APRIL 2019

The Elders have spent the last three months meeting regularly with two distinct priorities – to pray for our church family and one another, and to plan and prepare for the transition to our new model of leadership & ministry together beginning on July 1.

As a part of these efforts, we reviewed the documents which inform how we are presently structured and serving. We then developed a model which we believe reflects the priorities of the local church, consistent with both God’s Word and our 60 years of life together as the Grace Church family. After receiving constructive feedback from the Church Council, Deacons & Pastoral staff, we are now beginning the next stage in that work.

This next stage entails understanding how best we can equip each person to use their gifts to serve – individually, as a part of ministry teams, or being ministry leads serving in the deacon or deaconess role.

We have been purposeful in these months to stay in touch with our Deacons and Council members as they continue to lead and serve until the end of June – and praise God for their faithfulness and the humble care they are showing us as we communicate together and look toward our transition.

Thank you for praying for us in these weeks. Our tentative plan will be to provide a monthly update, including a summary of our ongoing work, as well as things we’re thankful for and things we would ask you to pray specifically about.

Things we are thankful for – this exciting new season of ministry together; how God is binding us together as those preparing to shepherd and care for His church.

Things we would ask you to pray for – that God would make clear those who should serve as deacons or deaconesses in the months to come, and that He would prepare hearts for serving in this way.