Christianity Today Promotes NAR Prophet Heidi Baker
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Fri May 11, 2012 at 05:47:40 PM EST
Part Two

It was a pivotal moment in American evangelicalism when Christianity Today featured a New Apostolic leader on its May cover.  More shocking is that this historic development included claims by Heidi Baker that her only tie to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has been annual attendance at a conference.  The author and editorial staff failed to challenge this assertion or to include information about Baker's significant role in the NAR or her role in Revival Alliance, a partnership that brought together the six major New Apostolic ministries of Baker, Che Ahn, John Arnott, Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, and Georgian Banov. It was an incomplete view of one of the most powerful women in the apostolic and prophetic movement and promoted Baker's ministry without providing readers any information about the dramatic changes in structure and ideology that New Apostolics have introduced into the evangelical world.

Part One of this series included a description of the formation of Revival Alliance and the apostolic network's sponsorship of the "apostolic alignment" of Todd Bentley at the Lakeland Outpouring in 2008.

Following are additional examples documenting Baker's very obvious leadership position in the apostolic and prophetic movement. See links at the end of the article for descriptions of the New Apostolic Reformation and apostolic government of the church. The movement's goals include the reorganization and unifying of Protestantism under the authority of apostles and prophets.

Baker and Burn 24-7

Following is a short video of Baker with leaders of Burn 24-7.  This is a light-hearted and frivolous clip, but the embrace of the apostolic and prophetic structure is obvious.  Baker is part of the apostolic council providing accountability or "apostolic covering" to Burn 24-7.  The video features Baker, Burn 24-7 founder Sean Feucht, and another leader of the youth-oriented organization.  In this video they are celebrating the formation of their apostolic/prophetic council.

Under the "accountablity" tab on the Burn 24-7 website, four apostolic leaders are shown - Julie Meyer, Lou Engle, Heidi and Rolland Baker, and Charles and Ann Stock. Lou Engle is co-founder with Che Ahn of TheCall.  Julie Meyer is also a prophet and is well known in the movement for her prophetic rap style and prophecies about Sarah Palin during the 2008 election.

In another Burn 24-7 video Heidi Baker is described as part of the organization's "apostolic council" and as  sharing "her prophetic voice and impartation." The Burn 24-7 website also includes a handy "prophetic glossary."

Revival Alliance and Wagner Leadership Institute

Randy Clark, one of the leaders of Revival Alliance (described in detail in Part One), is credited with bringing the holy laughter revival to John Arnott's Toronto Airport Vineyard Fellowship in 1994. The subsequent multi-year revival is often described as the Toronto Blessing.  In 2001, Clark left the Vineyard movement and his church in St. Louis and moved his Global Awakening ministry to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in order "to work with Charles Stock, a non-Vineyard ministry" as reported by Charisma Magazine.  Charles and Ann Stock, listed above in the apostolic council of Burn 24 -7, lead Life Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Clark's Global Awakening is now headquartered in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania, close to Harrisburg, and includes the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening, the Schools of Healing and Impartation, and the Global School of Supernatural Ministry.

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Global Awakening Partners with Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI-GA) to teach "training in the core topics of: Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelism, Pastoral, Teacher and Seven Mountain."  Heidi Baker is listed as a speaker for Global Awakening and regularly speaks at GA conferences.  WLI-GA courses include Raising the Dead 101, shown at right and including Heidi Baker.

Candy Gunther Brown, quoted in the Christianity Today article, has written extensively about the partnership between Baker's Iris Ministries and Clark's Global Awakening in her 2011 book Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing.  However, Brown makes no mention of the most prominent feature of the partnership - Revival Alliance which links the apostolic networks of Baker, Clark, Che Ahn, John Arnott, Bill Johnson, and Georgian Banov.  The formation of this network is described in Part One of this series.  

Brown does reference Randy Clark's apostolic network Global Awakening and it's work with other apostolic  networks as follows,

"Global Awakening works closely with networks of local Pentecostal, Baptist, and new Apostolic movement  churches and ministries, such as Casa de Davi and Nova Geracao in Brazil and Iris Ministries in Mozmabique, seeking to build international bridges among the groups in its global network."

Brown does not describe or define how "New Apostolic churches" differ from denominational networks or describe how the growth of the apostolic and prophetic networks is overlaying current denominational structures.

Baker and Shara Pradhan

Heidi Baker co-authored a book in 2008 with her personal assistant Shara Pradhan.  Pradhan has worked with the late Jill Austin and with Mike Bickle at International House of Prayer and is currently working at Bethel Church of Bill Johnson, a Revival Alliance leader.  Following is a recent update from Pradhan about her work, including plans to return to Mozambique in June.  The video is bookended by two of the most powerful women in the apostolic and prophetic movement or NAR - Cindy Jacobs and Heidi Baker.

*What is the New Apostolic Reformation and apostolic government of the church?

-Link to "C. Peter Wagner Explains the New Apostolic Reformation."  

-A pdf by Relationship Church in Dalton, Georgia provides the typical New Apostolic explanation for why evangelical churches must shift from a democratic structure to an apostolic structure.  Relationship Church is listed in Rick Joyner's MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries.

-For another article on apostolic government, see "Samuel Rodriguez, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Apostolic Government of the Church."

[Graphic below: The 2009 Harvest Fest conference at Rick Joyner's MorningStar Ministry included Heidi Baker, Samuel Rodriguez, and Lance Wallnau.]

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