Today is a day of transition. We bid Godspeed and best wishes to Rev. J. Bret and Terri Metcalfe as they leave his position as District Superintedent and return to the full-time pastoral ministry in Oklahoma. We wish them God's blessing on them in this new phase of service to our Lord. They will be greatly missed.
Dr David Graves our jurisdictional General Superintendent has appointed Dr Ken Mills to serve as our Interim District Superintdent during this period of transition. We welcome Dr Mills and his wife Patti to our great district. Please be in prayer for Dr Mills and the District Advisory Board as they work through this transition time.
Welcome Dr Mills and Patti!
Ephesians 4:11-13 (ESV)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
One of the greatest revelations that pastors can accept is that they cannot do it all. Therefore, they need active believers to assist them in proclaiming the message of Christ. With that in mind, pastors need to honor those who gather weekly with them by empowering or discipling them to do the work Jesus called each to do, "Make disciples" (Matthew 28:18-20). In order for believers to be active in following the command of Jesus, they must be empowered. It is imperative that each believer learns their gifting and how to use their gifts for the kingdom.
Advancing the Kingdom
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
The goal of all believers should be to advance the kingdom. While each person is saved individually, their Christian walk must be lived out in community. By pastors and believers working together in unity and by believers growing in their faith and maturing to the point of living out what Jesus commanded, the kingdom will advance. This takes complete cooperation and unity. Christians are not on earth to build themselves up, we are here to worship and glorify God. By being witnesses, we will be able to see the kingdom advance.
Psalm 133:1 ESV
133 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
While we want to see the churches of the Nazarene on the Pittsburgh District become unified, we know it cannot stop there. We must be willing to work together as Christians in our communities for the sake of the kingdom. The Great Judge will not judge pastors on their attendance reported, however, they will be judged on their actions and what they did for the kingdom.