I had mixed thoughts about this past weekend. I’m not talking about when my wife and I celebrated 17 years of marriage on June 12, but Sunday morning was Youth Sunday andSunday night was the Annual Business Meeting.
It was great to see so many youth leading worship, praising God through signing, and hearing testimonies of three graduates (you can hear their testimonies again on our website.) There were some 30 youth there. That is something to celebrate. What you may not know is that there are twice as many that attend Alpha/Omega during the week. Many of them don’t have parents that attend church anywhere. Some of them become the only witness of Jesus Christ at home. They have felt a sense of belonging during Alpha/Omega but not quite yet on Sunday mornings.
What are we to make of that? Maybe that means that some of us could make it easier for them by partnering with them on Mondays and Wednesdays? It certainly shows that God is working through youth and the harvest is ready for more workers. These youth need spiritual fathers and mothers. And perhaps by reaching the teens we reach the parents. We certainly cannot be in a position of slowing down or waiting for someone else to do it or being okay with Sunday for “us” and Alpha/Omega for “them”.
At the business meeting we had a picture of where the finances and spending are for the year. There was much to celebrate such as giving vs. expenses was nearly even although there was a dip in giving during the winter season. We heard that the budget does not include other generous gifts such as to Good Rain, MFuge, Crosswalk, and other designated missions (you can see some of the missions we support on our website). It doesn’t show the generosity from the giving tree, Operation Christmas Child, and individual outreaches. This all shows God’s guidance and faithfulness every year through you. We heard reports from many of the ministries and how God is working. However, we did see the attendance trend which averaged lower than the year before.
What are we to make of all that? In one regard we need to celebrate and remember the wonderful works of God through Hope Chapel. We could heed the Awakening to continue giving sacrificially to the budget. We could be more active in sharing our faith with others. We could be more consistent to Sunday worship (not to mention on time). We certainly cannot be in a position of slowing down or being okay with our status quo.
So let’s join God even stronger in 2015-2016.
Pastor of Family and Adults