New Website

This is my first blog on this new website.  It is my sincere desire that our website is an effectual tool in helping people find us, understand us, and perhaps even join us in the mission or making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our old website was just too difficult to maintain for us at the office.  None of us knew HTML coding, and no one wanted to learn it.  Thankfully, my daughter's pastor in Minnesota, Pastor Phil at Clarity Church, spent some time with me on what should be in a website, and pointed me to Squarespace for hosting.  This was confirmed by Chris Tweedy at our Alliance district office.  So here it is. 

It still needs some tweaking, and I hope that it is not too overwhelming with information. My goal was for people to be able to find us, and to learn about us in the process.  There are some who simply want a quick answer, others are more research oriented.  My hope is that both types of people can find enough of what they are looking for whenever they might visit this site.

I invite  your comments on the website, and ask that it be constructive criticism with regard to making the site better.  You may not agree with everything that is said, but we make no apology for our desire to promote the gospel, to promote Jesus Christ risen from the dead, and being the only bridge to reconciliation with God the Creator.

Thank you for taking time to read this post.  May God bless you in your journey of faith.

 

Still Learning

We are coming full swing into the new year, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.  I have been the lead pastor here at Heritage since 1980.  And while I am an old dog, I still want to learn some new tricks, as it were, with regard to helping this church achieve success in faithfulness to God.

I want to first define success.  Our church has had highs and lows regarding Sunday morning attendance.  The typical defining measure of success for organizations is buildings, bodies and bucks.  We have declined in bodies, our bucks have been consistent, and our building is paid for. So, we lost ground in the bodies category, but we are experiencing some growth again in this area.

Success, however, is not to be defined in this way.  These statistics are measurements, to be sure, but they are not defining measurements.  Success is faithfulness.  Faithfulness is not as easily quantifiable. It is real, however.  Faithfulness to God is obedience to His will. Some of the measurable aspects are lifestyle issues: Kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, etc.  It is also found in giving financially and of time and talent. Faithfulness is also seen in sharing the gospel.  I pledge to encourage, exhort and do all in my power to be an example and to hold our members accountable to the spreading of the gospel in personal witness and testimony.

We are also embarking on a new master plan for the next six years.  It is may prayer that we will be able to put a succession plan in place for the next lead pastor of this church.  That means putting into place the means by which we can identify, hire and support a pastor and family that will be selected to take the lead at Heritage.  My hope is to be able to be here to walk through this process, mentor the new leader and even stay long term in continuing to serve here at the pleasure of the next lead pastor. My role will change some, but I hope to be continuing in discipleship ministry, evangelism training and small group development.