Ministry Developments Down South

Change: the way to our future

“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”    Matthew 9

Jesus keeps calling us to abandon old structures which will not support the new wine of change he is requiring of us. Part of his plan to help the two of us grow more into his image is the new wineskins required by living in two different parts of the country each year; October–April in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and May–September in Southern California. This is God’s current calling for us. It has become one tool he uses for our ongoing sanctification.

New ministry front in the South

We are very excited about the ministry opportunities opening before us in the South. Our plan is to have the mindset of a farmer as we re-establish our ministry here. Foundational to the farming approach has been opening our home for weekly entertaining of old friends and new.

The picture at the right was taken when new friends, Jon and Kate Maurer, were recently in our home for a meal. They became pastors at the Baton Rouge Vineyard eight months ago. Last month we had the privilege of conducting the Natural Church Development (NCD) health survey at the church. To make the survey results useful, we conducted a Discovery Workshop for the Baton Rouge Vineyard church leaders.

Discovery workshop at Shreveport Vineyard

We like to tell churches, “the body of Christ is really smart”.We experience this truth when we administer the NCD survey with core people in a church. We also find it true when we take people through a discovery process to determine what simple thing can be implemented to help remove barriers to receiving God’s blessings for their
church.

The people pictured love their church, the Shreveport Vineyard, and met with us on a Sunday afternoon in March to help develop a plan to increase health in one primary area to followup on their NCD survey. We are in our sweet spot of ministry as we help God’s people take increased ownership of their church and get excited about God using their ideas to improve health.

 Quality Time with our Family

Seeing our granddaughters daily (the bus dropped them off after school) enabled us to invest regularly in their lives. Pictured from left are Sage, Granddad and Amber.

The Lord gave us another desire of our heart: spending time with our son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Tatum, in Florida and our son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Tiffany, in Arkansas. Being only a day’s drive from Oklahoma made it possible for us to spend time with extended family members as well. Our hearts are full of
gratitude that living in the South made travel to family feasible.

Thank you for your love, interest in and support of our lives and ministry.

Warmly,   Scott and Delores  

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