A Settling In, October 2018 News

Cindy and I are getting settled in to our new rental home here in Colorado Springs and I am busy with our ministry and my new assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hill.  It has been a very exciting month.  If you read my last newsletter then you know how amazing my trip to New Zealand last month was.  It took the first week of September for me to get over jetlag and wind down.  I am still so amazed at what God did during my time there.

The past couple of weeks as I am learning more about my pastor, Steve Holt and the amazing ministry here at The RoadI can honestly say I have not had this level of excitement for a very long time.  It seems like God has uniquely equipped me to be able to minister here at some strategic points of need.  Working with the people, all the special volunteers and this wonderful staff has been such a blessing.

I want to talk with you briefly about the most important thing on my heart right now.  A few weeks ago Liz Holt had a vision in our sanctuary of fire coming down on people.  She felt the Lord showing here that it was a purging fire He was sending to burn away the chaff—the dark places of sin in people’s lives.  That same day as Steve and Liz and Cindy and I were at lunch Cindy shared a prophecy we heard back in the 80’s given by Delores Hayford, Pastor Jack Hayford’s mom.

Pastor Jack shared this in one of the Wednesday night prayer meetings.  Mama Hayford said that in the end times there would be two winds of the Spirit.  The first would be a purging wind sent to expose the darkness and sin within the church.  That leaders would be exposed who had hidden sin and dark places in their lives.  The second wind would be a wind of anointing that could only be received if you gave place to the first wind.

My friends, I believe these are profound in light of what we see happening in our world today.  I have always said there is a direct relationship between obedience and power.  God wants us to be holy and pure, free from the dirt and sin that binds us up and stifles God’s power from flowing through our lives.  I believe this is perhaps the main reason why we, who call ourselves followers of Christ, are not having the influence over our culture we were intended to have.

As a direct result of all of this Pastor Steve has spent the last two Sundays preaching on The Refiners Fire.  It has been powerful and a much needed wakeup call for all of us to take more seriously our own need for allowing the Holy Spirit to search and cleanse us.  As I have been praying about this I have felt prompted to actually change my message for our church on the 14th of this month.  I will be talking on Real Christianity In An Unreal World. 

We are going to explore some of the reasons why we are losing our culture and ways we can turn it around.  One of the main themes suggests we need to stop cursing the darkness and just be a light.  I will also be challenging all of us to start praying over what we call The Seven Mountains Of Culture.  We are producing a great handout to tuck into your bible as a guide for how to pray over these mountains and invite in the kingdom of God.

I will also challenge us to take our responsibility as citizens of this great country seriously and be sure to vote in this upcoming election.  My friends, we are living in challenging times and we must take our responsibility seriously.

Finally I need to challenge you to please help us with the final touches needed for a full launch of our new curriculum.  The workbook production is proving to be a much bigger project than we anticipated and we still need funds to complete the second manual for MOT 201.  Promise Keepers New Zealand has expressed an interest in adopting our two-year curriculum for their country and we are excited about that.  However, we do need to finish production.  The good news is that we are very close.  Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift this month to help us?

We are so thankful for you, your prayers, support and your faithful partnership in serving our Lord.

May God richly bless you,

The Most Amazing ministry Trip Ever

In our 30 years of ministry, there has never been as profound and intense ministry as I have just experienced.  Late last year the wonderful folks at Promise Keepers New Zealand invited me to come and speak at two of their three annual conferences in August.  The trip would take me into Auckland and have me there for 19 days.  They asked me if I would be open to other speaking opportunities sandwiched between the two weekends of the events.  I said, sure, you cannot over work me.  My former pastor, Danny says there is a theological word for this—STUPID!

I want to share with you a brief summary of what happened:  I arrived in New Zealand on the 15th. By the time I was done I had been in 8 cities covering both islands from Auckland in the north to the far southern tip, taken 6 plane trips, spoken at 5-6 fundraisers, conducted 7 marriage seminars, spoken at 3 churches for Sunday services and two major PK rallys where I brought the opening and closing messages as well as two elective workshops in each.  In all I calculate I spoke 28 times in 19 days. 

I want to truly thank Paul Monahan, John Subritsky and the entire PK staff for their incredible kindness and encouragement all the way through.  In addition, a special thanks to Paul and Lynette Subritsky, (founders of PK NZ 25 years ago now retired) for hosting all of my trips throughout this amazing and beautiful country.  I cannot say enough about the people, all the incredible food and the amazing sights I encountered.

This trip was truly supernatural on so many levels.  In all of that time I never once felt tired, did not come close to losing my voice and did not experience anything other than God’s amazing grace and strength.  I am sorry that time and space here does not afford me the opportunity to share all of the details but let me just unpack the final weekend for you as a sample.

