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As principal celebrant in worship, Archbishop became an International Worship Leader. Having traveled much of the world for over 36 years, he has a global perspective regarding his current and future roles, and assignments. He is also the author of his new book 'Decoding The Kingdom" available on Amazon. He is also happily married to Lady Sharon L. Golphin and currently resides in Raleigh, NC.


Archbishop Dennis Myles Golphin is the Global President for the Global Conference of Bishops and Leaders and serves to envision the present and future direction for the communion. He also serves as International President, Living In Favor (LIF) Global Network, and founder of DMG Professional Services, a national business consulting firm for churches and ministries. Archbishop also serves as co-founder of The Graduate School of Episcopal Studies.

Archbishop Dennis Myles Golphin received his call in the ministry at an early age and has been serving the Body of Christ for almost 60 years and has become an international bible scholar and authority on early church history and biblical exegesis.


The Opening Night: Impartation and Worship Experience
with Archbishop Dennis M. Golphin

The IGNITE 24 Worship Experience featured our Dean & Plenary Presenter, Archbishop Dennis M. Golphin sharing a powerful message entitled "Sanctified Leadership"

Sermon Summary

Sanctified leadership is a call to a higher standard, a divine separation that sets us apart for God's work. It is not about seeking glory or recognition but about being wholly dedicated to the service of the Lord. In Mark 6:30-32, we see Jesus instructing His disciples to come away to a quiet place to rest. This passage underscores the importance of rest in ministry—not just physical rest, but a spiritual reprieve from the busyness of life and ministry. It is in these moments of solitude that we can truly hear from God and gain a fresh perspective on our calling.

As leaders, we must be vigilant not to equate busyness with productivity. The true measure of our ministry is not in the multitude of our activities but in the depth of our relationship with God. We must be willing to be set apart, to look different, and to live a life that is a testament to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Our ministry must be demonstrated through our actions, not just our words, and it must be undergirded by a unique anointing that comes from spending time in God's presence.

Furthermore, our ministry must be recognized by a mentor, someone who can affirm the calling and anointing upon our lives. This is not about seeking human approval but about submitting to Godly authority that can help guide and shape our ministry. As we navigate the challenges and triumphs of leadership, we must remember that our ultimate goal is to glorify God and to lead others into a deeper relationship with Him.

In summary, sanctified leadership is about being set apart for God's purpose, demonstrating our ministry through our lives, and being under the mentorship of those who can recognize and affirm God's calling on our lives. It is about resting in God's presence and allowing Him to renew our strength so that we can serve Him with renewed vigor and passion.


Key Takeaways:

- Sanctified leadership requires a separation from the commonality of the world, embracing a unique identity in Christ. As leaders, we must not blend in with the crowd but stand out as a testament to God's transformative work within us. This separation is not just physical but spiritual, reflecting a heart wholly dedicated to God's service. [14:12]

- True ministry is not just about the work we do; it's about the persona we project and the lifestyle we lead. Our character and integrity are the bedrock of our ministry, and they must align with the teachings of Christ. As leaders, we must embody the values we preach, living lives that are above reproach and worthy of the calling we have received. [12:56]

- The anointing of a leader must be unique, stemming from an intimate relationship with God. It is through teaching, not just preaching, that we grow people in their faith. This unique anointing is what draws people to follow Christ, as it offers something distinct and transformative that cannot be found elsewhere. [24:23]

- Ministry must be magnetic, drawing people not through gimmicks but through the genuine love and power of the Holy Spirit. A magnetic ministry is one that naturally attracts and retains followers because it exudes the authenticity and grace of God's love. This magnetism is a reflection of a leader's deep connection with God and their commitment to living out the Gospel. [25:05]

- Rest is essential for effective ministry. It is not merely the cessation of activity but the cultivation of a peaceful and restful spirit that can only be found in God's presence. Leaders must prioritize times of solitude to hear from God and to be rejuvenated in their spirit, ensuring that their ministry flows from a place of divine rest and not human effort. [35:31]


"Sanctified Leadership"

Journey through this 5-Day Devotional Guide to developing "Sanctified Leadership" as a lifestyle adapted from the powerful message by Archbishop Dennis M. Golphin!

Day 1: Embracing a Sanctified Identity
In a world that often values conformity, being set apart for God's purpose means embracing an identity that is rooted in Christ. This identity is not about outward appearances or religious rituals; it's about a heart transformation that occurs when one surrenders to the work of the Holy Spirit. A sanctified leader is recognized by their distinctiveness in character and their dedication to God's service, which often looks different from the world's standards. This separation is a spiritual journey, one that involves a daily commitment to living out the values and teachings of Jesus. It's about being a light in the darkness, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. The sanctified leader's life is a beacon of hope and a testament to the transformative power of God's love and grace [14:12].

