GSPC News: New Year's 2009

I thought I'd re-post some of my cover article from the January 2009 Voice...

2009 is upon us! I look forward to the upcoming year with you in the life and ministry of Good Shepherd. I am excited as I have ever been about what God is doing in and through the family gathered together at Good Shepherd. Even as God has drawn us closer together in worship, fellowship, and study of His Word, He has increasingly been prodding us to get up and get out into our neighborhood and world to participate in His own mission to seek and save the lost. What a privilege it is to serve as your pastor in this high calling!

As we head into this New Year, I have some inklings of what God is setting before us. We are being called on to influence, impact, and instruct other Presbyterian churches in our region. We are being asked to share expertise, creativity, testimony, and experience with other Christians and neighbors. These invitations and opportunities manifest as mission trips, lay renewals, conferences, and carrying our ministries beyond the walls of our church. Joanie is up and running full steam with the youth group and we have youth showing up in droves – members, friends, and some visitors from the nearby neighborhoods. The preschool is thriving and we have more and more young children and babies! Smaller groups are meeting for prayer, mutual support and accountability, fellowship, and instruction. Primetimers are getting new recruits and enjoying rich fellowship.

And there is much more that I trust God will lead us to when His timing is right. There is interest in establishing a men’s ministry – starting with regular opportunities for fellowship and encouragement. More and more people are offering their talents and interests to see what God might do with them. In 2009, after seven years of ministry here, the Session is offering me a sabbatical, for rest, renewal, and an opportunity to offer myself to God in ways that I have longed to do for some time. That extended period away will also mean drawing on the congregation in new ways for leadership, ministry, and mission.

Scripture continues to convict me of this truth: YOU are the church. And I believe God continues to invite us to an extraordinary ministry in our neighborhood, community, and world. God has a ministry and mission for each of you! If we keep growing and stretching in obedience to God’s Word and Spirit, I think we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

In Christ,

Robert

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