A Time of Transition

In Sunday’s message, In the Meantime, I spoke about living in a time of transition and waiting. As most of you are aware, our Children and Student Ministries are experiencing a time of transition. I’d like to give you an update on that.

Last fall our Children’s Minister, Kathy Peters retired. We immediately began interviewing Children’s Minister Candidates. Then in December Chris Watson transitioned out of Student Ministry and moved. In light of our church’s continued and significant growth, we stepped back to consider how our staffing arrangement could best meet our future challenges and opportunities. Our research indicated we needed to restructure our staff.

I’m pleased to announce we are creating a new position – Next Gen Pastor – on the BPF Team. The Next Generation Pastor will be a leader of leaders and be responsible for children from birth through college. He will lead a combined team of Children & Student Ministers and volunteers. This month our three Children’s Directors have been promoted to Children’s Ministers. Erin Martin is our Preschool Minister. Cindy Trout is our Minister to Elementary Children and Melissa Genre is our Preteen Minister. Once we find the Next Gen Pastor, he will help us search for a new Student Minister.

This new structure reflects a strategy our two teams have been implementing for several years now – an intentional process to come alongside parents from birth to graduation and support them as they lead their children to take their next steps with God.

I am excited about this next step for our church. We have already interviewed several candidates and have others in the pipeline. I ask for your continued prayers as we search first for the Next Gen Pastor, and then a new Student Minister.

Live bold,

Greg

I Stand at the Door

Sunday’s 15th Birthday Celebration was so much fun and so very affirming of the vision God gave us to be a Church for the Unchurched. Most encouraging were the stories of life change I heard from many of you after the services. That’s why we’re here. God receives glory whenever people take their next step with Him.

As I have done in the past on big vision days like Sunday, I read my favorite poem – I Stand by the Door. It explains why we are so passionate about staying outward focused here at the Pointe.

If you missed Sunday, or just want to experience it again, you’ll see it reprinted for you below. Thanks for a great Sunday and for being such a wonderful church.

I love this church,

Greg

I Stand by the Door

An Apologia for My Life

Samuel Moor Shoemaker

I stand by the door.
I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out.
The door is the most important door in the world –
It is the door through which men walk when they find God.
There is no use my going way inside and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where the door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
With outstretched, groping hands,
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it.
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for men to find that door – the door to God.
The most important thing that any man can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands
And put it on the latch – the latch that only clicks
And opens to the man’s own touch.

Men die outside the door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter.
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live on the other side of it – live because they have not found it.

Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him.
So I stand by the door.

Go in great saints; go all the way in –
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics.
It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in.
Sometimes venture in a little farther,
But my place seems closer to the opening.
So I stand by the door.

The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving – preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door
But would like to run away. So for them too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door.
Or the people who want to run away again from God.
You can go in too deeply and stay in too long
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him and know He is there,
But not so far from men as not to hear them,
And remember they are there too.

Where? Outside the door –
Thousands of them. Millions of them.
But – more important for me –
One of them, two of them, ten of them.
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.

“I had rather be a door-keeper (in the house of God)”
So I stand by the door.

 

15 Years of Taking Next Steps!

Brazos Pointe Fellowship held its first service on an Easter morning in April of 2001. Here we are fifteen years later, amazed with the journey we have experienced. It’s time to celebrate! Join us Sunday for a 15th Birthday Party, complete with cupcakes and balloons.

Ours won’t be a typical anniversary event where only those who have been there all along can appreciate it. This birthday celebration will be meaningful to everyone. With just a few nods to the past, our festivity will focus more on looking ahead than looking back; less nostalgia, more about life change.

This would be a great time to invite your unchurched friends, family or neighbors to church. Because just like we said at that first service in the Lake Jackson Intermediate School Cafeteria 15 years ago, we still want to change the way you think about church.

See you Sunday. Live Bold,

Greg

Easter 2016 – What A Day!

Thank you all so much for going the extra mile to make Easter for our guests such a great day. Hundreds more of you than we expected shifted down to 8:00 a.m., resulting in the largest attendance ever in that hour. The 661 folks in the first service even eclipsed the 11:15 hour which had 648. Just as amazing were the 816 folks who packed into the 9:30 service. All together we passed the 2000 mark for the first time with 2142 folks in worship. When you add 500 children to that, we had 2642 folks at Brazos Pointe this Easter. And we know from the “Fresh Start Bibles” that were picked up that several people stepped over the line of faith. Praise God!

Equally exciting was the news I heard from Aaron Sanders at Coastal Community Church in Galveston, the church we helped plant just four years ago. After baptizing 8 people at the beach early Easter morning, they had 809 folks in worship. So all together, nearly 3000 people heard “The Story” this past weekend!

