Dear friends in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ. I hope that this note finds you well and prospering in the Lord.
As individuals, families and institutions we have some interesting ways of marking the passage of time. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. We remember firsts. We note and revisit the dates of traumatic experiences that we have had.
It is hard to believe that we have been sharing ministry together for almost a year. On Sept. 1 our second year of ministry partnership commences. The proverbial “lazy hazy days of summer” have provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the first year. (By the way the summer of 2009 for me has neither been lazy or hazy. But it has been meaningful).
It will come as no surprise to you that this first year for me has been filled with learning. In one sense everything is new. Listening and inquiring have been my key tools to come to know the IGRC better. While I am still learning, I have learned much about what has been and what is. This learning has led to some thinking about the future. Where might my/our energies be best spent in the near term in accomplishing the mission: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World?
Here are a few areas you can expect that I will be giving energy and attention to across the next year:
• Evangelization & Congregational Development;
• Leadership recruitment and Nurture;
• Strengthening mission engagement;
• Assessing and acting to change or eliminate structures, systems and processes that do not work;
• Trumpeting and celebrating stories of transformation.
I look forward to sharing more in the future and to your cooperation in the work of ministry. I remain
Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Gregory V. Palmer