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." - Colossians 3:2-3

Reflection: How does your daily life reflect a unique identity in Christ that sets you apart from the cultural norms around you?


Day 2: Integrity as the Bedrock of Ministry
The true essence of ministry extends beyond the tasks and activities one performs; it is deeply rooted in the character and integrity of the individual. A leader's personal life must mirror the principles they teach, exhibiting a level of moral and ethical standards that aligns with the life of Christ. This integrity is not for show but is a genuine reflection of a heart changed by God. It is through this consistent living that trust is built, and the message of the Gospel is authenticated. Leaders are called to live lives that are above reproach, serving as examples to the flock and ensuring that their influence leads others closer to God [12:56].

"But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness." - 1 Timothy 6:11

Reflection: In what ways can you strengthen your personal integrity to better reflect Christ in your leadership?


Day 3: The Unique Anointing of Leadership
Leadership in the kingdom of God is not a one-size-fits-all calling; it requires a unique anointing that comes from an intimate relationship with the Creator. This anointing is not something that can be learned through human wisdom or mimicked from others; it is a divine endowment that equips leaders to teach and guide others in their faith journey. It is this unique touch from God that draws people to Christ, offering a transformative experience that cannot be replicated. The anointing is what empowers leaders to be effective in their calling, enabling them to impart spiritual truths that resonate with the hearts of those they lead [24:23].

"And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was." - Hebrews 5:4

Reflection: How can you cultivate a deeper relationship with God to receive a unique anointing for your leadership role?


Day 4: Magnetic Ministry Through Authenticity
A ministry that is truly magnetic does not rely on gimmicks or superficial attractions; it is one that naturally draws people through the genuine love and power of the Holy Spirit. This type of ministry is characterized by authenticity and grace, which are evident in the leader's life and interactions with others. The magnetic pull comes from a deep connection with God and a commitment to living out the Gospel in every aspect of life. When a leader's heart is aligned with God's, their ministry becomes a powerful force that attracts and retains followers, not because of the leader's charisma, but because of the evident work of the Holy Spirit within them [25:05].

"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." - John 12:32

Reflection: What aspects of your ministry could be more rooted in authenticity and the power of the Holy Spirit to become more magnetic to others?


Day 5: The Essential Nature of Rest in Ministry
Effective ministry is not sustained by constant activity and busyness; it requires periods of rest and spiritual renewal. This rest is not simply a break from work but is a time of solitude and peace in the presence of God. It is in these quiet moments that leaders can hear from God, gain fresh perspective, and be rejuvenated in their spirit. Rest is essential to prevent burnout and to ensure that one's ministry is flowing from a place of divine strength rather than human effort. Leaders must prioritize this sacred time to maintain their spiritual vitality and to serve with passion and vigor [35:31].

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

Reflection: How can you intentionally incorporate times of rest and solitude into your routine to rejuvenate your spirit for ministry?


As you consider the topic, "Sanctified Leadership," answer these discussion questions for deeper life application and spiritual devotion!

**Bible Reading:**

1. Mark 6:30-32 (ESV)
"The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves."

2. Exodus 28:41 (ESV)
"You shall put them on Aaron your brother, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests."

3. 2 Corinthians 3:6 (ESV)
"Who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."

4. Acts 16:3 (ESV)
"Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek."

**Observation Questions:**

1. In Mark 6:30-32, what reasons did Jesus give for inviting the apostles to a desolate place?
2. Reflecting on Mark 6:30-32, how did the apostles' busyness impact their ability to find rest?
3. Considering Exodus 28:41, what does the act of anointing and consecrating Aaron and his sons signify about their role?
4. From 2 Corinthians 3:6, what is the difference between the ministry of the letter and the ministry of the Spirit?

**Interpretation Questions:**

1. How does the invitation to rest in a desolate place relate to the concept of being set apart for God's work?
2. What might be the spiritual significance of the apostles' lack of leisure to eat in the context of their ministry work?
3. In what ways does the consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests reflect the idea of sanctified leadership?
4. How does the ministry of the Spirit, as described in 2 Corinthians 3:6, empower leaders differently than adherence to the letter of the law?

**Application Questions:**

1. Identify a time this week when you can retreat to a quiet place for rest and spiritual renewal. What will you do during this time?
2. Reflect on your current activities and commitments. Which of these might be hindering your ability to rest and hear from God?
3. Consider your role in your community or church. How can you demonstrate sanctified leadership through your actions this week?
4. Choose one aspect of your ministry or service that you feel needs a fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit. What specific steps will you take to seek this anointing?
5. Think about a mentor in your life who has recognized and affirmed your calling. How can you honor their guidance while also seeking God's direction for your ministry?

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