Ten years ago when I became the Pastor of Northwood, I knew that God had brought Joy and I to a special place and was making us a part of a very special family. I knew that God had big plans for this congregation and I trusted that God would use us together to make a difference for Him in this community.
In the past ten years we have seen God do some very amazing things! We have all watched together as He has grown and shaped this church into a body of believers that have an amazing potential to really make a difference in this world and for eternity.
There were a lot of things that I did not know. I did not know that I would be the father of two amazing daughters. I did not know that we would be hit as a country with circumstances that have left so many in a very tough place financially. I did not know that our culture would become so calloused and hard hearted towards the things of the Spirit.
I know today that who we are and what we do as a church is more important than it has ever been and I know that we have our work cut out for us if we are going to seize the opportunity to fulfill the calling that God has place in front of us.
It is my hope that in the following paragraphs you will get a glimpse of
my heart and the vision that God has put in it for the future of Northwood!
We need to take the next 4.5 years to work on two major goals!
Goal #1 – Grow The Body!
Goal #2 – Delete The Debt!
If each one of us will commit ourselves to these two goals and doing what it takes by working hard and giving of ourselves, I believe that we will see God do even greater things on our behalf for His glory! We will grow the body by focusing on six value areas. These values must drive everything that we do and guide every decision that we make.
We will delete the debt by each one of us stepping up and finding ways to give above and beyond. With the debt deleted, we have a whole new freedom in front of us! It is amazing what God can do through us together!