New Year-New Beginnings
By Dr. Michael Proud Jr., Director of Missions
Hello Pastors and Ministry Leaders,
I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebrations! As we roll into a brand new year there are great possibilities that lie ahead for all. My prayer through this new year will be two-fold for each of you. 1) That God inspires you as you seek to lead your congregations to reach beyond the walls of your churches to touch lives in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And 2) that God uses you to stimulate your people “to love and good deeds” as they grow deeper in their love for Him and each other. Only the Lord can bring these things about-and that is why I seek Him.
Your association is striving toward two specific goals as we move into this new year. First, it is our desire to see great collaboration between our churches. Thus I am seeking to launch a new page to our OCSBA website which we will call: Best Practices. This page will be filled with resources from our partner churches which identify great successes our churches have had in various areas of ministry. The intent is a shared brainstorming and learning platform where ministry strategies can be outlined and results can be quantified which can be made available to everyone. We are all striving for the same goals, and since we know we are better together, this is one way to help one another reach those goals.
Secondly, we will be seeking to reaffirm our desire to help churches think through the best ways to realize their goals. Over the years I have heard and read countless statements which allude to the fact that churches today are waning in the area of leadership. While that may be true in some cases, I just don’t believe that to be true for the majority. What I believe is needed is a way to come alongside pastors and ministry leaders to help them identify “next steps” to accomplish or achieve the goals they desire. It is one thing to cast a vision for the future, it is quite another thing to help people see what the first step is to make this happen. Our association is in a position to help with this and to work with pastors and ministry leaders to help them identify practical steps needed to accomplish their mission and vision for the Kingdom.
I am grateful to enter another year of ministry with you. As we journey through 2020, may God lead us all to His purpose and for His glory!
Happy New Year!