Last fall marked my eighth year at Richwoods. Looking back, I think a phrase that I have repeated twice a year has been, “the next six months should be interesting.” And each set of six months has been just that. Clearly, even in our floundering God has been working in and through us as a church getting us ready for what lies ahead of us.
The character of God I hold on to often is his eternal nature, time has no effect on God. Moving in and out of time, God has already walked in each possible future we can’t even dream of. In this present time zone he is willing to guide our steps as we lean into him to the future that strengthens our character and gives him glory.
As a church we’ve seen many changes over the past. I’ve seen plenty in my eight years here, and I know with great certainty that many, many more are in our future as we follow God’s leading. God is always doing something new, something wonderful. I’m looking forward to the next eight years, and as I lean into them I have been blessed by the elders of the church who are allowing me to take a four week sabbatical.
I will be offline for the next four weeks, recharging my spiritual batteries, but I have prepared five FYI’s to be shared with you in the month of February. I wanted to share five principles I have learned about leading. Several of these I was taught when I was in my early twenties when I was encouraged to study the gospels to discover how Jesus led. I hope they will encourage you and help you lead well. We need each and every one of the people of Richwoods to lead within their giftedness, because the next six months are going to be interesting.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2017 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email. You can also leave a comment below.