From the Superintendent for January 2018

From the Superintendent for January 2018

By Greg Yee, Superintendent, PacNWC

Happy 2018!  I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas.  I’ve heard and seen so many good reports from around the conference including neighbors served, needs being met, people turning their lives over to Jesus, churches coming together, beautiful music being savored, kids looking heart-meltingly cute, multi-lingual services shared…so much!  I pray that this Christmas spirit – the reality of God With Us – would continue with great Holy Spirit momentum into the new year.

For me, I’m excited about ministry development and church planting.  I am writing this while attending the Chinese Mission Conference in Ontario, CA.  It’s been a fantastic way to end 2017.  I’m attending with the single purpose of finding ministry partners and/or church planters to reach the Chinese-speaking in the PacNW.  I know that many of our churches are in neighborhoods that have seen sizable Chinese growth.  I long for us to be part of God’s action among the Chinese (and also East Indian!).  I want to remind us that we are “doubling down” on ministry development/church planting in general this year with the ongoing work of our coaches (Russ Blake, Mark Meredith, Rob Fairbanks), contracted work with Esau Del Arca to lead Latino ministry growth, and the start of our new Conference Coach, Peter Sung, who will oversee planting.  I’m really excited! I can’t wait to see what God will show us!  I long for more people to be reached and for all of our communities to be transformed through new ministries in your churches and with new plants.  But I know nothing will happen without us praying and fasting.  PacNWC, please join me in regularly doing so.  In addition to other times and ways you might pray and fast, I want to invite you to join me in calendering something specific.  I will set my phone alarm to 9:38PM as a reminder to pray Matthew 9:38 (Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest…).  I will also calendar a weekly fast through March and then reassess.  Let’s keep it real, Mission Friends.  New Years blessings to you, yours, and your church.  May Jesus continue to be glorified.  Happy New Years!

Greg Yee

 

From Our Superintendent

By Greg Yee, Superintendent, PacNWC

I strongly encourage you to make it a point to send your full compliment of delegates to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis (June 21-23).  It is a significant year of transition for the ECC as this meeting will elect a new president of the denomination and North Park, and potentially installing a new executive minister for Develop Leaders and superintendents for  Canada and the Southeast.  All of these transitions have reminded me of something that has come up several times recently – LEGACY.  We are certainly blessed by the legacy of these leaders that are moving on.  Last weekend, we celebrated Tom and Donna Moline and their 80 combined-years in camping ministries. Last week at our pilot of a continuing ed opportunity for veteran pastors, “Vocational Excellence 2.0,” we asked ourselves, how do we finish well as pastors – what do we pass on?  Susan Bosak from the Legacy Project writes, “At the beginning, we are what we are given. By mid-life, as we make our way in the world, we come to understand that we can be what we have been given and what we can create. Toward the end of life, we must understand that we must give to others, so that when we leave this world we are what we have been given, have created, and have passed on.” Psalm 78:4 brings it home well, We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.  With all of this reflection on legacy, it seems like a good time to ask – are we passing down a completely sold-out life for Christ?  By God’s grace, may it be – sola dea gloria.