I pray that you have all enjoyed a blessed start to the New Year. What an exciting time of the year for many! Yes, it can be a bit of a shock if you, like me, have had a couple of weeks holiday and now must quickly get back into the routine and demands of work! However, there is also a sense of anticipation for many as we commence a New Year. For children there is the return to school, perhaps for the first time or to commence a new year level. For parents there is often relief that their darling angel children are going back to school! For most of us work routines are re-established, and for those leading churches, thoughts turn to recommencing ministry activities, welcoming new people and the implementation of vision and strategy for the new year.
As I have contemplated the year ahead, I have been reflecting on Isaiah 43:18-21: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
Isaiah reminds us that God is not into formulas and while he is unchanging in his nature, he is working his plans and purposes out in ways that, from our perspective at least, are new and often surprising.
As I reflect on all that transpired during 2023, I am thankful that QB Services have been able to support churches in their ministry activities, especially in the area of effective mission. It has been very encouraging to hear multiple stories of people coming to faith, the growth in the number of Alpha courses being run, increased baptisms, answers to faith filled prayer and accounts of God’s miraculous provision. We are believing for more for the QB Movement in 2024!
As we anticipate all that might be ahead in 2024, the known and unknown changes and challenges in this increasingly complex and uncertain world, it can all be a little bit daunting, and we can be somewhat anxious. I wish that things were more predictable, safe and stable, but I have recently been encouraged by Dr Leonard Sweet who said in a recent podcast, “God has chosen us for this moment, not the moment we wish for!” My prayer as we enter a new year is that we would have eyes to perceive what new things God is calling us into, hearts to believe that he is going ahead of us and making ways in dry and challenging places and hands to receive the resources of heaven to sustain us as we, as a movement, seek to be intentional in making disciples who faithfully and fruitfully represent the Lord Jesus.
Director of QB Services
“Disciples of Jesus do not mimic Jesus; we manifest him. We are personators of Christ, not impersonators. Christ’s presence in our lives is more “thereness” than “likeness,” more “withness” than “whatness.” - Leonard Sweet