Last week I had the opportunity to go to Houston to our Annual District Assembly, where Pastors and Lay Leaders from our district come together to give and to hear reports about how churches in our district are doing and also to get a glimpse of how the Church of the Nazarene is impacting our world.
Our church denomination is now in over 160 regions of the world, with over 2 million members, and the gospel is still advancing and transforming lives. As for the USA/Canada Region, despite all the negative media and pessimistic news, things are going well. Here are some interesting numbers:
-650 new churches were started in the last four years.
-Those new churches report 7,144 new believers.
-83% of established churches reported their congregation as being spiritually vital and alive.
-Over 200,000 people came to Christ in the past four years.
-Just in 2016, 48,841 souls came to faith in Christ.
Wow! I hope you are excited about this, you are part of it.
I want to encourage you to keep on fighting the good fight of faith. You have a purpose in Christ and that is to shine his light everywhere you go. We may be a local church as The Gathering, but as we partner with our network of churches our impact goes beyond our city and into the whole world. Every time you support with generous giving our local church, you are also reaching the world.
Our mission is bigger than us, and our goal as a church is to lead people into a personal relationship with Christ; the only hope for our world.
As you go into your daily routine each day, remember that God is for you and that your purpose is found in Him alone.
Have a blessed rest of the week!
Upcoming Important Events
Join us for the next five weeks on Wednesdays at 7pm for a Bible Study on the book of Joshua. We offer childcare and classes for kids and students up to 12th grade. To sign up text STUDY to 432-242-8242 or click on the link below.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AT CLAYDESTA
The National Day of Prayer is scheduled for this coming Thursday, May 4. The Midland Ministerial Alliance will be hosting a prayer rally for our community on that day at the ClayDesta Atrium beginning at 12:00 noon.
Please join us for this valuable time of corporate community prayer. Would you please let us know if you are able to make it? Simply follow the link below and submit the form.