 

 

Two Special Weekends

Brazos Pointe Fellowship held its first service on an Easter morning. So this time of year is always extra special for our church. This Sunday morning we celebrate Easter once again, and begin our 16th year as a church for the unchurched. The following Sunday, April 3rd we will celebrate BPF’s 15th Birthday.

Easter at Brazos Pointe  As always we will present the Gospel in a creative and relevant way, so it’s a great time to invite your unchurched friends, neighbors and family to come with you. And even though some may dress up in new Easter threads, our motto is still: Come as you are. I’ll be wearing jeans (okay, new jeans).

But Easter will be a little different this year. Using only Scripture, we’re telling the Story of God and Man from Genesis to Revelation, from “In the beginning” to “Behold I am making all things new.”  A word to the wise – come early, or you’ll miss part of it.

It will take longer than usual to get off the highway into the parking lot, longer to get your kids checked in, longer to grab a cup of coffee and donut holes, and longer to find a seat; so add some margin into your schedule. Also remember – we have different Easter Service times – 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15. The only way everyone gets a seat Sunday is if 200-300 of you Shift Down to the 8:00 service. I’m sure you will.

Live Bold,

Greg

15 Years of Taking Next Steps!  Mark your calendar for a special Birthday Celebration, Sunday, April 3rd.  With just a few nods to the past, our celebration will focus more on looking ahead than looking back – less nostalgia, more celebration of life change. I’ll tell you more about it next week.

Time to Flip Back to Page 1

Goal accomplished. For years now I have challenged you guys to read all the way through the Bible using the One Year Bible or one of the devotional guides we offer at the Next Step Center. More and more of you have been stepping up to bat and swinging for the fences. The latest to cross the plate posted this on Instagram last week. Way to go Matthew Schilhab. You couldn’t have said it better.

Today is the day I finally completed one of my life goals – reading through the entire bible. It took me a year and seven months, reading about 15 minutes a day on my lunch breaks, but boy was it worth it! Two years ago my life changed forever by stepping over the “line of faith” and committing my life to God. My life now has a purpose and reading His word had given me guidance and understanding. The journey doesn’t stop here, though. Being a disciple is a never ending journey of taking next steps to bring myself and others closer to God. Time to flip back to page 1 and do it all over again!

Live bold…and start reading through the Bible today,

Greg

A New Counseling Option

Hardly a week goes by we aren’t asked for a referral for counseling. Most of the certified professional counselors on our referral list, however, are in the Houston area. We still recommend them, but I am pleased to announce a new local option.

Beginning this summer Scott Credeur, of Barnhill & Associates Counseling Center in Sugarland, will be seeing clients in Lake Jackson on Fridays at our BPF offices. To be clear, Scott is not employed with Brazos Pointe Fellowship, nor is Barnhill & Assoc. paying or receiving any compensation from us. We are simply providing office space so our folks can have a local option.

Barnhill & Associates will be added to our referral list and you will be able to set appointments directly with them. You can meet Scott this Sunday, June 14th, at Brazos Pointe at the Next Step Center.

Live bold, and never be afraid to ask for help,

Greg

Happy Birthday Brazos Pointe!

We’re 14 years old!

As we begin our 15th year, BPF is still a church for the unchurched, guiding people to take their next step with God. We continue to form local partnerships with new church plants like Crossover Community in Freeport and CityView in Pearland. This year we began a relationship with the Houston Church Planting Network and increased our footprint with Send Seattle, a church planting initiative with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Globally we remain engaged with the IMB (International Mission Board) and our mission partners in Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and Cambodia.

Why all the partnerships? Because our mission stretches beyond Southern Brazoria County. These relationships also keep us outward focused, serving as reminders that it’s not about us – it’s about people who haven’t yet met Jesus. When we see all that God has allowed us to be a part of, we can’t help but be grateful.

That’s why we celebrate our birthday each year with a World Missions Offering.

We will gather it this Sunday morning. Three-fourths of what you give will be sent to the IMB and NAMB to support overseas missionaries like our own Kevin & Lauren Glenn in Southeast Asia. It will also help start new churches in mostly unchurched U.S. cities like Seattle. Each year we send the remaining 25% to a church or gospel-centered ministry that inspires us in our own mission.

This year’s designee is CityView Church in Pearland. Just over a year old, they are already having a significant impact on southern Harris and northern Brazoria Counties. As they search for land to build a permanent campus to house their growing numbers, they are preparing to launch two more churches nearby. That’s bold.

Let’s encourage their boldness with our greatest offering of thanks ever.

If this is your first year to participate in the World Missions Offering I challenge you to give at least $25. If you have given before, I have a greater challenge – consider doubling what you gave last year. That’s what Kathy and I will do. With grateful generosity we can help share the gospel, literally around the world.

Live bold,

Greg