Update from Your Elders: December 2016
Our twice-monthly Elder meetings always have full agendas with lots to cover, but one standing agenda item continually blesses these (long) evenings together: our devotional time. Devotional topics lately have discussed and explored servant leadership in the church, reminded us of our adoption through Christ and its implications, and recently explored “life through prayer” as the practical…
Who We Want to Be as a Church
We live in a context where the wider community does not always share our basic Christian beliefs and values. We have many friends, family-members, and co-workers who are either suspicious or apathetic towards the truth-claims of the Gospel. Culturally speaking, we are increasingly marginalized in the media, politics, and educational academy. We love the North…
We Need You: Thoughts on Service in the Church
Over the next few weeks the Nominating Committee will be approaching some church members with requests to prayerfully consider taking on elected positions within North Shore Community Baptist Church as Elders, Deacons-at-Large, Auditors, and Nominating Committee members. These leadership roles are a great way to serve church members and provide direction to the church. What…
Update from Your Elders: July 2016
We as elders met last week. We, like you, are realizing what Pastor Bobby has said: “It’s an exciting time to be part of NSCBC. Not because we’ve discovered some new strategy or hidden ‘talent’ among ourselves, but because we are realizing more about how God is passionate about magnifying his Son and the Gospel.”…
Update from Your Elders: June 2016
For the Elder Board it’s nice to deal with less-than-exciting “business as usual” from time to time. Last week’s Elder meeting was not that kind of meeting, and for some great reasons that we are excited to share. The evening’s agenda was full with an important cell tower update, youth group news, and Hospitality House use….
Update from Your Elders: May 2016
Dear North Shore Community Baptist Church Family, Do you ever find that sometimes you are reluctant to pray that someone’s faith (or your own faith) will be deepened? Surely this is because you know that often the way the Spirit answers this kind of prayer is by bringing trials and challenges that bring us to…
Leadership Retreat Reflection
Here is a conversation starter for an upcoming small group discussion – or – (for the internal processors among us) for a long walk in the woods. Imagine a person who has faced some hefty personal failure and received not judgment but mercy. How does that change a person? Might he or she relate to…
Update from Your Elders: early March 2016
The Elders met this past Monday. It was our pleasure to be joined by Jimmie Massie, a mentored-ministry student and co-leader of our College Ministry, who observed our meeting as part of his degree program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After solving our most pressing problem (where to meet – there were too many of us…