Recently I’ve been reading and listening to Jack Hayford’s book “Rebuilding the Real You”. Jack makes the case that Nehemiah’s leading of the rebuilding project in Jerusalem mirrors the Holy Spirit’s work in our own lives. As I’ve been thinking about the entire rebuilding project, the subject that keeps coming to my mind is foundations. You can’t rebuild a building or a life without a strong foundation. The classic scripture I think of is in Matthew:
Matt 7:24-25 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
All of this leads me to where we are at Gateway. What are our foundations? As we go forward, what do we build on? What do we do good and what are we not so good at? Over the years I’ve wanted to “whiteboard” our congregation many times. By “whiteboard” I mean getting people in a room and talk through a positional-directional analysis. In other words, where are we now and where are we headed. Without this type of analysis I’m not sure we have a good picture of exactly where we are. We have a good mission, “Helping people experience God”. Are we structured as a church to maximize our mission statement? Do we as individuals understand our gifts and our callings? If we had a Sunday where we had 10 new families come to our service, would we have the processes and procedures in place that would help them feel comfortable?
These are questions I have been thinking about. I know our congregation has a strong love for God and makes people feel welcome when they come to Gateway. I know there is no better place to be if you are hurting than within the friendly confines of Gateway church. Being friendly and helping people in need is one of the strengths of Gateway. What I am concerned about is do we have the structure for dealing with growth?
We have the next three months with Rudy Baker as our pastor. Rudy is gifted in the areas of organization and administration. I believe the Lord has sent Rudy to Gateway in this time of need. I believe it would be wise for us to take advantage of his skill set and focus on building a foundation we can grow on. I don’t know what that will look like, but over the next several months we have an opportunity to find out. Lets pray, study and work to show ourselves willing to do what we need to do to be what the Lord wants us to be.
Lord: Help us establish a strong foundation to grow upon so we can help people experience God.