Pastor's Blog

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Over the last 15 months, the beginning of church transformation and renewal has occurred in Buhler MB Church with God's help and guidance. This transition involved taking the church from a discouraged and somewhat demoralized state to a congregation with renewed life, energy and excitement over the search for and calling of a new Lead Pastor.

 

During these 15 months of renewal by God's grace, transitional skills and tools were used. These included an intentional prayer focus and strategy, conflict management and resolution, leadership retreats, home and church visitation and interviews, biblical expository preaching, a church health survey, town hall type meetings, a Pastor's Blog, a new church website, more frequent fellowship meals, the formation of a Renewal team and a Communication Team, creation of new church Constitution and By-laws, writing job descriptions and initial guiding policies, and leadership and coaching by your intentional interim pastor.

 

Throughout the renewal process, the congregation has been guided through five stages of interim ministry. These stages include (1) building relationships; (2) coaching and analyzing church information; (3) acting on the church self-study; (4) developing and implementing a strategic plan; (5) coaching the pastor search process. In this transition and renewal process, the church with her leaders has successfully progressed through 49 action steps. An added bonus from God have been several who have been baptized as believers, several new members who have been added to our rolls, and our average attendance on Sunday mornings has stabilized at approximately 175. Buhler MB now owns a new Mission, Vision and Core Values. For all these blessings, we are grateful to God.

 

In the last six months, the Pastor Search Team has also successfully worked and prayed through 35 action steps for the congregation with the result of successfully selecting and candidating Curt Vogt to be the next Lead Pastor. Pastor Curt officially begins his ministry at BMBC on April 1st

 

Before I complete my term as your Interim Pastor on March 31st, the work on contacting inactive church members will be completed with the result that their names will be removed from our current membership. Our inactive church membership list currently numbers over 500 people, some of whom have not been seen at Buhler MB for 30 years or more. Some of our inactive members left no mailing address or contact information, but those who did were given the opportunity to request continued membership if they desired. Grace has been the guiding principle in the final decision by your church leaders of who remains on our church membership roll.

 

Marty and I are grateful to God for your call to help coach and lead the congregation in a season of transition and renewal at Buhler MB. He has worked in and through all the members and ministries to get the church moving again in the right direction of spiritual growth, disciple-making and intentional transformation, and the future is bright and filled with hope. To God be the glory!

 

Marty and I are also grateful that you have entrusted pastoral leadership to us for Buhler MB Church. Thanks be to the Lord of the church.

 

In His service and for His Kingdom,

 

Interim Pastor Charlie Worley

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

This past Sunday reminded me of the importance of worshipping our Lord together on a weekly basis. But, the question that came to my mind is do we really worship God together? Maybe it was the time change. Maybe is was the seating arrangement, or even the way we organized the worship service or the selection of our hymns and songs. Whatever it was, I am led to reflect on our worship together. Let's start with Scripture.

 

Scripture does command us in Hebrews 12:24-25 to not neglect meeting together (for worship, instruction and fellowship) as is the habit of some. You can worship alone or in small groups, but there is something special about worshipping together as a congregation of people of all ages who love Jesus.

 

Our Lord also commanded us in 1 Cor. 14:40 to do all things decently and in order and the context of 1 Corinthians 14 is orderly worship together with other followers of Jesus.

 

There are also many other passages in Scripture that deal with corporate worship such as singing together all kinds of hymns and songs with thankfulness to God (Col. 3:16), publicly showing reverence and awe to God (Heb. 12:28-29) and making a joyful noise to God with songs of praise (Psalm 95:1-11). Try searching the Scriptures to see what God tells us about worshipping Him.

 

Let us remove the things that hinder our worshipping the Lord together according to the Bible. Sometimes, these things may be personal such as unforgiven sin or other hindrances or distractions such as checking your cell phone for messages or e-mails. (Remember, some do use their cell phones for reading and following the Bible texts that are used in our worship service.) Another hindrance might even be an unreconciled offense someone committed against you, something that you can't seem to forget so it pops up in your mind over and over again. As we worship together our focus needs to be on the Lord alone who is worthy of all our worship and praise.

