Hello everybody. I know that it has once again been a while since we sent out the last update. Here is a quick catch up. We last left you with Tim transitioning back into doing Veritas full time and moving to a morning gathering.
Well that transition is going well. There is a renewed sense of power in my teaching and it is a joy being able to lead the church again along side Vicky. It took me a couple weeks to get back into the groove and align my focus again.
Since coming back on full time and moving to the morning we are seeing God working. God is raising up leaders in the church to take over key areas. Jodi has been with us for a while now and has made a home here at Veritas. She was helping with worship vocally and now has asked to take the lead in that area. We also had someone from Metrobrook join us at Veritas to play guitar. These are two huge answers to prayer.
Also we had Zac and Sara step up and take over leadership of our kids ministry. I can’t believe the passion they have to lead and teach these kids the way of Jesus. It is also special because they are two former students of ours from our student ministry. To see God raise them and give them a vision is such a joy.
We asked our people to put into practice what they learned in our last series “Lead Where You Are” and plan for some summer Bay View events for us to be able to meet the community and introduce ourselves. They hit it out of the park! We will be doing a Noah’s Ark theme at some key community events (August 4 and 8) - and it will be OVER THE TOP! We are “building” an ark, we will have people in animal costumes walking around, games for kids, etc. We have yet another new leader Anita heading up this project and everyone else is pitching in somewhere!
We are seeing God building the leadership infrastructure for growth. We are seeing God put puzzle pieces into place that weren’t there before. We have people that are excited to serve. We are READY for God to bring the people!
We also found out because of some church connections we could get a really good rate for Willow Creek Association’s Leadership Summit. So we presented it to our church. We have ten people going who are taking two days to increase their leadership quotient. Keep in mind we probably have around 20 people tops right now on a Sunday. I love this church! We have at least half of our church going to the Summit. We can’t wait to see what God is going to ignite in our people through this experience.
We see God working in this expression of the bride of Jesus. We love where we are right now as a church because our only hope is God. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” We have every earthly reason to worry. I don’t know if we will have a church or income in the new year. Our desire is not to worry about that. We want to instead tell God what we need. We need Him! We need Him more than we need Veritas to grow. We need Him more than we need an income. I want to know Jesus and the power of his resurrection (Phil 3:7-8). If our church grows, great. If it doesn’t God is still good and he is still on the thrown and he has other plans for us.
As you pray for Veritas pray that our first love and desire will be to know God. I pray that for you as well.