In Touch – November 8, 2013
Posted on November 15, 2013 by under Touché,

Re: Ridder

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

One of Andrew’s favorite verses certainly speaks to our situation as a church right now.  We are looking into God’s future for our congregation with us going deeper and wider in the city where God has placed us, Hopewell Junction.  Just before verse 11 Jeremiah speaks of this: seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)

Many months ago I looked at our Ridder retreat scheduled at Hunter Mountain and I thought that it seemed too far away.  We had just completed the REVEAL survey and we needed that information to move into the Ridder process.  The Ridder process is a look at deep transformation in leaders and the church, as we move into the future.  I wanted to move quickly and thought November 14 looked too far away.  With all that has happened to me through this summer and fall, it now looks like God knew we were going to need some time to be ready to look at deep transformation.  I have been changed by the journey with Andrew, and Ridder is based upon the truth that corporate transformation follows personal transformation.  (We usually try to do it the other way around.)

This week we begin the congregational transformation part of the journey.  We have assembled a team to work together in leading the church.  I invite you to pray for the team of Matt Feehan, Mark Mast, Ron Ruvo, K.C. Schuster, Steve Shenkman, Shurawl Sibblies and me.  In God’s good timing and good plans we will be looking at what transformation looks like in our lives and what it will look like for the future of our church.  We will be meeting Thursday through Saturday of this coming week.  I will be preaching on Sunday, November 17, reflecting on some of what this means to Hopewell.

I know that these months have been transforming for me and I pray that I will lead well into God’s plans for our church and our future.

In Hope,