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Manistique Bible Church Update

October 24, 2014

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I have spent the last 2 1/2 years as the interim pastor of Manistique Bible Church. During that time the church went through a series of major changes in their church practices, put in place a new church constitution and recommitted the membership. The church still upholds the same doctrines, same purpose and same ministry philosophy, but this time has been a time of refocusing on the church’s priorities and recommitting the members of the church to building up one another to do the work of the ministry. The process was long and filled with many challenges, some expected, some not. In many respects the church is stonger now than it was when we started. We are now catching our breath and giving time for things to settle down. As we move into the winter, we are seeking to build on the newly strengthened foundation and praying that new members will be added by the salvation of folks in our community.

When I introduced to the church this process and presented myself as willing to serve as an interim pastor, it was my intention to lead the church in a search for a permanent pastor as soon as the members reaffirmed their membership. However, as we have reached this point, it seems that a pastor search would destabilize the church to an unnecessarily risky degree. In an effort to give a season of stability and to give the church time to rebuild, I have recommended the church to delay for a time it’s search for a new pastor. The church has agreed with that recommendation, so I will be remaining as the interim pastor of Manistique Bible Church until they reach the point where they are able to bring in a new pastor without too much difficulty.

Over the last two years of intense work with Manistique Bible Church, the blog and ministry updates have suffered. I will now be resuming a more regular schedule of ministry updates and blogging. Pastoral ministry is always intense, and I cannot divert a large amount of time from the work at Manistique Bible Church to generate new content for this blog. As a result, there will be some changes in the blog part of this website. Many of the articles I write will flow out of the weekly church services. I will be endeavoring to begin each week with a brief summary of the morning message from the day before. This week I will be starting at the church an program for people submit questions about Scriptures or church ministry that I will then answer during the services on Sunday. I will periodically post some of those questions and answers to the blog as an accompaniment. If you have questions you would like to submit, you can email them to upquestions@gmail.com

God has been gracious to us throughout this process with Manistique Bible Church. There is still much work to be done in the churc, and much ministry for the church to do. Please continue to pray for Body Builders Ministry and Manistique Bible Church.

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