Lawrence's Lifeflow Article Aug 2015
Another two months have flown by and we’re staring Christmas full in the eyes! Well, not quite, but it’s only 20 weeks to Christmas. There has been a lot going on this year already with more to come, so keep connected and in touch so you don’t miss out.
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There are a few things that I want to keep you informed about that are happening in the LiFE of KIC.
Firstly, Dave Orchard has resigned from his employed role as Activate Youth Ministry Leader, effective from the end of July. Dave and Emma have been working with our people for the last three years and have done an amazing job with them, building a team of leaders around them and creating an environment where the young people have been thriving. We’re sorry to see Dave move on but are very excited about the new opportunity that is coming up for him working with youth in the Kapiti Community more directly. I want to honour and thank Dave & Emma for their huge contribution to PFC/KIC over the last few years. They will continue to be around and In the meantime, Geoff & Leanne Mallinder will be taking up the interim Youth Ministry Leader’s role until the end of year, as we continue to build on what is happening amongst our young people. Please pray for them and the future as we look to continue effective Youth Ministry within KIC.
Secondly, we will have completed the transfer of legal ownership of 6 Ngahina St from our National Church Trust to Kapiti Impact Trust Foundation by the end of this month. This means that we will be able to finalise the purchase of 8 Ngahina St next month. There is still opportunity for you to contribute to this purchase either by regular donations, a one-off donation or a loan arrangement. Please see me if this interests you.
Lastly, Duncan & Rebecca Chisholm and their LiFEGroup are hosting the Alpha Marriage Course starting Tuesday 1st September 7pm. I’d encourage you to consider committing to attending this valuable 7 week course. Your marriage relationship is the most important relationship (aside from with God) that you will have in your lifetime so why not invest some time in it to help make it the most fulfilling and empowering one you have! Every marriage could benefit from this course.
I’m am incredibly grateful to all of you who contribute financially into the LiFE of the church through your donations - tithes and offerings. This month has seen us, for the first time this financial year, break even on budget versus actual giving. Thank you for your obedience in giving back to God. I know that for the elders, it is a constant tension in our oversight role, balancing the desire to pursue the vision God has given and the need for wise financial management. Often, the lack of resource, both financial & people, is the only thing missing for us to push an opportunity for impact and influence forward. We are currently praying about how we can become a church that functions with a managed surplus so we can be generous towards our mission in our community. That may involve some creative solutions but we believe that God is into creative thinking about how we can generate more resources for his Kingdom.
While I’m in the ‘money’ frame of thinking, we have some great resources available which you will find incredibly helpful if you want to grow in your understanding of financial management from a Kingdom of God point of view. When I say this, I’m not talking about tithing 10% solely, I’m talking about how we manage 100% of our financial resources. There are some powerful principles & guidelines in Scripture that we can apply to our finances that will enable you to begin to experience more of the freedom God has for your financial life. Some examples of the resources are: Christians Against Poverty have a 4 week CAP Money course which is available through the Coast Community Church, Shane Willard has a four part teaching called Living in Financial Abundance which is available if you see me and if you are really keen on an in-depth Biblical study of finance, I have a series by Ed Nelson (Shane Willard’s Rabbi) called The Divine Order of Giving.
I’m so excited to see what God is doing amongst us and in our community. The church is growing and our influence and impact in our community is growing! So, keep building your awareness of the Presence of God, keep living in His freedom led by His Spirit who is fully present with you all the time and we will see His Kingdom coming on Earth as it is in Heaven!
We’re so privileged to serve you in His Kingdom - thanks for your love and support!
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