Yesterday was a long day. To start things off, I think I may have gotten five hours of sleep. The girls had a rough night with sleep; thus, mommy and daddy had a rough night with sleep. Pastor Fred gave his annual big vision-casting message and drew some attention to our need for quality volunteers in student ministry. I'm so excited about what God is doing with our church. The next few years will be busy and fast paced with leading to incredible life change in the lives of hundreds of people. I had the opportunity to address our attenders at our "Link" service. The Link is a worship environment that while providing some additional seats at 10 o'clock service, also offers a different music style and video teaching. We didn't see the number of people we had hoped would sign up with interest in serving in student ministry but at 4 o'clock we took a big step in the right direction.
My team sacrificed half of their Sunday afternoon to set up our meeting for current and potential volunteers. We had a better turn out than I expected considering for most of the afternoon it poured down rain. Along with AJ Rankin, our Student Ministry Groups Director, I shared to direction and purpose we feel God leading Northwood Student Ministry. We ended on time and had some great conversation with several of the potential volunteers afterward.
At the end of the night (after the Gate – high school service) AJ, Kevin and I looked through the info cards of the people who attended our meeting. I'm pleased to say that in high school groups world we are looking good. We still need quite a lot of help in middle school groups world but I believe we are on the right track. I'm excited to see things start to take shape. Please pray for us as we prepare for our Parent meeting this coming Sunday and our new groups strategy launch on September 7th.
Thank you Kevin, Sarah, AJ, Brian, Billy, Kyle and Jeffrey for your help yesterday. Thank you to Christina and Anita for supporting Kevin and me. Thank you Pastor Fred for believing in what we're doing and supporting us publicly. Thank you to the childcare team that makes it possible for adults with children to pour into the lives of students. I truly believe that this is the beginning of a great work of God.