I want to start out this edition of Pagh’s Blog by saying that I am so excited about what I see God doing at
Every week I am privileged to witness the amazing growth and
transformation that is taking place in people’s lives through Jesus Christ. I feel very blessed to begin my 24th year of serving this congregation and the people that I love. God has been so faithful and he is not
finished with us yet! Otsego, MN
This has been an excellent but challenging year of transitions at
. Last Fall we said goodbye to our long-time
Associate Pastor, Tom Ness, and he is still missed. We have also experienced some transition in
our membership. Sometimes people leave a
church because they are angry. Sometimes
people leave because they are not in alignment with its vision and mission or
its staff and ministries are not meeting their personal needs. Sometimes people are just in a season of life
where they are looking for a change.
These transitions are always difficult in congregational life but they
are to be expected. We are all human
beings learning to walk in the love, grace and forgiveness of God. Christ
Brothers and sisters, when you are a follower of Jesus Christ, every “set-back” is a “set-up” for the future God has prepared. At
this time of transition has been preparing us for an exciting new season of
growth and impact. We have already added
14 new families in 2014 and will welcome another large group this Fall. These are wonderful new friends who love the
Lord and have awesome gifts to share. Every
Sunday there are new faces in the congregation that are eager to hear the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith.
Let’s be intentional about reaching out in love! And when you think of someone that you
haven’t seen for awhile, give them a call and invite them back. Christ Church
One of the scriptures read at my ordination 34 years ago was 2 Timothy 4:2. It says, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” In other words, keep preaching the Word and loving the people.
Friends, God is calling
forward! If I were to “correct, rebuke
and encourage” you today I would say that we don’t have the luxury of longing
for the past, clinging to religious tradition, or arguing about personal
preferences. Less than 20% of this
generation of youth and young adults has a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ. Most people under 50 consider
the church irrelevant in today’s culture.
The problems that confront society require nothing less than a
miracle-working God to solve them! Christ Church
continue to innovate through worship, sermon series, life groups, youth and
outreach ministries? We are willing to
change, grow and take risks because our calling is to reach this lost
generation for Jesus Christ at all costs.
The status quo will not do! Christ Church
We all need to step-up in response to God’s calling. God has been preparing you for such a time as this! God is challenging us to trust him more than ever right now particularly in the area of finances. The money is there but the breakthrough won’t come until we first lay everything that we are and everything that we have at his feet. I am praying for nothing less than “Holy Spirit fire” to fall on
. Without God we can’t, but without us he
I just turned 61 years old. Many of my friends in ministry are starting to talk about retirement. I could resign my Call to
, raise support and
lead BlessMN for a few years and then ride off into the sunset. Just so you know; that’s not even on my
radar. My Call to Christ
burns even stronger now than it did 23 years ago when my family first arrived
in Otsego. This congregation has a
calling from God; I will even say an apostolic anointing to lead a revival in
the State of Christ Church
that will touch the nations! Minnesota
And so the Lord continues to say to me, “Greg, preach the Word and love the people. The best is yet to come!” What is God saying to you?
Summer Blessings in Jesus!
Pastor Greg Pagh