It began at the opening of the last PK event Friday night the 31st.  It was my privilege to open for about 900-1,000 guys with my testimony.  Daz Chettle followed with a strong evangelistic call and the altar was flooded with hundreds of men.  Daz and I escorted them into another prepared room where we shared more with them, had them fill out a card and then prayed over them.  The next day I conducted two elective breakout sessions with an average attendance of around 350 men.  During the second breakout about 10 men gave their hearts to Jesus.

Later I spoke at a fundraiser for PK and then closed the conference that evening with a strong message on Real Christianity In An Un-real World.  At the end of the night I felt impressed to give another invitation and about 20 more men followed me off to another side room where we shared and prayed together.  It was so amazing and special.  NOTE: If you would like to see some pictures and videos from this experience please visit my Facebook home page, https://www.facebook.com/vince.dacchioli.

The next day, Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at two services for a church about an hour away and Cindy opened the services with prayer all the way from California where she had just arrived.  I brought the powerful message of God’s incredible healing of Cindy back in 2010 and all He taught us through that challenging time.  There were many tears and many were saved and touched. 

That evening was the culmination of the whole 19 days when 150 people showed up for our final couples seminar.  This was the 7th one and though they were all special, this one was amazing.  As you know, Cindy was not able to join me on this trip so I had to play her role in all of the sessions.  Thank God He gave me the grace to pull it off.  These seminars were some of the most impactful events of the entire trip. So many couples recommitted their lives and marriages to Christ and many people were saved.

The two-hour meeting time was split into two sessions. The first one dealt with the differences between men and women and has always been the highlight of our Couples On TargetSeminar.  The second session had them taking the natural gift test and then concluding with a time of debriefing the results.  The feedback was amazing.  Many indicated they thought it was some of the best information they had ever encountered on marriage.  When the video of this is available I will post it.

The next morning before going to PK and then the airport I had some meaningful alone time with God.  I shed a lot of tears as I remember being very emotional.  Everything finally over I now had time to reflect.  The intensity of our move, losing our precious dog, Beau and the excitement of this trip was catching up.  I remember my most powerful emotion was being filled with awe and great thankfulness about how God used me on this trip.  I am so deeply humbled that He would allow me, a frail and flawed human being, to experience His amazing grace.

I arrived back in Los Angeles on Monday September 3rd.  Our daughter Kim purchased a ticket for Cindy to fly out to meet me so I would not have to drive our second car back to our new home in Colorado alone.  What a blessing that turned out to be.  I was exhausted to say the least.  The adrenalin gone and jet lag set in, it took a couple of days to adjust.  We drove back on the 6th of September and are now able to begin settling in.

Next week I begin a new assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hill.  I am looking forward to how God might use me to bless my pastor, Steve Holt and our wonderful staff there.  In addition, the ministry is moving forward full blast.  We are still in need of additional financial resources to complete our second MOTCurriculum manuals and it looks like PK New Zealand is interested in perhaps adopting this resource for distribution there.

Cindy and I are so blessed to bring you this exciting report and want to encourage you to please continue to pray for us, OTM and to also consider a generous gift this month to help us close out the usual end-of-summer financial challenges.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.

May God richly bless you,

The Old Has Gone…The New Has Come (2 Cor 5:17)

July was a wonderful month as we had many friends and family over to help us prepare for our move back to Colorado.  Bitter sweet times but very precious to us.  It is now August 10th, we are moved into our new home here in Colorado Springs and looking forward to what God is going to do.  The journey over these past two weeks has produced every emotion possible—from an incredible sense of loss to excitement and joy. Here is the story:

On July 30ththe movers packed us up and the truck left California for our new home in Colorado the next day.   On the 31stthe truck came to pick up our furnishings.  Then, Cindy and I, along with our dog Beau, drove to Colorado Springs on August 1stand after a stay in Grand Junction arrived on the afternoon of the 2nd.  We stayed with our daughter, Kristen and her family until we could officially move into our leased home on August 7th.

On our first day here we had a bit of a scare as Cindy’s need for oxygen spiked.  You may recall that our move here was based on pretty good medical evidence that she would be ok.  Well, God was gracious and that condition, probably brought about by the stress of the move, has now subsided and she is fine.  On Sunday we were at our new church and Pastor Steve introduced us and made the announcement that I will be coming on board starting in September. Next week we will be prayed over by our church for my trip to New Zealand.

On August 6thwe visited our new home and took a tour to determine the layout before the movers were to arrive the next day.  We loved the home and were looking forward to the move in.  What happened next was very unexpected however.  Our precious Golden retriever, Beau has been slowing down for some time. He is 12 years old, lost his hearing and having great difficulty climbing stairs.   

As I awoke the morning of the tour I remember an intense time of prayer during my devotions.  Beau was heavy upon my heart.  As I prayed I heard God whisper to me, Vince, I am bringing you and Cindy into a new season and you must be prepared to let the old pass.  While I knew what this meant in a generic sense I also felt He was speaking to me especially about Beau.

