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MiraclesOne Foundation Ministry Philosophy
“Ask Him very specifically:
What would You have me do?
Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom?” ~Lesson 71
“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
MiraclesOne was formed legally as a church in the State of Wisconsin in 2005. Being a non-traditional and unconventional church in nature because of our understanding of A Course in Miracles, there is still a place in our hearts where we hold the tradition of service to our brothers in the Spirit of Love.
All members of the Board of Advisors give the gift of service in one form or another, now and in the past. Be it in the employment positions some of us may have; the volunteer work for families; non-profit organizations, and others in our community; the sharing of Love by our ministerial messages; the joining of hearts in marriage ceremonies; the support in times of confusion or grief; or our freely giving attitude, we still hold true that we are here to be of service as spiritual leaders. We approach everything that we do with the premise, “I am here only to be truly helpful.”
Our approach to ministry is also influenced by the premise of Servant-Leadership. This was a term developed in the early 70s by Robert Greenleaf. We share with you some of his ideas from his booklet, The Servant as Leader.
The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?
…Awareness is not the giver of solace – it is just the opposite. It is a disturber and an awakener. Able leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed. They are not seekers after solace. They have their own inner serenity.
A leader must have more of an armor of confidence in facing the unknown – more than those who accept his leadership. This is partly anticipation and preparation, but it is also a very firm belief that in the stress of real life situations one can compose oneself in a way that permits the creative process to operate.
This is told dramatically in one of the great stories of the human spirit – the story of Jesus when confronted with the woman taken in adultery. In this story Jesus is seen as a man, like all of us, with extraordinary prophetic insight of the kind we all have some of. He is a leader; he has a Goal – to bring more compassion into the lives of people.
In this scene the woman is cast down before him by the mob that is challenging Jesus’ leadership. They cry, “The law says she shall be stoned, what do you say?” Jesus must make a decision, he must give the right answer, right in the situation, and one that sustains his leadership toward his goal. The situation is deliberately stressed by his challengers. What does he do?
He sits there writing in the sand – a withdrawal device. In the pressure of the moment, having assessed the situation rationally, he assumes the attitude of withdrawal that will allow creative insight to function.
He could have taken another course; he could have regaled the mob with rational arguments about the superiority of compassion over torture. A good logical argument can be made for it. What would the result have been had he taken that course?
He did not choose to do that. He chose instead to withdraw and cut the stress – right in the event itself – in order to open his awareness to creative insight. And a great one came, one that has kept the story of the incident alive for 2,000 years – ”Let him that is without sin among you cast the first stone.”
We see our ministry work as similar to this familiar quote:
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” – Author unknown
Revs. Paul and Deborah Phelps
Co-Founders of MiraclesOne
MiraclesOne Foundation Mission Statement
We assist others with learning how to live the Spirit-Led life through the study and practical application of the teachings in A Course in Miracles. At MiraclesOne, judgment is not our goal, joining in His Love with our brothers, is. Since the Holy Spirit speaks to each of us in a personal language that we can understand, and since we each have our individualized curriculum taught to us by Him based upon our own life’s reference, we cannot hold that there is only one way or viewpoint to approach the principles of A Course in Miracles, instead, we can hold the love and support that each student fully deserves. We know that each student is always being perfectly guided by Him. We know that it is through our personal experiences and practical application that we come to know and respect the Real Love inside of us all.
To allow all of our motivations to be guided by the Voice of the Holy Spirit and to help others come to the personal experience of knowing and experiencing the Holy Spirit within them, thus continuing to extend Jesus’ message of Love and Forgiveness to the world.
MiraclesOne Purpose and Objectives
Through our forgiveness, we awaken.
Through our listening, we are guided.
Through our demonstration, we remind.
Through our sharing, we walk with our brothers on the journey Home.
MiraclesOne Light University Purpose
The purpose of our University Programs is three-fold: Study, Experience, and Extension. This purpose was gifted to us as we experienced many purposeful and dedicated sessions of the MiraclesOne Board of Advisors with Holy Spirit joining in the space of His Stillness seeking only what He would have us set as His purpose for us here in the world. In trusting Holy Spirit and His Most Holy Guidance, we received that our purpose for the MiraclesOne Light University involved the following three points.We are grateful that He knows how to work with us all here in the world. We are His Servants for the Awakening.
The three points:
Study as the dedicated study of the spiritual text, A Course in Miracles.
“This is a course in mind training. All learning involves attention and study at some level.” T-1.Vii.4:1-2
Experience is gained as we begin to personally experience the Holy Spirit within us and we practically apply the Course’s principles in every facet of our lives.
“This is not a course in the play of ideas, but in their practical application.” T-11.VIII.5:3
Extension of the Love of God to our brothers naturally occurs as we gain insights from the Holy Spirit. This leads to the recognition of our Oneness and truly becoming Teachers of God.
