Starting this Sunday, we are challenging our congregation to participate in what we’re calling Initiative 9:50. This is an initiative for our church family to come at least ten minutes before the service start time, which is 10AM on Sunday mornings. By coming early, we can “greet one another with a holy kiss” (figuratively) and engage in building community, which is a part of our vision to love like Jesus. Another important reason why we want to come early as a church family is to be prepared to serve the body of Christ—especially those who are new to the church body. By becoming the most hospitable church we can be, we’re showing people in our community that we’re serious about loving like Jesus. We, as a whole church family, come early and prepare ourselves to serve. We get to set the tone for our church. We’re not here to be consumers; we’re here to worship God and serve one another as Christ has exemplified for us. This is how we plan to love like Jesus this year—by establishing a culture of service and hospitality. Please join us in this initiative and arrive before 9:50AM on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you earlier than usual this Sunday!
Comfort… it is a thought provoking word. Oftentimes, we find ourselves naturally being pulled towards what is comfortable and familiar to us. This is not always a bad thing. However, comfort can often lead to a stagnant place. Jesus called us to, “Love our neighbours as ourselves.” He called us to feed and clothe the “least of these,” and He called us into community with one another, but He never called us into what is “comfortable.”
As a young adult community group, we realized that we were approaching a place of comfort and almost stagnation. We met every week, talked to the same people, ate the same food, and realized that we were not doing much to reach out to those around us. We all agreed it was time to shake things up a little bit.
And so, REACH emerged! REACH is the new young adult ministry of South Delta Baptist Church. Starting September 12th, we will meet in the Youth Centre of the church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month to sing, worship, learn, and discuss culturally relevant topics together. The ministry is called REACH because we emphasize Reaching Up: growing close to our God and Heavenly Father; Reaching In: to the community of SDBC; and Reaching Out: to the larger church community and communities of Tsawwassen and Ladner. Within this ministry, we are starting up a mentorship program, seeking out opportunities to serve our community and the larger church body, and by moving to a central, larger space, we are hoping to create a more inclusive atmosphere so that more young adults feel they can join our community.
Change is not something that comes easily to every individual. However, when following the Lord, change is something that each Christian needs to navigate. God does not call us to where we always want to go. He calls us out upon the waters; to the great unknown. The great unknown that is totally known to Him.
Please be in prayer for this change for us, and pray for this ministry initiative as we prepare to hold our first REACH gathering!
We have a candidate! After reviewing all the applicants, we have selected one man whom we are pursuing as a candidate. The elders held a time of prayer and fasting, and came to a unanimous decision to pursue this man to be our next pastor. We are currently interviewing a list of references for this individual which will prepare us for another interview.
Thank you for your prayers, as our process is moving along smoothly. We will have the interviews and reference checks completed by the beginning of September and, Lord willing, we will be able to introduce the candidate to the congregation in September. Once the candidate has been introduced, we will schedule a week for the candidate to be with us. This week will allow him to meet with us, share his vision for our church and community, and have lots of interaction with our congregation. This visit will be followed by a congregational vote.
Things are moving along well. Please continue to pray for the elders, pastoral search team, and the candidate as we move steadily forward.
*Please do not ask us who the candidate is, as we are not able to share that information yet. We will introduce the candidate as soon as we are able to.