Let’s put this out there first — I’m over my first, of I’m sure many, pity parties from the other night — I’m so glad I had that pause though…it let’s me know I’m right on schedule moving through the phases of grieving over this cancer thing.
Last night Frank and I had the pleasure of attending our chruch’s vision night. Sort of a look back at the recent church history, things that have transpired over the last few years, where we are today, and where we’re heading in the future. I’m so so glad we went.
Can I just say how much I love our lead pastor. Brian has got to be one of the humblest, kindest, most down to earth servants I know. And I don’t really know him. I haven’t spent time one on one with him. But the way the spirit works through him during Sunday service and the way he handled himself last night. I feel so blessed to have been brought to New River when we were and that we have found a long-term home there.
There has been a change in leadership over the last few years. The founding pastors have left, and with that there has been some attrition. So while I might call it growing pains, it’s really been shrinking pains. But I know God is at work here and growth is on the horizon. Through growth there will be more people to volunteer and through serving more lives will be touched. And I know that starts with me. And I’m all in.
I came away feeling energized and my heart was touched. This place has been such a great spiritual home for us. Even in the short time we’ve been there. The leadership is so authentic, its members kind. Its mission on point. New River exists to lead people to a growing relationship with Christ. The end. Simple. As it should be. I for one am blessed and thankful to be a part of it.