Dear Members and Friends of The Vine Fellowship Church:
Starting January 13th, I began a sermon series that comes out of a meeting some of our leadership attended in November of 2018. The meeting involved the pastors and leaders of congregations in our presbytery (Eastminster) to learn of a new 2-year program sponsored by The Office of Vital Congregations in Theology, Formation, and Evangelism, Presbyterian Mission Agency, PC(USA). The meeting was led by Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill from our General Assembly Office in Louisville, KY. Our presbytery made application to be a part of this program and we learned on January 22nd that Eastminster Presbytery has been chosen for the first phase of Vital Congregations. This covenant relationship between presbytery and the PC(USA) will walk with pastors and existing congregations in intentional efforts of revitalization. This is a great opportunity for churches in our presbytery willing to commit to such a program.
At that November meeting, I heard some pastors say that even if our presbytery is not selected to the program, they could begin to address the 7 Marks of Vital Congregations in a sermon series in 2019. And that is exactly what I have begun and will continue in the month of February.
George G. Hunter III, Dean and distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in KY. says, “For over fifty years, church leaders have searched for the key to reviving, renewing, or revitalizing local churches.” It my hope that this sermon series will bring to all of our attentions the issues the North American Church faces today and ways you and I, together, can get in touch with and seriously discuss how The Vine Fellowship Church can prayerfully seek to be a vital congregation in the greater Copley area. Please join me this month as, together, we seek to develop and expand upon the 7 Marks of Congregational Vitality.
May the Lord bless you as we seek to be faith to Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church.
Yours in Christ and on the Journey together,