March Newsletter

Proverbs 29:18a says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 20:18a says, “Make plans by seeking advice.” Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

In these short verses, clearly God has demonstrated for us the wisdom of planning!  It is wise to set aside time often to pray, plan, think, collaborate, and look to the future.  In 2010, our elders and wives set aside the year for prayer and fasting and then built a ten-year plan with a vision and mission. Obviously, our ten years are now completed and therefore it’s time to develop another ten-year plan.

Accordingly, our elders have set aside the year of 2020 as a time of prayer, fasting, and seeking the Lord for wisdom for the future ministries of our church. In fact, we have already been fasting and praying about it for a number of weeks now.  On April 4th, our elders and wives will be meeting to begin to synthesize what each of us individually believe we are hearing as direction from the Lord.  This will be the first of several key meetings throughout the year where we will work to refine what we believe God is calling us to do.

While we know our vision of “Preparing People for Eternity” will never change, how we specifically do that will be changing in the coming years. There will be new ministries that we need to begin.  There will be other ministries which have been languishing that need fresh energy and passion put into them so that these ministries can grow, thrive, and continue to build disciples for many years.

For example, we know that a key ministry for our leaders to be investing in will be mentoring.  Titus 2:3–5 says, “  3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Therefore, we know God desires that the spiritually mature men and women are to be regularly and intentionally mentoring younger men and women.  We know we need to be working on this as a key ministry moving forward and you will be hearing a lot about it over the course of the next year.

However, we do not yet know what other ministries we need to emphasize. The recent success of our marriage retreat tells us that many couples can use more support, tools, and guidance to make their marriages thrive.  We are seeking the Lord about how to do that. Do we have more retreats? Do we schedule regular Bible studies focused on marriage?  Do we regularly bring in outside speakers to teach on marriage?  Do we invest in video-based teaching that is used within some of our small groups?  These are just a few of the many questions that we are wrestling with related to just marriage ministry alone.

Please join our elders and wives in praying for the Lord to speak to each one of us so that we may hear clearly and directly the plans that He has for us for the next ten years.

 

 

For His Glory,

 

 

Tom