Welcome to the first of a new series of Johnston’s Jottings on our updated website for South Central Ohio District! My goal is to be able to join you on a regular basis through this space to share some thoughts and hopefully some inspiring words as we minister together across this great district for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom to come. I was not planning on restarting this communication while recovering from a broken shoulder but life has a way of interrupting our plans on a regular basis ☺
I am grateful to a wonderful District Advisory Board for allowing me to reschedule my sabbatical as I work my way back into full time ministry again in the coming weeks. I was recently reading Jesus’ words in John 14:12-14 where He is encouraging his disciples to pursue ministry through prayer and action believing that what they ask will be accomplished as they move forward in faith and obedience to the Word of God. I have been pondering the repeated phrase in these verses, “in my name”. What does that mean for you as a lead or associate Pastor?
Are you at the place right now where you can say wholeheartedly; “I know God’s will in this situation and am actively engaged and believing it will be accomplished for His glory in the days/months ahead”? Do you know without a shadow of a doubt what God’s vision is for your current ministry, congregation and community? Can you see with spiritual eyes what you cannot yet see with your physical eyes and are you, by faith, fully engaged in pursuing that mission?
My prayer for each of us is that coming into this Fall season of ministry across our district each of you will take the time and prioritize the need for this to become your reality. In the Church of the Nazarene we understand that we are not only members of one body [that of Christ] but we are members of a global and District family. Moving forward together, in sync with the Holy Spirit, greater things will be seen in the coming days than we ever thought possible.[Despite broken shoulders and changing plans].