Posted: July 28, 2020 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
I like to plan, prepare and strategize. I love Excel spreadsheets and looking at data and trying to figure out the next decision. For some, you can relate. For others, you are thinking…now I know that I think Nate is boring. 😊 But what about God’s plan? There’s something that God has been at work in that I can’t plan for, prepare for, or look at data to find the best decision.
It’s the Seneca Campus.
In the fall of 2019, God really led us toward Seneca, Illinois. The first idea was that we would steam our online services into Bob and Sarah O’Sullivans house and have church that way. Until we realized we had too many people to fit into their house and needed to look at another option.
My initial plan was to have “in person teaching” and “in person Worship” 2 times a month, then stream online the other 2 Sundays. Then, Nick cast vision for having “in person teaching” every week in the fall. Not my idea, but a really great idea to connect with those in the community. And I’m so grateful we are going to be able to provide this in the fall. Then, Sarah cast vision for having “in person worship” every week in the fall. Not my idea, but again, a great idea to connect in person with those in the community. And I’m so grateful to Sarah for leading in this initiative.
All the while….we are challenged with COVID 19 and yet God continues to send more and more people who are excited to be a part of the Seneca campus. Honestly, as I sit here today, we might have more people than space at the Methodist church when we launch Sept. 20th. What a wonderful situation to be in!
As soon as I make a plan, God goes beyond my plan. He uses other gifted leaders to go beyond. What a blessing! I can so relate to what Paul said in Ephesians 3:20:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…
My version of that prayer is this….
God, this was your plan from the beginning. We keep trying to “catch up” to what we think you are doing. May we never catch up and always be filled with awe and wonder for what you are doing…way beyond what we could even ask or imagine.