Special Announcement: proposal of the meshing of two churches
Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no
vision, the people perish.”
One of the key characteristics of
Bethlehem Church over the years has been our love for our community and our
view that God’s mission is greater than any one church. For this reason,
throughout our history we have partnered with a number of other ministries to
expand Christ’s Kingdom whenever we have had the opportunity. For
instance, ministries like Family Promise and First Choice have flourished
because of such partnerships.
We have recently completed a time of
discerning God’s vision. The plan is wonderful and each of you had an opportunity
to speak into that process. However, we continually come back to the
question of whether or not we have the resources for our plan. Believing
God is faithful to His calling, we should not have been surprised, but we were,
when our elders were invited into a conversation, hosted by The Center, about
joining hands with another ministry in our area.
As a result of that conversation, the
Elders invited the leaders of Grace Church on the Mount of Netcong NJ to a
preliminary meeting about Bethlehem Church “meshing ministry” with Grace Church
On The Mount.
Grace is a spiritually vibrant church
that is growing and expanding in our area.
Last week the complete Elder Boards from
both churches met, prayed, and ultimately agreed unanimously to explore with
our church families the possibility of meshing the two churches. To
explore this further there will be meetings, discussions, focus groups, and
consultations with experienced professionals to guide us through this
process. If both congregations ultimately vote to proceed with this, it
would create one church meeting in two locations; Grace Church on The Mount,
(Netcong) campus and Grace Church on the
Mount, Bethlehem (Randolph) campus. This meshed “Grace Church” would
populate and provide for a full array of ministries at both campuses.
We don’t want to lag behind God on
this. But we also do not wish to run ahead of Him. Both churches
are declaring five days of fasting and prayer to begin tomorrow (Nov 5) and run
through this Friday.
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