Good Folks, it is the last Friday of 2016. Trusting that your Christmas activities were fun and safe and memorable. One service on New Year’s Day, 10:30AM. Some Sunday School classes are meeting, others are not. All are welcomed.
What new year resolutions are you thinking about: lose weight, spend less, give more, get out of debt, go back to school, graduate from school, write more notes of appreciation, update all your legal paperwork, give of your time to volunteerism, downsize your life, get married, stay married, buy a new car or keep the one you have for another year, clean your office (this one is for me) and the list goes into infinitum…
A new year brings new challenges and opportunities. It will bring some unexpected crossroads in life: Should I go this way or that way?
You have heard me say on many occasions, what is certain is change; plus, what is certain is the uncertainty of those changes that are thrust upon each of us. I know that 2017 will be a good year for the church, locally and globally, as it continues to define itself in its mission and purpose. Most of us go to a physician for “Health-check inventory,” and prescription refills and annually a “complete physical:” from “stem to stern.” The local church should be no different.
We will be embarking on a program called Healthy Church Initiative (HCI). Some aspects of this program have been done in previous years from a variety of church growth consultants. Some might say that this is just another one of those “moments” of someone telling us what to do to grow the church and get more folks in the pews. For those folks, too quick to make judgment.
For us who choose to have a healthy lifestyle, it is a journey that is planned, prayed and embarked with diligence and faithfulness. There is an old adage, “No pain no gain.” For some, pain comes in the form of change from what has always been and what always should be as long as they are alive. Or the old adage, “We have never done it this way before.” I am hopeful.
God has brought us this far and he will guide us in the rest of our journey.
Beginning today, I ask that you intentionally pray for the church, its leadership, all the staff, and that God’s perfect will be done through us for this church for the Kingdom of God. My trust is in God.
May 2016 finish with knowing you are loved, and may 2017 begin knowing that you are called to share that love.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank