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All In - Week 1

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This past week we started off the year with our “All In” series which is a topical series on what we hope for in 2016. Several factors led to this series. For one, we are planning moving into a permanent facility later this month and the new space equals new opportunities. Secondly, we are planting our first church in the late spring. Lastly, we have a great need to develop more leaders and staff. For these very exciting reasons, each of us need to be “All In” with the mission of Integrity to mature and multiply believers to leave a Gospel legacy.

As we started off this series we (the elders) were able to highlight a few things to keep on the forefronts of our hearts and minds:

  1. That we would be a people who display hospitality to those around us and to those who are new to Integrity. Hospitality isn’t restricted to a volunteer team, rather it is something that all believers should do as a way to worship and glorify Christ.

  2. That we would faithfully equip our people for Gospel ministry. This begins with being in Gospel community that would, in turn, lead to one-to-one discipleship. This is where godly maturity takes place. From there, we are called to raise up leaders who would be sent out on mission in Greenville and uttermost parts of the world.

  3. That we would be generous people. We live in light of the Gospel which means that we are not our own, we were bought with a price. Therefore, everything that we have been given has been given to us so that that name of Jesus would be made famous. Furthermore, the Gospel is able to go out through believers being generous with their time, money, and resources.

These are the things that we hope to see grow at Integrity in 2016. So, for the next 3 weeks we will be talking about being all in with one-to-one discipleship and generosity. Make sure you come to these important Sunday mornings as this series will set the tone for the rest of the year. Let us come together to be “All In” for the Gospel!

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New Elder | Kirk Burtch

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This past Sunday evening we gathered as a church to pray and celebrate all that God is doing in the life of our church. One of the highlights of this gathering was officially installing Kirk Burtch as an elder (pastor). Throughout the New Testament we see a pattern of a plurality of elders. For instance, in Acts 20:17, Paul calls for the “elders” to come together for a final meeting. In Titus 1:5, he appointed “elders” to lead the church. Therefore, we see the model in the New Testament church to be led by multiple pastors who are each biblically qualified (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1) and gifted to serve the body in specific areas.

Two months ago we put forth Kirk as an elder candidate. In this phase we invited members of Integrity Church to get to know Kirk and bring any encouragements, questions, or concerns to the elders regarding his biblical qualifications. Thankfully, it was an unanimous decision to officially install Kirk as an elder! This past Sunday several people shared testimonies of how God has used both Kirk and, his wife, Linda to impact their lives. It was truly a joy to see so many people blessed by this incredible couple!

Kirk and Linda have been faithfully attending Integrity since 2012. Kirk has been leading a small group since 2013 and has been instrumental in discipling others and helping equip future leaders of Integrity. He and Linda both have displayed incredible hospitality to our body and they are constantly building Gospel community around their home. Kirk has been a great asset to our church family and Pastor Todd and I both believe that he will serve as a great elder to our congregation! We are thankful that Kirk will lead alongside of us. Please take time and encourage Kirk as he transitions to this new role to serve our church.

 

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