David & Rhonda Ackerman
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- To see people find hope and full salvation in Jesus Christ
- To be used in pastoral care, making the Word of God clear, and reaching people through holistic service
- To train up the church to be effective in our world
- To communicate the good news of Jesus in loving ways
- To empower people to do ministry as God leads them.
- Biblical preaching and teaching, with a focus on studying the Bible in depth to hear God’s plan for us today
- Clear communication through speaking and writing
- Administrative skills to plan, strategize, organize, and delegate
- People skills of getting along well with everyone
- Openness to creative methods of ministry
- Compassionate ministry to the sick and dying
- Careful stewardship of personal and church finances
- Laid back personalities that seek to encourage people
- David’s Strength’s: Learner, Intellection, Strategic, Achiever, Connectedness
- Rhonda’s Strength’s: Harmony, Empathy, Developer, Achiever, Belief
God has blessed us in many ways over the years: salvation, a wonderful family, and the opportunity to serve in various ministries around the world. God called us both into ministry as teenagers. We responded by preparing at Northwest Nazarene University where we met and fell in love. As God has directed our lives, we have adopted two beautiful children, served as pastors, missionaries, professor, nurse, chaplain, and other ministries. We have seen God’s direction through the many challenges we have faced. Our family verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. We are learning to trust in the Lord in all we do. The new theme of our family is “abiding in Christ.”
Vision for the Church
The essentials of being church have not changed and are universal for all cultures. What changes are the images and methods we use to share the gospel to the people around us. The early church was characterized by study of God’s Word, fellowship, compassion, and prayer (Acts 2:42). The church today must also practice these essential elements. People are looking for meaning, and part of that involves developing relationships with others. One of the most effective ways to grow the church today is by genuine relationships of love. As the church, we function best when we are unified in our devotion to Christ and whole-heartedly devoted to helping one another get to heaven through our testimonies of love and holiness. The Bible provides all the information we need. We need to focus on the Word and find new ways to help people be connected to the central message of the Word. At times, we will need to be creative in our methods because the world is changing. Following and adapting the best examples will help us be the church in our communities. We begin with study of the Scripture and then listen and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us as we connect with those around us.