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The following pages at [ jim-durkin.tlchrist.info ] comprise a "subsite" of our overall ministry - "Total Love In Christ Ministry" - at [ www.tlchrist.info ].

They are in NO way related to the former nor to the present "Gospel Outreach Ministries", nor to "Radiance Media Ministry".

They are in NO way affiliated, endorsed, sponsored nor supported by them. Gospel Outreach, either in part or in whole, does not necessarily share or endorse ANY of the doctrines and/or teachings of the parent site (TLC). "Apostolic Foundation, Truths that shaped the ministry and direction of Gospel Outreach" was written by Dave Sczepanski, as most of the books were authored by Jim Durkin. That, however, DOES NOT imply that either of them was or is in ANY way affiliated or associated with this ministry.

These pages are offered SOLELY as a memorial and a dedication to the work that God accomplished through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the ministry of Gospel Outreach, upon the person of Jim Durkin and upon those who submitted themselves to discipleship under him. Through his three-fold message of (God's) Purpose - Vision - Discipleship, lost youth were transformed into "MIGHTY Men (and women) of God"

I am the Founder and Director of TLC, and was privileged to be a part of a number of Gospel Outreach churches during the 1970's and 80's, including the main center at Eureka, CA. I was at the Lighthouse Ranch, lived at the H Street house and worked at Radiance Media. I knew Jim Durkin personally.

It is MY conviction, and that of TLC as a whole, that the giftings and message of Apostleship, leadership and discipleship -- and of God's "Purpose and Vision" -- are AT LEAST as relevant and as much needed by the Church today (if not more so) than they were during the days of Jim's earthly life!!!

Jim Durkin, GO's
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Click [ Here ] to view a video, "The Life of Jim and Dacie Durkin". It was produced for "Decades Revisited", and aired on July 8, 1994.

The name "Gospel Outreach" reflects the words of Jesus, He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel (good news) to the whole creation (every creature)."

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1. Introduction - to the Gospel Outreach Ministry and Jim Durkin

2. Preface - or "What price are you and I WILLING to pay to receive that which He wishes to pour out upon those who are open and ready??"

3. "Apostolic Foundation" - Truths that shaped the ministry and direction of Gospel Outreach

4. Listen AGAIN to many of Jim Durkin's sermons and teachings as streaming audio at the "NEW and Improved"

5. Explore the newly edited and recently-made-available eBook versions of the books that Jim Durkin authored during his time as leader of Gospel Outreach Ministries. Click [ Here ]

6. Listen AGAIN to many of Jim Durkin's sermons and teachings as streaming audio Sermons & Podcasts at International Gospel Outreach

7. Read "The Bold Confession" - by Jim Durkin

8. Download a full color poster of "The Bold Confession" - by Jim Durkin. Download other full color posters [ Here ]

9. Listen to and/or download "Exploits" - by Jim Durkin

10. Read and/or purchase Jim Durkin Jr.'s story --- "Dying of Thirst on the Bank of the River". It explores why so many people fail to move closer to the Lord. Available at Amazon.com [ Here ]

11. Read and/or purchase Marc Allan's account of the early days of Gospel Outreach --- "What Happened to You?: Hippies, Gospel Outreach, and the Jesus People Revival". Available at Amazon.com [ Here ]

12. Take a trip down "memory lane" at the GO Discipleship Center, The Lighthouse Ranch

13. Watch a 4 min. video of "The Lighthouse Ranch in Remembrance"

14. Watch a 20 min. video of "The Lighthouse Ranch Revisited - 2004"

15. Watch a 28 min. video of the GO Discipleship Center, "The Lighthouse in Loleta", in the early 1970's

16. Watch a 32 min. video of the "Gospel Outreach History", in the 1970's - "Don't Despise Small Beginnings"

17. Explore and reminisce more history on alumnus at Joan Pritchard's website

18. In 2005, Dick & Gladys Funnell made their way to West Wales and the beginning of the "Wales Awakening". Their WEB Site is [ Here ]

19. Click [ Here ] to visit Verbo International, the International Church and Ministry that sprang from the original GO. Click [ Here ] to watch a short (4:22 min) video entitled, "Verbo - Go and Make Disciples"

