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!]
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
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.