The Revive Movement was formed in 2019 and is a board-governed 501 c.3 non-profit ministry in the historic Wesleyan theological tradition with the purpose of renewing local church children, youth and adults by making disciples of Jesus Christ and growing God’s Kingdom. Revive accomplishes this mission through camps, retreat, online resources, coaching/consulting and mission opportunities.
Revive has a leadership team of over twenty clergy and laity, and unofficially began in January of 2016 stemming from a reorganization of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church Youth Ministry. Many of the Revive team members have served together for dozens of years.
Movement Ministries, LLC, was founded in 2014 by Dr. Lane and Rev. Dr. Rusty Freeman in order to advance God’s Kingdom, among God’s people. Movement Ministries focuses on developing leaders, both lay and clergy, within the church and non-profit entities. Movement Ministries is directed by Chief Overseer Rev. Dr. Rusty Freeman and offers coaching, consulting and equipping to missional communities to strengthen the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. (For more on these ministries see our contact info below.)
The Revive Movement Statement of Faith
In the one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinite in love, perfect in judgments and unchanging in mercy. God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
In the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God, without error in all it affirms. The Scriptures are the only infallible rule of faith and practice. The Holy Spirit preserves God’s Word in the church today and by it speaks God’s truth to peoples of every age;
That human beings were created in the image of God. This image was marred in every part through the disobedience of our first parents, and fellowship with God was broken. God, in His prevenient grace, restores moral sensibility to all humankind and enables all to respond to His love and to accept His saving grace, if they will;
That Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He died for the sins of all, taking on Himself, on behalf of sinful persons, God’s judgment upon sin. In His body he rose from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us;
That the Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. The Holy Spirit was given to the church in His fullness at Pentecost. By the Spirit, Christ lives in His church, the gospel is proclaimed and the kingdom of God is manifested in the world;
That God graciously justifies and regenerates all who trust in Jesus Christ. Believers become children of God and begin to live in holiness through faith in Christ and the sanctifying Spirit;
That God calls all believers to entire sanctification in a moment of full surrender and faith subsequent to their new birth in Christ. Through sanctifying grace the Holy Spirit delivers them from all rebellion toward God, and makes possible wholehearted love for God and for others. This grace does not make believers faultless nor prevent the possibility of their falling into sin. They must live daily by faith in the forgiveness and cleansing provided for them in Jesus Christ;
Assurance of Believers
That all believers are assured that they are children of God by the inward witness of God’s Spirit with their spirits, by faith in the gracious promises of God’s Word, and by the fruit of the Spirit in their lives;
Christians in Society
That Christians are called to live in daily witness to the grace which comes to us in Jesus Christ, to preach the gospel to every person according to the command of Christ, and to declare God’s insistence upon righteousness and justice in all relationships and structures of human society;
That the Church is the people of God composed of all those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Church is Christ’s body; it is visible in the world wherever believers, in obedience of faith, hear the Word, receive the sacraments and live as disciples;
Return of Christ
In the personal return of Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of all persons, in final judgment and in eternal reward and punishment;
God’s Ultimate Victory
In God’s ultimate victory over Satan and all evil and the establishment of His perfect kingdom in a new heaven and a new earth.
(Adapted from Asbury Theological Seminary State of Faith 2020)
The Revive Movement Board of Directors has adopted this social statement from the Global
Methodist Church Transition Book of Doctrines and Disciplines. We seek to live according to
this statement and have this statement guide our life together as Christians.
¶ 202. OUR WITNESS TO THE WORLD.
1. We believe that all persons irrespective of their station or circumstances in life have been
made in the image of God and must be treated with dignity, justice, and respect. We denounce
as sin racism, sexism, and other expressions that unjustly discriminate against any person
(Genesis 1-2, Deuteronomy 16:19-20, Luke 11:42, 19:9, Colossians 3:11).
2. We believe that life is a holy gift of God whose beginnings and endings are set by God, and
that it is the particular duty of believers to protect those who may be powerless to protect
themselves, including the unborn, those with disabilities or serious illness, and the aged
(Genesis 2:7, Leviticus 19:32, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 1:41-44).
3. The sacredness of all life compels us to resist the practice of abortion except in the cases of
tragic conflicts of life against life when the wellbeing of the mother and the child are at stake.
We do not accept abortion as a means of birth control or gender selection, and we call upon all
Christians as disciples of the Lord of Life to prayerfully consider how we can support those
women facing unintended pregnancies without adequate care, counsel, or resources (Exodus
22:23-23, Psalm 139:13-16, James 1:27).
