Letter from the Shepherds: Running the Race

      I’m tired. Are you? I’m a runner and it feels like I’ve been running full blast with church activities lately in addition to my daily workouts. But that’s a good thing!

Heb. 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

      It’s certainly a business summer here at Northside. Vacation Bible School and Church Camp were both major successes. (Thanks to Megan Swanger, Chris Gannon, and everyone who worked so hard on both events).

      We have our preacher search committee chosen. Mikki Perry is chairing it. We’ll introduce the entire committee next Sunday morning, so be here.

      The shepherd selection process starts today with Charlie Hooks heading it up. We need everyone’s participation, so puh-leeze get involved as we look to add new leaders to help guide our church family.

      We’re also getting back on track with our 2020 Vision plans. If you’re not a part of these plans yet, contact Stan Cunningham, Kenny Wyatt, Greg Tolbert, or Yours Truly to get involved.

      I said I was tired, but I’m also excited about all the things going on in our church family. I have no doubt that our best days are ahead. In another running analogy: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

      If this were any other church family, I might be nervous about all the changes taking place. But not with the Northside family. The years and months ahead with doubtless see us grow spiritually and in our efforts to reach a broken world.

      Kenny, Greg, and myself look forward to working with our staff and all of you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to accomplish great things for the glory of God.

“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” — Rom. 12:5

In Christian love,

Dennis Sellers

(writing for the Northside shepherds)

Letter from the shepherds: Full speed ahead

Despite the challenges we face as the Northside family, there are a lot of exciting things in the works as we look forward to 2020 and beyond. 

For one thing, we’re working with Interim Ministry Partners (IMP), an organization that helps churches fill the position of pulpit minister. The shepherds, staff, and our spouses recently met with a representative of the company — Tim Woodroof, whom you’ll see more of VERY soon — to discuss the hiring process and the results of the survey that our church family recently completed. We discussed the vision of where all of us want our church to go and began the process of filling the pulpit minister position.

On Saturday, June 6, Tim met with those invited to serve on a Northside committee who will work with IMP to fill that position. More on that soon. Meanwhile, David Swanger and Chris Gannon are on tap to preach in the weeks ahead, something we’re excited about.

Second: we’ll be starting a new shepherd selection process soon with Charlie Hooks heading this up. More on this soon, as well.

Third: we took a brief break, but now we’re back-on-track with our 2020 Vision plans. If you’re not a part of these plans yet, contact Stan Cunningham, Dennis Sellers, Kenny Wyatt, or Greg Tolbert to get involved.

Philippians 4:13 tells us that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” And He is certainly providing strength to the Northside family and will continue to do so as we grow individually and as a church family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

In Christian love,

Dennis, Kenny, and Greg