 

Speaking as one who is up front on the platform helping to lead others in worship, I need to share with you a big hindrance to worship in our church. It is found in where people sit.

 

I wish there was some easy way to remove the "overflow" seating area on the South side of our auditorium and just close that section off. I know there are more comfortable chairs in that small section, but from a congregational perspective, when you sit there it's very hard to join with others in the rows of pews worshipping the Lord. Sitting there does not contribute to unity in worship or attention to those who lead in worship, read Scripture or preach. As a preacher, it's like there's a whole other little church "over there." So, if it's your habit to sit in the overflow section, for the sake of worshipping God "together," please move over and sit in the pew sections. I know Pastor Curt Vogt will appreciate your sacrifice.

 

You can also help all to worship together by moving forward in the auditorium. I noticed last Sunday that there were great gaps of empty pews in the middle of our sanctuary. I plead with you to move forward and sit more together since we are to worship God together as one congregation, not three or four or more.

 

If you participate with us in worshipping God together but on the TV or computer screen, be as active as you can. Sing along with us, pray with us. Take notes on the sermon. Read the Scriptures with us.

 

Come, let us worship the Lord together.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Buhler MB Church folk, I'm proud of you. The reason I say that is that you participated so well in the ministry of Pastor Curt and Melissa Vogt to us and with us during Candidate week. More importantly, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you discerned how God is leading the church to call Pastor Curt as your new Lead Pastor. You prayed, you got excited, you showed up, you volunteered, you asked good questions, you helped put together a thorough candidating experience for our church and for the Vogt's, and you cast your vote in the confidence of God's leading.

 

Thank you to the members of the Pastor Search Team who planned and prepared the five days of candidating. Many prayers and many hours of work and meetings went into having Curt and Melissa with us. Although this important team still has the work of planning and putting together an Installation Service on March 31st, the members of the PST deserve your thanks, so be sure to express your gratitude to them for their service to God and to the church family. I boast in the Lord that I was able to coach and train this team made up of Brian Moler (Chairman), Allison Pauls (Secretary), Lee Pankratz, Judy Banz, Randy Roberts, Brent Wichert and Paula Eigsti.

 

In their candidating, you asked Curt and Melissa some excellent questions, and from the sound of it, you received some excellent answers that helped you make an informed vote. Curt and Melissa reported to me that they were very impressed with you. They clearly saw a hope and future for Buhler MB Church and are looking forward very much to beginning their ministry with you.

 

Curt and Melissa also appreciated the honest and insightful input they received from their meetings with different ministry teams and team leaders. They know they are not coming to serve a perfect church but a church family that loves Jesus and wants to grow together in loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. You all did good!

 

And, after all that Buhler MB has gone through in the recent past, the Holy Spirit granted unity in the vote to call Pastor Curt to be Lead Pastor. The achievement of unity is no small achievement in such a vote for God leading BMBC into the future. So, Lord, our boasting is in You. Thank you, Lord.

 

On Sunday morning on March 31st at 10:30 am, you will have the opportunity to install Curt and Melissa in their new ministry at Buhler MB. District Minister Tim Sullivan will be preaching and leading in the installation. Marty and I will be there to participate, but we will leave before the service is over so that the spotlight can shine on your new Lead Pastor and his wife. Please come, invite some friends, and let's see if we can have more than the 245 who were at the Candidating Worship Service on February 24th.

 

It's time to boast in the Lord. God is good!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The big Candidating Week is over and Buhler MB can now look forward to welcoming new Pastor Curt Vogt and his wife, Melissa, in the next few weeks. I praise God with all of our members for the faith-stretching experiencing of searching for and finding the new Lead Pastor. Curt and Melissa will be a good "fit" for the church and our greater community.

 

In the past few weeks I have been intentionally focusing our church on praying for seeking, finding and welcoming the man of God's choosing and God has answered our prayers. Here's some ideas on the next and final steps of preparation for welcoming the Vogt's.

 

Continue to pray for Curt and Melissa as they begin their process of packing up, moving and selling their house in Arizona. If you haven't already done so, get in the habit of praying daily for your pastors (including Dustin) and their families. This coming Sunday's sermon will continue the theme of prayer for your new Pastor. The title of this message is, "The greatest gift you can give your new Pastor." And, if you haven't figured it out yet, that gift is prayer.

