Let me begin by saying how very pleased I am that you have chosen me to be your interim pastor! I really appreciated the warm chili reception and cake that you presented me with my first morning. My family and I feel very much at home here. You all have been very gracious in welcoming us. I am looking forward to an exciting transitional period while we are together.

I am getting my feet wet as I learn more about you. I have enjoyed the conversations that we had together here and there. When you stop by the office, drop in and say hello. I can feel your welcoming church atmosphere and energy.

Energy is an important resource in transitional ministry. God continues to bless us with so many wonderful opportunities to be the church in our community. Together we will explore some New Beginnings and ready ourselves for the future.

If you would like to talk with me personally, please call or e-mail me. I am available to meet with you at the church or in your home. I look forward to getting to know you as we follow the seasons of the church.

May God grant us continued blessings in our ministries together.

Pastor Mark

Editor’s Note: As we welcome Pastor Mark to our pulpit and into our congregation, I though it may be appropriate to share here an article he asked to include in our April newsletter. As you read it, I encourage you to consider which of these seven traits may be your strongest, and how you can use your strengths to help Northminster to grow.

Seven Traits of Growing Churches

Some thoughts to think about from Sun Valley Community Church

Church is not a building that you come to, it’s a movement that you choose to be a part of to help people meet, know and follow Jesus. You can’t come to church because you are the church. To get the right answers about church you have to ask the right questions.

  1. Passionate and Proficient Leaders
  2. Clearly Defined Vision and Goals
  3. Culture That Supports the Vision and Strategy
  4. A Strong Communicating Leader (Cultural Architect)
  5. Generous, Consistent Giving
  6. Passionate and Proficient Next-Step Leaders
  7. Unapologetic Focus on Evangelism

At the end of the day, the church is all about helping people meet Jesus. Growing churches make decisions based on whom they are trying to reach, not whom they are trying to keep.