“Your brother is your friend because his Father created him like you. There is no difference. You have been given to your brother that love might be extended, not cut off from him.” T-24.I.7:1-3
The focus of MiraclesOne can be summed up in this quote from
A Course in Miracles that is used above in “Experience”:
“This is not a course in the play of ideas,
but in their practical application.” T-11.VIII.5:3
We offer many opportunities for you to deepen your connection with the Holy Spirit and practically apply the principles one learns through the study ofA Course in Miracles. If you are guided to join with us, we are here to lovingly support your journey.
Rev. Deb Phelps is the Senior Minister of MiraclesOne. She has been teaching ACIM for 23+ years. She is the author of several ACIM-based books and along with her husband, Rev. Paul Phelps, have regularly presented to the large ACIM Conference gatherings in San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, and 2015 in New York City, to name a few. They are seasoned teachers who not only know the Course but live the Course in their everyday lives. Their loving demonstration of ACIM principles has inspired many.
We cannot do this ministry without our wonderful Ministry Team who assist us in facilitating classes in Madison and to long distance students, recording audios, answering emails and writing posts, leading our Prayer Ministry, and many other aspects of the programs and services that we offer.
And, we certainly cannot do it without your financial support. Donate now or choose a monthly membership level to help show your gratitude for all that we do to support you in your study of A Course in Miracles.
MiraclesOne Co-Founders, Volunteers and Ministry Team
Rev. Deborah Phelps, Senior Minister and Co-Founder
Rev. Paul Phelps, Co-Founder
Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps founded MiraclesOne in 2005. The center grew out of the ACIM study group and internet radio ministry that Deb ran for many years in Pittsburgh, PA, before she and Paul moved to Madison, WI, in 2004. MiraclesOne is legally established as a non-traditional church and center based on the teaching of ACIM. It offers services, meditation, retreats, and social activities. It also offers classes, a ministerial track, counseling, online and telephone study groups, and online video classes. At MiracleOne, the focus is always on practical application of ACIM and on learning to connect with our Inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. The result is a world-wide community of ACIM students who join together to support each other and grow in their awareness of the Loving Presence within. MiraclesOne is a community, a place to belong while we are “not at Home.”
MiraclesOne and Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps
Co-sponsor and presenters for the 2015 ACIM Conference in New York City
Co-sponsor and presenters for the 2013 ACIM Conference in Chicago, IL
Presenters for the 2012 North Central Regional ACIM Conference in Cleveland OH
Co-sponsor and presenters for the 2011 ACIM Conference in San Francisco, CA
Co-sponsor and presenters for the 2009 ACIM Conference in San Francisco, CA
If you are interested in MiraclesOne providing a workshop or retreat for your church, group or organization, contact us.
Our ministry team is composed of our ministers and ministerial candidates.
They assist with Sunday Service, in person study groups and our phone groups and studies, including our radio shows and presentations.
If you would like to be a member of our Ministry Team, enroll in our Ministerial Program.
We provide many opportunities for our students to serve.
All of the below personnel serve as volunteers! All monies received in to MiraclesOne goes back into the ministry for expenses for our Center, our broadcast and media storage fees, internet bandwidth and web hosting, our phone service and HD video conferencing services, new books and materials.
Rev. Deb Phelps, Senior Minister/Co-Founder
Rev. Deb’s spiritual awakening began in 1980 , at age 16, she began to practice meditation. She has been studying and teaching the Course since 1993. She has a degree in Community Ministry, and worked in social service, ministry, church and non-profit organization for more than two decades. She is currently the senior minister at MiraclesOne and director of its Miracle Studies program. She is the author of “I am Entitled to Miracles! Simple Ways to Apply the Principles in A Course in Miracles.” She is an accomplished web designer with many years of experience with her own web design company. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Deb lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Rev. Paul Phelps, Co-Founder
Rev. Paul’s spiritual awakening began in the late 1990’s when he said to God, “There’s got to be a better way!” He was led to Neale Donald Walsch’s book Conversations with God then to A Course in Miracles, which he began studying in 2001. After practicing the Workbook lessons, Paul began to perceive the visible Light of Christ and to hear the Voice for God with unmistakable clarity. He is an IT manager and accomplished pilot. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Paul lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Rev. Gayle Bartlett
Rev. Gayle is the coordinator for our daily Workbook Lesson Practice phone call, develops and facilitates classes, and is a mentor Ministerial Students. Rev. Gayle is on our Program Committee and Advisory Board. She owns her own business along with her husband. Rev. Gayle lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Tom is a co-facilitator for our Tuesday night phone study group and is on our Program Committee and Advisory Board. Tom is an active participant at our MiraclesOne Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He owns his own business in technology services.
Advisory Board of MiraclesOne
Rev. Deb Phelps, President and Senior Minister
Rev. Paul Phelps, Co-Founder
Rev. Gayle Bartlett