For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
From John Piper, Pastor Emeritus
The following excerpts were transcribed from the September 1, 2015, Staff Lunch, at which Pastor John honored Pastor Tom Steller on the 35th anniversary of his pastorate at Bethlehem. In light of this season of Global Focus, the excerpts included pertain to Pastor Tom’s contribution to encouraging Bethlehem to be a missions-loving church.
With Thankfulness to God: Gil & JoAnna McConnell Celebrate 10 Years of Fruitful North Campus Ministry
From Pastor Dan Holst
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.—2 Corinthians 9:12
Highlights from the July 26, 2015, Quarterly Strategy Meeting include …
Here is what God permitted me to do during 10 days of vacation with my wife, Vicki:
From Pastor Chuck Steddom ...
Dear Bethlehem Family,
Today, Monday, March 2, Todd Rasmuson and I are making a relatively quick trip to visit our Kachin family in Myitkyina, the capital city of the Kachin State in Myanmar. We will be returning on March 10. I have been asked to participate in the College/Seminary Commencement and to be a part of the dedication of the new Kachin Theological College Administration/Classroom building.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.—Ephesians 4:11–12
Dallas Willard paraphrases that text like this: Church leaders are to prepare the saints to do what the saints are supposed to do.
Highlights from the January 25, 2015, Quarterly Strategy Meeting include …
Aaron Davitch Announced As Candidate for Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship
In mid-July of this year, the South Campus Elders unanimously approved moving forward to call Aaron Davitch as Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship. In August, the Organizational Elders interviewed him and they also approved moving forward to call him to this pastoral role.
The elders have approved a request I gave them earlier this year for a sabbatical, a gift to pastors at Bethlehem who have served five years or longer. They were very kind in granting my request, as well as providing some helpful guidance for my time away. The sabbatical is scheduled for October 6, 2014—January 6, 2015.
Highlights from the July 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report; a Treasurer’s Report; a vote to call Mike Tong as Minister for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown; a South Site Building Committee Update and vote to approve an $85K Treasuring Christ Together (TCT) Campus fund expenditure; the Presentation of a Pastor Emeritus Covenant between the Bethlehem elders and John Piper; and two failed motions under New Business.