Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and IMA readers. I trust you have a wonderful holiday with origins deeply founded in Christian history and tradition. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.
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Our Maximizing Impact Team – Peter Moore, L D Buckingham, A J Plaizier and yours truly – was at Bangor River City over the weekend. Excellent interchange with the pastors, the LBA and a very interactive focus group. We also were challenged by inspiring seminars with LDB and the Sunday service. Looking with optimism to the future at River City. The team will be at Truro this coming weekend. Onward and upward!
While in Bangor I also had opportunity to share lunch with AJ and Kelly Thomas. The relaunch at Pathway is in it’s early stages and all signs are encouraging.
“Shout out to all those who have been adopted. November is national adoption month.” – Seth Fancy
This past week I was involved in the General Board meeting held for the first time at 12Stone Church in Atlanta. Specifically, the board meetings were held in the John C Maxwell Leadership Centre and the board attended church on Sunday at 12Stone’s main campus.
Following the GB meeting, I chaired the first meeting of the recently-appointed Membership Working Group which also met at the Maxwell Centre. We are charged with a review of and recommendations going forward for our membership purpose, structure and function. Amazing group of leaders in the group with a deep commitment to Christ and the Church. Any recommendations of the group would go to the GB and, as approved or amended, on to the 2016 General Conference. More word later.
The Presidential Search Committee at Kingswood University has been diligently at work and will be interacting again this week. Please be in prayer for the Master’s will guiding forward in this critical process.
Fredericton Crosspoint is the regional collection point for Operation Christmas Child boxes. They expect to see as many as 4000 boxes arrive there this weekend. Thanks to CP for being a pivot point in this popular and effective ministry to the “least” among us. Did your family fill a Christmas Child box this year?
**NOTE: Crosspoint is hosting a Financial Freedom seminar with Pete Benson tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 6:30 PM. This practical teaching is open to everyone and you are more than welcome to attend. That’s tomorrow – don’t miss it.
Congrats to Matt and Laura Palmer, staff pastor at Fredericton Journey, on the arrival of their 4th child, Eliza Hope Palmer, born Sunday October 12th, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz. She was welcomed by her siblings Malachi, Charlotte and Jack.
THOT: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
ON SECOND THOT: “Many pastors are short term because they pick too many fights.” Thom Rainer