State of The City
With already a great start to the year, I don‘t need to say much. For a few paragraphs, let’s rattle off a few things that happened in The City—Good Hope Young Adult Ministry in 2009.
*30+ professions of faith.
*Many new young adult members have joined and are attending our church services, fellowships, and bible studies and more are being added weekly.
*Introduced countless people in the Third Ward Area to the good news that Jesus saves from sin.
*Continued the The Real Word Bible Study – Romans, Ephesians, and parts of Acts were covered this year.
*Continued Good Hope Mission to Cuny Homes
*Building community by building accountability
*The Morning After outreach to Rice, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University.
*Improved our online community to 1000+ young adults from all over the greater Houston Area and the world via Facebook, Twitter, and .
*Started online radio show and blog which serves as a ministry opportunity for young adults.
*Continued C.H.A.O.S. fellowships that are outreaches to the community
*Vastly improved publicity of events particularly word of mouth
*Improved volunteer base of the ministry and church as bonds of disicpleship have begun to form.
*Served our community in many ways including: serving the homeless population; volunteering with the Angel Tree ministry; cleaning our church; cooking for and praying with AIDS patients; volunteering with the Angel Tree Ministry.
*Started the City Council, which provides collegiate leadership to our young adult ministry.
*Provided theological and leadership training to college students as it became available.
*Partnered with young adult leaders on the University of Houston, Rice, and HCC campus to provide gospel-centered teachers focused on making disciples.
*Partnered with ministries and participated in revivals and campus programs that led to conversions.
Thanks Yous (in no particular order)
Glory, Mac, Steve, Lee-lonn, Kori, Shalonda, Jamil, CeCe, Tiffany, Troy, Bobby, E-Sol, Ronnie, Dennis, David Dawkins, Chloe Virgil Chad, E-Sol, Bobby, Allona, Robyn, Eric Michael, Joshua Gray, Mekedes, Jasmine, Candis, Zachary, Riz. Lorenzo, Timothy, Nicole, Ashlee, Destiny, Jessica B, , Charles, Robyn, Robert, Pastor Clemons, Sister Mayes, Bro. Chambers, Pastor Cofield. I’m sure I forgot somebody, but God didn’t J.
Many of you allowed God to work powerfully thru you. I love and appreciate God’s goodness as He has so wonderfully shown through you!
Improvements to be made
God has blessed us mightly. Just like with salvation, he blessed us in spite of ourselves. Some wise guy said, “the biggest room in the house is always the room for improvement.“ In following Pastor’s pronouncement for us to go from “Good to Great,“ there are always ways in which we can use our time, talents, and treasures more effectively.
*We need to be more effective in our prayer life.
*More targeted discipleship between church and young adults.
This year we are doing events that allow us to bridge the generational gap and truly become intentional at discipling people and providing mentorship
*Train and equip more people to do what we do, so that God’s work may be multiplied.
*Hold each other accountable to do God’s work well and not half-step – He didn’t, He gave his very best, his Son!
*Hold each other accountable in our walk and yield to God’s desire for us to live lives worthy of our calling.
Focus for this Year
*This year we will focus on building the people that God is sending. More one-on-one, more fellowship, and more helping people to understand their faith and share their faith. (1 Peter 3:15)
*Less time and focus doing programs and more time spent discipling and hanging out. It is this loosely structured time that makes all the difference in the world in shaping people for their purpose.
*Strengthen our ties to the TSU community.
*Integrating young adults in all ministries of our church particularly our youth and children.
*Continue to develop online radio presence and blog which we feel will get the Good News out about Jesus by any means necessary.
Let’s Partner with God
Again, we have had a great year, not because of all the stuff we have done, but we have all seen visible impact in people’s lives as a result of God working in the midst of us.
Remember our mission as a ministry:
“To reach young adults primarily in the Third Ward Area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip those young adults who have accepted Him as Lord with the wisdom that comes through the Word of God.”
God tells us specifically in his word that we ask anything in his name, that means anything that he has ordained for us to do and would bring him glory, he will do honor our request and partner with us. John 14:14. Let’s partner with God and get it done. I love you and I will continue to pray for you. Pray for me too.