Wednesday, February 11
Presbytery of Santa Barbara
“So where do you go to church?” This question posed to our waitress by new church development pastor Graham Baird revealed to us his heart and passion for sharing Christ with the unchurched. Our task force was in Camarillo to explore starting a new worshiping community in this rapidly growing area. Families, young professionals, and college students all flock to the restaurants, movie theaters, and stores after work and on weekends. We are praying they flock to one of the 1,001 new worshiping communities we believe God is leading us to start.
“I have been talking with all the pastors in the Grover Beach–Arroyo Grande area, and all of us have a deep desire to reach new disciples for Christ, but our hands are full ministering to our current congregations.” Thus started one conversation at our church development committee meeting. It ended with a motion to approve a new initiative to employ a PC(USA) pastor to train congregational leaders with the gifting and desire to make disciples. Once trained, they will help their current congregations develop worshiping communities that have disciple making as their core value. We are praying for this vision to become a reality.
Joel Drenckpohl, pastor of Church-San Luis Obispo, told us the congregation is getting involved in numerous community initiatives: Get on the Bus, a program that supports families visiting loved ones incarcerated at California Men’s Colony; GleanSLO, an agricultural gleaning program that supports the local food bank; and a rape awareness program called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. By joining in these and other community programs, Church-San Luis Obispo’s members become the church in mission amid the community.
The Presbytery of Santa Barbara’s 23 congregations and three new worshiping communities are excited to partner with the local community to be the hands and feet of Christ.
—Rev. Jan Armstrong, executive presbyter, and Elder Carol Bridgeman, administrative manager
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Jan Armstrong, executive presbyter
Rev. Dave Wilkinson, stated clerk
Elder Carol Bridgeman, administrative manager
Elder Bonnie Boe, dean, Lay Leadership Institute
Rev. Kristy LaBarge, director, IMPACT
Rev. Joel Drenckpohl, director, Front Porch
Elder Debbie Armstrong, bookkeeper
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, help us to go boldly into our local mission field as learners, servants, and storytellers. Holy Spirit, show us where you are working, and give us courage to share the life-giving message of Jesus Christ’s grace and forgiveness. Amen.