INC.
Phillip Morais specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and strives for excellence, competency and speed through a proven collaborative, transparent and relational approach. MoraisTech’s first-class service offerings and pro ciency with the world’s leading design and virtual validation platforms affords our clients the con dence to pursue and execute on projects ranging from a small warehouse transformation to a multi-billion-dollar airport.
TIM SCHINDEL | FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, LEADING INFLUENCE MINISTRIES
Tim Schindel is the Founder and President of Leading Influence Ministries. An ordained minister with over 30 years of pastoral experience, he has also served as a Leadership Coach and Regional Pastor for his church organization and is a past-President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. He understands the personal challenges associated with public life. Tim serves as the visionary leader to Leading Influence as a whole and is currently launching the ministry in Ontario.
KIRK SMITH | DIRECTOR, EASTGATE HOUSE OF PRAYER
Kirk Smith is the Director of Eastgate House of Prayer and Eastgate Forerunner Fellowship and serves on the eldership. Kirk also is a part of the Ears 2 Hear Facilitating Team and the Provincial Leader for New Brunswick with the Canadian Prophetic Council. Kirk has a burning passion for God’s people to run with Kingdom vision and be the change agents in the earth, to the glory of Jesus and His return. Kirk has two sons and 2 daughters with his wife Cheryl.
AYANNA SOLOMON | FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, JESUS IN THE CITY
Rev. Ayanna Solomon is Founder and President of Festival of Praise International, sponsor of the Jesus in the City Parade. She has served as Worship Pastor in churches in Toronto, St. Kitts and Atlanta. Her vision is to network with churches and organizations to further God’s kingdom, by communicating the Word of God through the arts, music and culture and to also train and mobilize individuals to reach their full potential, purpose and destiny.