Winnipeg, Man.–After eight years, The Gathering Place, an MB congregation of 65 people located in Airdrie, Alta., held its final service, June 26, 2011.
The focus of the service was celebration. says lead pastor Ben Terlesky, who replaced founding pastor, Kelly Steffen in 2008. We remembered how God blessed us in the past and thanked him for his goodness. Many people shared how the church had impacted their lives, and how they had found the Lord through the ministry of The Gathering Place.
Financial and human resources presented challenges for this congregation. Although many in the community were enthusiastically involved in the work of the church, and were part of its vibrant small group ministry, none were prepared to relieve those who had served past their appointed time in key leadership positions, says Terlesky.
This may rally people to do something different, and different isn’t always bad, says Terlesky. Different can be a good thing if it moves people toward involvement in kingdom purposes. That can be very exciting.
Plans are in place to follow up with the community over the summer months to determine next steps for members.
As a provincial conference, were thankful for the ways God used The Gathering Place church family to express his heart to the people in Airdrie, says Daniel Beutler, executive director at the Alberta Conference of MB Churches (ABMB). We pray for Gods comfort and peace for the whole Gathering Place church family we also pray for God to continue to challenge and to empower us to stay on mission, namely reaching Alberta for Christ.
–a Canadian Conference of MB Churches news release