Tonight the "Elders" of Victory met. We were meeting to discuss the calling of a second pastor for our church. Attendance has been growing and growing. Last Sunday we had 209 in worship. Our averages are about 170 a week now with 30-40 kids in Bible Quest. Additionally our church has been self-supporting for a little bit now and has been growing a surplus in the general fund. We are putting together a request to call a second pastor from the seminary to be a "Tent Minister" for Victory in charge of church in-reach and nurturing while Pastor Ben continues with a focus on worship and evangelism. Additionally we hired a children's ministry director last July and we will again have our Summer ministry assistant.
God has truly blessed this mission as we reach a new milestone. Where we can extend our ministry even further we will praise God. It would be our hope to convert the pastor from a tent minister to a full time pastor within two years. With nearly 20 seminary grads not likely to receive calls, this is a great way to allow a new pastor to stay in the ministry and get started even if they may have to work an additional job while they ministering.
I am excited about these new opportunities.