Vicar’s Call for 2013 – Increase

Moses with the Ten Commandments

Moses with the Ten Commandments

When we read the story of Moses, we find that he often made decisions on behalf of the People of Israel, because God spoke directly to him in the Tent of the Tabernacle.

In the current world of growing individualism, Mosaic type leadership is not popular. Yet I believe there is still a place for it in the theocracy of the church.

Jesus himself was very forthright in “leading the way,” and the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church after Pentecost is very much about releasing the prophetic leadership ministry, but to more than just one leader as in the Old Testament time of Moses.

We need to hear this prophetic ministry of encouragement more than ever, as we seek to build the Kingdom of God in a sceptical world of unbelief.

As your Vicar I am called to lead the Parish, first and foremost. to extend the Kingdom of God – to share the God news that everyone can have life in its fullness. That is, trusting in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and giving over our lives to his lordship.

I believe we are in a time of “Increase,” individually and as a Parish; spiritually, physically and numerically.

It’s a big call and I lay a challenge to some in the Parish to confirm this, through their prophetic gift of leadership.

Over the next few weeks I will use this space to expound various thoughts on this call of “Increase” and invite you to respond directly and or by making a comment on this blog.

Steve.