I’m looking forward to this incredible journey and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through our efforts to work together to serve Him and build up His kingdom. As a result of the fact that I just started my tenure at TOP, my immediate goals are primarily relational. I don’t believe that any real progress can take place without trust and buy in. And trust and buy in will not happen until relationships are built. My intention is to get to know my church family and allow them to get to know me. I am completely committed to preach as hard as I can, visiting my members as often as I can, listening to my members as much as I can, and praying as fervently as I can. Through my commitment to these things, we will prayerfully set the foundation upon which we will continue to build on. And with the help of God, we will collectively take TOP to the next level. More
I am a firm believer that change is necessary. However, I also believe that change simply for the sake of change is often counterproductive. My goal entering into ministry here is not to scrap everything currently going on and changing everything. My purpose for getting to know/listening to my members to get an accurate picture of what’s going on. Getting a feel for the church, the history of the church, and the members of the church is critical in determining change. The most important step is to be in intentional prayer. Throughout the Bible, God speaks vision to His chosen leaders and uses His leaders to share the direction with the people of God. It is required that I be in connection with God and with my members to make sure that whatever changes are made will be God-led.
One of the main things that I will contribute is energy. I have the desire to put in the work necessary to get results. I will also contribute courageous leadership. In order to do what God calls us to do it requires courage, because He often calls us to do things that seem scary and impossible when doing them ourselves. For instance, Jesus called Peter to walk on water, which required faith and courage. It is my desire to witness God do the impossible through me and I’m ready to experience it. I will also contribute authenticity, care and love. As cliché as it may sound, one of the main components that made Pastoring so appealing to me is that I have a genuine love and compassion for people. Any church that I am blessed to Pastor will have no choice but to be led in such a way where they know that love and compassion for people is what’s most important in ministry.
Why I do what I do:
My overall goals for TOP is first, to grow the church. Growth in every sense of the word. My prayer is to help cultivate spiritual growth within our congregation. There is an expectation that each of us depends on the Holy Spirit to take us further in Him than we’ve ever been. There is an expectation of numeric growth. Christ admonishes us to teach, preach, baptize and disciple. The Great Commission charges us with the responsibility to reach lost souls and introduce them to Jesus and His church. There is always an expectation that our church membership will continue to be added to regularly. That responsibility lies on the Pastor and leaders of the church, as well as the membership; which is why individual spiritual growth is necessary because all are needed to bring about growth. Lastly, there is an expectation of financial growth. As with anything, it takes money to operate a church as well as to carry on the work of the Lord. Much more than just the money, we are called to obedience to God. We are commanded to be faithful in tithes and offerings. By being faithful to God we also provide our local and worldwide church with the means it needs to carry out the will and plan of God. The only other component that I would add is our responsibility to be present and available to our church community.
Winning souls for the Kingdom…..
I’ve been very intentional about praying for God’s direction for 2018. While I am in the process of waiting for God to give me His ultimate vision for our church and community, He has given me a theme and/or direction for our church for this year. The theme for 2018 is M.O.R.E. This acronym stands for Ministry, Ownership, Relationship, and Evangelism. While we are waiting for God’s vision for our church and community, we are not to be idle. There is still work for our to do, as a church, that will be necessary for us to discover the major assignment that God has for us to fulfill. With that being said, God placed M.O.R.E on my heart. The first step is More Ministry. That is, getting to a point where every member of our church is involved in and sold out to engaging in ministry. The second step is More Ownership. That is, getting to a point where every member sees TOP not as “the church”, but as “MY church”. That simple switch calls for accountability, where every member feels personally responsible for contributing to the growth and progress of TOP. The third step is More Relationship. That is, getting to a point where our church experiences strengthened relationships with one another. Our new church motto is “Temple of Praise: Where Everyone is Family”. We want that idea to permeate throughout our church and community. We want to get to a point where everyone who enters our church doors feels like family. The fourth step is More Evangelism. That is, getting to a point where evangelism happens at TOP every day and every week of every year. Done Jesus’ way, evangelism is not an event, it is the lifeblood of the church.
God has impressed upon me the importance of utilizing the members within our church to fulfill the responsibility of evangelism. The approach that Jesus used was to equip the individuals who were closest to Him, and were always engaged in ministry with him. Through His empowering His disciples, He used them to change the world. My goal would be to use that template with TOP. We have scheduled for later this year to bring in a Pastor who specializes in training members on how to be effective bible workers/evangelizers for their church. Through personal relationships we will seek to reach those closest to us.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” --Matthew 28:18-20
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. -- Matthew 9:35-37
Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. -- Acts 2:47