December 15, 2019
It was a sunny afternoon of the 15th day of December 2019 when members of The Lord’s Flock (TLF) Catholic Charismatic Community dressed up with a hint of formality to attend the Facing 2020 ceremony at the Heritage Sanctuary followed by dinner at the Events Place. Many were excited and somewhat nervous with what is there to be discussed and announced to everyone.
Every year, TLF holds this event to discuss changes in order to fulfill the vision and mission of the community better. New set of servants and leaders were also introduced through this event, and it is also when everyone is informed about the good things in all the activities of the community that happened in a year and about what is there that are yet to improve.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Eccl. 3:1)
For 33 years, the community consistently served through many activities, programs and events that aimed to help those who are lost and those who long for Christ’s love. Many changes were made, but now is said to be a time to change with a bit more than the usual changes the community had before.
“A healthy community will not have members holding the congregation back to change. The members of a healthy community will embrace change rather than fight it,” said Elder/Founder Sis. Techie Rodriguez. “We must press on; we must follow God and we must continue to grow. Many people do not want to press on. They despise the change that growth brings. They complain, “That’s not the way it was always done.” But it is time to change. It is time to grow. It is time to go up to the next level.”
During the event, Sis. Techie explained further what is up with the changes that will be made. The vision of TLF will be the same: “Save my people, bring them to safety.” The community envisions a holding place for warm bodies for nurturing of their spiritual development, and mentoring and training for evangelization work. However, the mission statement H.E.L.P. (Healing, Evangelization, Loyal Helper, Pastoring) which we have had for 33 years now will have to be changed. The new mission statement focuses on today’s present generation and on what the organization would do to achieve it.
These are clusters that seem to be like a process where everyone would undergo for a mature spiritual growth. A healthy community in 2020 will see the community as a place to serve and minister rather than a pull of prospect to increase attendance. It was also emphasized that some of these various changes that we are about to have is to modify existing programs, allocate resources, eliminate ineffective ways and habits, be competitive in the means of multiple communities, invest in evangelization, and focus on newcomers. The community must be able to increase impact. “We need to be restructured because some structures might no longer be necessary in the present time.” Segregations and brandings are expected to be eliminated as well. There will also be a decrease in multitasking of leaders, and more people in a ministry will solve problems of limited workers.
“Change is in the air, but change must begin with us.”
These changes are literally new and huge that to many, it is exciting and thrilling at the same time. No one knows what is going to happen as they move on to this new journey ahead of everyone. But it is just like an adventure wherein the people are exploring for great things they could find along the way of this path they are all taking. And of course, everyone is encouraged to have a better mindset and a good change of attitude. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor. 5:17) It would be the foundation of the things every single one of the members can do for the betterment of the community.
Now that the community is making a drastic change, we pray for the success of everything; and that may the Almighty God help us through all the circumstances we would have to face. Amen.
To God be all the glory!
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