SUCCESS, WHAT IS IT?
OCTOBER 2002-REFLECTION- I wish to pay tribute to leaders who serve smaller congregations. To those without paid staff, may I say you are exactly where our Lord was when He walked the face of the earth. He spent the last three years of is life with twelve men. Interruptions were His ministry. Likewise, alone time with the Father was high priority.
Many are asking the same question that plagued me twenty-two years ago. I am told that 80% of local congregations in the U.S. are made up of less than 125 people. (Written in 2002) Does size and offering mean success or failure? Not by our Lord’s standard of measure.
Success is not the key, faithfulness is.
The call to ministry has everything to do with who we are. To serve Christ is the greatest work in the entire world. How I thank the Lord for those who have answered that call! To you, near and far, may God give you the capacity to stand for truth in a world gone crazy! Marilyn once reminded me, “God is adequate regardless of my appearance, performance or status.” Find your passion and pursue it with full heart and mind!
“I’M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT NOTHING-NOTHING LIVING OR DEAD, ANGELIC OR DEMONIC, TODAY OR TOMORROW, HIGH OR LOW, THINKABLE OR UNTHINKABLE—ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN GET BETWEEN US AND GOD’S LOVE BECAUSE OF THE WAY JESUS OUR MASTER HAS EMBRACED US." Romans 8; The Message
SAYING YES TO GOD-bob and marilyn yawberg- Vol. X # 17 / ( Rewritten 9/16/09)
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