It’s already been a fall filled with change. Christ Church received a grant for my renewal leave and has allocated two bequests totaling $360,000. Looking forward, excitement is building for our 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, we are beginning to talk about significant capital improvements to Christ Church’s building, and the by-laws of our permanent endowment will soon be before you for approval. All this change could have you in the place I found myself recently: asking how it all connects.
In changing times, I need to remember the goal. The goal is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; that has always been the aim for Christ Church. As we begin to use our new resources, I continue to ask, “How can this best help us to make disciples? How can this best stimulate further generosity?” Our mission is not to keep Christ Church alive for 50 more years and it is not to make life easy for us now. Our mission is to give everything we have to see that more people meet Jesus and that more people grow into the kind of people who can change the world by the experience of God’s love, by developing relationships, and reviving the world.
When people begin faith and grow in their faith, Christ Church doesn’t just survive; it thrives!