Our ministry is focused on helping the disconnected find connection with an amazing God through the community at COTHA. We are called to violate the status quo with spiritual truth. The preaching, teaching and programs at COTHA are built around these two fundamental aspects of why we exist as a congregation. While we are not perfect at this, our growing congregation points to the fact that God is blessing us.
This week I spent the early part of the week at Camp Allen. The annual clergy retreat is always an opportunity to recharge and refocus. This year the highlight of the retreat was the address given by our Bishop Andy Doyle. Andy gave a stirring address about the need we have in the Diocese of Texas to begin living and reaching out to the world in different ways. As I sat there, I felt the Holy Spirit confirm in my heart, over and over, what we are doing at COTHA. He didn't say it in so many words, but I heard it loud and clear that the future of the Diocese of Texas and the Episcopal Church rests with churches like COTHA who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the world with the life changing Gospel of Jesus. I wanted to give him a standing ovation.
God blessed me tremendously by calling me to be the Lead Pastor at COTHA. What I didn't realize when I arrived here was that God also blessed me to be in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and have a tremendous Bishop like Andy Doyle. For such a time as this, COTHA moves forward in non-tradtional ways with the full support of the finest Bishop I have known. Let's keep moving!!