20. Click Here to visit Forward Edge International, the International Missions Outreach that sprang from the original GO. You may read an excerpt from the book "Message In a Body", written by Forward Edge founder, Joseph Anfuso [ Here ]

21. Read an article on discipleship entitled, "The Image of Christ" from the book, "The Cost of Discipleship" - by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

22. Read two articles -- "New Testament Church Structure and Leadership" and "Authority -- It's Use And Abuse" - by Floyd McClung Jr. (YWAM)

Jim Durkin (1925-1996) — Gospel Outreach

The JPM story of Northern California centers on Jim Durkin, the leader of what became a collective of independent communes that associated under the name Gospel Outreach (GO). Durkin's personal journey began at Portland Bible Temple, a classical Pentecostal church, where he served on staff under Dick Iverson until a divorce cost him his position. Durkin claimed that from a very low point of despair, while he was alone and praying to God in a log cabin, Jesus spoke directly to him, telling him to remarry his wife Dacie and to go "Practice the Word" From there he moved on to pastor twelve elderly people at a church called Soul's Harbour. During a church prayer meeting in 1970, a woman at Soul's Harbour had a vision that the whole place would be filled with barefoot hippies worshipping God.

The remote and rural nature of Northern California differed from San Francisco and Southern California. As such it became the migratory destination for many "back-to-the-land hippies" who sought to restore the original hippie vision of pre-1967 Haight-Ashbury. Hippies purchased lands collectively, wealthy individuals donated properties, and religious organizations bought massive plots of land. And from 1967 to 1977 large numbers of youth journeyed to northern California to pursue what they believed would be a peaceful, and spiritual, utopian lifestyle in a commune.

In 1968, one such story began with German born Sabine Bell, who purchased 150 acres of land in Albion, California — simply dubbed "the Land" — as a commune for hippies to pursue their spiritual interests. In 1970, a visit to the Land by a Christian couple resulted in a few conversions and much controversy among the communards. Over the subsequent months more communards, including Bell, also converted. The commune changed its name to "The Lord's Land," and came under Durkin's leadership. Durkin found himself being approached by other communes in the region that had, in a similar way, experienced mass conversions and were seeking Christian teaching and leadership. In 1971, Durkin and about 30 others moved to a donated property just south of Eureka that housed an abandoned coast guard lighthouse. Renamed as "The Lighthouse Ranch", this property became the base of GO's operations, which at its height housed 320 people.

Durkin maintained a strong emphasis on Pentecostal spirituality, yet like many others who led outreaches to the hippies, he negotiated with the counterculture converts to forge a hybrid Pentecostalism. For example, Wednesday night chapel services at the Lighthouse were quiet times of reflection in which no talking or "vain babbling" was permitted. Communards were expected to wait on the Lord in silence while praying or reading the Bible. Or as James Jankowiak explained, "We practiced all the gifts of the Spirit, but we were not Pentecostals. The tendency of traditional Pentecostals in those days was to shout into microphones and holler, 'Jeeesssusss' -- and we were not having any of that"

Durkin believed that the communes needed to be financially self-sufficient, so GO communes engaged in small businesses from leather making to a donut shop, and the operation of a free advertising newspaper in Eureka called the Tri-City Advertiser. Also, Living Waters Reforestation was founded by Go to gain reforestation contracts with the U.S. Department of Forestry and private companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Radiance Ministries was set up to promote Durkin's teachings by duplicating and distributing cassette recordings and by purchasing time on Christian radio to air his "Practice the Word" program.

Between 1972 and 1977, GO communal churches were established throughout California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Chicago, New York, Germany, England, and Guatemala. With the exception of a thriving work in Guatemala that functions under the name Verbo, much of GO is defunct and what remains in Eureka has taken on the name "Gospel Outreach Reformational Church".

