The Year Past and The Year to Come

Minister’s Report for 2015 Annual Report

 

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.” Romans 1:8

Before writing this year’s report I went back to last year’s minister’s message just to make sure I wasn’t repeating myself (I find myself doing that sometimes). In that message I talked about how the previous few years had been a time of preparation for us, a warm up if you will, a time of gentle stretching and range of motion exercises as we built capacity for the “new thing” God was about to do with us.

I encouraged you folks to get ready because I had a sense that the momentum was shifting, that we were on the verge of becoming a missional church, that we were going to grow in 2015 and things were going to get busy around here. Well, apparently I’m pretty good at forecasting trends and terrible at heeding my own advice because we started 2015 running and I haven’t caught my breath yet! This past year has been a fabulous, all be it challenging year, of growth, opportunity, learning and meaningful ministry. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for you and how proud I am of you all—St. Andrew’s has met and exceeded every challenge and opportunity to which God has called us.

This time last year the Gospel-ish Concert, the Angels in PJ’s service, the Free Community Lunches and the Live Nativity Scene were just dreams and visions—things we were going to try. Thanks to your hard work, commitment, imagination and talents these dreams turned into amazing missional experiences where we touched hundreds of lives and embodied the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a new energy, confidence and sense of purpose here as we continue to discover what it means to be God’s church in the world.

The year to come will have its share of challenges and opportunities that I believe our established core leadership and our emerging leadership are more than ready to meet. God has blessed us with much and so I feel God has high expectations of us as well. I can’t wait to see where and to what God will call us next. I wonder who will enter this place to journey with us. I’ve learned my lesson—no predictions this year other than to say God will continue to bless us as we journey together to being the body of Christ in this place. Amen.

 

Blessings,

Ray

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