WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A SECOND PASTOR
It has been a long time since we have had a full time Second Pastor—a year and a half to be exact. Now Pastor Cris has arrived, and I am already sensing the big difference he is going to make.
Cris will be addressing many areas of ministry that have been neglected since Pastor Ryan’s departure. The staff have labored so successfully to fill in the ministry gaps that many people have not really noticed the void. But the gaps have been there, and the addition of Pastor Cris will be hugely positive.
Here are a few of the things he will be working on:
Young Adults: Cris and Christy are passionate about young adult ministry. The vital young adult segment of our church has had little pastoral attention directed their way in a long time. Pastor Cris will be investing in them. I believe we will see our young adults having a much richer experience at Bethel as they get better connected to one another and increasingly use their talents to help build the church.
Small Groups: Before we are anything else, our church is a community of people called to love one another in Jesus’ name; yet, only a few staff hours per week have been focused on our small group ministry. Pastor Cris has a great plan for getting to know and support small group leaders as he figures out how to deepen and expand this ministry.
Social Media: Cris has been assessing our social media presence, and hopes to pull together a team of talented people to make our communications topnotch. Our website is often the first point of contact guests have with our church. There are many social media platforms that can be used to improve our communication within and beyond the church. Cris’s goal is to make our social media presence the best it can possibly be.
Cris and Christy have been mired in the many mundane details related to moving (like getting SIN numbers and telephone plans) and there is a learning curve that comes with every new job. It will take time for Cris to settle in, but I know that good things just around the corner.—Pastor Tom
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