Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 2
As we move towards June 2nd to our congregational vote, I started last week with some writings entitled “Things to know before June 2.” This week I would like to share some additional thoughts. Some would ask “why embark on this master planning and building initiative?” Below are four reasons why.
- The time is now. The Kingdom is near. People need the good news of Jesus more than ever! Shalimar UMC has a wonderful past and now has an opportunity to stake a claim into the future. We presently have the strength to take a bold step that will facilitate more disciples both now and in the future. 1993 was the last building program. That was over 25 years ago! The opportunities for discipleship and ministry have never been greater. Let’s step out! And do it for now! For the future! The time is now! The Kingdom is near!
- I envision Shalimar UMC, by the year 2022, to have 1,000 persons growing as disciples meeting each week throughout our campus in classes, small groups, Sunday school classes, age-level ministries, studies, serving opportunities, and other ministry and events that are discipleship focused. These plans help us accommodate such a vision. Discipleship can happen throughout our campus in different ways. This includes worship, classes, small groups, special gatherings, events, and Bible Studies.
- What we do now impacts future growth! Shalimar UMC will be in Shalimar fifty years from now. What we do now impacts future generations for decades. Our church must build now for growth in the future. What we are doing now is a primer for Shalimar UMC to grow 20-25 years from now. We may not be around to see it but this is our time to make an impact! This is our time to be good stewards, be generous, and to make disciples now and think about opportunities for future generations.
- Some would ask “why would we build with less people in attendance over recent years? When I hear this question, I think this is precisely one of the compelling reasons to build now! Do we expect to grow by leaving things as they are? And do we expect to grow without doing something major or leaving things as they are? Now is the time our facilities can be upgraded, updated, and enhanced. As Jeremiah bought the field of Anathoth, we seek to put a stake into the future. It is time to trust God and build with confidence and claim a vibrant future of discipleship making and growing our future.
One other reason as to the why is I fully expect Shalimar UMC to grow in the future. Our congregation is vibrant and alive! I see it every day! We are currently realizing some new momentum with youth and children ministries. Our discipleship making is increasing! Already this year, we have moved into 2019 with 21 days of worship, prayer, and fasting. We followed it with a 40 day of Bible Study of Mark. This momentum is just the “tip” of the sword of things to come! We need to move forward with confidence and God will bring the growth as long as we seek Him and remain humble. The time is now to have confidence in the future.