The Elder Expression feature has been absent from The Emmanuel Expression church newsletter for many months now, but I hope to reinstate it beginning with this issue. And it seems fitting to kick it off anew by welcoming our new Pastor/Teacher Patrick Slyman.
Pastor Patrick Slyman and his family (wife Sarah and daughters Lexi (age 10) and Maddox (age 8)) arrived in Skagit County on August 20th. Patrick will join the staff on September 1st and is schedule to preach on September 7th.
Patrick holds a Doctor of Ministry degree, specializing in Expository Preaching, from The Master’s Seminary. He was ordained in the year 2000. His experience includes serving as an associate pastor at a church in southern California for 2 years and serving as Lead Pastor for a small church in Rockport, Massachusetts for 8 years. He has also mentored Master of Divinity students in preaching.
Patrick’s role at Emmanuel will be as our primary preacher, but there will be times that other pastors will take the pulpit for a spell. During these times Patrick will probably teach an Equipping Class. He especially loves the two-way communication you can have in a teaching environment and the opportunity it provides to become better acquainted with members of our congregation.
Patrick’s title of Pastor/Teacher was carefully chosen to reflect the nature of his role. He will not be the “Senior Pastor” or “Lead Pastor”. Our church will be led by a team of pastors and elders and in concert with subordinate leaders of various ministries. We believe this is a biblical model and avoids many of the pitfalls of personal agendas and idolizing an individual leader. It also promotes personal accountability among the leaders.
Many of you have expressed your excitement about a new beginning at Emmanuel. The elders and staff certainly have a sense of great expectation about what God will do through the man He sent to us. Many of us on staff and on the Board of Elders feel reinvigorated for ministry.
God seems to be preparing us for new and greater things in other ways also. For example, our finances are gradually improving. We have consistently been running modest surpluses this year, which has provided the funds we needed to hire Pastor Patrick. Hopefully, this trend will continue and we will soon be able to hire a new Worship Director also.
We are also looking forward expectantly to the Getty concert that is tentatively schedule for the last week of March 2015 or first week of April 2015. It promises to be a wonderful evening of praise to our great King and Savior and sweet fellowship with other believers, many from other churches. We will keep you informed as plans firm up.
Meanwhile, take advantage of opportunities to get to know the Slyman family and make them feel truly welcome.