Excerpt from the book: "The Jesus People Movement: A Story of Spiritual Revolution Among the Hippies" - By Richard A. Bustraan - Pages 81-83

Gospel Outreach was part of the "Jesus Movement" in northern California during the 1970's. Jim Durkin - pastor of Deliverance Temple in Eureka, CA - opened his church doors to the hippies that came to this area. Many, living at the Lighthouse Ranch on Table Bluff outside of Eureka, learned about what it means to be a follower of Jesus -- a DISCIPLE. During this time, churches were planted across the US and in other countries to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

By 1972, Gospel Outreach Lighthouse Ranch had grown to almost 300 members. The group started attending a local Assembly of God church in Eureka called Deliverance Temple, and asked the minister Jim Durkin to lead Gospel Outreach. Within a few years, the Lighthouse Ranch sent out planting teams all over the world. Throughout the 1970s and 80's, missionary teams established churches in Palmer, Alaska, Chicago, Brooklyn, New York, Silverton, Oregon, Philadelphia, Germany, United Kingdom, Nicaragua, and Hawaii. With 100 affiliated churches worldwide, the Gospel Outreach network is one of the denominational legacies of the Jesus People Movement. One of the most important components of this legacy was the group's involvement in Guatemala. Former Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt attended Gospel Outreaches' Verbo church in the capitol city. He was called back to the presidency during a military coup.

Jim Durkin preached a pivotal message, "God's Purpose and Vision for Your Life". Jim also emphasized repentance, as in the need for a follower of Christ to experience a "turning away" from past wrongful behaviors (sins). This concept was readily understood by these young people who had recently identified themselves as "hippies". Jim practiced what he preached, as he himself was a compassionate, humble, encouraging and caring individual who emphasized the importance of considering the needs of others first, and the personal growth of each individual.

For those who found this website and do not know, the founder of Gospel Outreach, Jim Durkin, joined the Lord in glory on January 12, 1996 and Dacie Durkin joined him March 23, 2011. The Gospel Outreach churches that remain in Eureka, CA; Tacoma, WA; Olympia, WA and Portland, OR have become Gospel Outreach Reformational Church. The Lighthouse Ranch is no longer a Christian commune - it has been purchased by the state. The lighthouse has been moved to downtown Eureka and the cross has been taken down.

The other day, a member of the former Gospel Outreach made this response regarding one of Jim's PARTICULARLY unpopular teachings:

"The 'pain' is not my own, but for those who suffered and for what Gospel Outreach COULD have been if not for the constant drumbeat of We have Jesus .... and discipleship ..... and the fivefold office ..... and covenant relationship .... and etc., etc., ETC. ALWAYS something that made us out to be different and separate from other Christians !!"

Now this seems (to ME at least) to be a rather irrational complaint, for it is a complaint against God for equipping Jim to be gifted as the minister that HE was and GO to be the type of ministry that IT was. If ALL that this individual was reviling in GO had been removed, it would NOT have been Gospel Outreach. The items that are mentioned are what made GO to be GO !!

It would seem that this individual would have been right at home in ancient Israel when they told the prophet Samuel: "Now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have" ** 1Sam 8:5. He would say rather, "We would have a Board of Deacons to lead us so that it is THEY who can appoint for us a pastor who will do and say as WE want and NOT one who listens to God's voice"!!

THIS comment, along with the rest of the tone and tenor of the topic that was being discussed, reinforced in my mind the belief that we STILL need the basic revelation and concept that God revealed to Jim in HIS time of trouble and despair as much or MORE today. Satan has CONTINUED to infiltrate God's Church with his lies, delusions and deceptions of dilution, rationalization and compromise -- and there seem to be very few voices with the revelation, clarity and courage that God gave to Jim speaking against them !!

This revelation was, in Jim's OWN words:

Then God spoke to me. He said, "Behind everything in My Word you have added three words of your own: 'But we know' ." I immediately saw how I had so often added these words to the Word of God. "Here's what the Bible says," I would preach or counsel. Then I would add my little modifications: "But we know that..." Or, I would say, "I believe something a little different..." What God said to me was, "Henceforth, I want you to do My Word, even if you don't understand it. Do it -- and in the doing of it you will come to understand what it means."

I believe that Jim's heart and vision was that we are to cleanse our hearts and lives FULLY of the religious trappings and snares of this "world system", and prepare and make room in them for God to instead FULLY fill them with His TRUE "riches and treasures".

I don't believe (having known Jim, his work and his teachings) that it was EVER his intent to DEPRIVE anyone of any GOOD thing or to take away anything of REAL value.

As Jim expressed on the tape in question, his PARTICULAR cleansing that he allowed to take place in his OWN life cost him AND his family a GREAT deal. However, I believe that God MORE than rewarded him (AND GO) for his willingness and obedience !!

