the Church Development & Revitalization
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
recall that West Shore interim pastor, Ed Robbins, shared an impassioned plea
with the 2013 District Conference delegate body. That plea was a call from your brothers and
sisters at the West Shore Fellowship to join with the District Church
Development and Revitalization Commission in our efforts to reach the West
Shore area. We asked the delegates to go
home and tell their congregations about this initiative, and to expect a letter
from DCRC, on behalf of the West Shore church.
This is that letter.
asking you to search among your members and see if there are those who would be
willing to make a three –year commitment to full participation in the life and
ministry of the West Shore congregation.
We are asking for three years because it is our belief that this is the
minimum length of time needed for our outreach efforts to begin to bear steady
fruit, and we want to be sure that the work is progressing well before people
may choose to return to their home congregations. We are looking for Christians who are not
afraid to try new ideas and approaches, who are willing to work hard alongside
the West Shore brothers and sisters, and most of all, those who sense God
calling them to this work. We want all
kinds of people with all kinds of gifts and talents because we are trusting the
Father to weld us into one unified body of believers.
We are asking in faith, for a minimum of
25-30 persons from throughout the District to make that step in faith and come
join the sisters and brothers at West Shore COB. We would like to have responses back to this
letter no later than March 29, 2014, since the plan is to officially launch
this effort of Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 with a service of praise and
dedication. When you as congregations
have determined the number and names of interested persons, you may pass the
information along to the district office or to the CDRC, and they will keep us
you, Brothers and Sisters in Christ’s mission, and may God bless you for your
willingness to help the Kingdom of God move forward on the West Shore.
Southern PA District
Development & Revitalization Commission
In partnership with the
West Shore Fellowship