About Us (part IV)
This past weekend was a significant moment for your elders. In a retreat setting, we were able to pray and focus our thoughts for lengthy discussions with the Lord and one another on the matters confronting our congregation right now. Many have approached us recently to verify that we are aware the concerns that they are sensing in various aspects of our church. We have been seeking God as to what he might be doing in our midst as both new people continue to visit and place membership, but while simultaneously moving our friends away for various reasons, which does grieve us. This weekend offered us many hours to devote to talking through several of those concerns and developing plans of action in order to address areas we feel that can be shored up.
Since there was more than we could cover in a single weekend, we chose to narrow our discussions to a few core issues. Here are some of our major conclusions:
- As a core event of Southside life, we want our Sunday morning worship service to be carried out in an excellent manner. We spent time examining how we could all worship God more effectively, and made a commitment to punctually begin and end at our published worship times. While we don't want to overly regiment a wholehearted worship of God, we want to be respectful of our members' other Sunday commitments. We want to work in concert with the church staff to help make this a reality.
- Improved pastoral care was part of the original motivation for Southside to transition to an elder-led congregation. The elders feel a renewed commitment to provide the much needed care and shepherding that is both required and necessary of church leadership. We want to prevent any of our members from wandering away for lack of individual attention from the elders. One change in our ministry will be an additional meeting each month for the specific purpose of reviewing and planning pastoral ministry to each one.
- In order to improve coordination among the different groups, teams, ministries and across the congregation, we are placing an emphasis on even better communication to provide awareness and effectiveness in all that we do. As part of the effort to better harmonize our efforts, the elders will be meeting weekly for three months for early morning prayer with the church staff who also share a commitment for praying for the family we all belong to.
- As a congregation whose vision is to excel in reconciliation, we want to ensure that any hurts or conflicts that are brought to light within our number are lovingly and speedily addressed.
Would you please join us by daily taking our Southside family to the Father for his blessing and guidance. Please feel free at anytime to reach out to us. Our group email is firstname.lastname@example.org or look us up individually in our online church directory: https://mobiledirectory.lifetouch.com/816577/southside-baptist-church. Use code SBC17 if you have not used this great tool for staying in touch with one another.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" - Heb. 10:23-25a