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A New Era at Providence

     This Sunday, February 26, will be a landmark event in the life of Providence Baptist Church. For the first time, our congregation will be commissioning two men for the office of deacon. For those who are unfamiliar with the leadership design of our church, let me explain this vital role in our church. Providence will not have a deacon board where a group of deacons meet to work collaboratively on various ministries. Instead, you elected a man who would lead us in a particular work matching the skills, talents, and calling to the area served. Each deacon will operate independently and form their own ministry team. Their ministries will be held accountable by the church body rather than the elders. Roger Fries will be leading our new visitation program. Already he has been putting together materials for training and to assist people to know more about our church when he makes visits. Andrew Hanks will be leading our community ministry efforts. If you were at the last annual meeting, you saw the vision he has for Providence. Both have already demonstrated that you have chosen wisely when you elected each to his office.
     At the Sunday morning worship service we will officially recognize and commission these men within our church. In the coming days ahead, they will be launching their ideas within the congregation. There are three things each member of Providence can do in support of these men. First of all, pray for each and their families. The next few months will be critical as the enemy tries to discourage them as they do their work. Second, when they let you know of opportunities where you can serve, be sure to sign up. Overwhelm them with your desire to assist them. And third, make sure you are at church this Sunday to celebrate their commissioning. Make plans to stay for the after church fellowship. Talk with them about their ideas and share where you can help. But please make sure you are there. Not only will we officially recognize our deacons, but we also have the privilege to install Jim Carter as an elder. It is wonderful to have Jim and Sue back with us serving in this capacity. Nothing would be more discouraging than for our brothers to feel like their service isn’t valued. Join with us this Sunday as we seek to glorify God with this new work. Let’s celebrate this new day in the life of our church.