Celebration of Ministry - Pastors Report - Wellington First Assembly

Wellington First Assembly

326 W Botkin Lane, Wellington Kansas ........Family Faith Lessons - 9:30 AM........ Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Celebration of Ministry - Pastors Report

January 21, 2018
Dear fellow followers of Jesus—

Wow!  It’s been a great year!  First, thank you for your faithfulness.  It is only with your enthusiasm and generosity that we are able to continue to serve Wellington and the world.  As always, I rejoice in your faithfulness, generosity, enthusiasm, and support.  It’s only been 18 months since our church bank account was down to $78.  Thankfully with God’s blessing and the 2016 sale of Stan Masters gifted property, we have been able to set forward on the revitalization plan that God has given us!  In my summer 2017 vision statement we focused on this verse – ARISE, for the LORD has given! (Judges 7:15).  We have learned to push forward in faith on solid foundations.  We have tried new things, stretched out, and have impacted hundreds of people who have walked onto our campus this past year. But best of all, we have moved out into the community, serving others, and using our gifts in new ways.

Some may look at our fiscal balance sheet and be overly concerned.  The initial impulse is to hold on tighter.  But blessings only flow when Pentecostal ministry of victorious worship and empowered service is enabled.  All we have to do to slowly die…is to keep breathing.  I am not content with that as a vision for the church.  So yes, we may change our mannerisms, but we will never change our mandate to preach the Biblical truth of God’s word.

During the summer, I announced to the board that every dollar we spend must be viewed as a long-term investment that will pay future dividends.  To that end, we have chosen to invest in other bi-vocational ministry partners to increase the amount of ministry capacity in Wellington.  I am grateful for Pastor Matthew and Melissa Maestas and their family for hearing this call for a short term.  I look forward to the possibility and potential of Pastor Caleb & Samantha Foster relocating this summer to Wellington.  Our five-year ministry vision looks to expand our children, youth, and young adult ministries while increasing our ability to serve the older citizens of our county, while never compromising on our foreign and local mission partners.  Thank you for supporting this vision every week!

As I review the past year, I see the faithfulness of our workers in leading Bible studies and outreach.  Thanks again to Linda Wilson and Rodney Metz for leading Sunday Schools Melissa Maestas has jumped right into nursery ministry.  Amy & Jerod Gagich have brought a fresh air of younger enthusiasm to youth ministry.  Marissa Miller and Andi Dry have done amazing things in the media and sound ministry.  I am grateful for the faithfulness of the singers in worship every week – Gail Piper. Linda Wilson, and Rodney Metz.  I look forward to where worship and creative arts will expand even more!   Nobie Cooper was a wonderful helper around the office.  Jeanette Rebold has answered the call for our community hospitality and First Wednesday events.  Dakota Dry, Ezekiel Rebold, and others have helped as ushers.  The youth and entire church body have spent time decorating for Christmas and refurbishing the old building.  Thank you, Jerod Gagich for installing new light panels and Troy Rebold for patiently cutting in paint corners!

I have loved seeing the support this church has given Searchlight: Sumner County Homeless Coalition, our involvement with Salvation Army bell ringing, and our backing for BirthLine Wellington.  Our newest endeavor this past year has been adopting Kennedy Elementary School.  Thank you for giving clothing items every time they contact us with a need. We have also developed a partnership with the Sumner County Special Education Interlocal 619 to use our facility for in-service meetings.  This church has a servant heart and will continue to reach others through Christ by meeting unmet needs.

You love missions too!  Of the nearly $41,000 given in tithe and offerings, $6,300 headed towards missions!  Another $3,000 was directly given to AG missionaries! We welcomed missionaries, Alex Graves (church planting), Steve Preston (Car Show Chaplain), Don Starnes (Freedom Challenge), Ken Carothers (Gideons), Crystal Alexander (Project Rescue - Europe), Rick Unruh (Dream Again), Rick Cunningham (Romania), David Case (Omega Project-McPherson), Bryan Parker (Main Place Youth – Teen Challenge)  Other guests who brought timely words included evangelist Jonathon Wright, Michael Adkins, Jace Thompson, Paul Miller, and of course, our new associate Matthew Maestas.

This year, we launched our Summer Family Friendly Move Break, a four-week series of air-conditioned family movies.  During this time, we saw over 30 kids from the local area come in.  We hope to expand this next summer and add in a VBS element.

We celebrated in our community with our Wheat Festival parade float which took 3rd place!  Most importantly, we went back around the parade route and demonstrated our commitment to the city by picking up trash afterward!

We also held a 12-week Wednesday evening Bible Study during the summer, with two series: Overcome and Distinct.  This past fall, we revamped our midweek series to include First Wednesdays, Second Tuesdays and now plan to add the Courageous men’s group.  As we increase capacity, we plan to move towards weekly offerings again this fall.

At the beginning of September, we welcomed our neighborhood to our church during the Picnic in the Parking Lot.  Thanks to all of those who helped deliver flyers door to door, inviting people to church.

We are excited that Across the Way Youth launched this past fall on Second “Twosdays”.  Eleven students attended AGK Youth Convention in November.  Our guest speakers have included pastors Emily Oakley (Rebirth Ministries), Bryce Bishop (Believers Tabernacle), and Travis Dumond (Onward Church)

Our corporate worship and teaching times and featured eight (8) major sermon themes:  New Year | Ancient Promises, Dollars & Sense, Boot Camp for the Soul (Lent), No Longer Strangers (Ephesians), Overcome, Living a Life of Grace, Enemies of Gratitude and He Shall Be Called.  Every service continues to be streamed live and then rebroadcast in audio and video on our MEDIA tab of the website (http://www.wellingtonassembly.com/).  Archived video sermons play on a rotating schedule 24/7 at our ONLINE CHURCH.  We have also made available sermon series on DVD to those unable to attend church and without internet service.

I cannot express my gratitude enough for the leadership team of Louise Baker, April Dry, and Rodney Metz.  They have been faithful partners in prayer and service, diligently seeking God’s will as we move forward.  It has been their commitment to the renewal project of the past three years that we can dream big for the future.

In this next year, I want us to dream even bigger than last year.  Join me as we pray for families to find Christ and worship with us. Help us reach the hundreds in Wellington that have no church home. Pray with me that we will find favor and be blessed with generosity.  Pray that God gives us more opportunities to serve here in Wellington and around the world!  You are the church!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
-- (Ephesians 3:20 – NIV)

Dr. Marvin J. Miller, Teresa, Marissa, & Lillian