Candidate Profile: Dean Dilger
Meet Dean Dilger, one of our candidates who is currently raising funds in order to serve as full-time field staff with InFaith. Dean always thought the Lord would lead him into ministry somewhere away from home. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, Dean explains his moment of calling: “It was only when I truly turned everything over to God and listened for the Holy Spirit’s leading that I found the ministry I was called to was the one I was already involved in [at home].”
People are often surprised to find out that the Central Coast of California, one of the most financially prosperous areas in the state, has rural communities that are poverty-stricken and spiritually dark. It’s here that Dean is ministering to nine small, local churches that have been largely forgotten by larger churches and ministries. “These communities need to be engaged in unique ways,” Dean says. Aside from his church-based ministries, Dean is also director at Camp Challenge, which hosts children from throughout the Central Coast.
Check Out Our Candidates
Dean is just one of our many candidates who are currently in the process of raising up financial partners in order to be able to reach their local areas for Christ. Check out all of our current candidates to see if you’d like to partner with one of them and enable them to reach local.
Looking for a Rural Church Planter in Nebraska
Does Dean Dilger’s ministry sound like what God has called you to be doing? We’re looking for someone to join us to do incarnational ministry and church planting in rural Nebraska. The candidate will have the opportunity to partner with an InFaith field director (who is familiar with the area) to develop the ministry. If you or someone you know is interested, visit our website.
Reaching Forgotten Corners of Our Country
As a mission, we’ve been reaching out to the forgotten corners of our country for the past 200 years—whether it’s small rural communities or bustling inner cities. Take a look at the journey God has taken InFaith on through the years: https://infaith.org/heritage.
Blog: 2 Things We Need to Do in Prayer
By Ridge Burns, Executive Director/CEO
Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Paul directly asks us to do these two things in prayer. The first thing is to be watchful. Interesting how he phrases that in present progressive tense which means “being watchful” not just once—all the time—being watchful for what God wants to do.
So, what are we watching for? Well I think there are three things the Lord has impressed on me that I need to be watchful for. First of all, His assignments for me. What is it that He’s specifically asking me to do? And when He asks me to do it, am I going to be obedient? Sometimes those assignments are very easy. They’re in job descriptions or in directives from my board of trustees. Often God uses my wife to give me assignments. But other times it’s simply through the still voice of the Holy Spirit, the small voice that whispers, “Pray for that person. Talk to that person. Go this way to work instead of the other way.”
Second: we’re to be watchful that the Evil One hasn’t corrupted our thinking about God, or planted things that will be destructive to the purity of who God is. Therefore, we are to be watchful in prayer in order to banish sin and the Evil One from our lives.
The third thing I think we need to be watchful for is places where God has called us to advance the Kingdom. It may be by going to a special rally, or a special church service, or maybe God has called you to pray and to fast, or to pray over a building or a city or a geographic location. God calls us to be watchful for what He’s doing and to watch for where He might be placing you to help the Kingdom.
Finally, Paul says to be thankful. When you’re focused on being thankful that God is God and can do what He wants to do, it’s hard to carry a grudge, or to be angry, or to be involved in self-pity. So, let’s practice these things in prayer.
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