The Midway Church Elder Ministry team started off 2018 with a prayer and planning weekend in January. There was time devoted to seeking God’s direction and guidance, time exploring specific initiatives / plans and time devoted to prayer for God’s purposes to be fulfilled at His church at Midway and beyond.
One of the recurring themes of the weekend was to renew and maintain our focus on the mission of the church to make disciples and bring the hope of Jesus and His gospel to all who do not yet know Him. We were challenged with the words “Faith cries out for a vision that requires God.” and “We [the church of Jesus Christ] are on a mission beyond our capability.” We long to be part of something that only God can do. “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:7). In this season, we commit ourselves to seeking the Lord our God with all our hearts that we might grow in faith, love and trust in Him. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We join the saints of old and ask God to increase our faith as we seek Him.
During our time together, we were also reminded of the importance of intercessory prayer. We thank God for the many people that pray diligently and fervently for God’s church at Midway. One way to be praying for God’s church at Midway and the elder ministry team is by using the ‘Church Prayer’ bookmark distributed in mailboxes and available at the information centers. The prayer includes the following: “Please help Pastor Charlie to shepherd our church well, and make the elders wise and humble…Give our church unity. Give our church strength, make us kind and compassionate and let us never lose our love for You.” This is a worthy prayer for the elder team – that God make us wise and humble (see James 3:17-18 and Philippians 2:3-4).
We encourage you to look forward to 2018 with great anticipation because we serve a mighty God. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Praying with you in great anticipation of God’s goodness and glory
The Elder Ministry Team
- Meeting with the District Subcommittee on transition – January 29th
- Elder Ministry Team Meeting – February 6th
- Congregational Business Meeting – February 20th