I consider myself a connector. When it comes to practical ministry, I believe God has called me to connect people to one another and to connect them to Christ. In fact, I believe that’s at least in part the calling of ever Christian—to be a connector.
One of my very favorite verses in the New Testament is 1 Thessalonians 2:8. Paul writes, “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” God has used that verse over and over in my life to remind me of two truths:
- People are the ministry.
- The greatest asset I have second to my Bible, is my own life.
The Gospel compels us towards “life-on-life ministry,” that is a ministry of service to one another. This means, sharing with one another not only the truth of God’s Word, but the very life, talents, and gifts God has given us (1 Corinthians 12).
So, you should not be surprised to hear that I love June at Coats Baptist. Why? Because it’s our time to conduct our assimilation ministry. Currently it’s carried out by our nominating committee, led by Jimmy Grimes, a team for which we are all SO thankful. Assimilation ministry is a huge, huge task, and we ask them to do it all in a matter of weeks. Trying to assimilate over 300+ folks in less than a month is massive undertaking. Of course, classes like CBC 101 (thank you Pastor Jimmy!) help that process, but there is still much left on their plate. So let’s give them all a big thank you!
To further help the assimilation process, we’ve provided you with a “Serve Survey” on Sunday mornings that can also be completed digitally at coatsbaptist.com/serve. Let me present a challenge: Every person in our church fill out this survey. We want an even more connected church, filled with people serving in ministry, fulfilling their God-called assignments. I believe there are various culture traits that support a Great Commission church. Prayer is one, and service is another. So, let me highlight some opportunities available that you may want to join. I’m really excited about the possibilities for ministry and service this coming year…
- Adopt-a-Camel – Personally encourage and mentor a Campbell student.
- Welcome Team – First impressions are important, from parking lot to pew.
- Small Group Leader or Host – Our mission is making disciples.
- Disaster Relief – Roll up your sleeves and help those in the midst of tragedy.
- Children’s Ministry – A top priority. The children deserve our very best efforts.
Many blessings, and remember, “It’s All About Him!”