The night before Beau had had a seizure and we began to worry his time was close.  We made an appointment with the vet on the afternoon of the 6thjust after our tour.  When we finished the tour Cindy went out for a dentist appointment.  I was home and decided to take Beau out on the lawn for what I anticipated may be the last time.  We knew in our heart what the vet was probably going to say.

I remember praying and crying out, please Lord do not let us have to go through this—if it is his time just take him.  Beau was now really struggling, had a more intense seizure and just then the phone rang. It was Cindy who had asked the dentist, in the middle of drilling, to allow her to make the call.  She believed the Lord prompted her.  She asked how he was doing and I told her he would probably not make it to the appointment.

We were both in tears, and while knowing Beau could not hear Cindy asked me to put the phone up to his ear and she prayed and thanked the Lord for what he has meant to us and released him.  As soon as she finished Beau took his last breadth and passed in my arms. If you are a dog person you know the feeling.  We took him to the local pet clinic and Cindy met us there for some final moments of saying goodbye.

The next day we moved into our new home.  I remember thinking that there is no way Beau could have navigated this place with so many stairs and challenging obstacles.  Though the pain was still heavy, the joy of anticipation and heavy workload of moving in really helped.  Before the movers arrived I prayed through the entire home asking God to place His holy angels there.  It was a powerful time and in our first few days here—we feel His presence.  The very next day I walked the four corners of the property and placed our spiritual pillars there.

On the 13thof August I fly to Los Angeles International Airportto catch my flight to New Zealand.  I will be there from the 15thof August until September 3rdfor Promise Keepers.  I believe I am speaking probably 20 times during that stretch (Cindy will not be joining me on this trip.  We feel it is best for her to remain here and get settled).  Upon my return I start my new assignment as Executive Pastor for The Road @ Chapel Hillschurch. I am so looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity and anticipating some great things God is going to do with The Roadand On Target.

On the OTMministry front we are still moving forward and there is a lot happening.  Pat McGuire, our producer, has finished editing our new Essentials For The Journeyworkbook and is now in the process of uploading it to the Amazonsite for purchase.  In addition we will soon re-release our book,Wired To Work,with perhaps a new title and graphics.  It will also be available on Amazon and for purchase at live events as well.

In addition we are anticipating our Essentialspackage with 9 powerful small group sessions and workbook to really take off.  The material represents the very best from our ministry over this past twenty-five years and is especially relevant for new believers.  Please consider ordering a copy to check out and perhaps promote to your church or small group.  If you call me personally I will give you my Italian discount.  It should be in our store soon.

Finally, we also could use your help on the financial front.  There is still more to do in product development, studio and editing work as well as web development.  We are also in our slow summer season where most ministries like ours can use a little extra boost.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.

May God richly bless you,

Major Announcement From Vince & Cindy

Major Changes and a Beautiful Unfolding of God’s Destiny

I want to say up front that this is one of the most exciting personal and ministry updates I have ever published—please forgive the length but there’s so much you need to know. Before I get to the exciting new news let me begin with a powerful ministry nugget and reminder of what our lives are all about.

Last month I traveled to Gifford, Il. to speak at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  You may remember this is the church where I was in the middle of a phone conversation with the pastor when he experienced a horrible accident.  I will never forget the sounds and then eerie silence as I thought the worst.  As I spoke that Sunday Pastor Scott Guhl and his entire family were in church for the first time—it was emotional and he is doing remarkably well.  A true miracle.

When I retuned home a few days later I received this email:

Good evening Vince. I wanted to thank you for the message you shared on Sunday at my church in Gifford, Il. It was so perfect to help me work through my most recent issue. I truly believe God sent you to speak to me. I am an assistant principal at the local high school in Rantoul and last Sunday a student of mine took his own life. This past week has been brutal. Trying to console my students and staff all while I am questioning what I missed or could have done differently. His coaches are struggling and I am their rock, but through their questioning I have all the same questions. (I am sure you saw me crying through your whole message).  I have read through my notes and will continue to pray through all of this, but I wanted to be sure to thank you. I will continue to work to “let go.” We have a long road ahead of us and I know I have a lot of work to do, but from the bottom of my heart I thank God for sending you on Sunday. May God continue to bless you and your messages. 
Thank you again, Brooke 

Dear ones, I am convinced that when you and I are in glory one day we are going to be blown away with the incredible testimonies we hear regarding what our lives have meant to others. Most often we do not hear these kind of testimonies but I am so grateful every time I do.

On my way back from Illinois I stopped in Colorado Springs for a week to visit with my pastor there, Steve Holt, and his staff and leadership team.  Over the past few months some things have transpired that have given us much to consider. Pastor Steve and I had an extensive conversation about a potential move back there. The Road @ Chapel Hill is a new church merger and God is doing a mighty work there. He asked me to be an overseer and I have already had the privilege of ministering there.

