Someone once said that the windshield of your car is many times bigger than the rear view mirror for a good reason: It is far more important to see where you are going, than where you have been. I think that is especially true for churches.
That being said, I do want to say thank you to those who faithfully minister at SRCF. I had better not start naming names, for fear of missing someone, but you and everyone else know who you are. Thank you! It is not an over-statement to say that if you didn’t minister so faithfully week after week, Solid Rock would have to close its doors.
Also for the sake of information and accountability, we will present a financial disclosure for 2013. But after that, I want to look forward.
This will be a different sort of year for setting and achieving goals. After all, the water damage and repairs have set us back months and about $30,000 (thankfully around 75% of this cost will be paid by the insurance). We are having the Business Meeting in May, which is pretty late in the year, especially if you try to set great goals and celebrate significant milestones. But over the years of pastoring, I have learned that churches are not like other business corporations whose management teams often live and die on a Gantt Chart milestone symbol. Churches that are advancing for God’s Kingdom realize achievements and celebrate victories in seasons, not fiscal calendars.
Over a number of recent years, SRCF has navigated through some demanding challenges and survived a long season of struggle. During parts of 2012 and 2013, SRCF transitioned from mere survival mode to a solid church once again. If the Lord tarries His return, in the months and years ahead you will see SRCF maintain a Rock Solid ministry foundation, while moving forward to our next season which is IMPACTING. Impacting our E1 ministry area and beyond for God’s Kingdom.
The Impacting season will require people to venture out of their comforts zones, living and ministering by courageous faith (1 Cor. 16:13; Josh. 1:9). It will also take a team of ministry leaders like the Sons of Issachar, who understood the times and what must be done per the Word of the Lord and His timing (1 Chron. 12:23-40).
By God’s grace and Holy Ghost power, all of this and more I am confident that we will grow into and achieve together in the season of His timing. Our primary part will be to humble ourselves, pray, fast, seek His presence (Matthew 6:33), and seize the opportunities that Jesus presents to us.
Like a biblical family ascending Mount Zion to worship, let’s make this journey together for the glory of our God.