|Dennis and Lynda McBride|
This last weekend Pastoral Candidate, Dennis McBride and his lovely wife, Lynda, were here to officially candidate. They had been here twice before and were well received. Dennis and Lynda are well qualified and have extensive pastoral ministry experience. He is a graduate of The Master's Seminary and was on staff at Grace Community Church for many years.
We had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday evening followed by a question and answer time for the McBrides. Then on Sunday Dennis taught the adult Sunday School class and then preached in both the morning and evening services. After the evening service the congregation voted to extend to him the "call" to become the new pastor of Bethany Bible Church. Dennis and Lynda have accepted and are already making preparations for their move to Lake Havasu. They are hoping to be here in January but it might take a little longer due to the holidays. So once they come and Dennis is installed as pastor, we will make our way back to the Pacific Northwest to be reassigned by the mission.
Right now we are with Stephan and Neeley (our son-in-law and daughter) in the Sacramento area for thanksgiving week and will return to Lake Havasu on Saturday. Once we return we have to move out of the RV Park as our space had been previously rented to incoming snowbirds. We will be parking at Stan and Stephanie Broder's house on their RV pad. We will remain here until we depart once the McBrides arrive.
We have learned so much here at BBC. Over the past years few years we have been to many struggling churches and have noticed some patterns which have led to their current state. I also discovered that BBC had fallen into some of these same patterns. I have been documenting what I have observed and have begun to write about them. This might even turn out to be a book some day. I have already prepared a document concerning those patterns and have highlighted my observations in a leadership class which I am teaching to the men of BBC now.
We are very excited for Bethany Bible Church as is the congregation. It is apparent and so very encouraging to see the Lord at work in this once nearly dead church. All but three members are now involved in a weekly Bible study. Attendance is up and new people have come and stayed. Giving is up and has met budget for a new pastor for the past two months. The people are really getting involved and taking ownership of their church. Please continue to pray for BBC as well as our move. Also pray for our new assignment wherever that may be.