Thanks for allowing me to get away to Illinois last weekend. Adam and I ( his father missed him a lot, its boring without him around. LOL ), had a wonderful time together, as we enjoyed the Founder's Day Weekend festivities at the home church at Christ Community Church in Ottawa. Sr. Pastor John Nordstrom Jr. and the whole staff were just so gracious to all in attendance.
I was able to promote to a couple of local pastors, and others from out of town. Our work at Focus Bible College, and the blessing it could be to many of them in their local churches. We discussed a variety of ways we could work with them to establish satellite campuses. Or, to help train their local ministers in their churches. I am excited about the seeds sown for the Kingdom of God there. A few of the pastors were more interested in how we built the ministry on the local church level through the Shepherd Leader-Home Fellowship concept. I invited of couple of them to come to Omaha and see how we organize things between here. Maybe we can be a blessing to some of our brothers and sisters far, far away.
Now for the Quarterly changes. We will be starting in the Thru The Bible home groups the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. I also will be continuing along with Skip on our new yearly bible plan. Which is very much so likened unto the liturgical year cycle in the Episcopal Church. Its been a fun experience teaching it in this fashion. Yet, I know I deviate from the norm quite a bit. Hey, you have to go where the Spirit is leading, Amen! We also are going to add a portion of another series to our Authentic Man and Authentic Woman studies. Using some new material to address some areas of interest we think need to be explored. We have used one curriculem from Charles Simpson and the other from Sister Brenda that was developed. It has been a powerful series for both the teens and adults. We have seen wives and husbands really communicating a good word on it. I also will be using in January some of the DISC Personality Profiles on biblical themes that might intrigue you. I use the system in some of my counseling, and think we can adapt it for more intimate understanding of partners, as well one another.
Well, be in prayer as we move forward. Your pastor takes over as President of Focus Bible College come January 1st. Pray for me as I will have a bit of a learning curve taking over for Bishop Tice who has been handling the school since 1986. Your patience with me not being available as much as I have, is also appreciated. Remember it doesn't mean Reverend Vossen doesn't love you. LOL. Take care, have a great weekend in the Lord's presence.
Blessings CGMF Family,
Reverend Patrick Vossen,