This has been a long summer filed with many activities for all of us, and now it’s time to jump back into the fall. The Family ministry schedule has been full of mission trips, VBS, water balloon fights, and lock-ins, but now it’s time to re-focus on what we will be doing to further the kingdom and spiritual growth this fall.
We are called to raise the next generation in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ at COTHA, and for a long time we have struggled with what the best method to accomplish God’s calling would be. We’ve tried working on our own in each area of ministry and everyone working together to write material based on Sunday sermons, but this has fallen a short of the impact we could have for the kingdom if we all worked together with one end in mind.
Now, after several months of prayer, discernment, and testing, we have found a strategy that combines a focused direction, tons of resources, a network of leaders, and a plan to partner with parents in ministry…this strategy is called Orange. The incredible thing about Orange is that it is not new to COTHA. We have always been a church that “Thinks Orange,” we have just never had the resources internally to reach the standard and calling from God we felt were necessary to grow the kingdom. We have always been passionate about raising the next generation in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, equipping and partnering with parents to answer the same biblical calling, and having intentional transitions between each area of ministry.
With Orange we take our focus off of programs, what to teach, or writing curriculum and re-focus on relationships. Relationship is the investment that makes ministry possible. For far too long we have neglected our relationships (with parents, leaders, and the church). Now is the time to re-connect what is disconnected, to form new bonds, and to look to the future of what God has called the COTHA Family into.
The church has far less opportunities to impact a student’s life than the family, while the church only gets 40 hours per year on average, the family has 3000 hours per year. We recognize that challenge and want to equip families to take ministry beyond Sunday mornings in the church building and give them resources to continue the conversation into the regular rhythm of their lives.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9
In the rhythm of life we must focus on God and teaching His truth to our children & students continuously. We have a limited time to impress upon them the love of God through Christ. We must be vigilant and intentional. For Lindsay and I, we have 818 weeks until Rosie graduates from High School. That is not very long. We must be intentional with each moment of each day. We are all in the same boat with our children-- limited time with a huge calling. We want to partner with and equip you so you can focus on this relationship in your family.
Join us this Sunday for the COTHA Family Parent Meeting at 12:15 in Grand Central. It is imperative that you attend so that we can truly partner for the first time to make an impact in your child’s life.