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Looking forward to a great 2012!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great 2012!

As you can see, I only blog on “even” years. So, look forward to hearing from me from time to time this year about life and ministry.

Our 2012 vision this year for the High 5 Children’s Ministry is simple:

To connect the body of Christ at Westmore RELATIONALY and with RESPONSIBILITY so we may better serve Christ, His church and reach our community.

Luke chapter ten teaches us some amazing truths about ministry that we can see modeled from the life of Jesus himself. First of all in verse one we read how Jesus sent the disciples out two by two. He has called us to PARTNER in ministry. As we partner in ministry, we connect with others in the body of Christ relationally and with a shared responsibility. Partnering this way puts us into a good position to serve joyfully and avoid the burn out so many in ministry experience.

Secondly, we see the importance of PRAYER. Luke 10:2 Jesus says to pray for laborers to enter the harvest. It’s important to lift up one another in prayer and encourage one another to step up and serve in some way. Prayer not only connects us in our relationship with God, it is through prayer that God is able to connect us with others and bring about divine providence in our lives to accomplish His purpose through us.

Lastly, we should PRAISE God as we experience what He is doing in our lives and through our lives for His kingdom. In Luke ten verse seventeen and twenty one we can see that not only do we rejoice as we serve God together, Jesus himself is filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit as we do His work on the earth today.

So, get out there and get involved in your home church. Partner in ministry, pray for the harvest and praise God. Serve the Lord by serving others. Your 2012 can be the best year ever as you connect relationally and with responsibility within the body of Christ!


Chris Knipp


The 2011 Vision

The past week we have celebrated the first year serving at our current ministry assignment at Westmore Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. It’s been an eventful year getting adjusted to doing ministry in a new town with new people and living with your in-laws :). We’ve had a lot of great experiences and have gotten to know some real good people.

I look forward to closing out a strong 2010 as we plan ahead for a great 2011! I’m excited and await, with great expectation, a fruitful new year. This week, I’ve finished writing up the 2011 vision, goals, calendar and budget for the children’s ministry. Habakkuk 2:2 says,

“ Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.

So, here is our vision and goals for 2011 written plainly on one of my many “modern day tablets.”

We seek to establish norms within the culture of our church/ children’s ministry cultivating a family approach to discipleship through which we perform ministry together with the combined influences of church and family preparing us for the harvest God wills to send to Westmore Church of God as we endeavor to expand His Kingdom!

• Connect families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members with the vision, to each other, to ministry and to mission
• Train families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to embrace vision and Christian community and to fulfill ministry and mission
• Provide opportunities for families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to adhere to vision and Christian community and fulfill ministry and mission

I’m ready to be used by God to “equip the saints for the working of ministry.” I’m ready for a ripe spiritual harvest this next year. I’m ready to be the man of God, husband, father, friend and pastor that God has called me to be. I’m ready to walk in and fulfill the heavenly vision God has given me.