August 9, 2016
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FRIDAY * August 12th * 8/9/10/11am
How and why should the pastor of a local congregation
care for the city?


Michael Douglass, Director/CEO of Advancing Vibrant Communities in Modesto, CA
has recently completed a major academic study on the topic of An Evaluation of the American Pastor's Role to Intentionally Pastor the City,
to Better Influence the Culture and Effectively Present the Gospel.
Join us as we talk through some principles that date back to Bakke and Perkins as well as ideas part of the "radical right now."

Call information:
Dial 712-432-0075 and use code 4067732#
11:00am Eastern / 10-Central / 9-Mountain / 8-Pacific

An additional assignment

About a month ago I received a phone call.  A friend had been walking with a pastor in our area (also a friend) who had developed a “retirement plan.”  After 24 years of pastoring this congregation, he was going to step down “sometime in 2017.”  He gave the congregation plenty of time to process and get things moving toward their next Lead Pastor.

But then, things changed.  The pastor discovered he had some additional health issues happening and he and his wife made the decision to step down right away.

My friend asked if I would consider being the part-time interim pastor for a few (probably 3-6) months.  I have preached several times at this congregation so we know each other a bit.  Since I have more flexibility in my schedule during the months of July – September I would still be able to maintain my responsibilities with IRM and also CCPC, but also preach there, do some leadership development, and care for the sheep.

Within the next couple of days, I had spoken with all of the key players including my wife, their elders, the IRM board, and a couple of trusted friends.  As we prayed, it seemed all indications were that this was God’s assignment for me.  So, the following Sunday, July 17th, the announcements were made at this congregation that their pastor was wrapping it up and that I would be serving them for a few months.

So, I would appreciate your prayers as I walk with these saints as “Pastor Dennis” again.

Prayer Requests

Thanks again for your prayers.  Here are 4 things I would ask you to pray about at this point:

  • Please pray for the call this Friday – that the kingdom would be expanded because of it. 
  • Please pray for Marilyn and me as we take a weekend trip away for our 45th anniversary!
  • Please pray for me and the people of Hockinson Community Church as I serve them as their part-time interim pastor over the next few months.
  • Please pray as plans for fall Prayer Summits develop.

For Him,

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