March 2023 – A thought from our “Leader of the Year”!

Crystal Sturgill   -  

Experts in the business world say that 50% of startups will fail within the first five years, due to not reaching profitability after the first few years. Whether poor economic climate, lack of concentrated effort or impatience is to blame, success does not come without perseverance. To persevere is to continue, even in the face of difficulty, often with little to no prospect of success.

Reflecting, not just on this past year, but on the time I’ve spent serving in leadership, I’ve learned the one thing that sets leaders apart is their decision to persevere. Regardless of the situation, battle, trial or triumph, leaders continue to move forward, holding the hand of those before them and guiding those behind.

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
James 1:2-3 says, “…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
Romans 5:3-5 says, “…glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Pastor has always reminded me that God would honor my faithfulness through every trial, even when I couldn’t see the end or was unsure of what would lie ahead. And He has, He is and He will continue to do so for me and for everyone who will trade their sorrows for joy.

From singing my first special along to a cassette tape in the old building, to now leading our awesome choir, it has been an honor serving our church in every capacity, and I am truly humbled to have received our Spiritual Leadership Award.

It has been a privilege to serve under the ministry of the Ardary family these past 18 years, and I hope to continue to serve our wonderful church until Jesus returns!

Sis. Angel Popadak