Board of Directors Update
TODD VENMAN, CCCC PRESIDENT
God’s timing of good and perfect gifts.
While change seems to be around every corner, somethings just never change. What comfort we have knowing the immutable God. Situations vary sometimes, however obeying God’s principles guides us to His desired outcomes. Our delight is to use the gifting and blessing He bestows in a manner that furthers His Kingdom. We know with great certainty that Our God Reigns and we serve at His pleasure. We pray and seek God’s face and watch Him direct.
We as a conference made a deep commitment to repay our internal debt all the while finding ways to fulfill the vision God gave us. We dreamed of a day when we would be debt free and channel more resources into mission. That day has come. We rejoice in God’s faithfulness and His provision of donated time, talent and monetary resources.
God’s faithfulness is not surprising. His timing and provisions help us to understand His delight. When I see the conferences devotion to follow His principles coupled with faith and the timing of this gift, I smile and know, Our God is good!
The Board resolved to use the bequest to finish the repayment and further develop the credentialed members and churches. Funds like the Cornerstone Corps and Life Changing Churches were replenished. Moneys were set aside to help churches establish qualified retirement plans. More resources have been invested in short term holdings to gain interest as we continue to seek God’s will for the blessing He has bestowed.
As good stewards we are challenged to invest in His Kingdom. Dissipating funds too quickly or clutching too firmly is never healthy. These are not sustainable funds but infusions of support in a time of ministry growth. Our goal is to invest wisely into His Kingdom work at these essential times. We trust not in assets but in the name of the Lord our God.
There is a tendency to ease from the devotion to mission when these types of gifts arrive. While a collective breath and sigh is felt, we are reminded “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48b NIV) So we collectively agree that sustainable giving and funding is what we seek. The 2% challenge is still our heart. While this is primarily a Member Church challenge, join with me in personally filling out the Ministerial Questionnaire and support our conference. Let’s give to the Conference what God has laid on our hearts to give as recipients of His good and perfect gifts.
Please pray for wisdom and unity as we seek to honor God’s desire and purpose of this gift. Pray with us that “He must increase but I (we) must decrease”. (John 3:30 NKJV) “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2b ESV) Please pray in advance of the Board of Directors meeting in February for these outcomes and God’s leading.