An exciting meeting with the Harvest Strategy Team was held at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on July 30th. We reviewed progress on the nine new initiatives of Harvest 2013. Harvest 20/20 is alive and well on the Southern Florida District. Id like to use this weeks blog to report to all of our members and friends the progress being made.
1. Fort Pierce Faith Haitian with Pastor Michelet Pierre-Louis is set to organize on September 8, 2013, at 6:00 pm.
2. North Miami Family Chapel with Pastor Juan Santana has begun meeting at our Carol City Ebenezer Church. This Hispanic American congregation will provide an English-speaking service. The target date for the official launch of this effort will be November 2, 2013, at 11:00 am.
3. Golden Gate City Hispanic Church with Pastor Loida Morejan is currently meeting in the Naples is meeting as a House Church.
4. Opalocka Fathers House Hispanic is a Parent Affiliated Congregation (PAC) a congregation that defines themselves as a congregation under the parent church, Hialeah El Buen Pastor church led by Obed Santiesteban.
5. West Palm Beach Haitian is in the formative stage as a PAC of the Indiantown Evangelical Church with Pastor Pascal Permis. Pray that a leader will emerge for this new congregation.
6. Davie Community will be a PAC of the Fort Lauderdale First church with Pastor David Rambarran. The re-launch of this congregation is envisioned for this Fall. Pray for a leader.
7. Deerfield Beach Haitian is a group of 15-25 Haitian people led by Jean Francois. Pray for the growth of this developing congregation.
8. Reach Out Community Center of Lake Worth is a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry under the ministry of Lake Worth First with Pastor Terry Wheeler. A Strategic Planning Team was formed in March 2013, and a strategic plan is being developed. The mission will be to supply immediate physical needs; present the Gospel; provide resources for continuing needs through a food pantry, clothes closet, and elementary and High School tutoring. Pray for the success of this launch by this Fall.
9. House of Hope Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center located in Sebring, FL, began in May 2013, with evangelistic outreach and food distribution. At least 10 new people have come to Christ. Pray that this will truly become a Highlands County outreach effort.
Would you like to add your name to this list? Then tell us what you are doing. We want to identify and expand Kingdom outreach throughout Southern Florida through the establishment of Parent Affiliated Congregations. Perhaps you did not realize that you have one. So, consider the following designations:
a. Ethnic specific congregations (ESC). Do you have an ESC meeting in your facilities? Several of our churches do. Want to expand the Kingdom? Start a ministry to an ethnic specific group of people.
b. Multi-sites with the same pastor. We now have at least two of these on the district. You may know these as a satellite campus. Does your church see a way to start one?
c. New church plants including home or house organic churches. These might begin as a Bible Study, but would grow into a worshiping congregation. These may be lay led. The possibilities are exponential.
Multi-services designed to reach a specific group that define themselves as a congregation. Pray that God will open our eyes to see multiple services designated as traditional, contemporary, youth, with a specific target audience in mind. For example, you might want to start a Traditional Service to reach the senior adult community; or a contemporary service to reach young people. Some of our churches are doing so. More are encouraged. Some USA Districts are having great success with Cowboy churches. What about a Coffee House ministry?
It is time to allow the Lord of the harvest to open our eyes to see the endless possibilities of reaching people with the Gospel. Maybe the people who need the Lord will not come to us. Then lets go to them. What are you seeing and what would God have you do? This is an open invitation to all who read this to tell us what you are seeing so that we can come alongside you with prayer, support and encouragement.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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