I think we have a handle on the people groups in Alaska. Our challenge is the churches here are not currently reaching them all, especially in the most diverse city of Anchorage. We need to find a church planter to plant a more modern church here in Anchorage and a minister to help us reach the millennial crowd as well as the students at the University of Alaska.
We will re-energize the praying saints of Alaska. March 2017 will be designated Prayer and Missions month.
Networking may be the biggest challenge of all in Alaska. Jan and I have already traveled much of the territory to meet and engage with our Pastors, Church Leaders, and congregations. We are going to reimagine Teams hear by using technology to connect the different Boards, Committees, and Mentoring/Coaching groups. I intend to meet monthly with the State Council and Youth Board. The Council has only been meeting twice a year. Jan and I have an opportunity to completely retool and redesign State Youth Ministry here. This concept will give us the time needed to develop and deploy the next group of leaders. Finally I will actively pursue connecting with Pastors and Leaders that may be looking for fellowship and covering of a large successful organization.
The Kodiak Church Plant is a marvelous success story. The Church of God in Alaska has embraced it in a powerful way. My plan is to continue this success as we identify the next community and Church Planter. We are going to invest in training for our next generation leaders. I have identified a group of young ministry candidates in our Barrow church. The vision of Pastor David Matthews is to train and develop these leaders and send them into the smaller remote villages that have no churches or ministers.
The Church of God in Alaska is continually sending people all over the world. People come to work in the oil fields, shipping and fishing industry, as well as the military. We are going to be intentional about sending them back to the world as missionaries.
The language Jan and are using is “God is up to something”. As we embrace and emphasize the FINISH Commitment strategy I just sense the harvest is coming in