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Giving Thanks

As we close out 2018, it’s a good time to think back at all that’s happened in our ministries and give thanks for all of God’s provision.

As we close out 2018, it’s a good time to think back at all that’s happened in our ministries and give thanks for all of God’s provision, and for the blessing of being able to serve in our local churches to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A couple decades of serving in tech in the church has brought me to the point of having me feel most connected with God in worship when I’m behind the audio console. It’s a blessing to be able to serve in that way, and I thank God for the opportunities where I get to do so.

And I’m also so grateful for those I get to serve with. Not only on the tech team, but those on stage as part of the pastoral staff and worship team. I’m writing this from behind the audio console this morning, and we’ve prayed over all the people in our campus’ congregation who at the start of January will leave to plant another campus in Garner. (I’ve heard the message three times already).

We’ll be losing from our campus one of our excellent female vocalists to the new campus, and it makes me realize that I don’t always take the opportunity to express appreciation to those I serve with. I’ll miss her voice, and her heart for sharing her talents on our worship team.

So, as we move into a new year of ministry, take some time to reach out to those you serve with and thank them for being a part of the team. Write some notes of thanks and encouragement. Let them know you care.

Tell them what you appreciate about them. And then, work to make these expressions of encouragement and thankfulness more than a once-a-year occurrence. It’s a good way to put into practice Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

I pray that God will bless your ministry, your spiritual life, and your relationships more than ever in this new year of bringing the gospel to the unchurched and encouragement and growth to your church family.

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