Humble Beginnings - The idea of beginning a ministerial association that would be a fellowship for ministers rather than a denomination or organization, began in the heart of W. E. Kidson. When sharing the idea with Rev. B. C. Nulisch, Sr., a meeting was scheduled in Dallas, Texas on August 12, 1954 at Faith Pentecostal Church pastored by Rev. Earnest Shindoll. The church was hosting a tent meeting and "sixteen ministers came to hear the presentation by Rev. Kidson." The result was that they all agreed to begin the International Ministerial Association and Rev. Kidson was elected as chairman pro tem of the association. Rev. Kidson gave the association his newspaper called The Herald of Truth, which continues to be published monthly for the Association.
Holy Spirit Inspired - Even the initials of the IMA have tremendous significance. Before the above mentioned developments occurred, Rev. W. E. Kidson was said to have been attending a revival service in Connecticut. While there, the Lord prophetically communicated to Bro. Kidson. A lady came to him with a piece of paper in her hand and wanted to give it to him. She said that it contained the letters I-M-A and it was valuable because God had took those letters to pursue the idea of developing a fellowship for ministers called the International Ministerial Association!
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