Last week the Fanning the Flame team had our last face-to-face meeting with our coach, Joe Weatherly. He will still be available to us, by email and phone, and all the resources available from the ministry will be ours as well. However, He will no longer be reaching out to us — we must reach out to him. Like baby chicks we’re spreading our wings and going out on our own to apply what we’ve learned.
Joe explained that although our meetings are over, this is not the end of Fanning the Flame as St. Paul’s. It is not even the beginning of the end. It is possibly, the end of the beginning of our efforts to revitalize our church.
Where will we go from here? Well, our team will keep meeting. We’ll go back to the beginning and choose another strategy for improving the health of our congregation, and we’ll decide how to work on it. Our first strategy, small groups, is already up and running. We’ll keep praying. We’ll keep reading books and learning. We’ll grow in faith, and hopefully, what we’ve learned and done, will spread out through the congregation and even into the community.
Has it been worth it? I think so. I’ve grown in my faith as an individual, and I’m sure other team members have as well. I’ve learned some practical things about running a meeting, starting a new ministry or mission and persevering in spiritual disciplines. There has been an impact on our congregation as well. The pot is bubbling. What will rise up? Well, that remains to be seen. Keep praying of St. Paul’s dear readers. God is not done with us yet!