Leadership. Through the years, God has certainly blessed us at Temple in this area. I know! Because I get to work closely with these men and women daily! Our staff is committed to Christ’s mission both personally and professionally. They get along (praise the Lord!), and they are passionate about serving Him and His people! I truly believe they are the greatest collective team with whom I have ever worked. This coming Sunday, we hope to add George Lee IV to our full-time staff. Already, he has meant so much to our Temple family, but I believe this full-time role will allow him to assist us in expanding our local ministries. Sure, he will serve as pastor of The Springs, but he will also direct our community missions opportunities. He will strengthen our relationships with our local partners (CCA, Life Choices, Rolling Hills, etc.), and he will help us push farther into our neighborhoods. I have been so impressed with his work ethic, his compassionate heart, and his insightful spirit. He and his wife, CiCi, are the real deal in ministry. I ask you to pray for them this week as they follow the Lord’s will, and I encourage you to vote Sunday to affirm George as our Minister of Community Engagement!
Of course, the church’s leadership is not fully encompassed within the paid employees of the church; it is also demonstrated throughout our membership. For example, our deacons are some of the most spiritually qualified guys I have ever been around. They love the Lord, walk in His ways, repent when necessary, serve with diligence, discern His will, etc. I cannot say enough about them. On November 10, you and I will have the opportunity to add to the Active Deacons’ Council by selecting ten of the following men: Dwight Anderson, Cecil Barham, Mike Barmore, Fred Benefield, Mike Collie, Kenny Cox, Robert Davis, James Davison, Bobby Ensminger, Paul Frazier, Bob Hearn, Tommy Ledford, Jr., Rusty Mabry, Greg McCarter, Tim McCarthy, Graham Morris, Larry Neal, Glenn Scriber, Leon Stamm, and Brad Waller. I must admit that it is going to be difficult for me to narrow this list down as there are some wonderful, godly servants on it. (And to be honest, there are several other such men in the church whose names don’t even appear here! That is a testament to the quality of guys at Temple!) Join in praying over these names and be prepared to vote on Sunday, November 10.
No doubt, we see leadership demonstrated throughout other ministries of our church as well: Sunday School, worship, college, youth, children, etc. Whether you are heading toward the border this weekend to serve on our Border Compassion mission team or riding a golf cart for security/hospitality purposes this Sunday, I am so grateful for you! You are a serving group of people!
And no doubt, you are a giving people. This coming Sunday, we will vote to approve our proposed 2020 budget. It is a challenging, yet achievable, financial goal that focuses on missions and ministries. Let’s use this time to celebrate God’s provision in the past and commit ourselves to His stewardship in the future!
Lastly, thanks for all your encouragement and for all the expressions of appreciation you demonstrated toward me and the ministers this past month. And always know how we all love you! See you Sunday!