So…if you missed yesterday’s service, let me encourage you to listen to it on line. It isn’t really a sermon, but important none the less. What we did is an end of the year analysis of where we’ve been as a church over the past year and where we’re going. As I said in the service, “it’s important, every once in a while, to stop climbing the mountain and to evaluate how or why your climbing the mountain.”
In my opinion, two very important themes came out yesterday. First, there are some pretty wonderful things happening at The River. After the service, I met a gal from Zambia, who had only been to The River a few times. Not only was she excited about our Zambian partnership (she come from Chipata…the city in Zambia very close to our partnership), but she was very excited about some of the other ministries we are doing at The River; things such as the community gardens, The Wellness Project, the “Discover Canada Kids Camp” and our Canada Day celebration. As someone who just moved into the area, she was very happy to have a community oriented church so close to where she lived.
Indeed, I think there are all kinds of things to be thankful for at The River such as our inclusive spirit, our come as you are style, our unity as a church and our entrepreneurial spirit. Byron told us that our dream about being a church in a community centre is really taking off as South Pointe is getting busier and busier.
However, another theme also emerged. And that is, are we all in? Is everyone at The River engaged in the mission we believe God has called us to? This came out in a very tangible way when Mel talked about children’s ministry. As it turns out, she loves our kids and she’s very good at what she does. However, she just doesn't have enough volunteers to make our children’s ministry soar; and who wants to lead a program when you’re just coping and risking burn out while you’re doing it.
One of my takeaways was to do a better job of finding a venue this fall to draw together all our leaders for training, inspiration, sharing and prayer. On Sunday evening, at a thank you for our small group leaders, I talked about launching a 4 times per year leaders training breakfast on Saturday mornings. I’d love to hear your feedback on this. Would you come? Would you step up?
In closing, I want to say this: I am not discouraged. To be sure, being the church of Jesus Christ is not a cakewalk in this culture. However, there are so many opportunities to minister. There are so many lives we can touch for Jesus. There is so much good that can be done. If we’re all….ALL in….there’s nothing we can’t do.