Our Best Days are Ahead
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March 1, 2019
This Alabama AG Fellowship is over one hundred years old and it is alive and well. According to the American Family Association Journal, our national fellowship has grown over 460% since 1960 while mainline denominations have decreased from 25-80% over the same period. The heartbeat of this fellowship is missions, missions in the local church community and to the ends of the earth. The stronger the church is at home, the stronger its impact will be around the world.
We still embrace the first-century mandate in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” We pair this mandate with the words of Jesus in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
We must remember Jerusalem (our home) as we fulfill the Great Commission. I believe in world missions to my core, but I also understand that a church can’t please the Lord if it flies over its mission field to get to the mission field. Along with reaching the unreached peoples in foreign lands, we must reach our Jerusalem. In order to build a strong world missions’ emphasis, we have to be determined to build strong local churches in Alabama. Weak and sickly mothers rarely give birth to new babies.
We must plant new churches across Alabama, and if we are to do that effectively, we must develop strong and healthy local churches that can birth these new works. The best way to establish strong AG churches in Alabama is to create strong, healthy leaders in our churches. The Lord has pressed upon my spirit that we are to create an environment for healthy leaders and healthy churches in Alabama. We are equipping leaders in our district to lead a process for developing an Alabama Healthy Church Network. We are also investing in Young Leaders creating a network of amazing young visionaries who are hungry to lead the charge reaching the communities of Alabama with the Good News. Another initiative that I’m excited about is our First Time Pastor’s Cohort bringing pastors who are pastoring for the first time together to sit at the table with seasoned pastors and pour into their lives the “nuts and bolts” of ministry. They can also get coaching from pastoral veterans. We also plan to create Pastor Care Network to accomplish the first “E” of our “3 Es” in our Mission statement which is to Encourage all of our ministers.
I love this fellowship! At our age of over 100, we are celebrating all that the Lord has done for us. It’s like the song, “Look what the Lord has done….” We embrace all that the untold thousands have accomplished in Alabama these 105 years and focus on all the Lord is going to do for us in the days, weeks, months and years ahead (unless the trumpet sounds). We salute the soldiers of the cross over the past decades and posture ourselves to recruit, train, equip and send the soldiers of today and tomorrow. We are praying and forging ahead in several other areas that we will be sharing soon. This Alabama AG family is a great family and we’re glad you are a part of it. Our best days are ahead of us!