Merging Official Statement

This past Sunday morning (June 19th) we gave a ‘state of the union’ address (audio found here) concerning where we believe God is leading Engaging Life. We covet your prayers as we seek confirmation from the Holy Spirit that this in fact what He has in store for our church. The elders believe through a series of promptings and validation, with much prayer and fasting that He has purposed for us to pursue merging with Northpointe Fellowship to become one new expression of Christ’s local body.

I shared with the congregation the story of the convergence of our two churches up to this point and likened it to the biblical account of mighty leaders joining David at Hebron and Ziklag in 1 Chronicles 11 & 12. I’m struck with how this relates to a possible merger as far as many gifts and strengths being pulled together by God. The description of these men included ambidextrous men with bows and slings, men who could do great exploits (the same exploits that David himself did showing like-mindedness and commonalities) and faithful and loyal dudes who wanted to serve in the ranks. They were effective and great on their own, but God designed for their hearts to be knit together for a common purpose to do even greater things together! The common purpose is well stated in 1 Chronicles 12:38:

"All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king."

Our desire ultimately (together or as two separate bodies) is to extend the Kingdom of God (to make Jesus king overall)! This potential combination of two congregations complementing each other in areas of strengths and weaknesses; we already clearly see God is orchestrating. We ask you to pray with us for confirmation, that this is indeed God; so that we can be fully determined and would be of one mind. Please pray with us!

Posted by Shawn McCracken on June 19th and tagged Engaging Life, Northpointe Fellowship, church, confirmation, merge, pray