Finished In The Fire! The Character Refinery

Finished In The Fire! LLC is the business/ministry founded by Dr. F. Josephus Johnson II, that offers a progression of workshops to challenge individuals by examining similarities between the process of refining metal and refining one’s character.  Finished In The Fire! is a fresh new way of improving your leadership and influence, as well as enhancing your impact at work, in ministry, in your relationships, and throughout your entire life. 

Facilitated Workshops

Each workshop builds upon the previous one and steps you through a new level of refining. Participants gain the most benefit by completing the workshops in order beginning with Workshop I, Workshop II, and then, Workshop III while spending time with God’s Charactersmith.

Video Learning

More and more people enjoy online learning programs that incorporate viewing videos while taking notes.  Video Learning is now available through Finished In The Fire!  You may enroll in our workshops through distance learning workshops in the comfort of your home, church, or office.

Find Purpose in the Process

We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).  His work includes the process of refinement, perfecting, and polishing us for greater use.  We can certainly find purpose and discover our destiny through the process.

Video Learning Library

Embrace the flames of suffering until they produce in you a godly character of pure gold. Take advantage of our audiovisual distance learning workshops in the comfort of your home, church, or office.

Facilitated Workshops

Finished In The Fire! Workshops are facilitated in person by God’s Charactersmith – Dr. Bishop  Joey Johnson. We will examine character refinement through the process of suffering.

The Refinery

At “The Refinery,” unlock and perfect your character and the gifting that God has in you. Check out the wide-array of resources, books, and messages to help you turn your suffering into new purpose.
“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Hellen Keller

Teacher - Philospher

John 16:33:I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus of Nazereth

Son of God and Son of Man

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; The most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Kahlil Gibran

Poet and Philosopher

The Role of Suffering in Perfecting Our Purpose

Loss, regret, shame, despair, and disappointments are all part of the flow of life. Coping with broken-heartededness can be one of the greatest challenges of our lives, but God has a plan and purpose to transform “the broken” into the made whole; the downtrodden to the uplifted. Ultimately, we suffer through the storms of life so that we can help rescue others in the eye of the storm who feel that all hope is lost. In the end, walking through the fires of suffering results in connecting us with our purpose and empowers us to strengthen and help others.

   Key Areas of Suffering and Resources  

Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

Grief is a spiritual discipline that is difficult and takes time to deal with.  If we grieve properly, it can provide healing and a closer walk with God.

Grief: A Biblical Pathway to God    by Bishop Joey Johnson

The Grief Recovery Handbook: 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition by John James and Russell Friedman


Dealing with Rejection

Rejection is one of the most common human experiences that can devastate us.  This book will add to your Finished In The Fire! experience and teach you strategies, scriptures, and the primary spiritual weapon to defeat rejection.

The Ravages of Rejection: Rejection Will Either Ravage You or Refine You

by Bishop Joey Johnson

The Pain of Betrayal

Nothing is more painful in the church and pastorate as betrayal.  Yet, the subject is hardly ever talked about or preached about in the church.  Betrayal causes a person to suffer deeply.  Our ability to navigate the dark waters of betrayal will work a deep forgiveness in our hearts.

The Blindness of Biblical Betrayal 

by Bishop Joey Johnson

Suffering and Family "Mess"

We often suffer as a result of the sin and consequences down through the generations. Let’s take a realistic look at co-dependency and dysfunction from a biblical perspective. God works beyond our difficulties and dysfunctionality to bring us into a powerful destiny.

God is Greater Than Family Mess

by Bishop Joey Johnson

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Explore Our Resources & Guides

The word resource refers to assets, materials, and life supporting tools. Our prayer is that you will find the information and available teaching on this website to be a wealth of knowledge empowering you to deepen your relationship with God and energize your ministry of the gospel. We hope that you will take time to browse the collection and be edified in your Spirit as you prepare for greater works. Click Here or  click "Resources" above.

Featured Web Resources and Learning Tools

Video Resource Library

Bishop's Messages & Media Guide

Recommended Reading Lists

Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches

Prayer Requests

Biblical Studies Certificate Programs

International Pastors

Forthcoming December 2021 and Early 2022

Pastoral Leadership, Guides, and Teaching Development

Church Development, Planning, & Management

Healing, Social Justice, and Radical Love

Jesus Christ's life and sacrifice was an example of demonstrating love to all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, education, or social class; particularly, the marginalized, vulnerable, and outcast. Real social justice begins with seeing the needs of others with eyes of compassion and humility, and then helping to uplift those who are under the weight of social misery. Click Here to go to the page.

Jesus Christ of the Poor, Oppressed, and Suffering

The Revolutionary & Radical Jesus

Jesus of the Poor, Oppressed, Suffering, and Marginalized

The Distortion of Christ & the Power of His Sacrifice

Liberation & Social Justice Theologies

Community Crises, Trauma, and Global Catastrophes

Traumas as Daily Catastrophe for People of Color & the Poor

On COVID-19 & Health Crises

The Church as a Refuge for the Oppressed

The Church's Betrayal of the Message of Jesus

The Profit Church vs The People's Church

The Physical vs The Spiritual Church

The Role of the Church in Fighting Radical Evils