Be completely dependent on God

CHARLOTTETOWN—This year’s CNBC Annual Convention was hosted by Community Baptist Church in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May 30–June 2. The theme was “He Shall Have Dominion” from Psalm 72:8.

“We want you to be refreshed. We want God to impact your life,” said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader, as he greeted Convention attendees.

Taillon’s message encouraged pastors and leaders to be completely dependent on God for the work and growth of the church. “The most important thing for us as churches is to impact eternity,” he said. “We want to see people come to know Christ, become disciples and become disciple-makers. We believe with all our hearts that the plan of God is to reach people through local churches that are planted and grow … all over the world.

The convention wants to help churches by helping their pastors and their families and key leaders. Taillon said, “We’ve devised a strategy to impact key leaders in our churches in four areas:

  • We want to see them refreshed.

  • We want to see them equipped.

  • We want to see them sent all over the world.

  • We want to see them in relational networks with each other.”

Reading from 2 Corinthians 11:23–29, he spoke of the apostle Paul’s many extreme challenges in ministry. Even though he suffered difficulties, Paul states in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Taillon shared some of his own recent struggles after ten years as pastor of Pathway Church, in Calgary. He began to realize he had fallen into the trap of comparison with their church plant that has quickly grown to 200 in two years. He was reminded to stop looking at numbers but to pray for the church, to depend on God. “God is going to grow the church,” Taillon said. “We can enjoy Him in spite of the difficulties.”

Taillon urged the pastors and leaders, “Enjoy Christ Jesus. That’s who we are in the CNBC. We are people who are completely dependent on God. We need to be in Christ. We know absolutely, beyond question, that without Him we can do nothing.”

In conclusion Taillon said, “I leave you, not with a challenge but with an invitation. You’ve been carrying the burdens all yourself. Realize, it’s not about you. If you have been spending so much time in ministry that you don’t have time for connections, maybe you need to rework that.”

Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in Him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Reprinted from the August 2018 CNBC Horizon. Read more here.