Dear Glory of Christ,
Last night the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church officially commissioned us to plant Glory of Christ Baptist Church in the Rogers/Elk River area! The vote was hearty and unanimous. They also approved $80,000 of funding for the church to be dispersed over three years. This is equal to the largest gift Bethlehem has ever given to a new church plant.
You may remember that when Kim and I first came to you, we used the metaphor of dating, engagement. and marriage. We dated you for about two months and then unanimously decided to get engaged, knowing that the elders of Bethlehem would ultimately decide whether or not we would be married. Well, as soon as the vote was cast last night I told the elders that they had just officiated a wedding, and we all shared in a hearty laugh together! Then, they laid their hands on me and prayed the Lord's blessing on our ministry.
So, Glory of Christ Baptist Church, we are now married as pastor and people, and Kim and I want you to know that we are committing our lives to serve you for the glory of Christ. We don't know what the future holds, but as long as the Lord allows us to share life with you, we will give you all of our hearts. Let us celebrate the goodness of the Lord, and pray that he bears much fruit through us for the glory of Christ!
Rejoicing with you in Christ,