 

My remaining sermons will also be about preparation as we look in the Bible for guidance on how to love and treat your new Pastor.

 

Be thinking now about how you can welcome Curt and Melissa when they do arrive. What can you do to make them feel very welcome? Consider ways to help stock their pantry, how to help them move in and unpack, how to invite them over to get to know you and your family, how to introduce them to some of your favorite spots in Buhler, Inman and Hutch and where to shop and go for fun and relaxation.

 

Following the principle found in Hebrews 13:17, think about and plan ways you can be used of God to bring joy into their lives and ministry.

 

If you become tempted to criticize Pastor Curt, pray first, and then keep praying until you no longer want to criticize but help him instead.

 

Don't wait for Curt and Melissa to ask if they can visit you, take the initiative and ask them to come to your place or go out with them. And when they come or you go out with them, try to listen more than you talk.

 

As Curt and Melissa prepare to come, send them notes and e-mails of thanks and offers of help. Call the church Office for their address or phone number.

 

In short, be an encourager, a helper, a friend and a partner in ministry. Just love them!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

This is a week to pray. Unfortunately, yesterday we had to cancel our Sunday services that would have included a special Concert of Prayer. But, let's not allow the icy weather to stop us from praying, so I want to share with you the prayer requests that would have guided you in our Concert of Prayer and ask you to pray these requests.  

 

Let us worship and praise the Lord together for his faithfulness to us as a church family. (Psalm 95:6)

  • Begin by praising the Lord – call out a favorite name of God found in the Scriptures.
  • Worship and praise the Lord by calling out praises for what Jesus has done and will do for you or for our church as we follow Him.
  • Give thanks by calling out ways he has been faithful to us as a church family.
  • Continue in worship and praise by praying the Lord's Prayer as found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Let us examine ourselves to confess sin if needed and humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord.

(Psalm 51:17)

  • Take a few minutes to sit quietly and listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you.  Ask Him to reveal any thoughts or sins that keep you from loving God or loving others as Jesus taught us and showed us. God knows your heart, so just be honest and tell him.
  • If the Lord has humbled you, ask him for forgiveness, because in His love letter to us he says in 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
  • Ask God if you have done something in the past that has caused the church or a pastor or a church leader to be wounded or hindered in loving God, loving others or making disciples for Jesus. Today is an opportunity to confess, forgive and be forgiven. Today is an opportunity to give the new pastor a gift of forgiveness for things he didn't do.

Let us pray for Candidate Pastor Curt and Melissa Vogt. (Matthew 7:7)

  • Pray that God will prepare Curt and Melissa's hearts and minds for this week of candidating and fill them with the Holy Spirit. Pray especially for Spirit-led discernment so that they might be clear about a calling from God for our church.
  • Pray that Curt and Melissa will have safe travels here and also good health, energy and alertness while with us. Also intercede for them that they will be protected by God from attacks or influence from Satan and his forces.
  • Pray for wisdom and skill for the Vogt's in answering our questions and ministering to all who are in our church and to all our church ministries. Pray that they will get to know us and the needs of our church and understand how they can best minister to us with the love of Jesus.
  • Pray that God will use Curt and Melissa while they are here candidating to help transform our church and her ministries through Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to change their lives and stretch their faith as he does so for us.

Let us pray for our church as we prepare for what God is going to do now and in the future. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

  • Pray for wisdom and skill in asking helpful questions of Curt and Melissa. Pray that we will get to know them, build God-centered relationships and see how God is working.  
  • Pray that we will be open to God speaking to us through the Vogt's and have unity in discernment and decision-making.   Ask God to help us see our future through God's eyes and honor Jesus.
  • Pray that God will help us to set aside personal preferences, ideas and opinions and seek first His Kingdom and righteousness for our church. And, pray that God will use this week of candidating to bring greater renewal and transformation to our church and community according to His will.
  • "To God be the glory. Amen."

