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Dear Pastors, Ministers, and Friends of the Tennessee Assemblies of God,

At our recent Minister’s Retreat, Dr. Jim Bradford presented an excellent session regarding the Life Cycle of a Ministry. At birth, a ministry is primarily focused on Spirit. Organization, Mission, and Relationship are incorporated as the ministry develops. In the optimum life of a ministry, there will be a balanced focus on Spirit, Mission, Organization, and Relationship. As a ministry is dying, the focus is on Organization with Spirit, Mission, and Relationship diminishing.

Every ministry should keep asking four questions:

  1. SPIRIT – What is the Holy Spirit saying? What may be holding back God’s Spirit?
  2. MISSION – Who are we reaching and retaining? If there is no or little measurable growth, we either have an attraction problem or a retention problem. What are our success factors?
  3. ORGANIZATION – Are the right people doing the right things? How can resources be enhanced?
  4. RELATIONSHIP – How are people connecting personally with one another? What is our pathway for new people?

Where is your ministry today? Where do you need to strengthen Spirit, Organization, Mission, and Relationship? Move forward in revitalization!

OTHER SPECIAL PRAYER NEEDS

Alice Rose, Clyde Rose’s wife, pastor at Trenton First AG, had leg surgery October 4th. Her doctors said the surgery went well. She is now at home and will use a wheel chair for a while. She will be in physical therapy for approximately three months before she will be able to put any weight on her leg.

Royce Gray, Mt. Juliet Life AG, underwent a kidney transplant earlier this week. So far he has received positive reports from his medical team.

Danny Armstrong’s mother passed away. He is the Senior Pastor at McKenzie First AG. Please remember the Armstrong family in prayers.

Monica Sanders, spouse of Ronnie Sanders, pastor at Savannah Living Word, had successful back surgery October 13. We pray for complete healing and recovery.

MISSIONS UPDATE

Teen Challenge in Chattanooga was delighted to once again host Master’s Commission of Kingwood, AG in Birmingham, AL. It was an exciting time with 50 Master Commission students sharing, loving and encouraging the students, as well as showing how evangelism and testimonies can be presented in unique ways. Having three graduates and one former student from the Teen Challenge - Chattanooga program be part of Master Commission made it even more exciting! The students are pursuing God. Please pray that God will continue to heal and change lives. Financial donations are down but God continues to supply the needs. This program does not charge and with God’s help, they plan to continue to operate on donations. Thank you for your prayers!

WELCOME NEW PRESBYTER

Darlene Miller, Senior Pastor at Heiskell New Life, was elected Presbyter for the Knoxville Section earlier this week. She is the first lady Presbyter in Tennessee. Congratulations Pastor Darlene!

Our appreciation is extended to Pastor Bill Enfinger, who has diligently served as presbyter of the Knoxville Section the past two years.

TENNESSEE ROYAL RANGER PHOTO

This photo has been used in national Royal Ranger materials. The man in the photo is Mark Smith. He is the Sectional Director from the Cookeville Section. He is with one of our own Tennessee Rangers in the photo.

REMAINING SECTIONAL COUNCIL/DISTRICT TOUR DATES

Nashville North/Nashville South – October 19 @ Mt. Juliet Life Assembly

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