Dear family of Grace Fellowship,
After 10 weeks of not meeting together, my heart echoes the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:8: "God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” As grateful as I am for things like Zoom and Facebook, it’s just not the same.
No one could have predicted we’d be living through the challenges we now face. But by God’s grace, we carry on, confident in His provisions, His grace and His sovereignty. In many ways, I feel like our church is uniquely poised to be able to function in this challenge. We’ve weathered storms in the past and have determination and grit to endure this storm as well. We have the ability to adapt and overcome! I believe we will look back and see God doing amazing and miraculous things!
As a church, I would submit four pillars to clarify our thinking and guide our actions.
Adapt- This is a watershed moment, we cannot carry on as we have in the past. This means we try new things to try and connect with each other and our community. When you’re a church plant, everything is an experiment and especially so when you are navigating unforeseen challenges.
Protect - We need to protect our people and act both with wisdom and discernment. We want to protect those who are most vulnerable and not take unnecessary risks.
Respond- How can we be the hands and feet of Christ? This is perhaps the most challenging as our ability to interact with people is limited. We are actively seeking out the opportunities and we welcome your input!
Lead- People are asking questions about who God is, who Jesus is, and we believe this is a unique opportunity lead with spiritual authority. People will be pressing into Jesus and issues of faith increasingly during this national crisis; we want to actively point them to Jesus. Would you help us by sharing any digital connection points through your social media influence?
I’d also close with the very next words of Paul in Philippians 1;
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
You will aim for what you measure. So to communicate with you, the committed team members of Grace Fellowship, how we are doing in mission critical areas, we publish a quarterly “GFC Dashboard”. This is so we can celebrate what God is doing, take a hard look at growth areas, and keep our rudder set in the right direction.
The metrics are organized by our three imperatives of Know It, Live It, and Give It Away. You inspect what you expect and these are the numbers that we track in the name of our vision.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.