Welcome Pastor Adam and Family!

Church Family,

 

Is it just me or have the last few weeks flown by extra fast? Wow! It seems like just yesterday the Pastor Search Committee acknowledged they had a possible candidate. I could tell they were excited and the excitement has been contagious as the weeks progressed. It is so good to see people passionate about being at and a part of the church!

 

On behalf of the congregation and my office as Associate Pastor for Family Ministry…

 

Welcome Pastor Adam, Amber, and family!

 

I am excited as well by the possibilities that lie ahead as this church starts a new chapter. Having been a part of this church to some degree or another for the last 20 years, I know that the journey has been difficult at times. The Church’s enemy is active and continues to walk about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But praise God! The gates of hell will NOT prevail against the Church of which we are a small part (Matthew 16:18-19). We must be watchful, realizing that Satan is always seeking ways to divide and sow discord and disharmony; trying to separate us from our brothers and sisters. But we must also live and walk in the victory of the cross and the empty tomb.

 

My sincere hope and prayer is that during this time of transition we would all take pause to pray for and seek continued unity as a body of believers. I know there are issues and differences that continue to bubble beneath the surface. Maybe better characterized in some instances as old wounds in need of healing. We could begin to name them and the list would be incomplete and uncomfortable… but such is the life and ministry of a church!… especially a growing church!

 

Hallelujah! And thank God for his mercy and grace!

 

The same mercy and grace we are expected to show to one another. We must be patient and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in His perfect timing. We must show grace to Pastor Adam and his family as they take time to adjust and familiarize. We must check our expectations, convictions, and desires with prayer, Scripture, and willing servants’ hearts.

 

I know I have said this many times over the last few months… but I think it bears to always be said in the context of any church: We must be forward focused. Learn from the past, yes. Cherish the good times and mourn the bad. But remember a living and growing church is focused on reaching the lost and discipling new believers and glorifying God in all we do… and that happens in the present and the future.

 

Worship, Witness, and Work.

 

All are dynamic, active, and moving. We cannot take our hands off the plow… we cannot cease to water and prune… we cannot cease from the harvest. For winter is coming and with it the dawn of a new day as the King returns.

 

As the weeks progress, I look forward to getting to know Pastor Adam and sharing with him the mantle of shepherding. It is my goal to assist him in any way I can and I look forward to working with him as a ministry team member and under his leadership.

 

Continuing on in the Service of Our Savior and King,

 

Rev. Josiah Antill

 

Associate Pastor for Family Ministries

Lake Gaston Baptist Church