Our pastoral staff had a nice time away at our staff retreat for a few days this week. We are blessed to have wonderful servant leaders who love the Lord and the people they serve. On this retreat we prayed, planned, and played. Part of the play was shooting a wide variety of guns and doing some skeet shooting. I was introduced to a new phenomenon called tannerite which involves setting up a target, shooting it and blowing it up. It was pretty cool! We are all back in one piece and want to thank Andy Spencer for hosting us at Hilltop Ranch in beautiful east Texas.
I am beginning a new sermon series entitled “Let’s Build Something” which will be a study of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. On Sunday, we will study Nehemiah 1:1-4 in a message entitled “A Leader Worth Following.” Pray for me, please, as I begin this new series; I am looking forward to seeing all that God will do and “build” in our Radiant Church.
In the month of February our adult Connect Group classes will be meeting together to encourage one another on ways to build strong families. You will want to be present every Sunday in February as we provide some strategic team training to help you succeed in every area of your family life. Check our website for the training plans.
We finished 2016 $471,370 in the black! Amazing what God has done! Join me in giving praise to God for His great faithfulness and for how he has generously blessed our church. Phase 2 of Building Vision began the first of the year. Our goal is $1 million, which will go to improve our HVAC system, some Building A restrooms, Great Hall LED video screen, and the reception area in the main office. Ashley and I are blessed to give our tithes (church budget) and offerings (Missions and Building Vision) to the work of God here at Great Hills. Will you join us and many others in giving so that our church can continue to shine brightly for Jesus and make disciples?
“Sticky.” That is the word I keep thinking about for us as a church for 2017. Sticky churches are those where people come, join, and get plugged in. I shared with our Connect Group leadership Sunday how I would love to see a “Sticky Team” rise up that would help our guests stay and stick. Many times those who visit attend for a while and then fall away. Two things that will make the difference in people staying with our church are relationships and ministry opportunities. Let’s all chip in and help in this vital ministry of helping people “stick.”
Have a blessed weekend.