I had an article just about finished for this week. It was a good one too! It talked about some important stuff that I’ll get back to another time.
What I want to share with you instead this week is the fact that for the past month or so I have been meeting with the pastors and SPRC leaders of our Grand Rapids District and the pastors and SPRC leaders in churches that I am responsible for on the Heartland District. And I want you to know that we are blessed! There is good ministry happening among us! There are important, sometime difficult decisions being made for the sake of the mission that are exciting and significant.
I am blessed by this work and it is great to hear the good things that are happening in so many places.
Now, is everything perfect? No, of course not. There are the challenges of finances in churches. There is the fact of shrinking membership in a significant number of our congregations as well. And there are places where conflict seems to be filling the agendas at the moment.
But in the midst of it all, I say again I am blessed. We are blessed! We have in so many places good pastoral leadership and strong lay folks serving Christ and serving their communities. I am grateful for that reality.
May we continue to catch a vision of the church that drives us to the mission God has for us in every place. Thanks for all you do to achieve that goal.