I spent the entire week interviewing with Pastor Steve, his leadership and oversight people and many on staff.  The result was a high level of excitement regarding how I might fit in and the potential of how God might use my gifts to bless this growing and vibrant ministry.

Steve indicated his desire to bring me on board in a senior level leadership capacity and after we talked through how my gifts might be a fit for him we were both very excited. In addition, we also talked about Steve possibly helping us with On Target Ministriesmoving forward.  Let me say here parenthetically that Steve is one of only a handful of pastors in our nation that truly gets ministry to men.

After returning home I received a call offering a position at The Road @ Chapel Hill as Executive Pastor.  Their generosity also included additional money that would cover a significant portion of our move costs. 

Now for the all-important and exciting backstory:

As you may know, Cindy and I have been crying out to our Lord over this past year about gaining His vision for our future personally as well as for OTM.  As we examine our own hearts we both are leaning toward this final season of our life unfolding back in Colorado.  The attraction there has a lot to do with our family, friends and a powerful network of ministry connections that remain.  It seems like all of the opportunities we thought we might have here in Temecula are not present.

You are also aware that our primary reason for the California move had to do with Cindy’s oxygen needs in Colorado.   Now, it looks like she has been completely healed from that.  This is pending a few more medical tests of course.  However, our doctor here in Temecula seems confident that she would no longer have a problem at elevation.

The only thing left is our desire to be affirmed by God.  In light of this I have been asking Him for signs and doors to be either opened or closed. 

As we have been praying, fasting and seeking wisdom from so many spiritual mentors as well as our board, Cindy and I are convinced that this is from our Lord.  We have had absolutely no door shut or opened to lead us down any other pathway.  A perhaps humorous side note is that after Steve talked with me about the position he indicated he would like to see me there this September.

Here in Temecula we are leasing our daughter Kim’s home—literally one hour after Pastor Steve’s call Kim phoned me.  She said, Dad, don’t know how to tell you this but we are coming back to Temecula and you need to be out of the house by August. Now, a predictable response to something like that would be WOAH!  All I could do was laugh—this is just one of so many coincidences that we believe God has sent our way.

As we move forward Cindy and I are believing and expectingGod to go before us.  We have decided to be all-in.  Instead of putting our furniture in storage here we are leasing a home there the beginning of August.  We want to ask you to believe with us and also to pray that all the details regarding this move will be superintended by our precious Lord.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.  Please rejoice with us in this new adventure.  For all of you who support this ministry, we are anticipating that the best is yet to come as we move forward from the base of our new church home. More to come—stay tuned.

May God richly bless you,

Family, Friends and a Miracle (June 2018 Newsletter)

May was a month filled with great family times, special celebrations mixed with a tragic accident and miracle outcome. 

My most memorable event happened on June 8th while on a scheduled conference call with Pastor Scott Guhl from St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Churchin Gifford, IL. Pastor Scott invited me to come and bring the Fathers Day message this month after we met at an ISI conference recently.  Cindy and I have a rich history with this very special congregation as we conducted a whole week of meetings there back in 2011. 

Pastor Scott replaced Pastor Steven Lombardo who retired since our last visit.  I asked to schedule a call with him to get some info regarding his ministry and where he feels I can best serve this congregation with my message.  This is something I try to do with every invitation in advance of my trip.

Seventeen minutes into the call I heard Pastor yell out Oh Vincefollowed instantly by a loud thud.  Then, everything went silent.  I hung on for a minute and then hung up and began to pray contemplating the worst.  I immediately contacted the former Pastor, Steven Lombardo and then called the church office to report what happened.  I believe that started an early chain reaction of prayer. 

It turns out that Pastor Scott was involved in a horrible accident and had to be cut out of his car and airlifted to the hospital.  The doctors, I have heard, were amazed that he survived. I am so grateful to God for what appears to be another incredible miracle.  He is still in the process of some intense physical therapy and making progress. Praise God. 

On the 9th and 10th Dr Dobson from Family Talk, re-aired two radio interviews he did 15 years ago at Focus On The Familywith me and three other men’s ministry colleagues regarding the state of ministry to men in America.  In case you missed my last TargetPoint article on this you can still catch these 20-minute programs at these links:

Family Talk Broadcast 1 of 2

Family Talk Broadcast 2 of 2

The balance of the month we experienced some very special family time.  Our daughter Kim celebrated her 50th birthday.  At one time we had around 15 people in our home for a little over a week. Cindy and I cannot find words to describe the joy of having all of our kids and grandkids with us for this special time of celebration.  A red carpet formal party thrown by her family and some very special friends here in Temecula highlighted it all.  If you visit our Facebook page you will find lots of great pics.

As I prepare for two important ministry trips this month and Cindy and I going to New Zealand in August for Promise Keepers there is so much more happening on the personal and ministry front I want to share.  For now, please continue to pray for us and stay tuned—exciting stuff ahead. 

