Posts Tagged ‘Assemblies of God’

Chi Alpha @ CCC

August 26, 2010

I have been pastoring the same church since 1991.  I have been teaching at CCC since 1998.  This fall there is something new.  In a way, it is a combining of the two jobs that I have been doing for so many years.  This year we are hoping to start a Chi Alpha group at CCC.

Chi Alpha is a student ministry organization affiliated with the Assemblies of God.   Frequently Chi Alpha groups are led by individuals who act as campus missionaries, or pastors, on a full-time basis.  They raise their support from churches that support their vision of reaching out to the college students.

I am not becoming a full-time Chi Alpha worker, but none-the-less, will be working in campus ministries on a volunteer basis.

We are starting with a light schedule.  We will have bi-weekly meetings consisting of a time of sharing, a time of prayer and a time for Bible study and discussion.  We may have occasional outreach or fellowship activities as time and interest dictate.

At this time I have fulfilled the school requirements for a student group, except that I need a sufficient number of students indicating interest.  I have sign up sheets around the college and hope to have enough names shortly after classes begin in the fall.

I would appreciate your prayers as I begin this new endeavor.

Hand to the Plow

April 29, 2010

Luke 9:62 reads “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’ ”

I know that we are not supposed to add to scripture, but I think it might be appropriate to add a warning about looking around as well.

I have just returned from District Council.  District Council is the annual business meeting of, in our case, a state-wide organization of churches in the Assemblies of God.  It is a time of taking care of business; but also a time of reconnecting with friends in the ministry, meeting ministers new to the district, and of spiritual refreshment; as those who normally minister,instead receive ministry.

It can also be a time of comparison.

There is a far too human tendency to want to compare ourselves with others.  Sometimes this makes us feel good…and sometimes it makes us feel bad. 

I would suggest that we rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep, but not compare ourselves to others in the ministry.  We should focus on our task, our field of labor, and not be critically, or longingly examining the fields of others.  Each of us are ultimately called, enabled, and placed by the Lord of the Harvest.  It is the Lord who places His workers and it is the Lord who gives the increase.  We answer finally to Him: and from Him, we want to hear “Well Done.”