“…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”—Matthew 16:18
I want to tell you about two very important and exciting matters coming out this month’s Leadership Meeting at Cornerstone.
First, about eighteen months ago, Rex Schnelle, ruling elder at Christ Community Church, and I were elected to serve on the provisional session of one of our presbytery’s church plants, Harvest Church in Thompson Station, TN. Both the church planting committee of the Nashville Presbytery and the pastor of Harvest Church, Rev. Nathan Tutor, asked us to join the leadership team to provide greater oversight and direction to the church plant.
About six months ago, Harvest church expressed a desire to establish an even closer relationship with Cornerstone proper. That desire led to a meeting between the leadership of the two churches in October where Harvest requested to come under the supervision of the Cornerstone session. After a few weeks of prayer and discussion, the elders of Cornerstone voted to create a regular shepherding (oversight and advisory) relationship with Harvest Church.
Our first official joint meeting since that relationship was forged was last week. It was a sweet time of fellowship, reporting, advising, and praying. Please be in prayer for this new relationship and for the continued establishment and growth of Harvest Church in 2014. If you desire to know more about the ministry of Harvest Church, you can visit them online at www.harvestnashville.com
Second, many of you will remember that Brittain Brewer, a member of Cornerstone, served as a part time intern at the church this past summer. He did an excellent job working with our junior high students and helping establish new foundations for our mercy ministry. One of the many reasons Brittain was hired as an intern was to test his desire and gifting for ministry. For a couple of years now, Brittain has been prayerfully and patiently considering whether to pursue full time vocational ministry.
Over the last year, the Lord has been confirming this direction both internally to Brittain and externally to those in whom he has ministered. So much so that last week Brittain came before the elders as a candidate for ministry. After sharing his testimony and sense of call to ministry, the elders voted unanimously to receive him as a candidate for gospel ministry. This is just one step in a long process, but it’s an important one. Please rejoice with Brittain and continue to pray for him, as he graduates this spring from New College Franklin and makes plans to attend seminary in the fall of 2014 or 2015.
Our new relationship with Harvest Church and the receiving of Brittain as a candidate for ministry are significant evidences of God’s work in the life of our church. Let’s give God the glory for the great things he has done.