An Update from the Elders

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An update from the elders

This past Sunday, near the end of the sermon, I offered an update from the elders on our current thinking concerning potential new staff positions. You can find the sermon here. If you listen to the audio version of the sermon, the update begins at 27:20. If you watch the video, the update begins at 33:40. The update lasts a little over seven minutes. Here’s the essence of what I shared.
We elders have been prayerfully trying to discern the Lord’s will concerning staff positions for the upcoming ministry year. Last ministry year began with one staff person responsible for overseeing ministry to children, youth, and young adults. We have since discerned that these three lanes are too wide for one staff person to adequately cover.
About a month ago we sensed the Lord leading us to consider that it would be best to have three different people—one person for each area of ministry— one for ministry to children, one for students, and one for young adults. The reason for this is that it is difficult to find one person who is both passionate and gifted in all three areas, whereas it would not be difficult to find three different persons who are each passionate and gifted for one particular area of ministry.
Given our current budget, the only way to fund persons in each of these three lanes would be to do so on a part-time basis. We estimated that we could fund a children’s minister for about 10-15 hours per week and a youth minister up to about 25 hours per week. This would likely exhaust our funding capacity resulting in ministry to young adults being staffed by a volunteer.
We then communicated this line of thinking to covenant members through the March 29 elders’ minutes. Since that time, we have considered the following: Will part-time staff most effectively help us achieve our purposes of Reaching Up, Reaching In, and Reaching Out? Should not our budget reflect our faith rather than limit our faith? Should we be content to maintain present ministries, or should we by faith keep striving to maximize present ministries? We are reminded that when we Reach Out in faith, God has historically been faithful to this church in providing the resources to keep us reaching forward for the glory of God.
These questions caused us to think. What if in faith we were to seek the Lord for someone who could do more than 10-15 hours per week in children’s ministry—maybe even full-time ministry? If the Lord brought such a person, then ministry would not merely be maintained, but maximized. What if we would seek the Lord for someone who could do more than 25 hours of student ministry—maybe even full-time ministry? If the Lord would bring such a person, then ministry would not merely be maintained, but maximized. What if we would seek the Lord for someone who could do something completely new in young adult ministry?
What if some of the persons to potentially fill these three lanes were already among us? What if it is you? Does any of this resonate within your heart? What if God were to move the hearts of some of you to give more than you are currently giving in order to support this vision? What if the hearts of some of you who do not regularly financially contribute would be moved by the LORD to start consistently giving in order to support this vision?
We will keep Reaching Up, Reaching In, and Reaching Out in real and perhaps even radical faith in order to see the name of Jesus magnified through Hope and to see entire families—children, students, young adults, and parents—helped by us to fall in love with Jesus.
Pray for us. Pray that God would lead us to the people who can passionately fulfill these three areas of ministry. Pray that God would glorify himself through Hope in ways that are exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond anything we might do in our own strength. If you sense the Lord stirring your heart to potentially serve in one of these three lanes, then click the box below and let us know.
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