From the Pastors
From the Pastors
Are We Done Yet?
Dear People of Christ,
During my past 20 years, we have seen God’s hand in developing this congregation called Christ Lutheran with people, ministry, programs, staff, land, and buildings. And now we are about to begin one of the most important journeys in our history as we reach out to share Jesus Christ with others and to be “Still GROWING so none are turned away.”
In just the last decade, God has blessed Christ Lutheran with tremendous growth! Average Sunday worship attendance has grown from 1193 to 1898. That’s a 159% increase...so much that it created a critical need in 2014 to find a site in south Lincoln for outreach ministry. But it’s not only worship attendance that matters.
Just recently, I received a report about this year’s ministry programming. Space is an issue…again!
- Childcare for Wednesday night programming at central must now use the portables!
- We’re turning away requests from groups needing Bible Study and meeting space because there’s no more room!
- The high school youth program needs to expand into the recently acquiredd 1811 44th Street "Crawford" house!
- Storage rooms are being transformed into offices to make room for new staff!
- This fall, the church nursery will double as an infant room for Christ Kids because there’s no more room!
- An additional 13 classrooms are being used for Wednesday night programming at South!
The inevitable question for each of us becomes: “What would God have us do?” The Participate 4 Growth Appeal will cause each of us to pray, reflect, and answer that question. How do we respond? “4 CHRIST, 4 ALL, 4 NOW, 4 EVER!”
My prayer for you is to be open to God’s call because we’re not done yet. Prayerfully be a part of this 4-year journey according to the gifts of Ability, Time, and Money that God has given you. Be ready to experience God’s transforming power at work, equipping each of us to be generous in all we do to expand His kingdom here on this earth.
Finally, consider these words from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” NIV
The Lord’s ways are true and they are amazing!
Luke Schnake, Director of Ministries
For further study – 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 and 9:6-8