Something to pray for – The future of ESM

Dear ESMers,

I thank God for your growth in spiritual maturity. It is natural to see physicalgrowth, but it is supernatural to see spiritual growth. To God be the glory! I’ve been thinking a lot about my role, the leadership structure and ministries run by ESM in these few years. What we’ve been doing is pretty much inheritedfrom traditional Chinese churches—Bible study groups, fellowships, programsand activities. The workload is incredibly heavy for a few leaders; and the rest of you are enjoying their hard work.

Yet, the questions remain: am I gifted in the area I am serving? Am I beingcalled to serve in my current position? In other words, am I serving God the way God wants me to serve? Or, am I simply filling holes that are leaking? Or worst, am I serving to serve myself—to know that I am worthy? Or to gain power, recognition and praise from others?

Are we serving God the best by keep on doing what we feel comfortable doing? We’ve been busy with all the programs, but are we being fruitful? We maybe successful in keeping most people in the church or in a group; but, are we being successful in keeping you in Christ?

ESM are Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000). You are a hopeful generation. But your biggest challenge is to base your hope on a solid biblical foundation. Many of you are Christians and received gifts from the Holy Spirit; are they being used to build up the body of Christ? You don’t want to sit on the sideline; but are we giving you opportunities to participate more?

Contrary to the stereotype, most Millennials are not scared off by hardwork. Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful. There is a huge task in front of you. The question is: are you up to the challenge? How can ESM equip you to take up this challenge ahead of you?

Therefore, I would like to invite you to, let’s say a forum. We’ve scheduled an ESM leaders’ meeting on the 23rd Oct. But I would like to change it into a forum. May I extend my invitation to all Sunday Small Groups leaders; fellowship leaders at all levels; anyone who has any role on Sunday service; and anyone who want to contribute their ideas to make a better ESM.

So, I would like to ask you to pray sincerely for this meeting. Examine yourself & look for your spiritual gifts and calling from God. Think prayerfully for ESM, what is our strength and our weakness, what is the opportunity for ESM that wemay expand God’s kingdom; and what is the threat within and outside that would destroy ESM and eventually tarnish God’s name?

I believe in a dynamic, moving, and changing ministry. I believe that we can try, fail or succeed in many things and in many ways — as long as God gets all the glory in the end. Let’s do it, shall we?

Pastor Vincent 25/9/2011