JULY 2019 ELDER UPDATE
July marked the first month of Elders and Deacons(nesses) serving the church family. The Elders, Pastors, Council and Deacon board got together for lunch to celebrate God’s goodness through this change. We are excited to see God continue to use us to share the good news of Jesus.
The Elders have established a regular cadence of meetings that will occur twice per month – the first Sunday and third Monday. We intend to focus the first meeting on Shepherding (caring for the congregation) and the second on Oversight (caring for our vision and mission). Shepherding includes praying proactively for families that attend, addressing people care needs as they arise, and discussing membership issues. Oversight includes giving leadership to finances, facility, ministry direction, and theological issues.
Our Deacons, Deaconesses, and Deacon couples have begun serving in their areas of ministry. We are so thankful for the leadership of these Godly servants. Please be praying for God to lead us to the right individuals to fill remaining Deacon(ness) roles. There will be many opportunities for everyone to join in the work of the church – as many of you are already doing.
Finally, our new ministry teams are beginning their work among us. The finance team has begun regular monthly meetings and is starting work on our 2020 ministry budget. As in prior years, a budget draft will be presented for congregational input and eventual approval. The missions and evangelism teams are identifying members and beginning their ministry service. These teams will ensure that we continue to be good stewards of the resources God provides and effectively carry out the Great Commission Jesus commands.