Mission Update: The Rayburns

Part of being a church committed to mission means we give 15% of all the offerings we receive towards the mission of God outside our church.  Over the past few months we have highlighted and intentionally prayed for the different ministries we support.  So far this has included Wade Brown and PastorServeJason and Loanne Procopio and their church plant in Paris, France, Eglise Connexion, and the ministry of Sideris Church in Seattle, Washington led by Dave Evanger.  We have also focused on the adoption fund we recently introduced to our church and the ministry of Brent and Lacy Hassler with the Navigators.

This week we are excited to announce our financial and prayerful support of Colin and Cindy Rayburn.  Colin and Cindy are currently raising financial support and are feeling called to join Jason and Loanne in their ministry in Paris.  We are so excited that God has brought this connection into our church and are thrilled to see how He uses the Rayburns to spread the Gospel in Paris.  To learn more about their ministry you can watch a video here.

Mission Update: Brent and Lacy Hassler

Part of being a church committed to mission means we give 15% of all the offerings we receive towards the mission of God outside our church.  Over the past few months we have highlighted and intentionally prayed for the different ministries we support.  So far this has included Wade Brown and PastorServeJason and Loanne Procopio and their church plant in Paris, France, Eglise Connexion, and the ministry of Sideris Church in Seattle, Washington led by Dave Evanger.  We have also focused on the adoption fund we recently introduced to our church.

This week we are thrilled to point our focus and prayers toward a ministry we are supporting that is led by members of missio Dei!  Brent and Lacy Hassler (and their boys Shammah and David) serve with the Navigators, and focus their efforts on Peterson Air Force Base.  It’s always exciting to see how God uses our mission fund for the expansion of His Kingdom, but when it is through one of our own member families it is especially encouraging!  To learn more about their ministry, and how you can pray for the Hasslers, click here.

Mission Update: Adoption Fund

On Mother’s Day we were very excited to announce that we have created an adoption fund as part of our mission giving.  This fund is currently set at 5% of all our mission giving and will be used to help pay for adoption costs for any missio Dei: Falcon members who are feeling led to adopt.

Of all the biblical metaphors for our relationship with Christ, adoption is perhaps one of the most powerful.  Without Jesus we were all orphans, alone and without hope, but God’s gracious love towards us through the cross made us His children (Galatians 4:3-7).  When our church members extend this same love toward a child who is in need of adoption they are not only changing the life of a precious little one, they are proclaiming the Gospel to the world!

If you are feeling led to adopt please contact a pastor so we can begin this exciting journey!  If you do not currently believe that this is what God has for you please pray about the possibility of God calling you to this, and know that a portion of your tithe to the church will help fund this process for one of your fellow church members.

Mission Update: Sideris Church

Part of being a church committed to mission means we give 15% of all the offerings we receive towards the mission of God outside our church.  Over the next few weeks we are highlighting and intentionally praying for the different ministries we support.  A few weeks ago we gave you an update from Wade Brown and PastorServe, last week we prayed for Jason and Loanne Procopio and their church plant in Paris, France, Eglise Connexion.

This week we want to pray for the ministry of Sideris Church in Seattle, Washington. Dave Evanger and his team have been planting Sideris for the past 15 months and God has been doing some really exciting things in their midst! To read an update on what they’ve been up to click here.

Mission Update: The Procopios and Eglise Connexion

Part of being a church committed to mission means we give 15% of all the offerings we receive towards the mission of God outside our church.  Over the next few weeks we are highlighting and intentionally praying for the different ministries we support.  Last week we gave you an update from Wade Brown and PastorServe, this week we are praying for Jason and Loanne Procopio and their church plant in Paris, France, Eglise Connexion.

Recently Acts 29 filmed a promo video that does a phenomenal job explaining the ministry we are giving to.  We highly encourage you to take the time to watch the video here.

Mission Update: Wade Brown and PastorServe

Part of being a church committed to mission means we give 15% of all the offerings we receive towards the mission of God outside our church. One of the ministries we support is Wade Browns coaching of pastors through PastorServe.  Wade is an wonderful leader and his input into the lives of pastors has shaped many churches in our area, including missio Dei!  The following is an update Wade sent out recently and gives a good picture of what Wade does and the ministry your tithes are supporting:

 

I’m so thankful for your friendship and mD’s support! Here are some ways you’re helping to make a difference at PastorServe:

News on the National Level 

  • PastorServe Book Series
  • Our second book in the series, Pastors Are People Too: What They Won’t Tell You But You Need To Know, will be released May 1, 2016.
    • We’re also excited to announce that David C. Cook recently approved the following books (working titles):
      • The Everyday Gospel
      • What I Wished I had learned in Seminary
      • Hire the Pastor, Get the Wife — We’re inviting some well-known pastors’ wives to write this book.
A Brief Local Story: The Marvelous and the Messy
Admittedly, I don’t work much with crisis situations. Most of my days are spent in a proactive coaching or mentoring relationship with pastors, and it extends from working with the solo pastor in a house church of 35 people to the executive pastor in a church of 6000. In light of this type of work, here are some of the questions I get to help pastors lean into:
  • Where do I need to grow so I can lead to the next level?
  • How did excitement and passion get replaced with so much conflict and stress?
  • I think I’ve lost sight of the mission. Would you help me regain perspective?
  • What does healthy conflict look like?
I love this type of work. It energizes me. It’s marvelous work! A week ago, however, I found myself stunned by what I heard and the questions that came from the person on the other end of the phone:
  • My husband drinks a lot, and I believe he’s addicted to sex and porn. How can you help him?
  • My husband is a gifted teacher and communicator, but I can’t stand to listen to him preach anymore because the person I see up front is not the person I see at home. Are my feelings wrong?
  • My husband and I have been sleeping in separate bedrooms for the last six months. Is there hope for us?
  • I’m afraid to tell others about our situation because I fear my husband will blame me. What advice can you give?
As you can tell, this was a pastor’s wife who was hurting deeply. This too is the work God has called us to at PastorServe. It’s messy. It’s time consuming. It reminds us of the brokenness in our world and even in the Church. However, there is hope, and this couple, and the church in which they’ve served, will experience this hope in immeasurable ways in the days ahead. If you think about it, pray for this couple. While you don’t know them by name, God knows them intimately.

A Great Question

  • “You seem to coach many pastors. Do you have a coach yourself?” I first invited a coach into my life about 5 years ago—a year before I joined the PastorServe team. I believe in the power of Gospel-centered coaching, and I’m excited to say I do have a coach in my life. His name is Frank Keller. I first met Frank while serving at Focus on the Family. Frank is the person in my life who challenges my thinking in my private life and my public ministry. He helps me to be more intentional in my planning and goal setting. He holds me accountable, and he has become one of my biggest fans.
With a full and grateful heart for what I get to do—and for you helping to make it possible,
Wade