New Wineskins Model
In Mark 2:22 Jesus said, "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."
Inspiration Behind Model
After leading a non-profit ministry for seven years, it became apparent to Jeff Bremer that he, as well as ministries in general have in many ways been operating under the world's system with a worldly mindset. Whether it's governance, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, etc., ministries have typically been operating with the same secular mindset.
Finding sleep very difficult as a result of a shoulder injury that Jeff incurred in September 2013, Jeff began taking long prayer walks in the middle of the night, up and down their long rural driveway. It was during one of those midnight walks that Jeff felt the Lord show him a vision for what he called a "new wineskin" ministry model. Jeff felt the Lord was saying that He is about to do a new thing (Isaiah 43:19) and that this "new thing" will not be able to be done the way things are currently being done. it would require switching over to "new wineskins" as the old skins, or old way of doing things, would not be able to contain what God is planning to do. The initial vision was very basic, but then with each late night prayer walk God began to reveal additional components of the model. After 40 days Jeff's shoulder was healed and the vision of this new wineskin model had seemed come into full color. Over time, as Jeff continued to pray into this new wineskin model, he began to realize that it was not just a model for ministry but Kingdom businesses as well. And more than that, it was a foundation for a spiritual end-time army that God is about to start raising up in this new season or era that we are entering into described on the Understanding the Times page.
The main premise to this new wineskin model is that every functional layer of the organization, whether it's a ministry or business, revolves around a central core which is made up of three different elements: the Holy Spirit, knowledge and understanding, and community. The foundation of this core is rooted in the Word. Revolving around the core, Jeff saw 5 different operational-type layers with a skin-like layer covering all the different layers.
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