Helping Widows Live Their New Normal, NAMB Planting Churches in MN & Things to Remember After Challenging Sunday
Kelvin Moseley, Mature Adults and Pastoral Care pastor at Biltmore Church, has seen the difference that effective ministry to widows and widowers can make. The Twin Cities boast a population of more than 3.4 million people. Researchers there believe only about 25% of the population claim to be Christian. And, if you led your church’s worship services this past weekend but you’re struggling with a discouraging word or feeling like you could have done better.
Kelvin Moseley, Mature Adults and Pastoral Care pastor at Biltmore Church, has seen the difference that effective ministry to widows and widowers can make. Something as simple as a phone call or a handwritten letter in the mail can show the love of Christ in a mighty way.
It is clear in God’s Word that His followers are to intentionally care for, honor and love widows, Moseley said.
Every church or community has widowed members that need a body of strong believers to surround them. He encourages churches to ensure each widow feels seen and loved.
The Twin Cities boast a population of more than 3.4 million people. Researchers there believe only about 25% of the population claim to be Christian. That means around 850,000 people would say they follow Christ while more than 2.5 million don’t have a relationship with Jesus.
The North American Mission Board is working to help churches plant churches in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area.
One church planter there asks believers to, “Pray there would be continued unity among our churches and a fresh passion to advance the gospel. Pray new planting residencies will emerge from among our churches who have a vision to multiply in the next two years. Pray for more strategic partnerships to help resource and equip church planters in the Twin Cities.”
Learn more at namb.net.
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If you led your church’s worship services this past weekend but you’re struggling with a discouraging word or feeling like you could have done better. Chuck Lawless has an encouraging word for your in the Baptist Press Toolbox. He writes, remember:
1. God is still God. Always has been. Is today. Always will be. He reigns—so rejoice!
2. God has chosen you to be a part of His family—and in many cases among our readers, to be a leader in His church. I have no idea why God chooses to use any of us (I’m not sure I would call me if I were God), except that His grace is evident in our callings. Rejoice in His hand in your life.
3. If you taught, preached, or sang the Word of God, you can trust that He will use it somehow. You may not see it right away, but you can know that God will accomplish what He intends through His Word. Rejoice even as you wait and watch.
4. Members of your congregation love you and pray for you. All of us likely have some members who get frustrated with us at times, but God’s people really are special. Perhaps we sometimes wish they were more verbal with their love and support, but we still know it’s there. Rejoice.
5. Nothing you experienced yesterday took God by surprise. The victories didn’t surprise Him, but nor did anything you unexpectedly had to face. He somehow works through it all for His glory. You have reason to rejoice.
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