I Sure Love My Church Family!

February 7th, 2013

It is 9:00 PM on Thursday evening as my wife and I are waiting to catch a red eye flight from Los Angeles, California back to Traverse City, Michigan.  We should land tomorrow morning at about 11:00 AM. We are returning from speaking at the annual leadership conference at Lighthouse Baptist Church, in San Diego. It was a great conference again this year. It was both a privilege to speak and a blessing to attend this great meeting.

As I jot down these thoughts I am tired, but very thankful that I am headed home. I have been privileged to speak in a lot of churches over the past 17 or 18 years, but I still get excited every time I am headed home. For nearly 27 years now I have been blessed and yes humbled to be the pastor of the greatest folks in the entire world. I am so thankful for the wonderful people who give me the awesome privilege to be their pastor. Grace Baptist Church is truly a great church! This is not because I am the pastor but because of the incredible people who make up our church family.

Grace Baptist Church of Gaylord, Michigan is made up of hundreds and hundreds of wonderful people who take their church and their faith very seriously. I cannot even imagine any group of folks anywhere who I would want to pastor more than the precious folks who call me pastor. The staff that works with me to, lead our great church, are absolutely the finest Christian workers you will find in any church anywhere in the entire country. So many of our members serve tirelessly in the many ministries of Grace Baptist Church. The Bus Ministry, RU Addictions Recovery Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, Children’s Church Ministries (Beginner I Church, Beginner II Church, Primary I & II Church, Junior I & II Church), Sunshine Special Needs Ministry, Teen Ministry, Teen Church, Usher’s Ministry, Nursery Ministries (Nursery I, Nursery II, Nursery III), Greeters Ministry, Jail Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry (6 Different Facilities Every Week), Grace Baptist College, Grace Baptist Christian School, WBLW 88.1 FM Radio Station, Spark Of Grace Soul Winning Ministry, Ladies Soul Winning, Church-wide Soul Winning, Teen Soul Winning, Annual Conferences (Camp Meeting, Teen Spectacular, Ladies Conference, Missions Conference, College Days), Choir Ministries (Beginner Choir, Primary & Junior Choir, Teen Choir, College Choir, Adult Choir), Special Music Ministry, Live Nativity, Children’s Summer Sports Leagues, Secret Servants Ministry, Deacons, Doorkeepers, and on and on I could go. The great people of our church keep these ministries and many others going week after week and year after year with their sincere and faithful service.  They are the BEST! I love every one of you, and thank God that I get to be your servant.

I am sure looking forward to this Saturday and Sunday as we all roll up our sleeves and serve the Lord Jesus Christ together through our local church, the Grace Baptist Church. I Sure Love My Church Family!