Thank you for your interest in partnering with Cowan Ministries. The commitment of each and every partner is so important to us and vital to the success of this ministry.
The first four letters of the word Partner spell out what this is all about. It is doing our part and taking our place as part of the team that God has assembled to accomplish what God has called us to do in these last days. When God calls out a ministry, He doesn’t just call out an individual or two – He also calls a team of partners to work together to get the job done. God Himself could do the work of the ministry without us, but He has chosen to include all of us in the family business. This is part of our fellowship with Him and with one another. It is part of the grand life experience that He has called all of His sons and daughters to live.
Jesus Himself knew that the mission that God had called Him to accomplish was too big for one man. He said in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” He called out twelve disciples to be a part of His ministry team, and then 70 more were sent out. In addition, He also had many others who provided for Him from their substance (Luke 8:2-3). The Amplified Version says they ministered to and provided for Him and His team out of their property and personal belongings. Jesus had a whole team of partners to get the job done.
We see throughout history that this same pattern of partnership has been the method that the Lord has used to accomplish the assignments of individual ministries. The Apostle Paul had a ministry team to accomplish the work that Jesus called him to do.
Now, we aren’t the only ministry in the world doing the work of spreading the Gospel, but we do have an important role to play in fulfilling the Lord’s dream and vision in this generation. As you can see from our website, our ministry theme and the purpose of this ministry is “navigating the new.” What does that mean exactly? God has made all things new in the finished work of Christ. For the born again believer, everything is radically different from the old life that we had before coming to Christ. It is new in every way.
Jesus gave us all a mandate called the Great Commission. He didn’t tell us to just go out and make a whole lot of converts, leaving them to fend for themselves. He instructed us to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Discipleship involves changing a person’s heart and mind to line up with God’s ways of thinking and doing things. It means bearing the fruit of the New that God has accomplished in our life already.
This is where the navigation part comes in. We all share in this new and good life that God has made available for us in Jesus. We all share in the same destiny of living a blessed and victorious life. But we must learn to walk this newness of life out. We have to learn how to access this road or course of life, and go the right direction. There are obstacles and challenges in this life that we have to maneuver through and around to reach our destination. We will need the Word of God as our map, the Holy Spirit inside as our GPS (God Positioning System), and we will need one another to help us to live out the potential of the New Man that God has made us in Christ.
There are basically three reasons for this: First, God wants us to live a life of freedom – from sin, satan, the curse, fears, anxieties and oppression. Jesus came to set us free – and He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Secondly, God wants all of us to live in victory and enjoy all the benefits that He has provided in this new life in Christ. Thirdly, He wants the world to see a demonstration in and through our life of what a child of God looks like – so that they will want the same thing.
I think the mission statement of this ministry can be summed up with the same mission statement that Jesus gave to the Apostle Paul almost 2000 years ago. It is found in Acts 26:18: “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”
The benefits of partnership are also great. In Luke 5, we see the story of Jesus borrowing Peter’s boat in His ministry on day. After Jesus was finished, He had Peter launch out into the deep for a catch. Peter and his fishing company had struck out the night before and caught nothing after fishing all night. Peter did what Jesus instructed and he caught so many fish that the net was breaking and his boat was beginning to sink. He had to call his partners in the fishing company to come out also for the haul of fish – and they also caught a boat-sinking load of fish that day. We see the partnership benefits in this story. First, Peter partnered with Jesus by loaning Him his boat. Secondly, we see those who were partnered with Peter also receiving the benefits. As partners, you will also receive the blessings, benefits and rewards of this ministry by being an active part of the team.
There are four things that will benefit the partners of the ministry:
One – We commit to pray for all of our partners every day.
Two – We will provide spiritual nourishment from the Word of God so that you can grow and navigate this new life. We are constantly searching for more and better ways of feeding the Word to those whom the Lord has connected to this ministry.
Three – You will be able to receive on a deeper level as you are committed to and have a vital part of this ministry.
Four – You will have a share and part of the benefits, blessings and rewards that the Lord bestows on the ministry for fulfilling the call and purpose that He has given to us. On any Super Bowl championship team, all the members of the team will receive a championship ring – just for being a part of the team – no matter what role they may have played. All of the members of this ministry team are important and vital to the success of reaching our goals and fulfilling our mission.
As partners, we ask that you do three things:
One – Partake of all that the ministry offers. This is our greatest joy – that the partners of this ministry are growing and receiving the benefits of this new life. We rejoice in hearing about how the blessing of this New Life is manifesting in the lives of the people who partake of this ministry.
Two – Pray for the ministry regularly: That effectual doors of ministry will be opened; for signs, wonders and miracles to be done through the ministry; for the needs of the ministry to be abundantly met; for the ministry team to continue to grow in revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding; and for the people that we are called to reach, that they would have a heart open and receptive to receive.
Three – To support the ministry with faithful and regular monetary support. The Gospel is free, but the methods and means to get the Gospel to the people does require money – lots of it. We try to offer as many free materials and resources that we can free to those who need it. This means that someone has to help finance the methods and means to make it free.
Again, thank you for becoming part of the ministry team to accomplish great things in reaching our generation and every nation in these last days. Partnership provides a spiritual connection that enables you to receive from the ministry on a deeper level. It also enables the ministry to go to a higher level in reaching the world for Christ. Know that we love and appreciate you and all that you do. If there is anything that we can do for you, please let us know.
Pastor Tony and Denise