Below is an entry by Dennis Mathew. Dennis will be serving Seven Mile Road by overseeing the administrative life and details of the church. Dennis reflects on serving at Seven Mile Road and his hopes for the days ahead.
It has been an absolute privilege and thrill for me and my family to serve Seven Mile Road Philly these past few months. I am helping with “Administration” which essentially means doing anything that needs to get done, and man is there a lot to do! I had no idea what it meant to be a part of a church plant, but I am quickly learning. In addition to the very important missional aspects of reaching our community and those around us with the Gospel, there is a lot of other stuff that needs to get done. Managing finances, church setup and cleanup, organizing volunteers, setting up online donations, making flyers and t-shirts, planning events, the list goes on and on. There are never enough hours in the day with work, family, school, Fusion, etc, but I enjoy carving out time to serve SMR and helping to build His kingdom.
I praise God for such a wonderful wife who is incredibly supportive and often helps with many of these items. I find it amazing how the experiences the Lord gave me (and my family) over the years working with Fusion and our previous church, Parkview Assembly of God, has helped prepare me for some of my current responsibilities. I find it incredibly fulfilling to know that our family is doing what God wants us to do in this season of life. My wife and I wrestled a lot last year with the Lord trying to figure out exactly what He wanted us to do as we wrapped up our time at Parkview. We knew our season there was coming to a close, but we didn’t know what was next. He began to make things clear towards the end of last year when we started getting plugged into what God was doing with SMR. We felt we could come and help in some way and I praise God for the opportunity we now have to serve. It is easy for any of us to say “I don’t have time to serve the Lord because work and family and the pressures of life take up every minute of every day”, but then something will be missing. Life will not feel complete because there is no greater privilege than to serve Him. So my family and I hope to serve Him well in this season. I hope that we can sincerely give our all and help SMR in its mission in the days to come.