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Deep & Wide: An Outlook for Nature Coast

Below is a note addressing some of the items we discussed at our recent congregational meeting. We discussed our vision as a church for the upcoming year, including the intent to hire a Ministry Coordinator and a Music Director; our hopes for the growth and development of the Anchor Youth Group; and our desire to allow the Good News to flow deep into our hearts and wide into the lives of others.

When I was a small child we used to sing a song called ‘Deep and Wide’. Using many hand motions, I would chime in and enthusiastically sing “Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide, there’s a fountain flowing Deep and Wide”. I never really had an inkling as to what was flowing from that fountain, but now I find that simple chorus communicates the good news of Jesus. The Good News flows deep into our hearts and wide into the lives of others

Deep and Wide is really the heart of Evangelism, and we believe that reaching the Nature Coast with the good news of Jesus + Nothing = Everything communicates the passion of Nature Coast Church, as we follow the heart of Christ into 2018. We believe this passion can be pursued by adding additional resources to the Nature Coast Team, and we have started the search for a Ministry Coordinator and a Music Director. We also desire to add additional volunteer resources to our Anchor Youth Ministry. We are pursuing these positions not for Nature Coast Church, but because we believe the Nature Coast Community (our mission field) needs them.

The Ministry Coordinator will serve to activate and grow the gifts that Christ’s spirit has already given Nature Coast, but in a more intentional way--to be used for our community. We see the MC position for the Nature Coast community (wide) and not us. The MC will continue to expand our growing social media and web presence, allowing us to expand the message of Jesus + Nothing to reach more ears, specifically millennials and Gen Z’ers. ‘Deep and Wide’ is the fountain of Good News. 

The Music Director position will serve to bring consistency, vision, and inspiration to a vital part of Nature Coast’s weekly worship. Nature Coast Church loves music. We love to sing, clap and engage. A singular MD will take us more intentionally into the story of our worship each week, and wider to those in the Nature Coast community whose souls can not only be touched by the Good News of the spoken word, but by the Good News that is sung to the broken, forgotten hearts that come through our doors each week.

How will we find resources for Deep and Wide? It is our plan for the Ministry Coordinator to be cared for by our operational budget. For the Music Director, we are prayerfully considering a capital campaign to cover the cost of this individual. We have a building already, so instead of a campaign for a building, we want to pursue investing in human capital--the human capital of a Music Director.

This past year we started Anchor Youth. Led by Jordan Pilla and Elizabeth Sandifer, this group has already reached into the lives of students in our community. Anchor Youth seeks to reach one life at a time, and commits their time together to that purpose. One of the intentional ways that we are currently pursuing help for Anchor, is through a committee who is exploring the possibility of a pavilion on the church grounds for the Anchor Youth. The students of the Nature Coast so desperately need to hear the message that Jesus loves them.

We are so excited to watch what God is doing in the life of Nature Coast. We know some of you may have questions or thoughts to share about this vision. There is more to say than can be said in a letter, so over the next couple of weeks the leadership team will be joining each of our community groups for an evening dedicated to answering questions that anyone may have about Nature Coast and our future. We will communicate when we will be at the specific groups, so all will have ample opportunity to attend one of the Q and A’s. 

“Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide”.
That fountain is the outrageous, scandalous love of God through Jesus Christ.It is Jesus + Nothing = Everything.It is flowing in spite of us.We’d just like to jump into that fountain because it will take us both Deep and Wide.Let’s jump in the fountain together.It will be fun, crazy, and wild!

Pastor Brad Bresson 

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