Our Winter Classis Session took place this month, as well as the commissioning of one of the first Commissioned Pastors to complete the new CP process in our classis!
On February 18, after the normal Saturday evening worship service at The Bridge, many gathered as Scott Blowers was commissioned as Pastor of Congregational Care. Scott began the CP process back in 2015, and has steam-rolled through his classes through the Church Leadership Center. Not only was Scott serving as an elder through much of his training, but he was also working a full-time secular job! Our Student Care and Commissioned Pastor Team has loved working with Scott and coming alongside him in his journey to be a Commissioned Pastor. We are grateful to God for the many gifts he’s given Scott, and we think that he will continue to do a wonderful job caring for those at The Bridge!
Winter Classis was held on February 28 at Centerpoint Church. There was quite a bit on the agenda for the afternoon session, but one of the highiltes was learning about the new endeavor of Centerpoint Church. Since the closure of Westnedge Hill Community Church (Trinity Reformed) in November, there has been much thought about new ministry opportunties for that neighborhood. After much prayer and discernment, a plan came along. Led by Rev. Jason Olson and Commissioned Pastor Candidate Brad Landrum, there is to be a multisite ministry of Centerpoint Church started in the late fall. Efforts have already begun in the area, such as prayer walking and making connections with neighbors. Classis, who is charged with the care of church buildings when ministries close, was very encouraged by this plan to reach the Westnedge Hill area, and made the decision to recommend to classis the sale of the building to Centerpoint Church for the sum of $1.00 (as many may know, Classis has done this in the past with First Kalamazoo and Bethel Reformed). As the microphone was passed on the classis floor in discussion of this recommendation, there was affirmation given by many. We look forward to updates on this multisite ministry and pray that God blesses the efforts of those working to be His hands and feet! Below is President, Rev. Curry Pikkaart, Brad Landrum and Pat Bradstreet after the exchange of keys to the building and the payment of $1.
We also spent time learning about a new commissioned pastor candidate from Voyage Church, Adam Arocho. Adam works full-time at Voyage as a Ministry Associate. We are eager to see Adam learn and flourish in his progress through the CP track!
We also welcomed a new pastor into our classis, Rev. David Penning. David is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary and currently works for Grace Hospice. David and his wife, Elisha, are active foster parents for animals and worship with Urban Apostolic Network. David read the formulary and was welcomed into the SWMI Classis!