Taking it to the streets!
From the rural dirt lane to the busy city street the Pittsburgh District is busy taking the message of the Gospel out into the streets. We do this because that is our mission, to make Christ-like disciples. We can't do that if we are huddled safely in our church buildings. In fact, Jesus said in His parable about the great banquet "Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full."
We are learning that in a culture saturated with choices regarding religion that we have to make the message relevant to where people are at today so that the Holy Spirit can bring them to where He wants them to be.
As we read the Gospel we learn that Jesus didn't hang out in the Synagogue all day and hope that people would come to him. He went out to where the people were, the city streets, the wedding banquets, the lake and even a cemetery. He went to those places because that is where the people were and that is where he could meet their needs.
The challenge for us as Christians it to be obedient to Jesus, to take up our cross daily and follow him out to where he is working, out in the streets. From our 38 cities, 428 boroughs and hundreds of towns and villages the message of the Gospel, the message of holiness needs to be told. Won't you join us in this journey? Are you a lay person living in one of those places without a Church of the Nazarene, won't you begin a Bible study in your home and invite your un-churched neighbor to be a part of it? Board member won't you prode your pastor to step out of their comfort zone and identify a ministry that they can begin and then join with them? Pastor won't you challenge your church to adopt the borough or town next to yours and identify a need there and begin meeting it so that you can establish a preaching point?
Join with us as we take the message to the streets.
As we began moving forward on this district, it became apparent that I was not going to be able to accomplish everything that this district needs. Therefore, the District Advisory Board has voted to allow me a part time assistant. We have selected Rev. Michael Beckley as my assistant. Mike's responsibilities will include, among other things, helping me with reviews, pastoral assignments, strategic planning and other activities as needed. Your district allocations will not be affected, nor will it have a negative effect on our ability to do ministry on the district. Please join me in welcoming Pastor Mike to the district leadership.