A Love Letter to Northgaters!

Dear Northgaters, Roses are red, violets are blue. I love my church, cause Northgaters are cool.

What a year! What a gift! What a fantastic surprise! I cannot put into words how grateful I am for you. I’ve always dreamed of leading an ACTS 2 church. . . and while I’ve done that in part in the past, I’ve struggled to create that kind of atmosphere, until now. What’s an Acts 2 church?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts2:43-47).

Acts 2 sums up Northgate for me. We're becoming that kind of church. We’re teaching the Bible, breaking bead, seeing signs and wonders, sharing our resources, enjoying one another, and adding to our number “those who are being saved.”

I LOVE THIS CHURCH, because I love the people! I receive so much joy and freedom from you. You make my life FUN and my work feels nothing like work most days. I WANT to be around you, not RUN AWAY from you. You INSPIRE me! You’re courageous. You’re consistent. You’re compassionate. And thanks to you and a merciful God, the Holy Spirit is doing something very remarkable in our midst.

All I can say is THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU.

Thank you, LORD JESUS. You are LIFE and the true LEADER of our church.

Thank you, SARAH and the KIDS. You are my BEST FRIENDS and the true LOVES of my life.

Thank you, MOM and DAD. You’re my greatest CHEERLEADERS!

Thank you, Northgate’s BOARD. You SEE what’s in store for our church and you’re trusting God for some very BIG THINGS.

Thank you, LEADERSHIP and STAFF. We’ve been through so much together. You’re like FAMILY to me and you love Northgate as much as I do. You POUR OUT YOUR LIVES for this church every day and you inspire me.

Thank you, VOLUNTEERS. There are hundreds of you. Some of you WORK harder than I do. You are POURING OUT YOUR LIFE for this church and for the Kingdom.

Thank you, STARTERS. Some of you moved on to better suited churches with my blessing. Thank you for getting us STARTED. You were here when I needed you, and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you, JOINERS. So many of you have joined us throughout the year. Where did you come from? Thanks for adding NEW LIFE and ENERGY to our church.

Thank you, my ELDERS. You have put PURPOSE over PREFERENCE, and have embraced a NEW DAY in worship. God is alive in you.

Thank you, CRITICS. I mean this. You have made me a STRONGER and a more GOD-DEVOTED man.

Thank you,PACT CHARTER SCHOOL. You give us a place to call home, week after week.

Thank you, NEW CHRIST-FOLLOWERS. You REMIND me time and time again why God started Northgate.

Thank you, NORTHGATERS. Men, women, and children. I am truly the MOST FORTUNATE pastor in the world.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:3-5).

I LOVE YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Pastor Steve