As 2015 dawns, I have great anticipation about what the year will hold on a personal level (will we move to Wampum?) and also on a ministry level (will I be back in the kids’ ministry dunk tank again?). There are some things we just don’t know yet. So, we enter this year prayerfully, seeking the Lord’s will for all we do.
While there are things we don’t know for sure, there are other areas where the Lord has already directed and we are moving forward. Let me tell you about a few of them that are happening in the next month or so. For one thing, we are looking forward to a new pastor joining our staff this month! The congregation voted to extend a call to Gabe deGarmeaux to be our Pastor of Outreach. Gabe begins work at Pathway on January 3 and comes with his wife Monica and their children Lilliana and Rocco. That isn’t the only position we have to fill, and we look forward to telling you more about one of our other openings very soon!
Also on the horizon is the possibility of adding some greatly needed space to our facility. For the last couple years we have had two different teams operating to examine the facility needs at Pathway and consider how to address those needs. The first of those teams conducted an internal census, site observation, survey of scores of Pathway leaders and many interviews, and the need that rose to the very top was additional children’s space. This was no surprise as the need was already very evident week-by-week as we have shuffled rooms and adjusted the program to make our existing space workable. Several needs emerged through the study in other areas as well.
After praying through the report of the first team, the elders commissioned the second team to engage a company to consider the feasibility of building together with some basic designs. That second team has now reported their findings to the elders who have been praying about how to proceed. An important decision for the elders is coming up in mid-January and they would like to invite you to pray with them, and for them, as they seek the Lord’s leading. Their decision is simply about whether or not to take the plans any further. If they decide to move forward, the next step would be to present the findings to the congregation and make a recommendation. The congregation would then vote on whether or not to continue the process to the next step. I am very grateful to the elders and the teams that have been operating on our behalf to do the months and months of required legwork on behalf of the church. So again, please be in prayer for the elders as they seek the Lord’s will in this important decision.
And while you’re praying, please also lift up the leadership retreats of the Pathway ministry staff and elders. Both groups will be meeting for times of prayer and planning before the month is over. Historically, these have been very meaningful gatherings the Lord has used to direct our paths. We are confident He will do the same again this year, especially as you join us in seeking His direction.
January is going to be a full month at Pathway that will set the course for the rest of 2015 and beyond. I challenge you to use January to set a positive course for your 2015 as well. Join a small group. Get involved in doing ministry. Together we can make this a year we will never forget as we pursue God and His will with one another.