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love you and appreciate all of your faithful prayers and financial support

Becoming The Man God Intended,

Great News And An Important Message For Believers

It’s a privilege to share with you some wonderful events that happened during April.  Of course Easter was the opening highlight.  At Water Of Life Churchin Fontana it looks like between 1500 and 2000 people came forward to ask the Lord into their lives. Pastor Danny did an amazing job and God moved powerfully.

 On the 13thCindy and I flew to Chicago to spend a week with our kids in St Charles and minister the following weekend in Champaign and Rantoul IL, a couple of hours south.  On that Saturday around 500 men gathered in Champaign for another IronSharpens Iron conferenceI had the privilege of bringing a seminar titled, The Differences Between Men And Women.  In a world dead-set on blurring those differences, it was a refreshing reminder to these men of how precious we are in God’s eyes and how our unique differences can be used to minister to each other in powerful ways.

On Sunday I had a very special honor of ministering at Christian Life Churchin Rantoul.  Cindy and I have had the privilege of ministering there a number of times over the years.  The people are so precious and prayed so diligently for Cindy when she was going through her life-threatening experience back in 2010.  The former Pastor, John Bonacorsi, who passed away a couple of years ago, was such a dear friend.

I remember so well how John talked about the new pastor he was grooming to take his place, Barry Hinkle.  Today Barry and his team are doing an incredible job.  The series he had been teaching on for several weeks was titled Climate Change,and deals directly with some of the challenges we are facing in our culture today.  He asked me to shape my message around this topic.

We titled the message Cold Front.  I dealt with the awkwardness that many Christians feel in approaching our world today—so much intimidation—so much anxiety.  The three main takeaways were, Adopting Behavior That Lights Up, Developing A Healthy Attitude Toward Others and Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone.  At the end we had the worship team learn a new song from Kathy Troccoli titled, Go Light Your World.  It was a moving time as so many rededicated their lives and around 20 precious people asked Jesus into their heart after the services.

After returning home, on the 26thof the month Cindy and I drove to the San Fernando Valley to meet for lunch with our very special Pastor, Mentor and friend, Jack Hayford.  This was such a special occasion for us as we have not been with him since his precious wife Anna passed away a couple of years ago.  No one has shaped our lives, marriage and ministry more than this incredible man of God.

We spent over two hours visiting and reminiscing.  At one point I told him I had a very important question I needed to ask.  I asked what he thought about how fast our culture is changing and becoming more anti Christian and what advice he would give to those of us who are pastors and leaders trying to advance God’s kingdom in this environment?  He was quiet for a moment and then said in his view it was not going to change and in fact, will soon be a lot worse.  Not withstanding a revival, especially among our young people, Christians can expect rising persecution.

I sensed both the difficulty of having to say that in his voice as well as a sense of urgency to prepare God’s people.  It was a confirmation to me of a Word I was given back in 2008 just before the financial crisis hit…I heard the Lord say, My people are not prepared.  I did not know what it meant at the time but since then I have seen first hand how true this is.  My friends, we are spoiled and have become complacent.  There remains an awkwardness in our response to our culture that needs to be addressed.

 I do not feel that this time calls for an all out call to radical and aggressive reactions nor do I believe it is appropriate to sit back with a wait-to-see-what-God-will-do mentality.  Rather, I believe with all my heart that God is calling us to a deeper level of relationship with Him.  A depth of intimacy that will at the same time give us the faith to stand no matter what and also display the life and love of His Son Jesus in an authentic way.

 I mentioned to Pastor Jack another Word God gave me a few years ago…Vince, you will never have a greater understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My Presence.  Pastor immediately became animated—snapped his fingers—and said that is it Vince.  He went on to say do not be surprised if that word appears in my next book.  A great validation but even more important, it was an encouragement that I need to be devoting myself to this message for men moving forward.

 As I close I want to ask you to consider where you are given this conversation.  Are you wrapped up in the endless daily news cycles with all their drama, maybe yelling at the TV while not having a firm understanding on how to do your part?  Do you have the kind of intimate relationship with our Lord that produces the kind of faith needed to stand firm—even die?

 Hard questions? Yes, but necessary for us to ponder and take seriously at this time.  I cannot tell you what to do but I can tell you the only thing that works for me—more intense, reading the Word, prayer and praise filled quality time with God.  I need to continue to seek His presence and allow the peace of Jesus to flood my life.  If I can do that—I am convinced others will be affected.  If enough of us do that—who knows—perhaps another much needed revival.

 I encourage you to take your eyes off of the world and our current circumstances, focus on your relationship with Jesus and ask Him to reveal what He wants you to do as we move forward together to advance His kingdom.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love you and appreciate all of your faithful prayers and financial support

 

Becoming The Man God Intended,

A Special Announcement and More Great News

Before I get into the great news from March I need to make a special announcement: On Target Ministries is looking for one or two men to volunteer in helping promote our new products and ministry strategies throughout North America. At first we are looking for men who want to apprentice with an eye toward a more formal compensation package to follow.

