Elder Blog September 2020

Since May, we have had several meetings together discussing ministry during the pandemic,   gathering potential and timeline, overall health and needs of the congregation and staff, unique opportunities during this season and continual progress for the Box initiative. As always, you are welcome to reach out for any questions regarding these topics in more detail.   Specific Discussion Topics: Worship Music   Earlier this year, Lyndsay Hudgens approached the Elder team with some questions and concerns regarding the use of songs on weekend gatherings. The concern that kept coming up is that by singing songs written and promoted by certain worship teams, we may be pointing people toward the teaching of those churches, some of which it has been speculated may be preaching a different Gospel than the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. The choosing of these songs is an area that we want to be faithful in, but have found the decision difficult to wrestle down. After much discussion and prayer over

Elder Blog May 2020

  In January, we released our first Rock Church Elder blog. Our goal is to communicate to the body and inform you of the important decisions that are being discussed, prayed about, and eventually made.   Since January, we have had several meetings together discussing things like Easter services, staff health and needs, financial accountability, and township approval processes for the Box Initiative. As always, you are welcome to reach out with any questions regarding these topics in more detail.  Discussion Topics: In March, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to redirect our discussions and our efforts toward maintaining ministry during this bizarre season. Our goal was to continue proclaiming the gospel through any means necessary, with respect to the governing authorities as well as the physical well-being of people.  Easter Sunday- The original plan of gathering under a tent at Lasco Ford was canceled. Although there was disappointment that our initial plans were not going to happ

Elder Blog January 2020

In January 2018, The Rock Church officially became an elder-led church. This is a decision that was made after many hours of prayer and study regarding the governing of the church. While studying, it became evident that the New Testament churches, beginning in Jerusalem (Acts) were all led by elders. The term is synonymous with pastor or overseer. (1 Timothy 5:7, 1 Peter 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:11) Because it is our goal to be a Biblically-driven church, we believe this was a necessary step in that direction.  For more understanding on this, as well as the Scripture backing the initial paragraph, you can watch/listen to Pastor Wes’ sermon series from January 2018. Currently, the Rock Church has 5 elders that meet on a regular basis to discuss the theological doctrine of the church, the health of the body, ministries within the church, and many other items as necessary. (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-3) The tea