To see throughout all of Canada healthy leaders, leading healthy churches that transform communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Together as Canadian church leaders, to be Encouraged, Focused, and Equipped for harvest.
The Core Elements of our Christian belief.
Our Saviour, God manifested in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work and substitutionary death, and His personal return in power and glory.
As originally given by God, divinely inspired, entirely trustworthy; and the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
Why the Aaron Name?
Exodus 17, when the Amalekites were attacking the Israelites, whenever Moses held up his hands and rod, Joshua and his men prevailed. But, when Moses lowered his hands and rod, the Amalekites began to overtake the Israelites. “12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so [Aaron and Hur] took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword” [New King James Version].
In this way the name “Aaron” is beautifully connected with our calling because just like Aaron and Hur, we too are here to support one another and lift each other’s hands high. Every initiative we undertake, every plan we make, everything we do is aimed at supporting leaders so they can win the battle. Additionally, many theologians believe Moses’ rod, the “Rod of God”, was a symbol of leadership. We’ve incorporated this symbolism into our logo with a rod connecting the 2 A’s in Aaron.
Through encouraging, focusing, and equipping leaders our goal is that they would be healthy leaders, that lead healthy churches, that transform communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The History of The Network
Often when God plans to do something new, He plants a vision in one person’s heart and gives that person the responsibility to ponder and pray, to nurture and network, to work and wait. Aaron Ministries was birthed out of that process.
During prayer walks in 2000, God began to speak to Dwight Habermehl about a ministry to pastoral leaders and, through them, to the churches in Atlantic Canada. The vision? Churches working together across denominational lines, building one another up, experiencing new health and vitality, and increasing the harvest.
Dwight went in faith and spent the next year meeting with pastoral leaders. Three common threads emerged as he listened to their joys and pains in ministry:
- The desire to experience the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their own lives and in the lives of their congregation.
- The reality that engaging in ministry meant engaging in spiritual battle.
- The challenge of leading the church into the harvest.
In 2002, Dwight invited leaders to come together and to develop a vision that would address those areas. A leadership team was chosen and in 2003 “The Well” was born.
Encourage The Well became a place for mutual encouragement. Each month a different pastor spoke to the issues of church leadership from his or her own journey, from the triumphs and failures, from God’s unique lesson plan. A time of teaching was followed by small groups discussions, seeking ways to personalize those lessons.
Attendance grew as they met in different venues each month. At first, leaders came from churches throughout Halifax, then from other regions in the province. Leaders came expectantly and returned home built up and strengthened. A second Well was started in the Middleton area in 2005 and a third Well was started in the later half of 2012 in the South Shore. Overall, since its inception, the well has continued to grow. Leaders from more than 20 denominations have benefited from the Well.
Focus In 2003, a member of the Aaron network called Dwight and said that he believed that the Lord had put on his heart to connect Dwight with a ministry that he had just come in contact with – CRM (now ReFocus.org).
Thus began a journey with CRM and their “Refocus Process.” The process helps leaders and churches freshly surrender to the Lordship of Jesus and gain clarity in mapping out the way forward, both personally and corporately. The end result is an excellent road map that helps churches and leaders get focused and mobilized to the harvest and to discover or rediscover their unique calling and take strategic steps toward its implementation.
On-site training in Halifax was coordinated and implemented and in 2005 Aaron had its first trained and certified facilitators of the “Refocus Process”.
Equip The mandate to equip was realized as Aaron discovered the rich resources that God’s placed right here in Nova Scotia. Aaron began to connect with leaders from different churches who had authority and expertise on subjects that were topical and relevant to the local church and the leadership journey. This network of teachers & equippers began to grow and soon Aaron had a network of teachers that it was able to draw from and to connect to the needs of leaders and churches.
In fulfilling its mission of equipping, Aaron has put on a number of conferences and workshops over the years. In 2007 it sponsored an event entitled Lead Like Jesus Now that looked at the leadership principles set by Jesus. In 2008 it sponsored an event entitled Boundaries on setting boundaries in personal and professional relationships. In 2009 is organized a conference called Transform on helping individuals capitalize on the fullness and freedom promised in Christ. In 2010 it organized a conference on effective church governance. In 2012 it organized another conference on effective church governance; this one aimed to help churches design and implement effective and healthy governance principles. The equipping journey continued with many over conferences & seminars. It has now moved from on location conferences to online webinars, with speakers from across Canada.