This past Sunday we began our new worship series entitled “Unexpected” in which we challenged our congregation to think about how God shows up in unexpected ways. Pastor Frank challenged us to see God moving in the midst of the unexpected and I asked us to heed the words given to the Colossians to seek the things that are above. To set our eyes and our minds on the things of God.
When you are a pastor or a staff member of a church you have an idea of how things will progress. We have dreams for the church and expectations for this congregation, which we have been called by God to serve. The problem is that God moves in unexpected ways and the things we plan don’t always come to fruition, and the places that God calls us to venture into aren’t always the things that we perceive to be the places we want to go. So I am writing to you today as a pastor that loves you and a person that wants to hear your dreams.
This coming Sunday we are going to continue in our series and seek God when and where God may be found and with that we are all going to hear from each other about the ways that God has shown up in mighty and often surprising places. I genuinely hope that you will join us this Sunday to hear these stories about God’s providence in the midst of everyday life.
But today I am asking for your dreams.
When we sit down as a staff and plan for the future we always begin with prayer and a hope that we are being faithful to the will of God. I am incredibly blessed to be a part of a church of mighty faith. FUMC Duncanville lives into the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day. Through our Project 3.7, through our youth and children’s ministries, through our incredibly faithfulSunday school classes and through the way that this congregation is a special place where so many people from all walks of life have found a home where they can be themselves and earnestly seek the things of God.
In order to do this with integrity, we the leadership of this church need to hear from you, the people of God. So I am asking you to tell me your stories. I want you to send me emails about the times that God has met you in unexpected ways. I want you to tell me your faith journey. I want you to help us respond to God by sharing with us the things that God is doing in your life.
As a staff we receive many emails from the congregation; emails of encouragement and frustration. Emails about what you like and dislike, but rarely do we hear about your passions and hopes for the future. Rarely do we ask you for your feedback, but today is one of those days.
I am a flawed human being just like you are, and the amazing thing about God is that God meets each of us where we are, offers us salvation and eternal life, and calls us to live as a transformed people of God. So this blog has no message for you; it only has an honest request.
Please email me about your experience with God in and out of our church. I firmly believe that we are called to be the body of Christ together so I am challenging you to email me and tell me about how God has impacted you in a real and powerful way. If Pastor Frank and I only preach about our own experiences then we miss out on the incredible things that God is doing in the midst of our congregation. So I want to hear your stories.
I want to listen this week instead of talk. My email address is listed below and I hope that you will write me an email about how God is real and active in your life so that we may work together as a body of believers and not a staff preaching at the people of God. Our hope is to be in ministry with you, for we are all in this together.
I thank God every day for all of you and your immense faith and devotion to our God and our church. I look forward to reading your stories and learning from you about the power and presence of our God.
Have a wonderful week my friends,