 

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

February 20-24

Buhler MB Church

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

 

Afternoon: Arrive at Wichita Airport and pick up rental car

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Meet with the Pastor Search Team and spouses

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Meal and fellowship at our Wednesday night community dinner

6:45 pm – 7:30 pm: Meet with the High School and Junior High ministries

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Observe our different Wednesday evening ministries

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Meeting with Ministry Team leaders

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Meet with the Church Staff

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Tour of the church building

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch with Dustin Dick and Michael Beye

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Coffee with residents of Sunshine Meadows and Villa

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Free Time with possible meeting included (To Be Arranged)

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Dinner and meeting with Church Council and spouses

 

Friday, February 22, 2019

 

9:00 am – 2:30 pm: Tours (Buhler schools, Buhler community, housing options, Hutchinson)

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Free Time with possible meeting included (To Be Arranged)

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner and meeting with Renewal Team and spouses

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

 

8:00 am – 10:00 am: Men's Breakfast with Curt Vogt

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Ladies Luncheon with Melissa Vogt

2:00 pm - on: Free Time

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

 

9:00 am – 10:10 am Combined Sunday School Class led by Curt Vogt

10:30 am – 11:45 am Worship Service with Curt Vogt preaching

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Church Fellowship Meal provided by the church Social Committee

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Church Town Hall Question and Answer Meeting with Curt and Melissa Vogt

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Church Business Meeting for voting on calling Curt and Melissa Vogt

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Curt and Melissa fly back to Arizona

 

[Please be in prayer for the Vogt's and for their ministry with us during this time. Ask God to give us and the Vogt's discernment about his leading for our future. An affirmative vote of at least 75% is required.]

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Curt grew up in Lakewood, CO, a suburb of Denver.  He attended a Mennonite Brethren church where he became a Christian, was baptized and enjoyed the ministries of the church, especially the youth group.  Curt attended Tabor College where he earned a Bachelor's degree in music (his instrument was voice).  After graduating from Tabor, Curt spent two years on staff of Buhler MB Church as youth pastor and choir/music director.

Melissa was born and raised in Los Angeles (CA) county in the town of Whittier.  She met Jesus and was baptized in a Disciples of Christ church. The camping ministry of Young Life was especially significant in her early spiritual journey.  Melissa studied at Azusa Pacific University earning a Bachelor's degree in communication and psychology.  Following graduation from Azusa, Melissa spent some time working for Focus on the Family.

Curt and Melissa both attended Denver Seminary, beginning their studies at the same time.  They were able to experience classes and ministry opportunities as their relationship developed.  Melissa earned a Master's Degree in counseling and Christian education and Curt earned a Master's of Divinity degree.  They were married shortly after graduating in June of 1992.

The majority of their married life has centered on ministry roles and positions.  They have been a part of several churches in places that include Baton Rouge, LA, Lodi, CA and Arvada, CO.  They spent several years working in Christian camping at Horn Creek Conference Center in southern Colorado.  In 2006 they began a ministry relationship with an Evangelical Covenant church in Arvada called Christ Community Covenant (4Cs).  Melissa was hired as children's pastor at 4Cs and spent several years in this role.  Curt was able to utilize his ministry gifts and over time was brought on staff in different areas including children, youth and then a role as family life pastor.  In 2016 Curt was asked to serve as interim pastor of another Covenant church in Arvada, Fellowship Covenant.  When their long term pastor retired, Fellowship Covenant needed some measure of stability and consistency as they determined the future of the church.  This interim role was completed in February 2017.

Curt and Melissa have two sons.  Brandon is 23 and graduated from Arizona Christian University with a degree in communication (film emphasis).  He is living and working in the Phoenix area.  Connor is 20 and studying accounting at Colorado Christian University.  He will graduate in 2020.  The Vogts are blessed with good family relationships that celebrate being followers of Jesus.

Curt and Melissa enjoy watching sports of all kinds but especially the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos.  They are dog people and take pleasure in doing things together like restaurant dinners and movies.  Curt maintains a recreational fitness routine that includes running and strength workouts.  Melissa likes being outdoors and many different forms of art projects.  They both highly value building Christ centered relationships and look forward to making deep friendships at BMBC.