Areas of need, special focus and experience would be:

  • Marketing our newly developed curriculum throughout North America by networking with church leadership and developing regional representation. Most of this work can be done via phone and social media contacts.
  • Maintaining and enhancing all current social media technology including, Active Campaign mailings, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as developing new campaigns.
  • Work with our web master to oversee and maintain OTM’s website with regular updates, rotating content, embedding videos and other tweaks as needed.
  • For more information please call me directly at 719-649-1000 or email vince@otm.co to schedule a conference call.

Now for news about another wonderful month of ministry: March was amazing. It started in Colorado Springs where my Pastor and friend, Steve Holt asked me to minister to his men at a Saturday breakfast and also speak at the church on Sunday. The Road at Chapel Hill is our home church in Colorado where I am honored to serve as an overseer.

At the men’s breakfast I shared a powerful message titled, For Such A Time As This. Based upon Paul’s last words to Timothy found in 2 Tim. 4:1-5, it encourages all of us with the importance of discharging the ministry God has given us. As we find ourselves in a culture increasingly more hostile to our message it also serves as a powerful reminder not only of the fervent need to communicate the message of Jesus, but also better equips us on how to engage people more effectively.

The church service was the highlight for me.   This was the first occasion to publically share Cindy’s miraculous story of supernatural healing with so many local friends who were so diligent to visit and pray for her and our family back in 2010. As I looked over the audience there were probably 40-50 guests who came to be with us and celebrate all that God did during that time. The message I shared was, Armed…Ready For Battle. This teaching unpacks the six major principles God taught me during that trial and ministers in a profound way to those facing struggles today. Hundreds were blessed and many came to our table to visit with Cindy and me at the end of the service.

Around the middle of the month I traveled to Springfield, IL to deliver two seminars at the Iron Sharpens Iron conference for my good friend, Tom Cheshire of RPM Ministries. Close to 800 men were in attendance and God was very much present. The worship times were so special. I also had the privilege of praying with the worship team before the event. My talks dealt with The Four Pillars Of Leadership and The Differences Between Men And Women.

Here is an excerpt from an email I received from one of the attendees:

I learned more about marriage in that 30 or 40 minute session than I had learned in 35 years. The way men withdraw and women attack. How sometimes we try to manipulate to get what we want. Everything you said made so much sense.  Then you said men, we have a manual for this. You held up the Bible and told us everything we need to know is right here. You quoted endlessly scripture that covered all these areas and more. You taught me about fear and how fear can eat us up. Let God in our heart and He will take that fear. So many life lessons I learned that day. I left wore out but full of hope.  You have been a big part of my change and I will always remember your teachings. I watch your videos on you tube from time to time for inspiration. Thank you so much. Didn’t mean to ramble on but this has been life changing. –Bob

It is such a blessing to receive these kinds of testimonies. God is so good.

To close out the weekend I was invited to speak at one of my favorite places, Koke Mill Christian Church. Pastor Stan Summers is a dear friend and often asks me to speak there when I am in town. He and his lovely wife are precious.

This was one of the most Holy Spirit inspired mornings I have experienced in a long time. I had a message all prepared but as we were driving from the hotel to the church in dense fog, Pastor Stan missed the turn. During the extended conversation that ensued the Lord prompted both of us to change the message—Stan encouraged me to share my personal testimony. I title my story, Overwhelmed By The Grace Of God. For those of you have heard it—you understand why.

Between the two services more than 25 people gave their hearts to the Lord—two couples acknowledged together their desire to ask Jesus into their heart. At the end of the second service with all heads bowed, I requested that those who would like to ask Jesus into their hearts look up at me. As I looked into their faces I was overwhelmed with emotion. It hit me just how much God is in love with each and every one of us—no matter where we’ve been or what we have done. The fact that He knows every detail of every story represented in these lives is amazing. It was such a moving experience.

As I close I want you to know that Cindy and I are becoming very eager about what we believe God is beginning to open up concerning our future and the pathway for On Target Ministries. We are so grateful for your continued support for all that He is doing.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love you and appreciate all of your faithful prayers and financial support

Becoming The Man God Intended,

One Of Our Most Powerful Months Of Ministry (February 2018)

February was one of the most powerful ministry months we have experienced in many years. It all began in O’Fallon, IL where over 600 men showed up for an Iron Sharpens Iron conference. I was asked to conduct two powerful seminars, one on Leadership 101 and the other on The Differences Between Men And Women. The response I received from both of these was overwhelming. A couple of men told me they had never heard anything like this before and ranked it as one of the best messages they ever heard. Needless to say, I was greatly humbled and blessed by the response.

A week later I was invited to tour Rivers Edge Ranch in Lucerne Valley, CA with my friend Joe Annunziato. Joe has been providing some Elder oversight to this incredible operation for some time now and what they do here is nothing short of amazing.

