Thank you Covenant Family for being such good and faithful servants these last two months.
Since I wrote you last we had two big hurdles to scale: finishing 2018 strong and beginning 2019 with energy. By God’s grace we have done both together.
With all the many transitions and changes in 2018 it would have been easy – understandable! – to have a shortfall in the budget. But we ended up with our best year ever! We exceeded our commitments to each other and to God in both our operating budget and our building budget. Thank you! Together we are pooling our financial resource for a vision that is bigger than our past and greater than our present. Together we are investing in God’s future for Madison County.
Because of your faithful prayers and creative actions, we were able to transition into my pastoral leadership without an interim period (a very rare achievement for Presbyterians!). This meant that the North Alabama Presbytery gave us the greenlight to begin looking for a new Associate Pastor 6 months ago. Your generosity means that we are offering top dollar and interviewing top candidates for this strategic role. The Associate Pastor Search Team that we pray for each week is doing outstanding work. I am continually impressed with their prayers, wisdom and dedication. We are continuing the interview process and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to speak with such talented ministers around the country. I am more confident than ever that God is at work bringing his candidate to join our team. Let’s keep praying!
Finally, I couldn’t be more pleased with the energy and momentum that we carried from the Christmas season into January with our church-wide study of Unbinding Your Soul. In addition to wide participation across our existing Sunday Schools and small group we also added two new Sunday School classes for adults, expanded children’s programming on Sundays, and added three new weekday small groups.
A church can’t accomplish all these things on its own. We are sailing with the wind of the Holy Spirit in our sails. This is going to be a year we never forget as a Church family as we welcome new brothers and sisters into our congregation and continue to follow Christ “wherever we go.” Like the servant in the parable of the silver talents in Matthew 25:14-30, I can hear the Lord saying to each of us “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21).
Let’s share in our master’s happiness!
I can’t wait to see what happens next.