After my recent trip to Costa Rica, several of the clergy and one layperson from Asbury Church went to Chicago for the inaugural meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Over 1,700 persons gathered as an expression of our concern for the future of the United Methodist Church. The gathering...
Not long ago, the leadership at Asbury Church made the decision to establish a Senior Leadership Team. The idea is that rather than one or two persons making key ministerial decisions, there would be a team of people using a collaborative and consensus building model for leadership. Functioning as leaders...
Recently I read a blog from Richard Beck, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He makes reference to C. S. Lewis’ book The Four Loves. In this book Lewis talks about the four Greek words for “love.” These loves are: Eros –...
Over the next two years, Asbury is focusing our resources to strategically achieve more. The ONE Initiative is a two-year spiritual and financial journey that will provide the resources to fulfill the next step in God’s vision for our church. The financial goal for this initiative is growing disciples who will invest $8 million above current giving to radically impact the following three areas of our church:
I'm excited to share with you more about Asbury's Core Values and how they reflect our every-day mission of making disciples who are grounded in prayer and sent on mission.
One way that Asbury is living out the vision God has given us is by bringing into focus the priorities that we live by. We have recently established a set of core values, which give focus to our identity and priorities as a Jesus, Prayer, Mission church.
The book of Nehemiah is a story of one man who led the effort to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, after the city was destroyed in 587 B.C. and many of her citizens were taken into exile. Nehemiah’s leadership is a sterling example of what can be accomplished when God’s gives a vision His people. It just so happened that his heart was broken for the things that break God’s heart.
Both staff and lay leaders believe that God has given us a word that will help us have a single-minded focus for 2016. That word is simply ONE.
As we have searched the heart of God and sought to relinquish need for control God has been pruning us. This is not a bad thing at all. God prunes those he loves, that they might bear more fruit (John 15:1-2). We have made a number of changes, both structurally and in ministry. I will be using this blog to inform you of these changes and to let you know of the fruit, which is being produced as we are seeking to live into the vision God has given us.
This vision of a future reality is impossible without God. To dare the impossible one has to see the invisible. With God, all things are possible. In order for this vision to become a reality we must learn anew what it means to take up our cross and live passionately and sacrificially for the sake of the One who died for each of us. This vision will become a reality through much planning, strategizing and organizing. But most of all this vision will be realized through the sacrificial acts of each of us.