4. We believe that all should have the right to work in safe conditions with fair compensation
and free of grinding toil or exploitation by others. We respect the right of workers to engage in
collective bargaining to protect their welfare. We pray that all should be allowed to freely follow
their vocations, especially those who work on the frontiers of truth and knowledge and those
who may enrich the lives of others with beauty and joy. We acknowledge that science and
technology are gifts of God intended to improve human life and we encourage dialogue
between faith and science as mutual witnesses to God’s creative power (Deuteronomy 5:12-14,
Luke 10:7, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Timothy 5:18).
5. We believe that God has called us to share His concern for the poor and to alleviate the
conditions and policies which have produced vast disparities in wealth and resources, both
among individuals and nations, giving rise to poverty. We are called to improve the quality of
life and opportunities for all God’s people as we share the good news to the poor and freedom
for the oppressed (Leviticus 19:9-10, Matthew 25:37-40, Luke 6:20-25, James 2:1-5).
6. We believe that all have been summoned to care for the earth as our common home,
stewarding its resources, sharing in its bounty, and exercising responsible and sustainable
consumption so that there is enough for all (Genesis 2:15, Leviticus 26:34-35, Psalm 24:1).
7. We believe that human sexuality is a gift of God that is to be affirmed as it is exercised within
the legal and spiritual covenant of a loving and monogamous marriage between one man and
one woman (Exodus 20:14, Matthew 19:3-9, Ephesians 5:22-33).
8. We are saddened by all expressions of sexual behavior, including pornography, polygamy,
and promiscuity, that do not recognize the sacred worth of each individual or that seek to
exploit, abuse, objectify, or degrade others, or that represent less than God’s intentional design
for His children. While affirming a scriptural view of sexuality and gender, we welcome all to
experience the redemptive grace of Jesus and are committed to being a safe place of refuge,
hospitality, and healing for any who may have experienced brokenness in their sexual lives
(Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20).
9. We believe that children, whether through birth or adoption, are a sacred gift to us from God,
and we accept our responsibility to both protect and nurture the youngest among us,
particularly against such abuses as enforced child labor, involuntary conscription, human
trafficking, and other such practices in the world (Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Psalm 127:3-5, 1
10. We believe that followers of God have been called to exercise self-control and holiness in
their personal lives, generosity and kindness in their relations with others, and grace in all
matters of life (Romans 12:9-21, Galatians 5:22-23).
11. We believe in the rule of justice and law in society, in the right of individuals to follow God’s
call and to lawfully immigrate to new places, and in the pursuit of peace both between nations
and individuals. We offer ourselves to work in order to reduce the bitterness that has
overflowed in God’s world (Genesis 12:1, Isaiah 11:1-9, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians
12. We believe the practice of the Golden Rule, treating others as we would wish to be treated,
can effectively guide our social and business relationships. We seek to cultivate the mind of
Christ and a heart for others (Matthew 7:12, Romans 12:1-2).
13. We believe that each person should have the right to exercise their religious beliefs without
fear of persecution and that governments should respect freedom of religion and the important
role of faith communities within the greater society. We further denounce discrimination or
persecution which may target any because of their gender, economic status, ethnic or tribal
identity, age, or political views (Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 5:44, Romans 8:35).
14. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness when the kingdoms of this world shall
become the kingdom of Christ, and we accept our calling to work towards that end as Christ’s
light and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16, Revelation 11:15-17, Revelation 21-22).
Rev. Dr. Matt Pennington
Board Member, First Methodist Gonzales GMC
Dr. Lane Freeman
DDS, Board Member, and Co-Founder, Horseshoe Bay
Rev. Brandon Shook
Board Member & Director, Woodlands
Rev. Dr. Adam Thornton
Board Member, Dripping Springs GMC
Rev. Dr. Rusty Freeman
CEO and Co-Founder, Horseshoe Bay
Rev. Bryan Rogers
Dean, Lutie Watkins GMC Llano
Worship Leader, Coker GMC San Antonio
Director, Dripping Springs GMC
Director, Dripping Springs GMC
Registrar & Director, Lutie Watkins GMC Llano
Lead Team Directors
Lead Team Director, Portland UMC
Lead Team Director, Dripping Springs GMC
Youth Director, First Methodist Waco
Director, First Methodist Goldthwaite
Rev. Clay Smallwood
Youth Director, Coker GMC San Antonio
Worship Leader, Waco
Rev. Shea Reyenga
Winter Mission Dean, Irving GMC
Kristin Lundgren (and Caleb)
Retreat Director at Camp Buckner
Women's Retreat Director, Irving GMC
Associate Pastor, FUMC Boerne
Director, Bulverde GMC
Worship Leader and IT, Coker GMC San Antonio
Director, San Antonio
Revive Nurse, Burnet TX