The fruit of being a long-term pastor is really beginning to manifest itself in ways I could have never predicted. Right now at PCC things are about as good as they have ever been. I'm talking about the spiritual side of things and the far-reaching influence that PCC has right now into the community. Sometimes I am left standing in awe. Only God.
It’s humbling to me, that in our 17th year as a church, we have witnessed so many people go public in their new found faith, watched believers grow, and accomplished so much. I think that’s because we have never lost sight of the mission of the Church – to make disciples. We’ve kept ourselves on tract when so many have tried to side tract us. As a church family we have made this journey together – in fair weather and in crisis – and still PCC remains - stronger and more influential than ever.
Sometimes I lose sight of the steady kingdom impact we have accomplished over the years. But when I take the time to look, to really look, I know this is a God thing. And God willing, there will be many more years to come!
There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty and power is something to witness…. and experience! The local church builds bridges to the lost, offers truth to the confused, opens hers arms to the forgotten, and builds up the believer.
To this day I am still amazed at the journey PCC has traveled for almost 17 years. Thousands of stories are told by real people who have been touched by God’s love. Each story serves as a vivid reminder of the steady kingdom impact this ministry has had. I absolutely love everything God is doing in our lives and our church.
Looking ahead, I could not be more excited than I am right now. This year is drawing to a close and we will finish well. The New Year is almost upon us and looks brighter than ever!
Over the years since the beginning of PCC, staff members have come and gone, board members have come and gone, elders have come and gone, key lay leaders and donors have come and gone. Even friends have come and gone. Most left because of the unavoidable transitions of a mobile society. Other departures have been painful and cut me to the core. But either way, these exits have led to some of the loneliest moments of my life. Why? Because losing people hurts.
But after numerous late-night gut checks, I have come to complete clarity on this matter. By God’s grace, I'm in this for the long haul and I fully intend to pursue the mission God has entrusted to this church, no matter what, no matter who comes or goes. Whether PCC is setting records and I’m enjoying the enthusiastic support of people or if PCC is stumbling and struggling and I end up alone, still I will pursue the vision.
And I know most of you will continue on this journey too – just as you already have. Together we are co-laborers for a cause greater than ourselves - Christ and His Church.