Many people want their life to honor God and influence the world, but they lost sight of the next step.
We created finely-tuned bootcamp experiences for hearing everything God needs you to know about you. In time we'll focus your clarity to just two words, so you can impact people from who you are and not just what you do.
What is Releasing Purpose?
Releasing Purpose is a training and aligning nonprofit ministry. We mobilize followers of Jesus to bring the reality of God’s Kingdom into all areas of surrounding culture in the specialized ways that God designed them to serve.
living their Kingdom of God lifestyles (that’s our mission statements, by the way).
followers into indomitable leaders living their Kingdom of God lifestyles (that’s our mission statements, by the way).
Releasing Purpose is a world-class intentional set of training experiences delivered in a variety of ways to enable busy, distracted Americans to experience genuine life transformation, not just learning. The visible form of Releasing Purpose is an ecosystem of training opportunities that people can jump into based on where they are, their schedules, and lifestyle situations. We will present the Word of God you might not be hearing, apply effective tools to join Biblical principles with everyday reality, and discuss our insights with others for breakthrough amongst community.
Releasing Purpose is a ministry standard and philosophy that vigorously seeks to understand and live out the Kingdom of God instead of a particular churchianity culture. It does not seek to exclusively withdraw from culture, oppose culture, serve culture (or any of the many positions toward culture sincere believers have applied), but it lifts up the standard of Jesus’ life in all areas Christ is authorized to rule through His people. In Releasing Purpose, we will speak a lot about “Kingdom culture” and our pursuit of it.
Releasing Purpose's gatherings in person and online will provide a platform for meaningful life-on-life mentoring and discipleship organically and naturally. Our communities are gracious places for earnest believers to practice using their gifts even as they learn what they are. Today, there are many who could be spiritual fathers but who lack the opportunity to gather meaningfully with spiritual children. We're facilitating an invisible platform of organic relationships within our visible meetings for them to influence the next generation of leaders.
Releasing Purpose exists to glorify God and make disciples by fathering Jesus’ disciples with all of the essential DNA of the Kingdom. Our core purpose is to collect and instill the core Kingdom DNA to raise new leaders who live fruitfully in both private and public contexts (not just one or the other). In the greater war for discipling nations to win hearts, our place is in the leadership development and placement supply lines, building leaders and alliances to work every function of God’s family. We like (and give our lives for) every territory that God leads His children to occupy.
Releasing Purpose comes alongside existing mentoring and ministry resources in your life to help you see in your spirit precisely what that life is for which Christ pursued you. We’re praying and working hard so that you can pursue it zealously and fruitfully as much as He did for you, for the blessing of the whole world. If we had ten thousand organizations like Releasing Purpose, there would still be room for one more.
The world needs to see your fruit. We need to see your fruit. You need to see your fruit.
Our founder, Jared Buswell, was having a deep conversation with his friend Tim Walterbach one day in 2018. At one heightened moment, he declared, “God is ready to solve every problem on Earth, right now, if He only had enough people!” This statement affirmed something Jared suspected but had not heard confirmed from the Lord yet: it was time to focus on building God’s people into the Kingdom destinies God has written for them, but aren’t being fulfilled yet.
Rewind for a moment: For ten years, Jared served an effective team of indigenous African missionaries who are training leaders and making disciples throughout high-conflict zones around the Nile River region. During the time of supporting operations from the United States, he was surprised by the number of high-caliber skilled Christians who came to work for this ministry but who didn't stay long because of a mismatch of calling, character issues, or lack of unity working in uncomfortable conditions. There was too much turnover - even after we cleaned up our own house and risked tremendous financial and mentoring resources to help new employees and volunteers succeed. Where is that rare person who is called and equipped to serve here?
The pool of believers with both spiritual maturity and practical skills proved too small to smoothly establish the US side this African-founded organization (it's running and stable now, but the journey wasn't smooth). There just weren't enough people ready to serve God in this capacity! There's no need to consider blaming well-intentioned believers, or ascribe fault to shepherds who don't know their responsibility to train the level a disciple Jesus came to redeem and calls to a high mission. The first step is to squarely face a significant cultural problem to raising actual disicples of Jesus.
We had to ask: if this many of God's people in the U.S. aren't prepared to work here in this little professional missions team, then how can we lead effectively in the spheres of cultural influence where the real decisions are made about how life will go in our nation? Exactly who is prepared to sacrifice everything to bring Jesus' actual presence and ways into government, education, media, business, and so on? These roles of influence include the proper governance of the ecclesia to build the body to maturity - where are these spiritual fathers capable of raising new generations who look, sound, and smell like Jesus?
The time has long ago come for a new kind of training experience where believers are supported to discover and implement their unique Kingdom of God lifestyles. From 2018-2021, Jared synthesized the best available ministry resources that help Christians navigate their perspective from hearing Jesus’ general calling to having a fruitful discovery of Jesus’ special calling for each of them. This work has culminated in the first of 7 eventual Releasing Purpose journey curricula: the Clarity One Journey.