Located in the beautiful California High Desert, shadowed by the northern side of Big Bear Mountain and canopied by the clear blue skies of Lucerne Valley, sits twenty acres birthed into a vision of transformation. The property once used to rehabilitate ailing and injured horses is now a place of healing for spiritually ailing and broken men.

These men, many struggling with serious addiction issues, commit to a program of restoration that has proven very successful. This is a working ranch with cows, horses, chickens, pigs, exotic birds—you name it—its pretty much there. The men live there and perform all the duties required to work the ranch. The night before we arrived the cutest litter of little piglets were born. It was awesome to see.

I had the privilege of bringing a message of hope and sharing my life experiences moving from brokenness to wholeness in Jesus. I challenged the men to understand that God is crazy about every one of them and does not want them to let their past failures dictate the future trajectory of their life—a life filled with the promises of God. Eight precious men asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior at the conclusion of my message. It was an emotional time for me.

Last weekend I traveled to Terre Haute, IN for another Iron Sharpens Iron conference. I had the privilege of conducting another Seminar on Leadership 101 and bringing the final message of the afternoon on Discovering God’s Plan For Your Life to hundreds of men who were hungry for God.

It was such a joy to be partnering with my dear friend, Dr. Rod Cooper and conference host, Tom Cheshire.  Rod opened by talking about the characteristics of a man with a mission mindset. I closed with a message helping men discern how to discover what their mission is. It was an incredible and deeply powerful ministry event. There were about 25 men who made a decision to ask Jesus to become their Lord and Savior after my sessions.

Finally, this coming weekend Cindy and I will be in Colorado Springs for a special Saturday men’s breakfast and Sunday service at our home church there, The Road @ Chapel Hill. On Sunday we have invited all of our precious Colorado friends and prayer partners to a special service where I will be publically thanking all who stood in prayer so faithfully for Cindy during her life threatening struggle in 2010. My message will focus upon what God taught us in the midst of this great struggle and I will conclude by sharing what we have discovered is The Secret To Life.

For those who cannot be there and would like to join our Sunday service you can do so by connecting to their LiveStream on the top of their home page at theroad.org. The service begins at 10:15 this Sunday March 11th.

As we enter March we are looking at another great month of ministry opportunity. Please continue to pray for us as we seek God for wisdom and direction for the incredible ministry He has still before us.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all of your prayers and financial support

Becoming The Man God Intended,

Presence…Perspective

My first book, Wired To Work, Huntington House Publishers, was written and published in 1993. It dealt with Purpose Driven, before Rick Warren rolled out his very successful extended work around that subject. Wired to Work is still available on Amazon and other social retail outlets for those interested. The idea is not new really. People have been in search of meaning, purpose and destiny dating back to the creation of man.

Wired To Work was built around some key ideas. First, it suggests the notion that if you do not know where you are going…any road will take you there. Unfortunately this is where a lot of people are these days. Chasing visions and dreams about a better tomorrow and all too often looking in all the wrong places. When I wrote the book I wanted the reader to take away how they could answer what I called, the two most important questions in life.

Within the context of understanding that God is real—and acknowledging that His vision for our life is what we truly desire—then the two questions are, how and why? Lord how did You make me uniquely…and then why? The underlying premise of this book was based upon our ministry’s three unalterable facts:

            God knows you and created you for a special purpose
            God has given you special gifts toward the satisfaction of His purpose
            God wants you to discover what that purpose is.

The BIG takeaway for this work suggests that people need to know God intimately in order to discover His purpose and ultimately live out that purpose. I spent a lot of time unpacking these ideas. However, what I did not realize at the time was the real secret to all of this, and it has taken me 25 years to understand.

This all brings me to today. You see many people are urging me to rewrite that first book—bring it up to date. I have made several attempts at that but hitting road blocks that I have a hard time comprehending. Now, I think I know what the Lord is trying to impress on me and this is where I need your help. I want to outline another direction for my next book and need to know your thoughts. I will leave you with some questions at the end I hope you can answer for me.

Many years ago as I was seeking God’s perspective during a dry time He spoke these words into my heart that have profoundly impacted me. He said, Vince, you will never have a greater understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence.

Now, after almost 45 years of walking with Jesus, as I meditate upon those words I believe I am truly discovering the secret to life. It is kind of like the 90/10 rule. What is the 10% activity I can enter into that will bring the 90% result? What is the rubber-meets-the-road principle I need to be communicating? In Wired To Work I share a formula—Intimacy with God = Strength of Vision. It’s kind of a nice roll-off-your-tongue formula but little did I realize how profound it truly is. I am now persuaded that most of our Christian teaching these days, while good and worthwhile, misses that foundational action necessary to understand and live out in order to truly discover what we all desire—God’s perspective.

