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Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson is the Chairman of the Apostolic Council for Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International — an interdenominational fellowship of more than 200 U.S., and just as many international churches; headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the founder and Senior Servant of GlobalDestiny International Ministries, in Detroit, Michigan; and formerly also in Nanchang, Peoples Republic of China.

Bishop Johnson was consecrated to the office of Bishop on August 4, 2006. His election to the office had come the year before, during the celebration of his thirtieth year in minisry. By the time Presiding Bishop Thomas G. Mitchell approached him to talk to him about his elevation, Bishop Johnson had met and learned from some of the greatest minds in Kingdom ministry; served as an Apostolic Adjutant to two different prominent bishops; mastered his craft — particularly in the areas of Apologetics, Doctrine, Administration, Ecclesiology, and Church Protocol; had writteen Bishop Mitchell's Manual of Protocol; created and been the dean of Detroit Ministers Institute.

In 2004 Bishop Johnson planted Destiny Fellowship, a small church that started in a park on the shores of Lake Erie, in Lorain, Ohio. Bishop Johnson's most recent book, From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call gave him a chance to stop and look back at the unlikely circumstances that brought him to where h e is today, in ministry: "Look where He brought me from!"


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The Adjutant's Manual...

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2 Kings 2:11-15

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Welcome to The Knights of Destiny, a sacred garrison of anointed men and women of God assigned to protect and to serve the leadership of Body of Christ. There are many general references that offer explanations and advice on what Adjutants should do, and how to be an Adjutant; in fact the magnum opus of our craft is found in a book called God's Armorbearer, by Elder Terry Nance. The purpose of this Manual is to summarize some of those common elements; but more importantly, the purpose of this Manual is to add another layer to our understanding the role of the Adjutancy in avancing the interests of the ministry, so that when people see you they will recognize that you belong to the elite among Adjutants: "You have been trained by the best; and you have been trained to be the best!"

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Over much of the first twenty years of my own ministry I served in the "Adjutants Corps." During those years I learned many valuable lessons, and gained many valuable insights about how to carry out the technical parts of the job. More importantly, I also learned many lessons and gained many insights about the spiritual nature of what we do — why anyone who has ever been an armorbearer of any sort will tell you unequivocally that this Ministry is not suited for most Saints.

Preparing this manual is my way of telling you that you have chosen an honorable assignment, no matter how difficult it is for your friends and family to understand why you did. It is my prayer and expectation that your "charge" will read this information, as well; because most men and women of God don’t really understand what your job entails — or should entail — and more importantly what it does not entail, nor should entail.

According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "All warriors of distinction had such an attendant. Rather than perish by the hand of a woman, Abimelech called upon his armor-bearer to give him the finishing stroke (Judges 9:54), and when King Saul's armor-bearer refused to do this office for him that he might not become the prisoner of the Philistines, he took a sword himself and fell upon it (1 Samuel 31:4). David became Saul's armor-bearer for a time, and Jonathan's armor-bearer was a man of resource and courage (1 Samuel 14:7).1

James McClintock characterizes the Adjuant as, "An officer selected by kings and generals from the bravest of their favorites, whose service it was not only to bear their armor, but to stand by them in danger and carry their orders, somewhat after the manner of adjutants in modern service."

An adjutant is enlisted to carry out three primary functions: (1) He assists the leader he is assigned to (heretofore referred to as his "Charge"); (2) He occupies a ceremonial function, under the command and direction of the person he is assigned to; and (3) He serves as a protocol officer, under the command and direction of the person he is assigned to. There are other duties and responsibilities, of course that a leader in the church might assign to the adjutant; but in this handbook we will focus on these three. Also — as we will see later — there might be Ministries where there are several adjutants, each serving different functions.