Monday, April 14, 2014
Why do we need to build our new addition? I want to answer that question as best I know how and trust you will prayerfully consider these points.
First, we are building because we need more space. The activity level of our church is increasing and we need space for multiple activities and different activities. This certainly includes classroom space but the space will also be multipurpose space. Our church is no longer just one hour on Sunday morning. Added space enables us to also improve our office layout for the vital work Donna is doing. Having space is important.
Second, we need to be ready for our next growth spurt. When we had our last growth increase, especially in terms of families, we were not ready. Only one classroom left us with no ability to have age appropriate space for children, provide a nursery or even begin to think about reaching teens. When you are not prepared and cannot meet the needs, people will fade away. We're considering basic needs in this simple addition. I believe a new growth spurt is on its way.
Third and most important, we need to invest in the future of our church. We need to plant trees under whose shade we may never sit. I've shared that so many times and it is such a critical truth. We never want to go back to five years ago when shutting the doors was a real possibility. The only way to avoid that is to change and to grow. The one thing I believe is essential is to think in terms of having a healthy church in this community that can not only appeal to seniors but also to families. This church must be thriving long after most of us are gone or it will be you and me who have failed the generation that will follow us.
Let's get this done for the glory of God!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
President Carter just released his new book and I went right out and bought a copy the next day. The book is important because anything that addresses issues of discrimination should be important to those of us in the church. Doing our best to end discrimination of any sort is part of what it means to me to follow the way of Jesus.
This book focuses on issues critical to girls and women in terms of inequality. I found this an easy read. I read it off and on in two days. This is especially helpful if you have little knowledge of the issues or think that this is no longer an issue. It will help open your eyes. This issue really matters!
I really appreciate President Carter because I consider him an exemplary Christian who has always maintained the courage of his faith.