As a new year begins I would like to share a couple of things with you.
Where we have been!
Where we are going!
Where have we been is a great subject. Because in the past several years we have been through lots and lots of transition and change. From planting the church in a portable church setting, to moving into the Palmyra Middle School gymasium, and then into the Epsicopal Church buidling. While we were in the Episcopal season we put together a strategy and implemented that strategy for the purchase of ground and construction of the new buidling. We spent the better part of 3 years seeing the church construction through to the end. It is hard to believe, but on March 6th, 2016 we will have been in our new buidling for 6 years. My goodness how time has flown. You know, with the whirlwind of activity that we have been through as a church since our beginning it sure seemed like wisdom to take some time to evaluate, and to do some checking up on just how healthy we were. About 2 years ago, we put into place a few simple things that allowed us to begin a systematic approach to evaluating emotional & spiritual health across the board here at CCM. We have learned a lot in this season, and we found that the grind of the road that we had traveled had left us struggling in some pretty clear areas of health. As we have walked down that road, the results are clear, the Lord has allowed so much to happen in our lives, and in turn has brought us through many challenges and difficulities and all of that been used by the Lord to cause us to become a healthy vibrant church body that is ready and poised to begin the next phase of following Jesus and His plan. So, with health on our minds, and anticipation in our hearts what can we expect to see happen in our individual lives, and our church body in the coming year? I believe the answer is growth, but not just physical growth as in numbers of people. But, the kind of growth that is much deeper and takes on all the elements of a healthy body. Physical growth, emotional growth, & spiritual growth. Are you excited? I am.
Where are we going is also a great subject because our vision has probably never been clearer than it is right now. The biblical vision of winning people to the Lord, discipling people in the biblical principles and values of Jesus, raising people up to be whole and healthy believers, and then sending people out into the world to do work for Jesus, is needed now more than ever in our culture. Biblcial values and principles are the very foundation of effectively living out a successful life in Jesus, and all of us can benefit from taking stock in those principles and values on a daily basis. So, with that in mind here are 5 goals that we are going to begin 2016 focusing on here at CCM.
1) Fill all spots in our Children's Church for the next 8 months and then for the school year 2016-2017.
2) Grow from 14 cell groups to 25 cell groups with both Cell Leaders and Cell Assistants.
3) Break the 200 barrier in our regular Sunday Celebration attendance.
4) Integrate as many people as possible into some form of ministy so that we all have a part in CCM.
5) Grow in all of these areas and continue to grow in our emotional & spiritual health during the process.
These are relatively simple goals, but also very doable goals. If as a group we can focus our hearts in 2016 on these simple yet doable goals, I believe the Lord will meet us in some very special ways. I pray that you will be a willing participant in what we do here at CCM, and allow yourself to not only be blessed by the ministry of CCM, but to also be a blessing ot the ministry of CCM. I leave you with the following verses from Matthew 9:35-38 for prayer and consideration.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."