Elders Corner – Partnership in the Gospel
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. ~Philippians 1:3-5
As you might know, you blessed Pastor Bryan, Pastor Rob and myself by allowing us to attend the CB Northwest Annual Enrichment Conference with our wives in Seaside, OR this past week. It is there that we annually have the opportunity to hear the vision and direction of our covenant community of churches, hear exhortations from those who serve us from the Portland office, and stay abreast of new church plants in our region. This is also an opportunity for us to stay in touch with the relationships the Lord has entrusted to us in partnering in the gospel. This year, my heart swelled with gratefulness to the Lord for sovereignly ordaining these relationships.
For example, I am thankful for the time I had to catch up with Aaron Kellar (our Barbara Kellar’s grandson), who is now a worship pastor at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro, OR. I rejoice with Dave and Teresa Martin. Dave was formerly a Jr. High pastor here at Wellspring (FCBC) and is now excited to be pastor at Heritage Bible Church in Cathlamet, WA. Their church was brought into the CBNW covanent community a couple of years ago after they called Dave as their pastor. It was great to enjoy a meal and communion with Josh and Lindsi (Laeger) Holland. Lindsi is the daughter of our friend and former pastor, Ron Laeger— and her husband, Josh, is now the Lead Pastor at Mountain View Baptist Church in Centralia, WA (where Ron and Tanya are now fellowshipping). I also was able to reconnect with one of my former interns at Wellspring, Jordan Hooten. Jordan is the grandson of Phil and Jo Kaser from Wellspring, and is now an associate pastor at Family of Grace (formerly Endeaver, the Wellspring church plant which merged with another church in recent years). What a coincidence, right? Wrong!
The point is this: we are not alone in this mission to intentionally influence every relationship with the good news of Jesus. And the influence we have had in the past, and have today, and will have in days to come are significant. Look around you. I am sure that we have other future worship leaders, pastors, pastors’ wives, and missionaries right here among us. Let’s continue to invest in each other for the sake of the gospel going out into the world. Let’s remain committed to partnering in the gospel today, tomorrow, and until the imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.