August 6, 2010
The ministry of FUMC Downtown Out Of The Box Worship is progressing. There is a lot of work to be done but none more important than prayer.
I am looking for people who will lift up the following on a daily basis.
#1. Pray for me and my family as we are living very busy lives. Misty and I will attend Boot Camp in Richmond along with a couple more people from our church later this month. I am working to make connections with people who are not connected to a church anywhere in our community and I am meeting a lot of great people. I am also meeting people with some great needs. Pray that God will grant me a sense of vision for the new Worship Service and, that out of this vision, an effective plan would emerge for reaching the people in the mission fields being planted for Jesus Christ.
#2. Pray for our church, (1st Hillsville UMC) this is a new venture for the church, it has been said this is like birthing a child. It is a happy occasion, an exciting time, and also a time when some people are nervous. Nervousness is understandable as this is a new thing, we have never done anything quite like this before. However, many people have birthed a new Worship Service successfully and God is in it.
#3. For the laypersons who will be on the front line of mission, that they would sense how their unique gifts can be utilized to fulfill God’s vision for the new Worship Service.
#4. For an abundance of generosity to meet the financial requirements of funds needed to start a new Worship Service.
#5. For the existing churches in the area – that their pastors and people will have a “kingdom-minded” attitude about the new Worship Service. That they will be open to supporting and praying for the new Worship Service. – even sending out short-term ‘missionaries’ to help plant the service.
#6. For Bishop Swanson, our District Superintendent Meg Taylor, Richard Edwards who leads Congregational Development in Holston and our Ministry Coaches, that they would sense the best ways to be in support of myself and the 1st Hillsville congregation, and the new worship service(2nd site) in their care while showing passionate leadership.
If you will partner with me in praying for the above requests, please leave me a note here so we can build a team of people who will cover this ministry in prayer every day. I know that God has great plans for reaching people who have no connection with a church anywhere in our community and your prayers are important.
We are in this work together.