Pastor Ryan Budde and the leadership team at Westview Wesleyan hosted a Maximizing Impact consultation this past weekend. Rev. Paul James, Rev. Chris WIlliams and I spent Friday interviewing leaders and a focus group. On Saturday, Rev. James led the group of 20 congregational leaders in a seminar that included insights from Westview’s self-study and lifecycles of churches. Sunday morning, Rev. James brought the message in the morning service and then presented the report from the consulation team.
I’ll be back at Westview on Sunday evening, December 18, for the congregational town hall to discuss the prescriptions. On January 8, a congregational vote will be conducted on whether or not to receive the consultation team’s report. Westview has a great history and tremendous potential to impact their target community.
I interviewed a prospective church planter in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday morning and then Sherry and I visited my mother, Anne Gorveatte, at my sister’s home in Burnips. Thank you to all who have been lifting our family in prayer in this journey with Alzheimer’s.
Monday evening, I enjoyed connecting with Pastor Jarod Osborne and the LBA at Warsaw Wesleyan Church to consult with them as they implement the Accountable Leadership model of policy governance. They’ve adopted the model and are working with John Kaiser’s book, Winning on Purpose. These are good days at Warsaw Wesleyan!
I was in the Fishers office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to catch up on some writing projects and correspondence.
Thursday afternoon, I hosted Rev. James as we prepped for the weekend consultation at Westview Wesleyan. This is the 3rd consultation this fall and the calendar is filling up fast for the spring dates. If your church would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact me or Rev. Chris Williams to learn more about next steps.
Thursday evening, I attended the visitation for Pastor Duane and Cindy Summitt’s 8-year-old granddaughter, Mecenzie Bickel in Elwood. On Friday, I attended the funeral service and sat with Pastor and Mrs. Logan Westrick, who have ministered to Duane and Cindy through this tragedy. Pastor Bobby Bickel, Mecenzie’s father, preached the funeral message and pointed to the hope we have in Christ.
While in Elwood, I stopped in to see the progress at Central Wesleyan Church. Pastor Ben Capshaw and his team are getting close to having their occupancy certificate for the sanctuary. It really is remarkable to see how the ministry has flourished in spite of these difficulties. Plans call for them to be back in their facility in January.
Rev. David Bannach (Assistant Pastor at Hartford City) reports that Becky, his wife, has been released from the hospital after initial recovery from injuries sustained in an auto accident. She is making steady progress and your prayers are appreciated.
The pastors of the Crossroads District are meeting for zone Christmas fellowships this month. The Indy Zone, in Region 2, is led by Pastor Ben Thomas and gathered for their Christmas fellowship this past Friday evening. The North Zone of Region 3 is led by Pastor Don Bayne and they met on Sunday in evening in Plymouth. These zone fellowships are taking the place of the district-wide Christmas banquet of years past. For more information about zone events, check in with your regional director: Region 1 – Jason Tash, Region 2 – Mike Colaw, and Region 3 – Chris Williams.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Marc Ulrich’s family and Pastor Jordan Gardner’s family as they prepare to launch new Kingdom communities in Merrillville and Westfield in the coming year!
Together, raising up 1000 new disciple-making leaders to plant 100 new Kingdom communities and baptize 10,000 new disciples in the next 10 years!
Your servant in Christ,
P.S. Attention all Youth Workers! FUEL is less than 2 months away (February 2-3, 2017)
What is FUEL? It’s a Thursday night-Friday night conference specifically designed for any and all Wesleyan Youth workers. With incredible worship led by Heartland Church, and teaching/breakout sessions from many voices across the Wesleyan youth movement, it will be a time of intimate connection with God and many other youth workers around the nation. We welcome YOU to register now for FUEL 2017!