Does the church exist for the well-being of its members, or for the life of the world? This question will be explored at Battle Lake Community Baptist Church in Westerose in a series with Carrielynn Lund of Connecting Streams ministries beginning July 10.
“Churches sometimes lose their focus and act more like a club than a disciple-making community,” says Erwin Buchholz, pastor of Battle Lake Church. “But there is a balance, it takes a healthy church to reproduce. Reaching in to ‘build up’ the members is just as important as reaching out to our neighbours.”
Battle Lake Church has invited Carrie Lund to share her life story, and how she came to discover her place in the kingdom of God in spite of physical limitations and significant challenges in life. “I am alive because people answered God’s call to reach out to me,” said Lund.
The first session is geared for people who are looking for something more than just “doing church”. The goal is to encourage everyone to dare to imagine themselves actively engaged in God’s purpose for the life of the world.
Buchholz is hoping for a full turnout to the sessions which are open to the public. The evening will be accented with music by local talent, an engaging speaker and a Q & A session. Refreshments will be served after the event. A free-will offering will be taken to support Lund’s ministry. The session will be held on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m., at Battle Lake Community Baptist Church (north of Hwy 13 on Range Road 15, then 1 km west on the Battle Lake Trail).