Simon Holley, Sustainable Power: Creating a Healthy Culture of the Supernatural in the Church Today (Crownhill, Milton Keynes: Authentic Media Limited, 2013), 259 pages, ISBN 9781860248849.
Sustainable Power is the story of a pastor, who along with his congregation, took a journey toward ministering in the supernatural power of God. Though this was not a significant part of their church experience, they sought to move in that direction. The supernatural, evidenced in healing, miracles and other gifts of the Holy Spirit, marked the ministry of the New Testament church, the church at other times in history, and they should, scripturally speaking, be a part of the church today. The author, Simon Holley, is the lead pastor at King’s Arms Church in Bedford in the United Kingdom. He is qualified to write this volume because he is intimately acquainted with the journey, for he himself was a participant in it.
The story is told on two levels, both personal and corporate. Pastor Holley writes both freely and frankly about his own struggles and questions along the way as well as about the experiences of his church. This quest for the supernatural began as a result of a prophetic word that was given to Pastor Holley and his wife, Caroline. They were told that God was going to put miracles in their hands, hearts, mouths, and minds (page 1). They were also told to pass on what they would be given by equipping, training, and sending out as many people as they could” (page 2). This prophetic word, along with others, has shaped his life and the life of his congregation, as well as the writing of this book (page 2).
Holley admits that he does not write as one who has arrived but that his church has seen progress in salvations, healings, prophecy, and deliverance.