The body of Christ needs to reclaim Kingdom DNA, but also figure out new rhythms of living in Kingdom community to multiply that DNA. Releasing Purpose fills a gap in the Christian ecosystem of mass-media ministries, giving people a place to meet others on the same journey, hungry for maturity, receiving bootcamp-style intense training, and rubbing shoulders with peers and fathers who will walk with them for the long-term to produce fruit that lasts.
Once we’ve got lots of Jesus-caliber leaders living and multiplying throughout the cultural mountains of influence, then some new fun will begin…
Our F.I.R.M. Values
Core values drive how an organization moves its mission from God forward. They’re not aspirational (what we wish we valued), but representational (they provide accurate windows into what people can trust us to always do, because they’re part of our cultural DNA).
Be on the alert! Stand FIRM in the faith! Be men of courage! Be strong! Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14, TLV
One way to define the purpose and tenor of an organization is to see it from the lenses of what it exists to destroy. Some ministries exist to destroy wickedness, sickness, deception, or poverty mentality. Releasing Purpose wars against fruitlessness. The whole point is to reduce the large percentage of Jesus’ followers who don’t finish life well. The world needs the fruit of repentance that Christians are supposed to naturally produce from our new life in Christ. Let’s finish well.
Releasing Purpose gives itself permission to be just as zealous about maturing those in the body of Christ as much as others have been historically zealous about getting new people into the body of Christ.
We’d like to take all the excitement about evangelism and see as much or more about discipleship, because they really should not be divided. In fact, we don’t see salvation stopping (or in some cases even beginning) with a specific prayer or confession of faith (especially if made under manipulation), so we’re going to passionately pursue maturity of others in Christ, for their own salvation story and for the sake of those they are called to reach.
Just as 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel were not Levites, so too most followers of Christ are not authentically called by God to serve the best of their gifts and love into the visible body of Christ (or churches). Most of Jesus’ followers are to be trained, commissioned, authorized, blessed, and funded to conduct Kingdom ministry in all spheres of human activity. (God’s money is not supposed to be limited to use in churches, but limited to His mission). Releasing Purpose will not tune our ears to hearing God’s voice for how to serve only in the church, but for where Jesus is leading people to serve both inside and outside our gatherings.
Many ministries aim to serve just men, or college students, retirees, or business CEOs. Releasing Purpose aims to serve the hungry and committed, of all ages and backgrounds. At first, the RP process will be better suited for “bookish” people. Visual learners and handlers of abstract ideas will find the printed materials easier to navigate than auditory or tactile learners, until we can produce more versions of the curriculum and a mobile app.
Our operations don’t primarily help the hurting, but help the happy. There are many ministries devoted to fixing problems, filling gaps, and restoring people to their proper place in Christ. We celebrate and support those efforts! For our part, we are called to afflict the comfortable, focus the productive, and redirect the rich. Our part is to present the narrow way and walk through the narrow gate with those who have much but aren’t producing much yet in the Kingdom.
While many ministries position themselves for digestible soundbites and broad, widespread appeal to impact many people, Releasing Purpose will use quality design and technology to produce deeper experiences with individuals we are in relationship with. The emphasis of this new vision is quality, not quantity. As tempting as it is to start yet another podcast or write more books, we would rather point to and help people appropriate the many quality resources of other ministries that already exist. We’ll put our creative efforts into producing deep training experiences of integrated toolsets synthesized from many sources.
Releasing Purpose seeks the Kingdom first and makes no delay for monetary concerns. Like the apostle Paul, we won’t change our theology or practice to encourage financial support.
Our Kingdom Concept
If Jesus were to tell a story about the Kingdom of God operating through Releasing Purpose, what would He say? Which of His parables clearly hit on an aspect of the Kingdom that God wants to reveal through Releasing Purpose? The Holy Spirit highlighted the ones below.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard… And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ … I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”
“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all... In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
In the Kingdom of God, we see ourselves serving by helping idle workers understand the Word given them, and practically assisting them to take the light Jesus has uniquely gifted them into their vineyard to do the good works their Father prepared in advance for them to do.
Our Mission: to mobilize believers into indomitable leaders living their Kingdom lifestyles.
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing-
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart ahung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one-
So send I you to know My love alone.
So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long, and love where men revile you-
So send I you to lose your life in Mine.
So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not-
So send I you to taste of Calvary.Margaret Clarkson
Guiding Philosophy of Purpose
Not all purpose-releasing ministries share the same Biblical philosophy of purpose. Subtle, especially unchallenged, assumptions or mixtures with predominant culture can make a difference in how truth is taught or principles prioritized. In our missional work of “getting ideas into lives,” we’re deeply reflective of the quality of the ideas we’re seeking to instill in God’s family. God holds teachers to a high account.
We exercise as much passion for maturing the body – the family of God – as Christians have poured out historically for reaching unbelievers. In Jesus’ paradigm, we don’t see separation between evangelism and discipleship. Instead, a man bears much good fruit for God, or none at all. Too few people are finishing their lives well, and we want to ensure with you that your life is not a statistic.
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