I believe that it made room for the tremendous infilling of gifts and graces that allowed him, those who allowed themselves to be discipled by him and GO to effect (in its day) the tremendous and far-reaching work that God accomplished.

When God commanded Abraham to take Isaac up on Mt. Moriah and SACRIFICE him there, do you think that Abraham believed that God had in mind some kind of "spiritual" sacrifice ?? NO !! -- I think that, in Abraham's understanding, he was to go and LITERALLY kill him - with a LITERAL knife - LITERALLY dead!

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. He reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there. **** Heb 11:17,19

WHY -- because God wanted a blood sacrifice ? Of course not !! Maybe He wanted to see what Abraham would do - I don't think so - I think that He already knew. Perhaps His intent was so that Abraham HIMSELF could see what he would do -- YES, I think so !!

If Abraham had reasoned as Jim spoke about he himself doing in his early years -- "We KNOW what God's Word says, but we also know that it can't REALLY mean that. There must be some 'spiritual' interpretation'" -- Abraham would have probably found a way to avoid God's clear word and do what HE wanted to do.

Maybe he would have reasoned, "God can't REALLY mean for me to literally kill my one, my ONLY son. I have loved him so much - he is "flesh-of-my-flesh" - my ONLY true heir- we have had such happy times together. What about Sarah - how will we go on without him - and what about the great ministry that God promised me through him ?? God must mean for me to sacrifice him 'spiritually' - to give him fully over into God's service. That way, one day I might have many children and grandchildren, and His word to me to be 'a father of many nations' will be fulfilled."

However, Abraham mustered up the faith and courage to be obedient to God's voice, and we all know the outcome. What we DON'T know (fortunately) is what the outcome would have been had he refused LITERAL obedience and instead turned to some carnal rationalization as too many are prone to do today when God asks of them some seemingly "hard" thing !!

Do you think that it was mere coincidence (or that GO was somehow comprised of SPECIAL, super-Christians) that a collection of ragtag, hippie dropouts were able to be used so mightily to expand His Kingdom ?? NO, it was because, in the beginning, we came to God with that RADICAL, sold out heart (like Keith Green had and sings of) that unabashedly cried out to Him, "ALL for you God" and TRULY meant it !!!! Please click on the following link to listen to a collection of songs by Keith Green. Much of his music has REALLY inspired me over the years !! Click [ HERE ].

I guess that God CONTINUES to ask the same question today -- "What price are you and I WILLING to pay to receive that which He wishes to pour out upon those who are open and ready" ??

Then Samuel said, “Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams". **** 1Sam 15:22

A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today." The boy answered, "I will not." Later he had a change of heart and went. The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, "I will, sir," but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?” They said, “The first.” **** Matt 21:28-31

"I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ's faithfulness ...... My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection ......" **** Philippians 3:8-10

Salvation is a free gift, but as Jesus Himself, Paul and the other of Jesus' disciples learned, proclaiming the "Good New" is expensive business, and the price is paid in the lives of of those who TRULY say, "Not MY Will Lord, but YOURS Be Done" !!!

"The Purpose and Vision of God"

Jim Durkin preached to crowds of thousands and taught for many years with great passion regarding the fullness of revelation for the church on several key issues. There were tapes and books and newspaper articles that laid it out in detail. Young wanderers and sojourners from the hippie communes and college campuses were now hearing about the TRUE MEANING OF LIFE. They were not only being taught, they were being EQUIPPED. It was all there in black and white, in God's Word, but never had it become so dramatically clear and dynamic: You and I must line up our purpose with GOD'S PURPOSE and to see truth the way GOD envisions truth. To do HIS will! To submit to HIS way! To live and walk with Him in His victorious God-ordained plan!

