I am very excited for us to start this new year off. I have a very good feeling that this is going to be an amazing year for Christ’s kingdom and this ministry. We have come through so much adversity from disease, political turmoil, and social unrest. Just as things always change so must our approach to ministry. We have learned many lessons that what may have worked in the past does not necessarily reach heart and mind today. I have invested a lot of time into learning lately especially when it comes ministry management and organizing a church plant.
We make no secret that planting a church as part of our ministry is very high on our priority list. But, we want to be sure to do it right and not rush into something that will not be sustainable. Many new churches fail within the first three years because they move too fast or don’t plan ahead. I have taken part in such an event in my late teenage years and it was heartbreaking. Building a church is secondary to the most important of missions to any ministry, and that is building disciples.
Without the building of disciples, and growing disciples into leaders you can’t have a thriving church plant or ministry for that matter. That’s why this year our focus is building disciples of Christ Jesus. The two most important aspects for Christian life is making disciples and loving everyone, even those who don’t agree with our views and beliefs. We as a ministry and believers may not concede on several things that are seen common in society today. We may refuse to conform to what is popular. But we will never hate our fellow [man]. To love someone does not mean we always have to agree or concede to their views. Just as we know not everyone will agree with our views.
We must get out into the community, into the public life and live as believers among the people. To grow love, you must show love, to build disciples you must be a disciple. Be an example of discipleship by action, not just words.
On a personal note,
I have to let everyone know that the immense generosity I have received in donations to my recent health matters has been overwhelming.
Those of you who have lifted me in prayer and have given so selflessly have touched me deeply and I could not thank you enough. Because of all of you my treatment will reach goals we have not been able to achieve in the past. For those who are not aware of this topic in which I speak the best way to understand is to visit the “gofundme” page, though I intend this link as informational instead of solicitation in this case.
God Bless each one of you, and thanks again!
Pastor Steve Hofmeister
Senior Pastor & President