Every July 1 begins a new fiscal year at Christ Presbyterian Church and provides another opportunity to look back and look ahead. We are incredibly grateful this year for our growth in dollars and people—our most generous year ever—which allows us to invest 37% of our budget beyond our Old Hickory Blvd location (over $1.4M) in ministries reaching across Nashville and around the globe.
Our MAT (Mission Advisory Team) joins me in thanking over 120 volunteer leaders and 1,390 participants who served faithfully this past year with our Missional Communities, regularly impacting over 9,800 lives across Nashville! It was a joy for us to honor and celebrate you all at our year-end Missional Leaders' Appreciation Banquet in early May.
Looking ahead, the reminder to be fully present keeps coming up in conversation among our staff and with close friends. Let's set aside our iPhones this summer, take a look around, and be present where he's planted us. You’re right where you belong for a purpose—whether it's your home, your workplace, your favorite non-profit or a hike with your friends.
Let’s not overlook the people around us. Your early-morning barista. Your son's coach. Your new neighbor. Someone new you meet as you walk into one of our three Christ Presbyterian locations...
Will you join me this summer in looking for intentional ways to include and value those around you? As I recently read in Melinda Gates The Moment of Lift, “We all want to have something to offer. This is how we belong. It’s how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, then we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of community. That’s what inclusion means—everyone is a contributor.”
According to the New York Post, “The average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years” (05.09.19). In a city growing as rapidly as Nashville, let's change that fact and be present with those around us. Let's continue to follow Christ in his mission of loving people, places and things to life, including new friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to his power at work at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV