Did you know that each year your church Council and key ministry leaders go on a leadership retreat to discuss and plan for the year ahead? This year’s retreat will take place this Friday and Saturday (January 17-18) at the Providence Renewal Center. The Managing Elders will be there along with the Shepherding Elders, the Deacons, the staff, and several other volunteer leaders to make up a group of well over 30 people.
There are three goals for this year’s retreat:
· Build strong relationships among leaders
· Assess the health of our church’s ministries
· Discern our progress in pursuing God’s Dream for Bethel and plot the course for the future.
Prayer will play an important part in this year’s retreat because no godly vision can be accomplished without prayer. We are so committed to prayer, as a matter of fact, that a prayer partner has been identified for every person who will be coming to the event. These prayer partners have been praying for a designated person for a few weeks now and will continue to do so throughout duration of the retreat.
Would you keep this special event in your prayers? I believe that God has great plans for Bethel Church but we need to follow the example of the early church. After Jesus had told His followers that they would take His Gospel to the ends of the earth, they returned to Jerusalem and began to pray fervently, unitedly, and continually to see it accomplished (Acts 1:8-14).
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