 

 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

If I could, I would have each adult who attends Buhler MB Church join and regularly attend a Life Group or a Sunday School class that includes shepherding as well as solid teaching from the Bible. In these small(er) groups you will find opportunities to grow into maturity as a devoted follower of Jesus, and who doesn't need to grow in Christ and keep growing?

 

Recently, I helped a Life Group Leaders training session in which I emphasized the benefits of participating in such a group with a purpose.

 

For example, when all of us participate in a Life Group, we help accomplish our church's mission. Here is our Mission Statement: "…to glorify Christ by loving God, loving others, and making disciples through the power of the Holy Spirit." A Life Group can become your support group for fulfilling our God-given mission including making other devoted followers of Jesus. It can be your people and place for encouraging and equipping you to continue to grow and mature in Christ.

 

If you truly live the Christian life with others in a Life Group, you can more easily experience some of the following benefits of participating in a Life Group:

 

Biblical fellowship – this is sharing Jesus in your life with others while helping one-another grow to become more and more like Jesus in your daily life.

 

Shepherding – in a church of our size, you can't depend on the Pastor to help meet all your spiritual needs. However, in a Life Group there will be others who have been through what you are going through and they can help meet your needs even better than a Pastor can.

 

All participating – in a Life Group, you will be able to participate with all the others because the group will be smaller than on Sunday morning in a worship service.

 

Trust building – in a Life Group it is much easier to build or re-build trust in others.

 

Leadership Developing – in a Life Group, everyone has the opportunity to test their spiritual gifts and ministry skills in a small setting without others judging or criticizing.

 

Practicing he one-another's of the Bible – Loving one another, confessing your sins to one-another, encouraging one-another and more can be seen on a regular basis in a Life Group. This is needed!

 

As our church continues to journey down the road guided by our mission and vision, here's what we want to see happening in our Life Groups: regular Bible Study where all participate; intercessory group prayer; social/fellowship activities; regular missional service ministries and shepherding ministry.

 

Join with us on a journey to know and follow Jesus in a Life Group. Who knows, together with other followers of Jesus, you may help a Life Group to become a transformed faith community with Christ at the center that intentionally loves God, loves others and makes disciples for the glory of God.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

I write this Blog on a day when I am focusing my life and ministry on three important events that I want to share briefly with you.

 

At a meeting that will occur this evening (Wednesday), I will be gathering with the BMBC Pastor Search Team to try to discern who will be selected as the Candidate for our open Lead Pastor position. My thoughts and prayers are going over all the information the team has gathered on our top applicants. I'm so grateful for Brian, Judy, Brent, Paula, Allison, Lee and Randy, Search Team members, for all their hard work and prayerful consideration of the applicants and their diligence to the process of finding a candidate. A few minutes ago, I finished a final look at the strengths and weaknesses of our top applicants. Your prayers have brought us to this point. And, tonight I will coach the team in discerning who is the best candidate, an awesome task. To think that the Search Team and I hold the future of the candidate in our hands and hearts, but that God will guide the team, our church, and the candidate and his family in His loving hands. Thank you, Lord.

 

Today, I was also with five leaders of Buhler MB in my office as we watched and listened to a Webinar (on-line seminar) on the recent USMB Leadership Conference on the role of women in the church. Our meeting took about 1 ½ hours, but we continued to meet in my office for another hour to talk about how this issue and the conference might affect our church. As you may recall, we approved a new Constitution and By-laws recently and the documents help clarify the Buhler MB position on this issue. Many churches are like BMBC in wanting some kind of direction from our USMB Conference. I view this as a starting point that will probably need to be revisited by our church over the next couple of years. At the heart of this issue about women in church leadership is our willingness to live by the authoritative Word of God while also living a life of grace without judging others for their understanding of what the Bible is saying. We need to have church family discussions about this as we seek God's will.

 

This afternoon, I'm also working on Sunday's sermon which is all about our new BMBC Core Values: Worship, Relationships, Serving, Sending and Stewardship. The message is titled, "What Guides Us?". I take sermon preparation seriously with about 10 or more hours invested in this ministry task each week. Today's work is just part of my preparation so that the sermons you hear will come from someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit and is an act of love that comes from the heart of God through His Word to you and me.