Many powerful teachings were expounded on, throughout cities and congregations coast to coast, and out under night skies and jam-packed living-rooms and auditoriums. THE BOLD CONFESSION .... TRAINING YOUR SOUL ... and the profound insights into the full implementation of what EPHESIANS 4:11,12 are all about. This message speaks about DISCIPLESHIP -- Not the authoritarian, elitist, cultist dogmas of the 60s, but the glorious end-time manifestation of living as victorious and totally devoted, effective men and women of faith in service to the Lord ... as active Christians, evangelists, and missionaries. A family and a church with an agenda. A holy purpose.. . "The PURPOSE and VISION of GOD" ! These teachings were so refreshing, so liberating, and so beloved that they can never fade from the hearts of a whole generation. Surely they are still being taught locally and also far away from where they were birthed at the Lighthouse Ranch and Deliverance Temple in Eureka, CA. The foundational truths of Gospel Outreach move on with not only the remembrances of how a great teacher and father in the faith impacted untold thousands, but also with illumination to nations needing the Light of Jesus, and revelation, and deliverance, and needing to be EQUIPPED to minister boldly! Click to read "The Bold Confession" - by Jim Durkin

Hear the fervent spiritual challenges that set a generation ablaze! Youth who were lost in delusion, drugs and rebellion became devoted Christians, evangelists and missionaries across the nation and into distant countries. The messages of the early the 70s, preached by Jim Durkin and so many others, are as relevant TODAY as in those prayerful and zealous nights and days when hearts were afire for God's holy will at all costs!

A Note: I myself was raised and baptized at under the mentorship of Jim Durkin. There I learned about God's , and what it means to be a wholehearted follower, a DISCIPLE, of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, GO does NOT embrace the truth of "Christian Universal Reconciliation". However, given the choice between sitting smugly on our hands -- content in the knowledge that "We are saved" -- or EXERCISING the Love and Service to God exhibited by GO -- I believe the latter is FAR preferable !!

A Note From Pat Caspary, a missionary in Thailand, who distributed this message: This message was originally a tape produced by Christian Equippers Intl in South Lake Tahoe, CA. D. Hulett, L. Speckert and F. Anfuso put together some messages by apostolic evangelist-pastor Jim Durkin, and added a few words by Em Baxter, plus music by F. Anfuso and B. Libby. It was entitled "EXPLOITS", and it STILL stirs me to tears and a stronger desire to press in to God, even though I hear it while on a jungle highway headed for remote, muddy, bamboo tribal villages in Thailand or Burma to preach the Gospel! My life was changed by the hand of God and the impact of mentors in the faith who insisted we MUST GO as Jesus commanded us to, and bring His Light to a dark and lost world!

While preparing to send this out, I took several days to read the reflections of SO MANY who were taught, built up, equipped and sent out by the apostolic Evangelist-Pastor, JIM DURKIN. Such numerous, moving, poignant, memorable times spent in Ministry Houses, Ranches, Festivals, Teams to other cities or other countries, and the bonding of lifelong friends as well as marriages that took place!!! Now there are grown children of those homes that are involved in Missions. Tens of thousands have been impacted! The world is more populated and more LOST and UNREACHED than one cares to admit. Those who have surely picked up the cross of Christ and denied themselves to spend their all for the Gospel in the dark inner city or the remotest jungles are not at all a huge number. Listen now again to the call - the cry - and recommit to carry the torch on into the next generation!

People are writing in from all over, wanting to again HEAR THIS CALL, THIS MESSAGE -- which helped to draw, direct and drive them on into 30-35-40 years of Christian LIFE or dedication to full-time Gospel ministry. Several fervent Evangelists and Pastors are where they are today because of that moment when THEY knew they must GO INTO ALL THE WORLD! They are STILL in full-time Ministry because of the influence of these messages!

I know that all of us are loved of God, and that He is not calling us to religious works and duties, and in fact reprimands Martha for being so busy instead of spending needed time at the Lord's feet. Yet, behold the condition of the traditional, lethargic, denominational church-in-the-box which hasn't been at the prayer-altar - has no power - wears no armor - is not surrendering all to His will and His Lordship - Budget spent on comforts and fancies - Evangelism and Missions seem extinct!! I'd like to challenge you today: Sure, you and I are just dirt. We can do nothing except by His strength. The Missionary could not go if there were not those who stayed and sent what is needed. Other than these considerations, however, WHO will set the trumpet to your mouth? Who will carry His sword and be dedicated to reach the lost tribes? Thank God for messages and messengers that raise high this torch!

This message is a collection of excerpts from a number of Jim's "Discipleship Teachings". Heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who taught any of us to follow the Lord. Also to those brethren who originally put together the "Exploits" tape, plus a major salute also to those laborers who obeyed the call, and are leading others to "Go Into All The World" and surrender all to the Lordship of Jesus and the preaching of His Word with all their hearts!

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