Townhall Meeting – A Recipe for Great Ministry
Coming into the meeting and taking a back row seat, I found each speaker to be incredibly focused and clear about their upcoming vision for their ministries.
Youth Leader Aaron Sutton spoke on the plans for the Youth Group and had an outline of what the next three months will look like in Youth Ministry. He finished his talk with a song that had come to him regarding the direction the Youth will go in this season. I was in awe of this incredible outline that will bring the teenagers to a deeper level with God, as well as with each other through fellowship.
Children’s Church Pastor, Brett Richmond spoke about an exciting new addition to Children’s Church called Quest. Quest will be a 6 week experience to help guide elementary age children on their spiritual journey. Listening to Brett’s strong vision for the future was a testimony of just how far TJN has come.
Julie Steiff who is the Church Director of Adult Education shared with us a year full of classes to bring our steps closer to God’s. The Adult Ministry mission is: Ephesians 4:13:
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
The line up for Adult Ministry was a great fit for those at all levels of their faith walk. Julie shared a clear picture of how each class is a step towards God’s will for us.
Joel Keller discussed the plans for Small Groups in a way that brought fellowship truly to the forefront. I love that small groups are to being formed through people with common interests and hobbies to build a closer knit group. The small group fair coming up October 7th.
Carl Mills from the Sports Ministry once again showed strong activity in that area of ministry. With more than 150 people participating in the various sports that the Sports Ministry offers, the goals and upcoming events of this group are big and attainable. Carl delivers a well planned out season with opportunities for anyone to come and be a part of football, floor hockey, volleyball, and more.
Tim Lake brought an incredible message about God sized plans – and witnessing something come together that was so big that we know we had nothing to do with it and it was all God. Tim discussed how TJN will go “community” this October 27th with the Make A Difference Day. For us that will mean a day of raking yards throughout the town, and filling bags of food for children in Honduras who are in an area that has called a food emergency. This will be an extremely important day for us as well as our friends and neighbors to join in on a truly remarkable event.
Toss all this in with a dash of prayer, a cup of worship, and a few tablespoons of Pastor Mark’s philosophy on Purpose Driven Church; and you have a great recipe for TJN’s next season.
How exciting is that!
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