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Annual report1

Our We strive to Live

Our We strive to Live like Jesus Jesus is our ultimate role model so we acknowledge him as Lord of our life. Because of this we believe that wholehearted submission to God's will and His word is the starting point of the Christian faith and the foundation of all spiritual growth. Our desire is to Love without Measure We exist to share the life and love of Jesus with others who want to know about him and help grow fully devoted followers of Jesus. We acknowledge that being in community is an integral part of being a Christian. We want to be a people of Grace and follow the words of Micah 6:8 - To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. We recognise that together we are on a journey and need to Learn our Faith. There is nothing comfortable about the bible, nothing easy about our faith. We should never cease to question the bible or be questioned by it. For most, understanding our faith is, and should be, a struggle because it challenges every part of our being. Let's learn our faith together. We want to Lead to make a difference. We believe that every follower of Jesus is called to mission. We as a church strive to be intentional about sharing our personal spiritual journeys with those outside the church. This means the focus of the church is not so much on what goes on inside the building on a Sunday, but what our people are doing throughout the week. 4

Elders Report 2017 provided numerous opportunities to reach into the Community and we know many people’s lives have been touched by all the ministries we have at Otumoetai Baptist. Remaining under stable leadership over the last few years has seen our church congregation be effective in what God has called us to do, to Live, Love, Learn & Lead. With the news of Brian’s departure to a new ministry opportunity we will see some change as we move into 2018 and beyond. Change brings forward opportunity to continue to expand the ministries of Otumoetai Baptist, and with clear purpose from Eldership and the wider Ministry teams within our congregation, our Leadership are committed to ensure we keep a clear view of what God’s path forward is for the church. We have an experienced team of people all committed to ensuring we move forward under stable leadership into the future. Selecting a new leader will be done with care and attention to the needs of the congregation. While not ignoring the past, we will look to the future to ensure we have the Leadership needed to move forward in all our ministry opportunities before us. We thank Brian for his commitment to our congregation, and to Brian & Gay for their future ministry, we wish them well as they take this next step in their lives after hearing God’s desire for them in the years ahead. We also acknowledge and give thanks for the prayer support and care provided to all who have suffered poor health this year and remember fondly those who have passed away. We thank the wider ministries of Otumoetai Baptist, from seniors ministry, home groups, Pastoral & office team, worship members, mainly music, Wednesday communion, hospitality, flower arranging, ICONZ, crèche, children, zero gravity and youth ministries, pastoral care, the prayer chain, hospital visitation, kitchen volunteers, cleaners and the many other people involved in making our church function. Without all the commitment of so many we could not meet the needs of our community as we do on an ongoing basis. Families arriving into our community continue to provide great opportunity for us to focus. Wonder kids, Jigsaw, Flipt & Zero Gravity Youth activities are ministering to increased numbers each year partly as children of church family age and also as we reach into the community. As a church of various age groups our challenge is continually to meet the needs of all ages in our community as best we can, which we are constantly striving to do. Our thanks is extended to the faithful givers of their time and resources to enable Otumoetai Baptist to achieve its full potential to Live, Love, Learn & Lead. Jeremiah 29 v 11. God has a plan for you, they are plans for good and not for calamity to give you a future and hope. NLT From the Elders Ian Chitty, Phil Burnet, Rory Birkbeck & Andrew Austin 5

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