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.