VENUE: NYALI BAPTIST CHURCH
Brothers and Sister,
It is with humble gratitude that I thank you for availing yourself for this SBM.
- It has been my joy and honour to serve you the last seventeen years (17) as your Pastor
- Even more than that, it has been a blessing to be served by all of you.
- As a congregation and as individuals you have brought a multitude of blessings to my family and I.
- You mean more to us than I can ever express. I am exceedingly thankful to God for placing us here at Nyali Baptist Church.
- Please accept my sincere thanks.
As your pastor, my goal is to lead our church to be as effective as possible in reaching people with the gospel, baptizing and discipling them.
- Everything we do must work toward that goal.
- We are facing multiple challenges right now that are driving us to rethinkhow we fulfil the goals of proclaiming, discipling, and serving.
We are out of space for our children ministry.
We value children as much as we value every other age group.
- we will always welcome children, teach and minister to children, and love children
- because God loves children and He wants to save them and meet all their deepest needs.
- We are consistently running about 200 in our children’s Sunday school classes.
- We have to prepare a new temporal structure in anticipation of the rooms we will have available in phase II.
- We need to pray and joyfully give more.
Wholeheartedly join us in this expression of vision for children, so that the next generation will “hope in God” (Psalm 78:7)
Firstly, we’re all about Jesus Christ.
- We believe that Jesus was who he said he was, the Son of God who came and died for our sins. He is truly what life is all about for us!
Secondly, we are all about people.
- Every person who walks through our doors is important to us
- So if you ever feel like just another number, we are doing something wrong, I give you permission to tell me/us about it.
Thirdly, we are all about relationships.
- We hope to cultivate and grow meaningful and positive relationships between another, but also go further by getting and growing in relationship with God.
- Christianity is all about a Person, and less about a set of rules.
- That means that we exist to be in a relationship with Someone, that is Jesus, and merely not to obey a religion.
Our church board with the able assistance of the finance committee strives to be diligent stewards of the tithes and offerings from our congregation.
· May we continue to give generously as God has freely given to us in Christ.
· “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16).
Your past and future support is greatly appreciated.
· May we continue to work together for proclaiming the gospel of Christ.
Discipleship is the key overarching ministry area that we will need to address to ensure that we are actually “on mission” as our vision demands.
- There is obviously widespread concern about the lack of evangelism in our church and among our members.
- The church’s mission includes bringing people to Christ, guiding their spiritual growth and taking care of their needs.
- God’s mission is not primarily about getting people more involved in what churches are doing, but getting churches more involved in what God is doing in the world.
Having carefully observed how churches grow, the common denominator is most often an effective creation and use of small groups.
- Homes, offices and other off-site meeting places provide us with unlimited opportunities.
- So our plan is to use Sunday mornings to teach a core curriculum program that we will ask every member to take and all new members to go through.
- These “master life classes” will be large and have singles and couples, young adults and seniors, and will be a great way for our members to meet each other.
Do what you can and do, what you should, as we bring this all together.
Follow your pastor’s direction as long as their leadership is consistent with scripture.
- If you don’t agree, pray for them instead of criticizing and talking negatively.
- Let God deal with it. The Holy Spirit can do a much better job than we can.
“Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves unto them for they watch over your souls, as they that must give an account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
In our church, twenty percent of the members carry the entire burden of the ministry.
- The only way a pastor can accomplish what God called him to do is to have faithful and loyal people behind him.
- He can’t do it alone.
“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.” (Psalm 12:1)
Many of our church members talk a good talk, but are not there when the church needs them.
- Your pastor is depending on you.
- This includes your support during good times and bad.
- Church members unwilling to learn will never increase in knowledge.
- They will be a continual thorn in the pastor and leadership’s side.
- They fight everything the pastor tries to do.
- A resistant spirit can be felt.
“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you, rebuke a wise man and he will love you, give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser, teach a just man and he will increase in knowledge.” (Proverbs 9:8-9)
Having a teachable spirit is imperative if you want to be a blessing to the ministry and pastor.
“Appreciate those who diligently labour among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction.” (1 Thessalonians 5:12)
It is very difficult to pastor someone who is not willing to learn.
- The essence of discipleship is that of a learner and follower.
- Jesus is looking for disciples and not religious church members.
- The whole point of being a disciple is to learn from one and
- Teach someone else the thing you learned.
What any pastor really wants are disciples who have a thirst for learning and in turn take what they have learned to minister to others.
- If you want to truly bless your pastor, become a disciple.
“The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also”. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Special Business Meeting’s
It has been my too frequent experience to leave a church business meeting sick at heart and wondering to myself, ‘What just happened?’
- All of us here could probably recite incidents of relationships being destroyed
- Members being lost, and sometimes irreparable damage being done to the witness and Testimony of individuals or the church.
When being right or getting one’s way takes precedent over relationships and maintaining unity
- We are on the slippery slope towards hurt, harm, and disunity.
- If not dealt with properly, disunity will create an environment of distrust and suspicion.
Does this mean we must always agree? No!!!
- But it does mean that we can do so without rancour and an ugly spirit or attitude.
- Genuine and biblical unity is found in the midst of real and passionate differences
- That we set aside in the recognition that the differences we have are nowhere as important as the Saviour we serve
- “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
I will, as your pastor, do all that I can to promote and protect the harmony and unity of our beloved church.”
MY ROLE AS NATIONAL MODERATOR BCOK
- As the Moderator of the BCOK, it is critical to understand my role.
- My role is to serve as interpreter of the General Assembly and to be an ambassador to the denomination.
- I have a platform on which to stand and speak, and bring change in our denomination
- I continue to pray that God will allow me to use it wisely and appropriately
- I seek for your continued prayers and support.
Like most churches, we have seen our share of highs and lows over the years.
- Thank you for sticking with the church through thick and thin.
- During times of growth and ministry success, we ask for more.
- When giving does not meet budget, we ask for more.
- When children’s ministry wears out volunteers, we seek fresh recruits.
- Our tendency is to ask for more out of those who already given so much.
Today I want to say Thank you.
To church members who stay, serve, give, and support through the valleys, I need to say, “Thank you.
- It is easy to move down the road to the other church in town.
- The tough times make us stronger. With love for Jesus and a smile
- You lean over the basket and take the hit for our church
- You are teammates, it is an honour to be on your team
Colleagues and partners in ministry, thank you for serving.
- Our Pastors, Deacons, Cell leaders, Ministry leaders, Office staff and other staff, Our Hospitality team
- Sunday School children’s teachers and Helpers, Cresh children team
- Finance team, Development team, Fundraising team, Family enrichment team
- Worship team members, Sound technical Team, ushers, and security teams
Every one of us doing something for the Lord, you make a difference.
Thank you and God Bless!
Rev Stephen Anyenda