I am overwhelmed thinking about all that God did for us in 2014!He has been so faithful to us!
This past year as a church family we entered into a campaign called “Greater Things”. This campaign was a call for continued investment by our church family into what God is doing in the life of our church. We had three goals to attain. We wanted to:
- Maintain what God has given us. (Facilities)
- Manage where God has led us. (Finances)
- Minister with God as He leads us. (Future)
We are well on our way to meeting these three goals. This past year we began giving our financial pledges to this campaign which has allowed us to already do many things. We have maintained our facilities by investing in a new shingled roof, repairing thousands of dollars of air conditioning units, and we have positioned ourselves for future growth by developing additional parking spaces. We are also managing our finances by continuing to aggressively pay down our debt to reach our goal of being debt free by the year 2018. All of this has allowed us to add another worship service back in October which has provided more seating capacity for worship, as well as, providing more space for our 2:42 groups. It is awesome to see how God can work through His people when they come together and give sacrificially!
I am convinced that God has positioned us this past year to be more effective in ministry than ever before.
- We have in place now a mission strategy that will allow us to be more focused and effective in our call to be on mission locally, nationally, and internationally. Please be praying for how you can personally be involved by giving and/or going to the lost world all around us.
- We have updated our constitution and bylaws to reflect who we are as a church family. This may seem not too exciting, but it really is. We now can function effectively and clearly to be all that God would have us to be. We have guiding documents that are written and informed by scripture. That is very important to the life of a church. This document heightens scriptural authority and encourages biblical accountability. We celebrate the fact that we are Jesus Ruled, elder led, and congregationally accountable.
- We are beginning 2015 with the emphasis of living our life on Mission. In fact, beginning January 25th we will begin a special emphasis called “Life on Mission”. We are going to come together and really understand how to share life with others. I will be leading one large group study for six weeks on Sunday evenings. We will learn how we can be on mission every day; looking for opportunities to impact the lives of our family and friends with the life-changing message of the Gospel. I am praying that this will be a very impactful emphasis on the life of our church!!!
I am so excited for 2015!! I believe God is going to continue to do great things among us because I am convinced He has called us to do even greater things!!!!!!!
I love you and I love being your pastor!