 

So, how is your day going? "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" – so says Psalm 118:24.

 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Last Sunday in my worship message, I looked back at 2018 to see how God had blessed our church through a difficult year of transition. As I prepared this part of my sermon, I was humbled and blessed to be part of the transformational work of God through Christ in Buhler MB Church. Here's what came to mind. We did this with God's help and for his glory!

 

   We stepped out in faith to find and call an intentional interim lead pastor to help this church through a significant season of transition between pastors – to God be the glory!

   We began to heal old wounds from the past so that ministry can bring people together with Christ as the center (Note: more work and prayer is needed to complete the healing and recovery) – to God be the glory!

   We developed new ministry teams, including the Renewal Team in particular, that help the church focus on the future with optimism and excitement for what God wants to do through this church – to God be the glory!

   We drafted and adopted clear statements for our church Mission, Vision and Values and are now using them to guide our church ministry in planning for the future – to God be the glory!

   We developed and approved a flexible and simple new church Constitution and By-laws – to God be the glory!

   We developed and implemented a new user-friendly website for the church that has much greater ability to attract new church guests and visitors – to God be the glory!

   We developed a simple church philosophy of ministry that has the potential of bringing this church into the 21st Century of effective ministry – to God be the glory!

   We began to train and equip church leaders at all levels of church ministry with the potential of recruiting and training new leaders for our future – to God be the glory!

   We worked hard on developing better, much more effective communication across all ministries of the church – to God be the glory!

   We sent several short-term missions teams to various mission fields – to God be the glory!

   We laid a healthier foundation in the church for the calling of a new Lead Pastor – to God be the glory!

   We began to orient the church to a new team-based approach to ministries versus a solo-based leadership model – to God be the glory!

   We developed a new structure for what is now the Team of Elders so that much more time and focus can be devoted to prayer and spiritual oversight by the spiritual leaders of the church – to God be the glory!

   We empowered leadership of the church's staff and ministry team leaders so that the pastoral staff can develop new leaders and not get caught up in a communication and an approval default system – to God be the glory!

   We reversed the decline in church attendance due to low morale and conflict while beginning to see and welcome some new people to the services and ministries at Buhler MB – to God be the glory!

   We got this church more involved in the life and happenings of the Buhler community and with other area churches and ministries – to God be the glory!

   We formed and initiated a trained and coached Pastor Search Team that is hard at work finding the best candidate for the new Lead Pastor – to God be the glory!

   We began to bring some smiles back to church gatherings – to God be the glory! Amen.

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The W's of the Leadership Retreat

Pastor's Blog

October 18, 2018

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, we are having a BMBC Leadership Retreat and all ministry leaders are invited.

 

Here are the facts:

 

What? The Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to have the ministry leaders at our church gather to hear about and talk about the continued transformation of BMBC and our various ministries.

 

Who? All ministry leaders and leadership team members are invited. This includes the leaders of our church ministries such as Christian Education, Worship, Wednesday Night Light, Youth, Pastor Search, Renewal Team, Council, Deacons, Life Groups, Kitchen, Sunday School classes, Spiritual Gifts Committee, Missions/Evangelism, Trustees, Children's Church, Communication Team, Decorating Committee, Library Committee, Social Committee, Women's Ministries, Ushers, Greeters, Nursery, etc. Pastor Charlie will be leading the retreat but will be assisted by members of our Renewal Team. If you are a team leader of a ministry and can't come, please get one or two other leaders from your team to come and report back to you.

 

When? The Retreat takes place on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the meeting room of the Dillon Nature Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who attend will gain maximum benefit for themselves and their ministries if they come for the whole time.

 

Why? During the last 10 months, the Renewal Team has been seeking to help our church become healthier with a clear mission, vision and core values. These leaders have also been working on developing a "Simple Church" model and currently a disciple-making pathway to help all our ministries and members know how to be part of a church that is serious about spiritual growth by loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. Now is the time to share how all this impact and help all ministries in the church. This retreat will be a call to participate in church and community transformation and will include training and coaching for ministry leaders.