|| Whither the IPC After the WPA?
The days after the last glorious sessions of the WPA, the IPC Leadership Team met for a few hours to pray, hear from the Lord, and deliberate on our next steps. We celebrated and heard many reports with delightful and encouraging high points from the days of the WPA and how the Lord accomplished so many agendas by His Spirit in spite of our weakness and mistakes. A key question before us was “How can we as IPC along with others help steward what the Spirit has done and will be doing through the WPA process as this ‘New Wave’ flows out from it?” A related consideration was what new wineskin or wineskins could be emerging to contain the new wine we are experiencing, especially as youth and children arise to play their unique part alongside the older generation in the global prayer/mission movement?
We agreed that there are “huge issues” coming out of the WPA, but most of all that it is His wave, and we cannot control it. We certainly do not want to turn the wave into a “glacier” by our efforts to order and structure it. However, we believe that the tri-generational aspect of the WPA needs to be further nurtured and made room for within the prayer movement since youth and children in many ways are the substance of the New Wave that is emerging. We sense that rather than just handing over a baton, we who are older need to walk beside the younger generation for a while as Elijah walked with Elisha until he was ready to go beyond him in the power of the same Spirit.
Youth who spoke during the WPA also called for this kind of relationship with the fathers an mothers of the older generation, saying, “We need you.” Therefore, over the coming months, we hope to identify younger leaders in the twelve different world regions who can join with us in the IPC to help design whatever new wineskin emerges. Please join us in praying for this process and for the younger generation as they rise to flex their spiritual muscles and to play their part in a covenant of unity and partnership that will please the heart of the Lord and bless our world.
John Robb, IPC Chairman
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