A NEW ADVENTURE: Pt.2 – WHAT WILL OUR JOINING POIMEN MEAN?

poimen logoWHAT WILL OUR JOINING POIMEN MINISTRIES MEAN?
Thanks to the encouragement and support of Pastor Terry and Calvary Chapel Salt Lake City, I will continue to be based in Salt Lake as a ‘Pastor Emeritus’ (a pastor sent out for ministry to the general body of Christ). Although my normal ministry responsibilities are being transitioned to others, we will continue to be part of the fellowship and serve whenever our schedule allows.

As for support, we will be primarily dependent on the support of like-minded believers who have a heart for helping pastors and churches and would like to do it through us. In order to make this work, we’ve adjusted our cost-of-living significantly (see ‘Radical Downsize’). Travel and housing costs will be a major ministry expense. Many churches need help but can’t afford to pay. We want to be able to offer that help – with your help.  (Please see ‘A NEW ADVENTURE – Pt.3’ for information on how you can support us)

EXPANDING NOT LEAVING
When we left Calvary Chapel Sacramento after 26 years, I remember feeling like we were losing our family and exchanging it for a new one. Instead, we discovered that we didn’t lose our Sacramento friends and family, we gained an expanded circle. And so, we take this step with the confidence that we won’t lose our Salt Lake family, but will expand the circle in hopes that the Lord will use us, in spite of ourselves, to bless more of His flock.

A NOTE FROM LAURA – Off we go!

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The other day, our youngest son Tim opened the car door for me. It’s strange how his humble gesture supplied an inexpressible comfort.  He saw a need, responded without fanfare, and off we went.  For John and I, this sums up the goal in our new venture:  to come alongside, identify a need, and open a door of encouragement and relief to a church leader or a group of believers; and then, to move on.

   Your prayers and financial support open the door for us, enabling us to open the door for others. Here are three things to pray.  Please feel free to add to this list.

Discernment • Strength • Provision

P.S.  Some of you have asked what I’ll be doing.  Well, I’m the official keeper of the stuff, John’s personal fashionista (you can’t wear that in public, John), and I have serious nunchuck skills in hospitality and…well, who doesn’t like a salted caramel cupcake once in a while?  Oh- and I like to write about everything.  It’s kind of like non-stop talking only-better-because-if-you-get-tired-of-me-you-can-jus-t“click”-and-I-disappear-and-I-won’t-even-know-you-did-it.

I will also continue as a rep for Voice of the Martyrs.    Thank you for your immeasurable encouragement.

“Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together!”

Psalm 34:3  (John’s and my life verse.)

WHAT’S AHEAD?
The nature of this ministry means we often don’t know our next ‘assignment’ until it’s in front of us. Please pray for the Lord to clearly direct us.

JUNE

• Calvary Chapel Bishop, CA: Their long-time pastor, Daniel Mcclenaghan, went home to Jesus the week before Easter. We’ll be with them for a weekend doing a Mini-Conference, sharing with the Worship Team and speaking Sunday morning.
• Calvary Chapel Seine Bight, Belize: Spending time with Jim & Anna Mensie, missionary pastors to Seine Bight, an impoverished, voodoo-infested community in Belize. Laura will be speaking at a regional Women’s Retreat. John will do a mini-conference with the men at the church, as well as speak at various services. We’ll also be doing an informal Sunday Night Concert.

JULY

• Calvary Chapel Bishop, CA: Sunday Service

• Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors’ Conference, CA: We’ll be attending the Conference, meeting some of the Poimen team, reconnecting with old friends (and making new ones) as we hang out at the Poimen Ministries table.

• Calvary Chapel Bishop, CA: Sunday Service

NEXT? You will be praying for us – right?

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About pastorjbc

I am extremely happily married to Laura - my best friend, lover and ministry partner of over 42 years (504 months). She is an awesome lady and the mother of our 8 children - Micah, Josh, Johnny, Chris, Grace, Joe, Anna and Tim. We (really Laura) home schooled our kids for 20 years. Currently we have 10 grandkids. The Lord has blessed our tribe with an abundance of creativity which our kids express in music, writing, graphics, media and other ways. After Pastoring Calvary Chapel of Sacramento, CA for 26 years, I joined the Pastoral Staff of Calvary Chapel Salt Lake City in 2006 and now I'm with Poimen Ministries (www.poimenministries.com).

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