I’m not a big fan of resolutions; they’re usually:
- Something that sounds good but that we don’t really want for ourselves…
Having said that, I do have three things I hope our church (that means you, too, hopefully!) will be focusing on this year and for years to come. I prefer to call them revolutions, because I want this to be a revolutionary year for all of us, both individually and as a church body. Ready?
- A renewed focus on Sunday School. Here’s the deal…much has been written, debated, researched, etc. about the demise of SS in the local church. Much that has been written is valid and important. But whether we call it SS or Community Groups or Small Group Ministries is irrelevant; what matters is that we provide an opportunity for people (churched and unchurched alike) to gather together to study God’s Word, minister to one another, spend time in fellowship, reach out to the community, and worship God together. If you were paying attention, I just listed the five purposes of the church, as identified by Rick Warren. This can be accomplished through the existing framework of our SS. We will do it better and with more intentionality in 2013. Our SS will become the power station of all we do at Pleasant Hill.
- A continued focus on missions, both local and international. To be a Gospel-centered church, we must be outward-focused. 2012 saw the beginnings of outreach in our community; my prayer is that God will allow us to step boldly into the unknown to make His Word known. The opportunities are endless. The needs are great. Let us be known as a church that actually follows the commands of our Savior.
- A complete and unwavering commitment to the Bible. To be the church that we have been called to be, we need to be the people of God that we have been called to be. First and foremost, we need to be people of the Word. To that end, I want us to be able to provide bibles to anyone that needs or desires one. Nobody should leave our church without the opportunity for further study. There are some superb study bibles available; if you would like to help support a bible ministry, please let me know. I also encourage everyone to get actively involved in a bible-reading plan. One I use and enjoy is here.
I am so excited to see what 2013 holds for PHBC. These ‘revolutions’ are not, as they say, brain surgery. They are realistic, practical, and hopefully goals that you want for yourselves and for the church.
- Our Sunday School will be second to none, with resources committed to its success,
- Our missions giving and involvement will continue to increase steadily
- We will be a ‘herd in the Word.’
Are you ready? Happy New Year, and let’s do this!