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.

Our Purpose

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 (John 5:19). 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. 

Our Mission

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 as they live 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.  Reflecting on each of these experiences, we see God used them to prepare us for ministering to ministers; even the 54 weeks of being homeless nomads after we left the Fountain area.

Mark Henslee

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. 

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Dallas Henslee

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 maintaining 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 and waving worship flags.

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Ginger

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.

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Behind Enemy Lines

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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

Work in Bangladesh - March 2019

Around the World in 18 Days


Literally!  We left the US on March 4th to visit missionaries on the field who required our services.  After several attempts to purchase return tickets, we wound up traveling completely around the globe.

 

While we were abroad, we were able to assist with the recording of a new music release, as well as, record our story of how God orchestrated getting us to Bangladesh.  You can listen to the audio file here or read the full story here.

Travelling Ministry

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.

Provision for an RV

To facilitate the goal of going to them within the continental United States and Canada, Blue Fire Legacy desires to have a vehicle that allows us to take our home 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.

Other considerations when travelling include food preparation (rather than relying on restaurants) and arrangements for our two dogs.

We are trusting the Lord to provide the right vehicle.  Our desire would be for a newer motor home, preferably a class A diesel pusher.  We know the Lord has the perfect vehicle that will be available at the right time.

 

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.

Retreat Center

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. 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.

 

The Vision for Legacy Heights

God provided a beautiful building site which the ministry purchased in 2016 and named Legacy Heights.  It is over 20 acres of land outside of Westcliffe, CO  The view is looking out toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from our proposed building site for the retreat center main house.

Building Phase One

The site currently has power and a well.  To proceed, we need to have excavation work done to enable us to rework the entry road, install septic, well pump and foundation, as well as building a shell for Phase One.

The first building phase would encompass raising a structure to serve as

  • extra protection from the weather for the RV
  • a shop
  • an office
  • a counseling area
  • a living space for visiting ministers

Building Phase Two

This building will transition to become the therapy center after the completion of the main house at Legacy Heights.  At that time, it will offer

  • a craft room for scrapbooking, painting, sewing, etc.
  • wood, metal, and auto shop areas
  • a green-house

While many retreat centers draw on area resources to provide primarily outdoor recreation, we would like to provide creative arts as a restorative offering in addition to the outdoor options.

In our area, you can easily find many seasonal activities including (but not limited to)

  • hiking
  • fishing
  • white water rafting
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • horseback riding

The conceptualized main house will have 4 self-contained master suites which allows the flexibility of self-guided retreats or ministry led retreats.  One of the dynamics we have noticed in looking at other retreat centers is that many of them are not family friendly.  

Some of this comes from the perspective that they are crisis-care retreats and therefore it would not be healthy for children to be present.  Including children is one part of what makes the retreat center at Legacy Heights unique.  A boys’ and a girls’ bunk room for the kids is planned.

The main house will include a theater room to house trainings, corporate worship times, and entertainment.  There will be multiple gathering areas such as dining, worship/training, and hang out space.  Each suite will also offer a kitchenette for your convenience.  Our hosts will generally plan to provide a common meal in the evening for the guests.

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