About Blue Fire Legacy
Our story of how God has been molding us and strategically placing us, sets the backdrop for why Blue Fire Legacy was founded. Through a journey of healing, Christ has redeemed our struggles and hurts so that we can assist others as they work through their life challenges. In Christ, we have the strength to live triumphantly.
Igniting the Body of Christ to Live in Fullness of Purity and Power
As the Body of Christ we are to live in His fullness. In other words, we are to be filled to the utmost capacity with Christ, His character and His abilities.
To live in fullness of purity is not to have a checklist of do’s and don’ts that we follow religiously. While holy living will be an outflow of our life, it results from living like Christ. To accomplish our goal we must consciously choose to think and act according to the example that Christ gave us. Christ’s central purpose was to do the will of the Father.
"So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father[a] does, that the Son does likewise." John 5:19 ESV
For us to live like Christ, we must align our purpose with His. We must make doing the Father’s will our priority. How do we know the will of the Father? We must be in communion with Him.
In our world, it is easy for us to think that what God is telling us to do is also what He is telling every other Christian to do. To some degree there are common instructions, but there can also be great differences. While we are all to share our faith with others, we are not all called to go into foreign countries to reach the lost. It is important that you hear from God what He wants you to do and then do it.
We endeavor to come alongside believers to encourage and challenge them to walk in Christ-likeness, utilizing one-on-one counseling and group training to provide tools and accountability. It is our desire to help others exercise and grow their faith while deepening their intimacy and communion with God.
Coming Alongside...to Encourage Each to Live in the Fullness of Who and What GOD has Called and Gifted Them to be
Blue Fire Legacy accomplishes its God-given purpose by coming alongside Christian pastors, churches, missionaries and mission organizations to encourage each to live in the fullness of who and what God has called and gifted them to be. This is accomplished through providing individual Biblical counsel, organizational consulting, small group training, study materials, and conferences.
Ultimately the Lord is the source of all fullness. It is through His direction and strength that we operate. Our goal is that each person and organization we work with reaches their full potential. We see that as living out the Great Commission and their calling in the righteousness of Christ, through the power of His shed blood, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, in intimacy with the Father.
A Glimpse of Mark and Dallas's Journey
We have each held various church roles individually and together since we were teenagers. These roles included filling positions such as custodian, children’s choir leader, nursery coordinator, sound tech, Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, worship leader, flag ministry coordinator, associate pastor, church planter, and lead pastor. We have been members of churches in multiple evangelical denominations serving as lay leaders, which allows us to better minister inter-denominationally.
17 Years in Fountain, CO
Our family moved to Fountain, CO in 1999 with 3 small children, no established housing, and no jobs. Why? Because we felt God was asking us to be associate pastors for a new church plant being started. The lead pastor of that project went back to pastor the sponsoring church just a few short months after we moved to Colorado. Despite the abrupt change, God was gracious and provided a good job for Mark and a nice home for the family.
As children, youth, and young adults, God was shaping us for this work.
We lived in Fountain for 17 years and ministered there in various capacities during that time. A majority of our ministry experience was obtained within the bi-vocational realm. We also spent time in God’s “surgical theater,” “recovery ward,” and His “spiritual boot camp” while living in Fountain. We even spent 54 weeks of being homeless nomads after we left the Fountain area. Reflecting on each of these experiences, we see God used them to prepare us for ministering to ministers.
Establishing the Ministry in Westcliffe, CO
The Lord not only provided ministry property in Westcliffe, CO, but He also provided a house for our personal needs. The house doubled as our office, as we held appointments in person and through video conferencing. We have now sold this house, and are ministering from Blue Fire Legacy's 5th wheel trailer, which affords us better opportunity to come alongside ministers that cannot come to us for whatever reason. We still "home-base" from Westcliffe, although we are not there in person year round.
Mark is a man seeking after the heart of God and learning to live in His abundance and victory. He desires to encourage and build the bride of Christ through Biblical teaching and application. He has been active in various churches and parachurch organizations such as the Gideons.
Mark has previously served in capacities including, but not limited to, church planter, pastor, CPA, consultant, teacher, bass player, and laborer. Most of Mark's ministry experience has been bi-vocational. In 2015, Mark closed his public accounting practice to pursue full-time ministry.
He enjoys getting together with men to share life and encourage them to walk in the calling that God has placed on their lives, whether that is as a father, pastor, professional or other.
Dallas relates to family members in ministry having been a “PK” (preacher’s kid) and moving away from her friends and family in Texas to live in Canada for six years when she was younger. She also understands the potential to feel isolated, lonely, and overwhelmed as a pastor’s wife due to the numerous expectations of others. She encourages ministers to keep going even through the darkest night, for the Lord hasn’t abandoned you. You may even find, to your delight, that He is bringing you through to discover a hidden treasure and more of Who He is, as well as who you are in Him.
Dallas is a passionate worshipper and prayer warrior with a desire to teach the body of Christ. She holds both NCC (National Certified Counselor) and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) credentials and maintains her professional counseling license through the state of Colorado. Dallas continues to minister to those hurting with a listening ear and guidance from the Holy Spirit. She enjoys to worship through singing, playing a variety of musical instruments, as well as making worship flags.
