One of the themes from our two recent ‘coffee talks’ with the elders was communication. In particular, there was a desire for more consistent updates on things like our affiliation explorations. So, on that front, here goes…
Our affiliation committee, chaired by Joshua Morgan, will be convening again soon. Their next task is to recommend how to trim our broad list of potential affiliation partners down to three or four. The criteria upon which they’ll make their recommendations will primarily be: (1) theological fit, and (2) polity, or church government, fit. There are many other aspects to consider, but for more principled direction we need to start there: theology and polity.
Prior to that, however, we do have some concrete steps of information-gathering taking place. Dave Harvey will be with us in a couple weeks; Dave serves as the executive director of the Sojourn Network. Some of you know him from his and our previous association with Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Dave is in town for the IBCD conference that we have been promoting on serving and caring for the “wayward”, be they a wayward child, spouse or friend. Since Dave is going to be in town, and since we have some previous connection with him, we asked him for some time to meet with our elders, elders’ wives, and affiliation committee members. He’s going to do that on Saturday, June 23rd and then preach in our service the following Sunday.
Please pray for that time with our elders, elders’ wives and affiliation committee, that God would lead that time and it would be useful in our process of affiliation consideration.
Unrelated to our affiliation considerations, Joshua and I are going to take part in a cohort through the Sojourn Network on building a ministry of pastoral counseling and care. This is an outgrowth of one of our goals for this current ministry year – that of strengthening our practices of pastoral care.
So Joshua and I will not be in our Sunday service. We’ll be flying to Louisville, Kentucky for the retreat that kicks off this cohort. Know we will miss worshipping our Lord with you and will be praying for you! Wes Van Fleet from Kaleo Church of El Cajon will be preaching from the book of Philemon, and I know he will serve you well in the ministry of God’s Word! I will be preaching at Kaleo Saturday evening. Please pray for me if you think of it too; I’d be grateful!