I am equally convinced that when people truly do experience God’s presence everything else takes care of itself. Why, because you are then living out John 15:1-5: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

So here is what I am thinking. While much of my work in Wired is still relevant, my new book needs to focus on this important secret to life concept, experiencing His presence. I am not sure of a title yet—maybe simply, The Secret To Life, or Presence. I would welcome your ideas. The book would be laser focused on HOW we can experience God’s presence and the idea that putting Him between us and our circumstances is the secret to life.

This book will focus on practical ways you can experience God’s presence. In a world filled with unprecedented distractions, how can I find God—how do I know it is Him speaking to me? It will focus heavily upon the concept of humility. I have discovered that the further I get away from Vince, the closer I get to God.

While I do not have a chapter outline fully in place I do need some input and I am asking you to please respond to some of my questions below. Thank you so much for your help here. I am also looking for volunteers who may wish to receive draft chapters to read and edit along the way.

Questions:

Do you believe this is a topic that is important for people today?

Would you be someone who might read a book like this?

Are there other books out there that deal specifically with this idea?

What ideas do you have for specific chapter topics we should cover?

You can email me your responses at vince@otm.co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiencing The Presence Of God (February 2018)

We have so many exciting things to share with you—fasten your seat belt. I want to begin with a special invitation to our Colorado friends. Cindy and I will be in Colorado Springs from March 9-12. There are two special events I want you to note on your calendar. On Saturday, March 9th I will be speaking at the men’s breakfast for The Road Church. The following day I will also be bringing the message to the Sunday service at 10 AM. That Sunday will be my first time to publically thank all our Colorado friends who were praying for us in 2010 when Cindy was fighting for her life.

Most of you know the miracle story that unfolded. I will be sharing all that God did and what He taught us through that trying time. This message is especially important for anyone who may be struggling. Please try to come and let Cindy and I greet you. The Road Church @ Chapel Hill is our home church when we are in town. Pastor Steve Holt has become a dear friend and we are so grateful for this gracious opportunity. The address is 2025 Parliament Dr. Colorado Springs 80920. http://theroad.org

Our new year began with my taking the first part of January preparing for our upcoming ministry trips and closing out some important year-end administrative responsibilities. About mid month I felt the Lord calling me to get away for a time of prayer and fasting in order to get a fresh sense of His perspective for our future and finish writing my next book. A special couple, and close dear friends, offered to let me use their beautiful ranch home in Big Bear. I am writing this letter to you from this beautiful location with just a couple of days left. In all I will be here 7 full days and I am so excited to share what God is revealing. Here is a link to a Facebook Live video I posted today that you are going to want to watch. https://www.facebook.com/vince.dacchioli/videos/10215846835868226/

On my first day I had an intense time crying out to the Lord in prayer and then went right into working on ideas for the new book. I was thinking of rewriting my first book, Wired To Work, and bringing it up to date with a lot of new stuff. So, I just started working on some low hanging fruit like updating dates and times—putting in new info and even inserting a new foreword I received from Jack Hayford. The next morning in my emotional time again crying out to Him, He gave me a powerful word.

I did not want to meet you here for you to write your book…I wanted to MEET you here. This is about you and me and NOT your book. If you want to go to TASK and write, go ahead but it will only be as good as you can do it. I want you to do business with ME first.

That hit me like a ton of bricks. I am so stubborn—so prone to going right to task—sound familiar? I think most of us men are like that. This reminded me of another profound word He shared with me many years ago as I was seeking His perspective during a dry time. He said, Vince, you will never have a greater understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence.

I know this—I speak on it—why is it so hard to do? Well, it’s the noise. The overactive mind, the never-ending twenty-four hour tabloid news cycles. Another devotional I read that day was talking about how dew cannot form unless there is absolute stillness. The dew is like the Holy Spirit. It comes to bring nourishment. But if you are not perfectly still He cannot do His work.

Needless to say, the Lord is giving me some important insights and I am so grateful He is being patient with me. I know that for this next season of my life that this is going to be critical. I know that I cannot do it without Him—we can do nothing apart from Him.

This morning Pastor Steve called me with something the Lord put on his heart to share. He said I need to pray Colossians 1:9-12 over myself understanding it in the context of John 15:1-5. In Colossians Paul is praying, For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

After reading that—this is now my prayer:
I ask you Lord to fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding the spirit gives…
So that I might live a life worthy of You and please You in every way…
That I may bear fruit in every good work, growing in The knowledge of You…
That I may be strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might…
That I might receive great endurance and patience and give joyful thanks to You who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of your holy people…

I want to close by sharing with you now the context found in John 15:1-5:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

There it was again—APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING!

My dear friends I hope these words have helped and blessed you. For me I am taking them as a new breakthrough and launch point for the wonderful new things God is going to do in us personally and through On Target Ministries in the months and year before us. Thank you so much for being part of this incredible journey.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all of your prayers and financial support

            Becoming all God intended,