While not certified as a therapy provider, Ginger has a very sensitive intuition and cares for the clients that come to see us in person. She watches for clients to arrive on intensive days, announces their arrival, enjoys working with each individual, and is keenly aware of a person's needs during session. She appreciates receiving tummy rubs in return for her hard work.
Michelle is our administrative volunteer. She helps to streamline inquiry emails and facilitates other necessary tasks as delegated. She is an invaluable part of our team.
These individuals work behind the scenes to keep us on track and speak into the growth of the ministry. We appreciate their valuable insight.
Breaking the Burdensome Yoke
Our most recent title is now available. Breaking the Burdensome Yoke: A Discipleship Course in Forgiving and Grieving offers practical tools in addition to the foundational Scriptural support for recovering after disappointment, hurt, betrayal, or great loss. These topics are so intrensically intertwined that we decided it was best to offer them to the reader in a comprehensive format rather than discussing them in individually titled works.
The book is formatted for individual processings or adapated use with a small group. Application and discussion questions are found at the end of each chapter. There is also a Question and Answer section at the end of the book to help address focused concerns.
"After a devastating childhood trauma, I went decades living a life based in shame. Breaking the Burdensome Yoke gave me hope as it introduced me to Scriptural truths and sound tools to combat the devil's lies that tangled me in fear, guilt, unforgiveness, and doubt. The Holy Spirit used this book to give me the understanding and courage I needed to show up and fight for the redemption and peace Jesus provides." (Breaking the Burdensome Yoke, back cover)
Behind Enemy Lines
In 2017, we published a book, Behind Enemy Lines: A Discipleship Course in Spiritual Warfare, which teaches on topics such as baptism, forgiveness, and spiritual warfare. It is our desire that the body of Christ learn about their authority and identity as God designed. As children of God, we can approach life from a position of victory rather than defeat.
In 2019, we published a revised and expanded 2nd edition to answer the questions that we were asked by readers. The expanded edition also includes group facilitation question and answer discussion questions.
I grew up in the church. Why have I never heard this teaching before?
A look at the power of the Holy Spirit and how we walk in victory rather than defeat often creates questions like this among those we encounter. Behind Enemy Lines serves as a reminder of our identity in Christ in addition to being a guide for how to apply these biblical principles in our lives. Practical insights assist the reader in participating in what God is doing in and through people who are submitted to His will. (Behind Enemy Lines back cover)
In the Present
Big Year--Living On the Road
- We added two board members, and held our first Board retreat.
- He provided an administrative assistant.
- He provided a 5th Wheel Travel Trailer.
- He provided a beautiful truck to haul the 5th Wheel.
We are now fully mobile as we are living and officing in the ministry's 5th Wheel. Guess we're now officially "nomadic home-missionaries."
Coast to Coast
Work in Bangladesh - March 2019
Around the World in 18 Days
As you can see from our work in Bangladesh, one arm of our ministry is traveling to those of you who cannot get away, whether due to working bi-vocationally with little to no time off or limited finances. We can come to you. In these circumstances, we provide consulting and pastoral care for immediate issues and stressors, as well as, for reconciliation and strengthening your ability to continue ministering effectively.
A key differentiator of Blue Fire Legacy is that God has asked us to come alongside. We serve by coming to you. We are able to make better observations when joining someone in their normal routine.
The Ministry's Truck and 5th Wheel
To facilitate traveling to them within the continental United States, Blue Fire Legacy has a truck and 5th wheel which permits us to take our home and office on the road. Having our home with us when we travel to minister means we are not a burden to those we are coming alongside and provides a means for our re-energization at the end of each day.
Of course such vehicles require fuel, insurance, and maintenance. If you designate a gift towards the ministry vehicles, that's where your money will be used.
Biblically Based Teaching
Blue Fire Legacy works primarily as a proactive and preventative care ministry as well as working on healing past wounds. Should crisis counseling be desired, we may refer you to another organization which specializes in this type of care for ministers.
In addition to coaching, consulting, and pastoral care for ministers, Blue Fire Legacy offers Biblically based teaching in a variety of formats - itinerant pulpit supply, conferences, and seminar/workshops.
Sometimes inner healing work is required. Sometimes your local congregation needs to be exhorted to care for each other more selflessly and better support you as their pastoral staff. In other words, we can say the hard things that you may not be able to say from behind the pulpit. Each church has its own culture and concerns that arise out of that established culture. We will be sensitive to the dynamics present rather than attempting to impose a generic, cookie-cutter approach.
Looking forward, there are plans for a retreat center, a place you can come to be refreshed and refilled through creative and practical arts. The exact timing of establishing the retreat center is still unknown. Our first step is to improve the building site by providing excavation work, septic, and adding a pump to the well. Additionally, we'll need to run electricity and water to the parking site for the 5th wheel. We anticipate these improvements to cost between $30,000-$45,000. In adherence with our no debt policy, the retreat center development will begin when sufficient funds are available to complete the first of two buildings. See below for a more in depth description of the vision for the retreat center at Legacy Heights.