Thank God for PAM

PAM (the meeting not the person), the Parish Annual Meeting, was last Sunday. I know that Annual Meetings are not the most exciting thing in the world, but I do thank God for it. Why? Because it (& the Reports booklet) forces us to stop and consider what has been happening over the last year.

 

It is too easy for us (like any church) to just roll on with what we’ve been doing. So it is good to pause and give thanks to God for how he has worked in, amongst and through us in 2015. So have you done that yet? Have you thanked God for the various ministries that Christ has sustained for our good, the good of others, and His glory recently?

 

I also thank God for each person who came to the meeting, because it shows their interest and love for Christ’s church here. They could have been home having lunch earlier. So thank God for them (without being arrogant or condemning to those who weren’t/couldn’t be there).

 

Having Chaired numerous PAM-type meetings myself and having been to others,   I thank God that the TGS PAM’s I’ve been to go well. There is a lot of potential for arguments and divisions to occur at Annual Meetings. There is also a lot of work involved in organising and then running a PAM on the day. So thank you to Trevor and the numerous other people who make them happen well.

 

Although a large part of Annual Meetings is reflecting on the recent past, we also look to the future, both in various of the written reports and verbally at the meeting. PAM is one part of us reminding ourselves that in 2016 we are to be —

 

Empowered by the Spirit,

… mak[ing] disciples of Jesus,

of all people of all ages,

to the glory of God the Father.

So for these reasons and more, I thank God for PAM.

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