This blog will be a sampling of the articles I write for the Centennial monthly newsletter along with anything else I need to get off my mind. Sometimes there will be attempts at humor, and for that I apologize now. Other times, the subjects will be more theological in nature. I do not pretend to be an expert in any field, but I have an opinion on just about everything, and can usually make a pretty good defense if challenged. Enjoy my ramblings and feel free to share them with anyone else who may be blessed by them.
Praise the Lord of the Harvest! ENCOUNTER resulted in a renewed sense of urgency for the Gospel and a number of changed lives, including many who became believers in Jesus Christ. Our hearts were challenged and encouraged. We experienced incredible worship and Spirit filled preaching. I was particularly thankful for the way our churches worked together to cover all the areas of responsibility. My prayer is that revival will continue in each of our churches as we meet weekly to worship and proclaim the truth.
I would love to hear about your experience at ENCOUNTER. On October 10 at 10 AM at New Bethel Baptist Church, we will have a feedback and celebration time to talk about how ENCOUNTER went and how we can do even better next time. Jon Reed has asked me to make sure he hears from us, as well. This time is for pastors as well as anyone else who was involved in ENCOUNTER. All feedback is welcome.
So, what’s next? That is a question that many have asked me recently. On the immediate horizon, we have our upcoming Fall Meeting at Mt. Olive on October 25th. I would encourage everyone to participate in this time of reporting and handling some important business for our association. We will also enjoy a meal together and have a great time of worship. Dr. Ken Ross, pastor of Milner, will be our speaker. Don’t forget to bring your Backpacks for Appalachia to the Fall meeting.
Shortly following that, I would like to invite each of you to a day of training hosted by our Women’s Ministry. This is in cooperation with the Flint River Association and will be held on Saturday, October 29th. You will find all the details in this newsletter.
Under the leadership of the Steering Committee, we have already begun a Strategy Planning process that will help us shape the vision for our next several years. Centennial has been blessed to accomplish quite a bit up to this point. We want to continue that momentum by planning for the future. By taking a look at where we are and what is needed, we can be prepared for what God has in store. Pray with me as we embark on this challenging endeavor. You will hear more about this in the next few months.