Daniel Kolenda knows what ministry success looks like. But rather than resting on the past, the fiery world-renowned evangelist and successor to Reinhard Bonnke at Christ for all Nations is moving into the future with Holy Spirit power—and a God-ordained mandate.
"At CfaN, we've seen more than 80 million people come to Christ over the last 34 years," Kolenda tells Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "And we've held huge evangelistic campaign around the world—we are still doing that, by the way."
But a little over a year ago, Kolenda says God put it on his heart that "We need to have a base, a home community. ... It wasn't so much that I sat down and said, 'I want to plant a church,' ... I felt an ultimatum from the Lord, saying, 'Are you going to do what I've asked you to do? Are you going to steward well what I've already put in your hands?'"
Kolenda realized that the process of evangelizing, then discipling and creating community for people is also called a local church. He also saw the many people coming to Christ through CfAN's various Orlando, Florida, ministries (School of Ministry, Evangelism Bootcamp and more) and trusted God's direction to plant a church there. Nations Church, wearenations.church, still in pre-launch stage, will hold its launch service Aug. 15. While many churches report struggles across the country in the wake of the pandemic and its resurgence, "We're closing in on 1500 launch members," he says.
"The word the Lord gave me was 'multiply,'" Kolenda adds. "I don't want to just be the next Reinhard Bonnke. ... I want to see the next 100,000 Reinhard Bonnkes raised up around the world. And I believe we're on the threshold of the greatest harvest of history.
"And what Reinhard was and what Billy Graham was and T.L. Osborn and so many of these great men, I believe they were prototypes," Kolenda says. "They were examples. But now in this next generation, it's going to fall upon sons and daughters. Many of them, you won't even know their names, but God will raise them up, and they will lead multitudes into the kingdom.
"These are the days of harvest. I really believe that as the church, we've got to rise up and grab it for Calvary's sake."
For much more from Daniel Kolenda about evangelism, discipleship and how you can join the ongoing work of the Nations Church plant, listen to the entire episode of Greenelines here, and subscribe to Greenelines on your favorite podcast platform for more stories like this one. Visit wearenations.church for more information on how you can pray and participate in Kolenda's exciting new venture.
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