To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Visions for 2015 : Roger Goins

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by Roger Goins, Director of Ministries

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2014 was an amazing year.

In 2014, our average attendance is up 146 from 2013 (714-860); we are bursting at the seams Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. We have received 116 new members; 34 by profession of faith. We have increa sed our number of small groups by 6. Our giving to the operating budget is up $150k and we have paid $370k in principal on our note. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

This was also a busy year.

We had multiple MAJOR events starting with Christmas Eve 2013 and continuing with the Holocaust memorial, Korczcak’s Children , and Passover; Spring Break trips; Fall K/O and Education Appreciation; Tabernacles Celebration; Community Thanksgiving; Christmas 2014....... Our congregation has taken over the chaplaincy at two hospitals. Our benevolence ministries have exploded—we have spent over $43k on the food pantry alone.

And we have extended ourselves even more into the community with events like the STAR luncheons, Education Foundation luncheons, Hmong workshops, VBPD dinners, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H and Extension Service, and more. And in the middle of this, we managed to remove asbestos and replace all our floors!

I believe that 2015 will also be a great year.

Our God is alive and well and He loves this River Valley. With His direction, we will impact the community individually—with each of us better equipped to reach our friends, coworkers, and neighbors—and corporately with events like The Covenant .

We will improve our outreach ministries; Jesus came to preach the gospel, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed—we will do the same!

We will also improve and increase our media and social media presence; No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the hous e. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father (MT 5:15-16).

I pray that you will join us! It is going to be a GREAT year! 

Roger Goins, Director of Ministries



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