Monday, January 28, 2008
It has been an exciting few weeks as the leadership team and I have been working on a merger with The Hope Center Fellowship in Hendersonville. The Hope Center Fellowship is a wonderful church that has been without a pastor for 14 months. In this proposed merge, I would be the lead pastor of the combined congregations. We would establish a new name for the merged churches to present a fresh face to the community. There are many reasons to merge, but here are some things that come to the forefront of my mind:
1. It demonstrates unity to the community. People are tired of churches splitting. It would be great to see two churches come together.
2. This move would allow both churches to be in a stronger position to reach the dream God has given them to be a church of influence.
3. This makes the churches stronger financially.
4. It enlarges the family.
With any merger there are challenges, but I desire for the people of both of these congregations to enjoy the miracle of this new opportunity. There are some rare times in life that life we are part of moments that are bigger than life and unforgettable. I hope people recognize this moment as such an opportunity. I pray that the song recorded in Psalm 126 can echo the experience of this new beginning:
1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.