Transition is coming but the church is breech


If you have been following the ministry recently you know that I’m zeroed in on a critical issue—an issue, in my opinion, that can result in the further fracture of the church, or in a powerful reformation that will shock the world.

Sunday at our Revival Church staff meeting, there was a strong prophetic word that must be given attention.

The message was that the church is in a time of massive transition, much like you’d find in a delivery room. When the mother is transitioning into the process of birth the room is filled with chaos and even confusion for the untrained, nervous or unprepared.

We are seeing this same chaos and confusion in the church today. People are scattering, searching for traction, for fresh new life that they sense is near.

Then, the person who gave the message declared, “The church is breech! The church is breech!”

Of course, a breech delivery is a cause for serious concern. The chance of death to the coming baby is much greater than in a normal, head first birth.

Immediately, God revealed to me what the word meant. What the meaning of a breech church was.

The confusion, frustration and wounding that’s impacting so many Christians is resulting in an intentional divorce from pastors and leaders. It’s a movement that either greatly minimizes or even renounces governmental church leadership.

It’s a feet first movement. The church is breech.

A common cause for a breech delivery is prematurity. Premature babies tend to deliver breech, and we need to consider this for the church. We can’t allow our dissatisfaction and impatience to cause us to move out ahead of leadership.

Many believe this chaotic transition, this reformation in the church is the answer to their frustrations and pains that they experienced in the organized church. They feel it’s a transition out of body life and away from human leaders.

That is a devastating and terribly incorrect analysis.

The coming reformation will in fact highlight God’s established apostolic leaders and will call the church to rally around them in radical unity and advance into the darkness of the world.

Further, there’s an incorrect mindset that every Believer is identical. That we all have equal giftings and equal authority in every situation. Usually this idea is embraced as a defense measure after feeling slighted by Christian leaders. I understand the pain that this can bring, but the answer isn’t to artificially level the playing field. God loves us all passionately, but he does flow through us differently. Our abilities and responsibilities vary.

Those with a gift of healing have a greater grace to heal people. People with the gift of helps can function in that role much more easily and efficiently than others. If someone has an ordination from God into a prophetic office, he or she will be receiving information that most others won’t. Apostles have breakthrough ability that’s unique to that office.

As we embrace true biblical order, and understand that we can’t cut off the heads (small ‘h’ vs. the capitol ‘H’ reserved for God alone—God is the Head and he establishes heads of ministries) of God’s ordained leaders simply because they have disappointed us.

Man will always disappoint, but it’s God’s wisdom that has resulted in the establishment of significant responsibilities, anointings and missions through them. It’s always been this way, cover to cover in Scripture. God raises up men and women to lead. We can’t avoid it.

So, it’s time to gather together in love, passion and mission as God readies a massive advance of God’s government that lies just on the other side of our current birthing room season of transition.



  1. Nathan Hockman on August 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Awesome and insightful!

    There is some major oppression by the enemy happening all over. I am really praying that we press through to victory!

    God Bless,
    Nathan Hockman

    • Nathan Hockman on August 25, 2010 at 3:50 am

      Who be the enemy Nathan?

  2. Brian Pflieger on August 25, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Pastor John,
    I may not always agree with all of your points but I have to say. This is a timely, and quite frankly, necessary prophetic word. I have been preaching this idea for quite some time now and it has felt like no one was seeing it. So glad Im not alone in this assessment. Good stuff my brother. Love ya man!

  3. Rob Kennedy on August 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

    John, this is the word for the hour! I am contending with the same battle. A feet first church is out of order and can never walk balanced without its equalibriam.

  4. John Jordan on August 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I believe God is transforming our understanding of the Body and both bringing freedom from traditions of man and restoring the spiritual tools and relationships we are to use and support in reality, not just by policy. The 403c church may have some difficult times ahead but I believe God is doing something so mighty that we can't even picture how it will end up, something akin to the days before the fall of Adam, and what God wanted with the Israelites before they chose Moses (and therefore the Levites after him).

  5. DanielthePoet on September 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I have a sense of a breech as well, but in a different sense. I see the Church crying out for "revival", but my spirit is caught on 1 Corinthians 14:26-33. I'm stirred to pray in the restoration of the fully functioning church. I think this is the direction part of the church will go… the return to every member functioning during a meeting rather than filling the role of spectator. That re-infusion of purpose, power, and responsibility will bring about a revival-like atmosphere.

  6. johnburton on September 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    A problem with the way we 'do church' here in America is that we try to stuff everything in to a 2 hour service, once a week.

    When the 24/7 church emerges, we'll be able to have services devoted fully to apostolic teaching, while other times during the week we can see the body functioning in prophecy, worship, etc.

    There are many who say they don't like the 'one man show'… but, we have to have services where apostolic leaders have our undivided attention as they transmit key instructions. There will always be leadership… and there should be services where body interaction is less limited, and other services where it's much more active… where it even drives the event.