Here at Visual Media Church, one of the mandates we believe in is, “Church first, business second.” As part of the Church, we’re not focused on profiting from it but in fact, we prioritize the stewardship of funds, which is why we intentionally follow a seemingly ‘backwards’ model of offering a premium product at a low cost.
Oftentimes September can feel much like January as we prepare for a ‘new year.’ We set new goals, dream new dreams, hold new hopes, and find ourselves saying things like, “this will be the year I get organized” or “this will be my year where I perfect time management.” The reality is that while the idea of a new beginning can be encouraging and aid us in the ways we aim to grow, ultimately, we often abandon these resolutions and continue to be as we are.
Following the Gregorian calendar, many churches within the western hemisphere of the Church operate according to a ministry year that ends near or within Summer and begins anew in September. This ministry year reflects that of an annual school calendar, in which sermon series’, vacations, and events often fall around the same time of year, some for more obvious reasons that others (Happy birthday, Jesus!).
Expectation is… challenging. It exists within us and oftentimes it exists without our awareness. There are two types of expectation: that of faith and that of lack of health.