As I have moved around the Conference this summer and visited churches, I am hearing and seeing the good things that are taking place. SEC churches are investing and getting involved in their communities and lives are being impacted and changed.
For example, SEC churches are currently affiliated with two food banks that are helping to care for the needs of the residents in under‐served and under‐resourced communities. Another SEC church is setting up an entrepreneurial enterprise by developing a barbershop & working with ex‐offenders who are re‐ entering the community. While another SEC church just reported that their preschool will reach 100 children in enrollment by September 2016, when just several years ago the school had suffered a decline. Additionally, there is one of our churches who is reaching out to help in the relief and pastoral care for those who were victimized by the tragedy in Orlando in June 2016. I learned just the other day that in one SEC church, over 20 people have come to faith since the beginning of this year.
All of this leads me to believe that the gospel is on the move in the SEC. As I quote a friend of mine, “let’s just move the needle for Jesus”, it would appear that SEC churches are doing just that, they are ‘moving the needle for Jesus’.
I have preached in a number of churches this summer, and the message has been on the power of prayer. I know that prayer is a one of our most powerful weapons for those who engage regularly in this discipline of the Christian journey, God moves and things happen.
As we close out the summer season and enter the fall, may we do so knowing that God has called us to be salt and light in this chaotic and confused world. May we live in the power of his resurrection and call others to do so as well.