Your leaders just finished a day-long gathering that started this past Friday evening and finished Saturday afternoon. The gathering included elders, deacons, staff, and a number of ministry leaders from the congregation. Why did they get together? Because they care about you and what God is doing at Bethel Church. Each year these leaders give a day to pray and plan and learn and to get to know one another better so they can lead better.
This year’s retreat focused on the amazing things that God can do when a church allows Him to be boss. Sometimes we get the cart before the horse and try to do God’s work for Him; however, the Biblical pattern is to find out where God is working and join Him! When we are the servants, and not the masters, God will do amazing and startling things. He has already done some pretty amazing things at Bethel, and I am sure He has much, much more in store!
At the retreat the leaders did some fun things together. They also spent time in personal meditation, in small group discussions, and in prayer for one another. It was enjoyable and productive.
Before I went on the retreat someone said, “I was praying and asking God what His will for Bethel Church is. A word instantly came to my mind. It was the word ‘unity.’” Coming away from this retreat, I think that word describes perfectly what happened on this retreat. There was a gentleness about it - a sense of being one with each other and one in God’s work.
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