...“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
At the May 18 Sunday night Special Congregational Meeting, which 15 members called for at the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting, the congregation affirmed the following motion by a vote of 471 to 113 (81%). Pastor Jason moved that the congregation affirm the following statement:
Highlights from the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report, a Treasurer’s Report, approval of the proposed Elder-Recommended Pastoral Staffing Changes, a TCT Church Planting Update, and a Special Meeting Called.
103 names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,279 members at the end of the meeting.
Tomorrow morning about 75 pastors from 50 churches in the Twin Cities will gather at Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus to focus on prayer. Pray for them.
William Cowper said poetically,
“Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.”
As Pastor Jason mentioned in his March 8/9 sermon ("Adult Discipleship"), the elders are asking the congregation to vote on several pastoral redeployments at the April 27 All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting in order to "put our pastors where our priorities are."
Here is an excerpt from that sermon:
- I cannot see any progress in my work.
- I cannot do what I’m truly gifted to do.
- Some difficult members are causing me pain.
- I don’t get affirmation for what I do.
- I don’t get enough rest and relaxation.
—According to Kevin Miller, quoted by Joel R. Beeke and Terry D. Slachter in Encouragement for Today’s Pastors: Help From the Puritans
On Feb 1/2, Pastor Jason began a 10-week sermon series, "Aflame for the Name: Bethlehem DNA." He explained that based on a bedrock of 10 biblical essentials—things that must be true for a church to be a biblical church—the elders have identified 14 priorities that help to define Bethlehem more clearly as we look ahead to future ministry. (Watch for worship folder inserts listing these essentials and priorities this weekend, Feb 8/9.)
Download the PDF above to view Bethlehem Baptist Church's Annual Report 2013, which contains reports from pastors and leaders who held positions in the following areas in 2013.
Highlights from the January 26 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report; a Treasurer’s Report & Update from 2013; Campus Reports; and approval of the proposed 2014 Church & Missions Budget.
Eleven names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,319 members at the end of the meeting.
Bethlehem’s pastors depart on Sunday afternoon for their annual Pastors Pray ‘n’ Plan retreat at Shalom House, a north woods property owned by our “denomination,” the Minnesota-Iowa District of Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference.
If you are a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and would like to participate in interviewing new candidates for membership (even one, single interview, just for the experience) by joining me (Pastor Sam) in an interview, send your name and contact information to Ruth Gulbranson at the church office.