It has been some time since I wrote my last article in this column. Again, the year has gone by incredibly quickly. Travelling and attending to churches week by week have kept me very busy. Recently I have been writing things in the hope to benefit our people for the long haul. I apologize if I had not attended to everyone adequately.
I am excited about the many ‘happening’ things in most, if not all, of our churches. I also hear many “double blessing” stories from twins being born to double service in PJ English, and many people being blessed in different ways.
This year has been an unusual breakthrough year in church planting for New Life Restoration Centre as a Group of churches. Pastor Park and Pastor Lawrence have been busy with the three new churches in the north and Pastor Kwan is busy preparing for their new church launch later this year. Pastor Yee Onn also has been busy with the third church since this February. Imagine the work load for his leadership team.
In the last few years, the Group Leadership Team comprising yours truly, Pastor Lawrence, Pastor Ron, Pastor Yee Onn and Pastor David Tham, have been keeping our fingers on the pulse of the Group as a whole. Pastor Lawrence and I have been in consultation with our Pastors in the Group from church to church on a personal basis offering our counsel and prayer, walking with them in their personal, family and ministry life. This keeps in focus our vision application, especially in discipleship and mentoring, the first aspect of our Vision Statement “Bring Up People”.
Pastoring a church is not easy and most Pastors are as human as anyone else. We trust our personal attention in different ways help in their journey towards success. We do see progress and growth in different forms in our Group. In terms of maturity, I notice our people have been pressing on bravely through their respective challenges, showing courage and faith in the face of difficulties. I praise God for all who had overcome hurdles in recent times. In terms of numerical growth, there has been visible growth all round.
Over the years, I am conscious of one thing. Keep in focus God’s big picture of His mission for His people, the Church. Jesus kept in focus His Father’s mission. By keeping that focus, it empowered Him to face persecution and finally the Cross. His reward was resurrection, ascension and of course, His Bride – the glorious Church, when He returns again.
At the moment, this Bride is not yet glorious as we all can see. But the power of love among true disciples in Christ and the power of God’s grace will transform all from glory to glory. Keep in focus God’s mission of the Gospel in the face of our needs, vulnerability and obstacles. Like Paul, you will run the good race and win your prize. Along the way, keep your focus by praying over all things – especially yourself and others. Pray, pray, pray. You’d definitely get better results because you pray!
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Churches