Equip LogoA Letter from Pastor Mark:

I am writing to invite you to a very special series I’m calling “EQUIP.”

As I shared on Sunday, [March 19th] recently I’ve been impressed by the Lord to gather the troops for a very important time of instruction concerning excellence in ministry. There are three words that describe what I have in my heart: EQUIP, EDIFY and EMPOWER.

The first, EQUIP, means perfecting, furnishing and to complete. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The second word, EDIFY, means to build up and promote growth in another. We all need to be built up and grow in leadership and our service to the Lord. The third word, EMPOWER, means to authorize, delegate, enable, emancipate and to make someone stronger and more confident.

My hope is that during this time you who serve and those who lead our teams will tap into His abounding grace which enables us all to serve and lead with a renewed fervor. There is a stirring in my heart for the gifts that are in you to be stirred up for these days in which we now live. I know it’s time for all hands to be on deck.

This series is open to all who are serving, those who desire to serve and all of our Team Leaders and prospective leaders. I am asking you to make this a priority in your schedule because I believe we are in an important time of preparation for what God has prepared for us. The EQUIP series will run for 5 consecutive Wednesday nights from April 12th through May 10th. One of our guest ministers will be Ricky Edwards on May 3rd. Also, we will have a special two-night seminar with Tony Cooke on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30th and 31st.

Look for the EQUIP banner in the lobby to sign up if you plan to attend or you can go online at heartofthebay.org to sign up. (Preschool and CIA will be available.)

We are looking forward to this time of Equipping, Edifying and Empowering for His glory.


Pastor Mark Thomas

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