Kingdom Servants is simply a community of Christians who understand the “big picture” of God’s inclusive, coming, global kingdom comprised of Christian believers worldwide. Every tribe, tongue (language group), people and nation (ethnic group) will worship and serve the Lord Jesus in heaven together around the throne (Revelation 5.9) and we will “reign on the earth” (v. 10). His kingdom is inclusive because every ethnic/language/tribal/cultural group will be represented. It is coming because it is God’s culminating purpose of history and he is actively engaged in bringing it about. It is global by God’s decree. Kingdom Servants recognize these truths and work together in sync with God’s purpose to accomplish his will. This website is dedicated to augmenting this effort.
Kingdom Servants grew out of Bill Perry’s (see About the Founder) broadening international student ministry (ISM) experience. He wrote the best selling Storyteller’s Bible Study in the late 1980s that quickly became a national standard for storytelling Bible studies. He traveled the US by invitation speaking, teaching and training. Other books followed (see our Store) and over time they all went global.
It’s designed for any Christian who has an interest and heart for God’s coming kingdom and wants to learn more and become more effective as a kingdom servant.
First, feel free to browse our site. Look at our resources. If you find something you like and want to download it for free or sign up for a subscription, also for free, please register first (go to New User Registration) and then download what you’re interested in. Remember: while everything is copyrighted, we allow registrants to use them free of charge for personal/private use. If a registrant wants to use something from the site in a public way (a talk, speech, presentation, video/audio/digital session, etc.), simply acknowledge the source: kingdomservants.com. Doing this honors the goal of this site to be a growing source of helpful kingdom resources and servants and gives synergy a greater chance of happening. Since we don’t charge for this, we’re not in it for the money or anything else except the glory of God and his Son the Lord Jesus.
No. There are plenty of denominations in the Body of Christ. The Bible is silent about denominations. Jesus prayed that all his followers would be “one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17:21). He mentions this oneness four times (vs. 11, 21-23). Notice the connection between oneness and the world believing in Jesus. Paul said in Ephesians that God is building “one new man” (2:15) and that it is to be “perfect” or mature (4:13), growing (4:15, 16) and knit together (v.16). Biblically speaking, spiritual unity breeds spiritual community and spiritual maturity (4:14). Many Christians today have greater loyalty to their church or their pastor/leader or their group or their organization. Such loyalty is admirable as long as their higher/greater/stronger loyalty is to Jesus and his Body, which recognizes all true Christian believers as family — the family of God (Ephesians 3:15). When we lift up Jesus and he becomes the center of our attention, he will draw the world to himself (John 12:32).
No, not at all. Many denominations, churches and mission agencies performed great work in helping the Body of Christ grow over the years, especially in the last two (19th and 20th) centuries. But all too frequently there is a tendency of some people in the Body to think that a denomination, church or mission agency should work for the kingdom without partnering with others outside their group.
Look at it this way. Open a newly arrived pizza in the box. What do you see? A whole pizza cut in slices. The whole pizza represents the Body of Christ. The slices are parts of the Body. No one slice can be the whole pizza. It can’t even pretend to be the whole pizza. Any one part never can be the whole. A slice doesn’t even look like the whole pizza. So a slice alone simply can’t represent the whole pizza without joining or partnering with the other slices. And no partnering means no synergy.
Synergy means that results are greater when components/elements work together or in partnership, or “more bang for your buck.” If Store A offers apples at $2.00/pound and Store B offers them at $1.00/pound, the smart person will buy apples at Store B because you get twice as many apples for the same price.
Partnerships work like that. The word “synergy” is actually a New Testament principle and comes from the Greek word sunergos (sun = with, ergos = work, energy) meaning fellow worker, companion, helper, etc. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.” “Work together” is sunergos. If God works things that way, shouldn’t we?
When he was alive, Dr. Ralph Winter, the founder of the US Center for World Missions (now Frontier Ventures and The Venture Center) in Pasadena, CA said 2 things about international student ministry (ISM) in the US: (1) It is easily the most complicated of all mission fields in the world, and (2) It has the most potential of all the mission fields of the world. #2 is true because virtually all the nations of the world send their best and brightest students and scholars to the US.
America has been at the forefront of international student education since World War 1. The US is the #1 destination in the world for international students/scholars. With the large number of Christians in the US, it should be a no-brainer that all of these internationals should have at least one American Christian friend. The sad truth is that currently no more than 4% of these visitors hear the gospel, let alone believe it. Estimates are that only 10% of these internationals even visit an American home, Christian or otherwise. The chances of them visiting a Christian household are obviously far less. The Body of Christ consistently fails to show hospitality to the most important demographic for kingdom advancement, and it has been this way for over 100 years. These internationals are intelligent, educated, future or developing leaders, mobile and represent virtually every country. It’s long past time we change these numbers. Kingdom Servants is all about turning this situation around.