I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
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.
Between Bethlehem Baptist Church Council of Elders
and John Piper
August 2014 – July 2015
I am pleased to announce that Jared Wass will be assuming the role of Pastoral Resident for Small Groups, Downtown. His official start date is July 27, 2014, but he will begin transitioning into the role now to get ready for the Fall.
Jared has served as a non-vocational Elder since July 2012 and has been working with Campus Outreach as Mobilization Director.
We're excited to have Jared on the team and to continue to develop our small group ministry Downtown. If you see Jared around, please welcome him!
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