In the middle of May, the ECO Synod Executive Council met for a day. We spent some time thinking about the future and looking at where we need to spend our time and energy for future development. We took a look at our mission statement, “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.” We began to ask,Read more
In what’s believed to be a letter written from prison, shortly before Paul’s death, Paul wrote to Timothy, the one who “as a son with his father [had] served with [Paul] in the work of the gospel;” the one who had “proved himself.” Paul knew his time was short and that he was close to finishing the race he had been called to run. It was now time to make sure the baton he was passing was securely in the hand of those who would continue the race; to those who would be faithful in the ministry of shepherding the church in such a way that they “proclaim” Christ, “admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that” they “may present everyone mature in Christ.”
“Do we really need to be concerned that people hear about Jesus? What difference does Jesus make?”
I’m coming to realize one of the most exciting things about church planting is how it offers us the opportunity to become curious again. In church planting, there’s a renewed focus on listening and learning the stories of the people, neighborhoods, and industries of our cities where we are starting new churches. We get to ask questions like:
Mission Affinity Groups (MAGs) are a joint initiative of ECO and The Fellowship of Presbyterians. This is a story of one Fellowship-only Mission Affinity Group written by Travis Fletcher, the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, CO.
The 19th century Cardinal John Henry Newman once said that the greatest power on earth is the power of personal influence. I can testify that I am a different person because of the personal influence of an elder, Rachel Johnson. My husband, Jim Singleton, affirms the same thing of Rachel’s husband, Bill Johnson, who was also an elder in the church.