T he Cathedral is excited to announce that Amy Weber will join the staff as Community Group Coordinator beginning September 1, 2012. We are so thankful to the Lord for calling Amy to this area of leadership.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. ~ Acts 2:46,47
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
To be Christian is to be in community.
From the earliest moments of Jesus’ ministry he was gathering a community around himself, calling them out to come and follow him. It was in community that Jesus loved and formed and healed, and he did that principally in a small community of himself and twelve others. Jesus still loves and forms and heals his followers, and I would argue that he still does that in community and principally in small community.
I am convinced it was by the Lord’s design.
When we read in the Book of Acts of the earliest days of the Church, we see a community that was certainly large. Luke reports thousands were added in one day and even more being added day by day. That large community was, however, decidedly made up of many small communities. This was the context in which “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Now, some may argue that this form of church was simply born out of necessity, but I am convinced it was by the Lord’s design.
Community Group Ministry at the Cathedral is essential.
As we proceed and grow as a larger and larger community at the Cathedral, we must never lose sight of the call to be connected in smaller communities for formation in the faith once delivered to the Apostles, breaking of bread, fellowship, prayer, and mission. I have witnessed powerful and life-giving discipleship and mission as groups commit to study the Word, share a meal, gather regularly, pray for one another, and serve others. That is why I am convinced that the Community Group Ministry at the Cathedral is essential.
We need to be coordinated in how we connect people.
To see this vision thrive in our church, we need to be coordinated in how we connect people to Community Groups and how we resource and care for these Community Groups. My prayer is that even in our diversity, we can have many groups of people all answering Jesus’ call to follow him, and when we follow him, we will be transformed.
I realized it was time to call a champion to lead.
When I began to pray about how this growing ministry could gain more order and momentum, I realized that it needed a particular champion to lead it and to help me shape the vision for it. By God’s grace, he put someone in particular on my heart, and the even greater grace is that the particular person accepted the call. So, I am very pleased to announce that beginning on September 1st, Amy Weber will begin to serve in a part-time capacity as the Cathedral Community Group Coordinator. We are blessed to have a special grant that has been given to make this ministry appointment possible. Please join me in praying for Amy and the whole Weber family as she prepares to take on this role and that the Lord would show great favor towards this ministry as it becomes a more and more integral part of how we live as disciples of and missionaries for Jesus Christ at the Cathedral.
May the Lord bless and keep you all.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,