The Importance of Rest & Renewal
Dear Heartland Church Family,
I love you! I love our church. I love our city! This is our home and we intend to serve the Lord in ministry right here for the rest of our lives. What God has done in and through all of us at Heartland Church together these past 14 years has been awesome. We’ve seen the greatest attendance growth in our history this last year. We are celebrating the thousands of people baptized, nine churches planted, unprecedented generosity to the lost, the least and the left out. We’re celebrating our wonderful diversity. We are in awe of the incredible presence of God in our services. We are inspired by the spiritual and relational vitality of our congregation. This church knows how to love people well! You are generous. You are wonderful!
We have so much to be grateful for! Spiritually, we are in one of the greatest seasons of our lives. But physically and emotionally, we're as tired as we’ve ever been in a long time. The pace of ministry has been very demanding and ultimately unsustainable over the long haul. My pastor, our leadership team, and my close friends have all been encouraging us to take some extended time off to rest, renew and recover. In their recommendation, our leaders have set a sabbatical policy in place, not just for me, but for all of our pastoral team because they serve 24/7, all the time. The ministry never stops.
We are are taking that break in June and through the first part of July. I’m really looking forward to it. We have many milestones to celebrate, including our 25th wedding anniversary.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working with our team to plan the services that I’ll be away. I’ve invited some of the best pastors and spiritual leaders to share their life message in a new series called, THE ONE THING. You will LOVE each of these guests and be inspired and encouraged.
The ONE thing I’d ask of you. Would you pray for me, Loree and for our family? Here’s how to pray for us specifically.
- Pray for our REST.
- Pray for emotional and physical RECOVERY.
- Pray for our RENEWAL of our relationships.
- Pray for the RESETTING of our priorities.
- Pray for fresh REVELATION of God’s vision for our church.
You've heard me teach it and I believe it: Priority determines capacity. We want to rest and recover to be ready to serve you with greater effectiveness in the years ahead. Thank you for praying for us often. Even as regularly as the set time you gather for a meal, if you’d mention us in prayer, I would really, really appreciate it.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in July! I love you so much,
On the journey with you,