I praise our great GOD for a glorious celebration of the resurrection of JESUS this past Sunday at Circle! We began at 6:15 am with a "sunrise" service" at our property at the corner of Marksheffel and Bradley Roads. With a temperature of 47 degrees and clear skies, we literally enjoyed watching the sun rise as we met, reminding us of that day when Mary and Mary M. went to the tomb at dawn, and discovered it was empty!
One of the many reasons I love our church family at Circle Drive is their generosity! I realized this truth again recently when I read the April/May 2017 Rocky Mountain Baptist, the news journal of the Colorado Baptist Convention. On page 10, I discovered that our church ranked 4th out of 325 churches in the state in Cooperative Program giving in 2016. Our church contributed $67,998.00.
On behalf of our church family, I want to extend my love, sympathy, and prayer support to the family of Carlee Cope, who "went home to be with the LORD" this morning at 7:15 am, with her daughter, Joanie Robertson, at her side, singing "As the Deer." She was hospitalized recently, and then was transferred to Hospice Care at Penrose Main Hospital.
I had a great time this past Wednesday night leading a group of leaders to devote 2 hours to discussing and reviewing Dr. John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It was wonderful to be in a room with people who have a passion to grow as leaders in their marriages, in their families, in their secular workplace, and in the church. The writer of Proverbs reminds us that "iron sharpens iron." Last night's discussion was challenging, informative, high-energy, and spiritually beneficial. We have selected Simon Sinek’s best-selling book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, as our next book to discuss and review. We will meet Wednesday night, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm. If you are passionate about leadership, and you desire to allow GOD to sharpen your leadership skills, and see your leadership skills "go to the next level," then I would would like to encourage you to join our small group!! Please email me at email@example.com or 719-596-4461. We would love to welcome more leaders to our group!!
I have enjoyed the privilege of serving the past 2 years as the President of the Colorado Baptist Convention. My second year term concludes at our annual meeting in October. This position has given me the opportunity to travel across our state to meet with pastors, tour church facilities, and pray with/for them and the churches they serve!
On behalf of our church family at Circle Drive, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Mary Johnson and her children, Joy and Jack (and their families), in the passing of Dr. Jack Johnson. You may click this link to read Baptist Press' tribute to Dr. Johnson: http://www.bpnews.net/48452/jack-b-johnson-last-rtvc-president-dies-at-82
I have really enjoyed the "Conversations on Leadership" small group! Each quarter members of the group read a book on leadership, come together, and spend two hours discussing the book. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." It is my prayer that GOD uses this time to help us to grow to become more effective spiritual leaders, both in the church and in the workplace.
I would appreciate the prayer support of my church family this coming Monday and Tuesday as I lead the meeting of the Colorado Baptist Convention Executive Board. A most important item on the agenda is my announcement of the 7 member Executive Director Search Team on Monday afternoon. Currently, Dr. Mark Edlund serves in that capacity. He has announced his retirement effective July of this year. As president of the state convention, I am tasked with appointing a search team. After months of prayerful consideration, I now am prepared to announce at our Monday meeting the 7 members. Please be in prayer for them as they conduct a nation-wide search for the next Colorado Baptist Executive Director.