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Flatline Movement Taking the Gospel to the Streets Through Christian Rappers, Speakers and More

Written by  Angela Hardgrave
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Often the most successful ministries are the ones that meet people where they are— communicating love and compassion in a language they can understand. Dewayne Rembert had just that passion when he founded the Flatline Movement. His mission in this ministry is to take the Gospel to the streets of Montgomery and other cities throughout Alabama through Christian rappers, singers, and speakers, always with the focus of preaching the Word of God in everything they do.

 

 

The Flatline Movement began in November 2014, and is composed of youth speakers, chaplains, Christian rappers, poets, music producers, singers, and even basketball coaches. Rembert’s desire to begin this ministry was born from his own past struggles. He explains, “Growing up, I did not hear about the Gospel, and it was strange because I was in this Bible Belt, surrounded by Christians (which I only knew as church folks). In fact, I wasn’t reached until I was 26 years old.

 

I know firsthand the pain and rejection that comes with growing up and not knowing who Jesus really is. My mother was in and out of my life, and I did not have a father at home, so that made it worse. The closest male relative I looked up to, who was somewhat influential in my life, was under the bondage of alcohol. At the age of 16, I witnessed a preacher come into a gambling house cursing, gambling, and drinking right in front of me. As a result, my perception of the church was warped. I even had a lady from the church tell me to, ‘Get them earrings out your ear, and pull your pants up, Boy. You’re going to hell.’ She said those hurtful things, but left out the crucial part of telling me how to get to Heaven.

 

I believe these examples are what God used to ignite His calling to reach young people with the truth of the Gospel.

 

By the grace of God, I graduated and moved to Montgomery. I finally heard the Gospel on February 3, 2002, at 11:17 am. At that time, I was the Sales Manager at a hotel, and later I even made it all the way to General Manager at one of the top hotel chains in the industry. Nevertheless, at the height of my career, the Lord called me out of it to start the Flatline Movement.” 

 

Rembert went on to explain his mission and the passion that drives it:

 

“Flatline is derived from Romans 6:11, ‘So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ In other words, you must die to your sin, before you truly die, so you can then live. Our mission is to be used by God to communicate that truth and hope to everyone through discipleship, music, and sports. I am passionate because of the commands from the Lord Jesus to ‘go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ And also, ‘Become weak to the weak, that we might win the weak. I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.’ Our target audience is young people; we engage their culture without compromising the Gospel.”

 

Rembert continued, “I am also passionate when it comes to outreach ministry because I never saw it growing up. Many of my friends and I didn’t have anyone to take us to church, so we just didn’t go. As a result of not having that experience, we did a lot of things that could have ruined our lives forever. No one came to explain sin, grace, repentance, justification, and redemption to us. I did not hear anything that related to my world, and I don’t remember being taught who Jesus really was. I was also heavy into rap, and therefore, church was boring to me and my friends. Having experienced this firsthand, I pretty much know the mindset of many of today’s young people. The Bible says we are to be fishers of men. Well, you have to know what pond you’re fishing in. If there are bass in this pond, you will put bait on the hook that you know bass like. Likewise, we are fishing for young people, so Flatline puts shiny bait on the hook like rap music, mentorship, and sports—getting them ready to be caught, cleaned, and made alive through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, we know when most people hear rap they become uneasy. In some aspects, I totally understand. The devil did not create rap, he just perverted it. The word rap actually means Rhyme and Poetry. If you look in your Bible, the books of Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Songs of Solomon are all poetic books.”

 

 “Another reason for our passion is that we show that there are more ways than the traditional ones to reach people with the Gospel. If you think your way is the only way, you could very well have your eyes fixed on the mat. Let me explain.

 

In John chapter five, Jesus encountered a man who had laid lame for 38 years. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to get well, and he made excuses. Jesus said, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ This was the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed: ‘It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.’ He replied, ‘The man who made me well said to me: Pick up your mat and walk.’ They asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’ They were so focused on their traditional ways that they missed the miracle of this man walking again. In some of our church circles, you can see a person that used to live completely against God, but heard the Gospel and gave their heart to Jesus. Now they want to explain the mystery of Him and testify to what He’s done in their life, but some people just look at the mat instead of the miracle of the Gospel.” 

 

Flatline Movement has impacted not only the River Region, but across the United States, and even as far as Africa. They have reached countless athletes and students through school assemblies, block parties, concerts, Bible studies, and even through having a high school AAU traveling basketball team. Rembert shares, “We are still doing all of these things, and we know God has used the ministry to impact students, coaches, principals, teachers, and more. Recently, I released a book called Flatlined 2 ENgauge, and many students, coaches, principals, and teachers have gotten their hands on copies and have testified of its impact on them for the glory of God. I have also traveled to Ghana, Africa to be the keynote speaker for a youth conference.”

 

Locally, the work of the Flatline Movement attracted the attention of the Montgomery Baptist Association. They brought Rembert on staff as a Ministry Resident. God has also recently opened another door. The ministry is set to launch the first Flatline Church in Chisholm around May of 2019.

 

 

How You and/or Your Church Can Support Flatline

 

Rembert realizes that community support and prayer is crucial to the success of the Flatline Movement. He explains, “The Bible says that, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ Well obviously, salvation is free, but ministry is not. I am a full-time urban missionary with a wife of 16 years, along with our three children. We now have need of more study Bibles to hand out and to use for our Bible studies, funding for weekly dinners, funding for music, and help with our basketball team’s expenses. The long term goal is to have three other chaplains in the Flatline Movement become full time. Please pray for us! Please pray that we stay humble to our Lord. Our opportunities have outgrown our funding. God has given us a big vision and a big HOPE!”

 

To support this ministry please contact:

 

Dewayne Rembert, 334.603.1881, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tosha Parker, 334.386.4376, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Angela Hardgrave is a graduate of the University of Mobile with a degree in journalism and currently works in the Marketing Department of Faulkner University as a graphic designer. Angela is also a freelance writer for several publications in the River Region. She resides in Wetumpka with her three awesome daughters and her dog, Emmy.

 

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