This past week I was in Auckland at my first National Leadership Team meeting for Elim NZ. It was great to get together with the new leadership team of our movement to work through how we as a movement are doing and how we can best support our local church pastors. Being able to sit in a room and listen to each leader speak on what God was doing around our nation through our Elim churches was really exciting. I think we as Elim have a long proud history. So much has happened in and through our movement over the years. I’m pleased to say we have plans to keep Elim moving forward in our nation. The vision is big and exciting and I know it will cause us to rely on God more than ever before!
This coming Saturday we get to thank all our volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation BBQ. Did you know that currently nearly 1 in 3 adults serve in some meaningful way in our church? I think that’s fantastic! A third of our members are involved in making this church what it is. I am just so thankful to each and everyone that does serve in this church. We can only do what we do because of the commitment of our people. So on behalf of everyone here I want to thank you all for the amazing work you do. You are truly a blessing!
Finally, last week I was able to attend a church leaders meeting with guest speaker Steve Graham from Equippers Church in Auckland. Steve said something that was very thought provoking for me. He talked on scalability and challenged us to think about what we’re doing in terms of its ability to grow. In our current structures and processes, do we have room for things to grow without it causing dramatic change in our systems? Are we equipped to grow without having to change what we do to cater for the increase? It’s a great question for us all. Can you see in what you’re doing room for increase and growth? There are so many pictures that Jesus uses to illustrate the importance of growth. He doesn’t just want you to settle for whatever you can get but he wants you to see increase. Let me leave you with this question Steve gave to all the leaders in attendance: “Does what I’m doing have the ability to scale upward to reach out to my city and nation?”
Have a great week. See you this Sunday and bring a friend!
The New Elim NZ National Leadership Team (from L to R):
Luke Brough (National Leader - Auckland), Chris Bethwaite (National Administrator - Auckland), Ric Knott (Wellington), Trevor MacDowell (Tauranga), Tom Hatch (Deputy Leader - Blenheim), Boyd Ratnaraja (Auckland), and Nu Telea (Christchurch).