Welcome! We are so very glad that you are here!
The Empowered for Witness Project (see background tab) is equipping individuals and congregations, to embody, proclaim and advance the Kingdom of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
We believe that learning to cooperate with the empowering of the Holy Spirit has the potential to help bring renewal to our churches, increasing our passion and effectiveness as servants of Christ Jesus. Through this project, we envision many people and congregations being raised up with love for Jesus, the heart of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring the hope of the gospel to the world.
The first unit, EFW 101, lays a biblical and theological foundation for understanding the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Each of the next five units will explore the following vital areas of Christian leadership and ministry: Spiritual Gifts, Prayer, Healing, Spiritual Warfare and Evangelism.
Again, we are very honored to have you join us! If there are ways we can help serve you along the way, please let us know.
Rev. David Westra and Rev. Gina Dick
Empowered for Witness is a joint ministry offered by Gold Avenue Church and Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI), a non-profit Christian ministry devoted to exalting Jesus and igniting the church, which is headquartered in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Gold Avenue Church located in Grand Rapids Michigan initially offered the Empowered for Witness (EFW) 101 course in 2020 for 150 participants, including about 40 local pastors, where they experienced a powerful move of God! We have had many requests for this teaching since that time. We have developed this website to post the audio recordings and teaching handouts, so that individuals and congregations can take the EFW courses online. As subsequent courses are prepared, our intention is to offer the courses live, (stay tuned for our schedule) and then to post the materials on this website for use broadly in many congregations. We welcome your donations, which go directly to support this equipping ministry.
EFW 101: Gateways to Empowered Ministry – The theological foundation for all that follows, introducing the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
EFW 102: Manifestations of the Spirit’s Power – The gifts of the Holy Spirit, and learning the dynamics of cooperating with the Holy Spirit both personally and corporately.
EFW Online Course
The EFW Online Project is designed as a web course, where you can work through each lesson at your own pace.
Each session contains the audio recording of the teaching, and the lesson handout, for review. Please listen to the teaching, using the handout as a guide, and then click “completed” in order to unlock the next session. You may do this at your own pace until you have completed all 12 sessions. It is recommended (not required) that you complete EFW 101 first, before moving on to subsequent topics, as it is the Biblical Foundation for all that follows.
For EFW sessions that are taking place live, the sessions will be uploaded here after they occur in person. Please check back after each Thursday night session to access the new lessons.
Projects currently available are EFW 101 and EFW 102.
Use your email address to register per the instructions below, and once registered, you can sign in here at any time, your progress is automatically saved.
Live Event Registration
EFW 102 has concluded! The six sessions focused on learning the dynamics of cooperating with the Holy Spirit both personally and corporately. Please see the ONLINE PROJECTS section to listen to audio and read through the handouts (which form the manual). Questions may be directed to the EFW Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have already signed up, please do not do so again, you only need to register once!
The Empowered for Witness materials are joyfully offered free of cost, with the hope of equipping the church to embody, proclaim, and advance the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. We rely on God’s generosity to fund this work, so each donation, large and small, is gratefully received and goes directly toward carrying on this work. All gifts toward this work are tax deductible, and each donor will receive an end of the year statement of gifts. Select Give to Empowered For Witness EFW from the first dropdown menu. Thank you, in advance, for helping to advance the gospel through your support of this ministry!
Thank you for taking part in Empowered For Witness!