What a blessing to have most of my traveling behind for 2012, although, I have been blessed in my time in Wyoming (February), Israel (March), Southeast Asia (May), and vacation in Virginia and South Carolina (July). No wonder it seems as
if this year is just “flying by.”

In the midst of everything we have been diligently searching for the individual that God would have to come and lead our Educational Ministries (Sunday School, Discipleship, etc.). After receiving and reviewing more than 50 resumes, we are now in prayer about 3 or 4 individuals, and I would encourage you to join us in praying for wisdom and knowledge of God’s will in this very significant position in the life of Hillcrest.

Once we progress to the point that we have direction and knowledge of the will of God our Personnel Ministry Team, along with other leadership will establish timelines for interviews, and presentation to all the directly impacted areas of ministry, and then ultimately to the church body for approval.

We have currently been blessed to have Kenneth Priest from the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas as our interim for the past 6 months. However, due to Kenneth being such a gifted leader, he is being promoted to a new position of greater demand and will need to leave us by the end of August. Kenneth will continue to offer any wisdom and advice until a time that we have filled our Minister of Education position.

I look forward to seeing you each Sunday as we come together to worship Him and encourage one another in our growth in Him.