This past week was my first week officially working for our association (though I’ve served as the Leadership Catalyst in a volunteer capacity for the past year and a half). I’m incredibly excited to begin this new role because it allows me to spend more time with pastors in Cincinnati with the goal of encouraging them personally and helping them discover resources to lead their congregations to reach & disciple more people, that then kingdom of God would increase! I consider this a huge privilege and so I want to share with you a couple of goals I have as the year begins:
First, we want to see pastor networks
flourish in every region of Cincinnati. This is a tall task but we know that creating localized networks for continued encouragement, prayer, personal accountability, and spurring one another on (Hebrews 10:24) to better lead our churches is incredibly valuable! In the coming days you might be contacted by one of our leaders to get plugged into a group near you. I’d greatly encourage you to do so. As pastors we often tell our congregations that everyone needs to be a part of a small group but then fail to take our own advice! Pastors, we really are better together! CABA Pastor Network Groups will each look different, taking on the personality and dealing with the needs of those involved, but most will meet once a month at a time convenient for the majority of local pastors. We have several leaders in place but are still looking for leaders in several areas of our city. Feel free to contact me at JCarter@CloughPike.com
if you would like to help lead a group in your area. You can also view the map of the Cincinnati Area to see what region your church is in.
My second goal is to help pastors in our association get to know one another through creating multiple opportunities
to have fun together. Have you forgotten ministry is supposed to be fun!?! We get the privilege of serving at the pleasure of the King of kings! How exciting is that? Still, sometimes we are so busy tending to the needs, planning and coordinating events of our own churches that we don’t take time to have a little fun ourselves. These fellowships create stress-free environments to bless you and often your families too. The next fellowship is a Pastor’s “Guys Night” with the Cincinnati Cyclones on March 22nd. This event if for pastors only but look forward to a late Spring event to bring your whole family. Tickets to the game are free but you need to contact Patti at CABAoffice@gmail.com
to reserve your spot.
The third goal is to simply spend time this year connecting to pastors throughout our association. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have it all together but I’m happy to be a resource for you guys in any way that I can. James told the early churches that sometimes you have not because you ask not (James 4:2-3). I know this is contextually about praying to the Father, but it’s can also be true in everyday life and ministry. If you need something, feel free to shoot me an email and I will do my very best to connect you with resources that can make a difference in your ministry. Some resources that are available are coaching for you and your church, evangelism or discipleship trainings for your church, help planning your preaching for the year, among many others.
Thank you pastors for letting me serve you through our association. I’m looking forward to getting to know many of you better and to being a part of what Jesus is doing and is going to do in our city!
Josh Carter is CABA's Leadership Catalyst and pastors Clough Pike Baptist Church in Cincinnati.