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Monday Memo - July 28

With the departure of Rob Sweet for a new ministry in Nashville, you may be wondering about next steps. Of course, our mission and vision is solid, and in season and out of season, we pursue building a community and reaching a community by being changed by Christ and used by Christ. It is this mission and vision that holds GFC together and to which we all humbly and generously give ourselves. Of course, leadership matters, and rest assured, we have a great team of elders and staff who diligently work and pray for the health of our body.

For the last year or two, really since Rob’s arrival, the elders have stressed the importance of having another pastoral leader who contributes to the teaching team along with other significant leadership influence. Strengthening our leadership team is high priority for the elders due to their commitment to the Ultimate Journey. So over the next year or two, it will be our goal to add two pastoral leaders who will be a part of our teaching team with me. Of course, we hope and pray that God will provide one of these leaders sooner rather than later in light of Rob’s recent move.

This September I will have been with GFC for 34 years. I have seen a lot of changes over the years and witnessed God’s faithfulness in the midst of them all. I look forward to what God has in store for all of us as we continue the Ultimate Journey together. I am very excited about sharing the journey with you.

Thanks for being the kind of folks that are easy to lead and make it a joy to be a leader in this congregation. We are experiencing the reality of Hebrews 13:17. Check it out!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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