“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These words in Matthew 28: 18-20 are the words Ryan Caley lives his life by.
“When I came into ministry this was really a scripture that defined my mission for me. Jesus said He gives His authority to us. If I think about my life and my ministry, the standard for measuring the fruit in my life is this: Have I been moving in the authority God has given me? Am I making disciples in that I am raising up people and seeing their lives being transformed to look like Christ? And lastly, am I teaching them to obey the commandments? In other words, am I teaching them to live like Jesus so that we will see the supernatural taking place, and that we will see the word of God in people’s lives everywhere they go.”
It is easy to see this passion in Ryan. As he talks about transforming lives, his desire for bringing heaven to earth becomes evident. “It ignites me to see people’s lives being transformed. To walk with and talk with people through the battles and issues they have in their lives. To influence their value systems and their lives as a whole by speaking the truth of God’s word to them. When I see how they start to think completely different, how they start to process situations differently, that is the thing that fills me.”
Ryan’s own life has been changed and transformed by the truth of God’s word. As a young Christian, new in his walk with God, and having a history of epilepsy from a young age, he wanted to give up after an epileptic attack whilst driving. After the attack “I said to my mentor at the time, ‘I don’t know if this Christianity thing is for me. I have been serving God and now this happens’. But his mentor responded with a quote from Tim Story that I have never forgotten: Your test will become your testimony and your mess will become your message.”
A “now” word for a “now” moment, Ryan calls this. And words that came to secure his walk with God. “I made the decision to not give up, to not allow circumstances to dictate my faith. I was going to believe God and run after Him. That was pivotal moment for me where my walk with God could have gone either way. I was ready to give up.”
It is in knowing the value of a true mentor that Ryan reaches out, offering the same support and mentorship in his ministry, combining it with the power of the Holy Spirit. Because it is only through this that society will be transformed, he believes.
“I think this is what church is about – seeing the body of Christ equipped to transform society. My vision is to give people a clear understanding of their calling: that they are supposed to go out there, into the world and represent the Kingdom of God. In order for God’s Kingdom to be advanced, believers need to have a vision to advance God’s Kingdom wherever they go. When we do that, we bring heaven to earth. We break the chains of darkness through the power of God.”