The end-of-year meeting for the Canberra Revival Fellowship was an opportunity for our whole Church family to come together and give thanks for the work of faithful men with their wives that have served as our Pastors, and to celebrate as we welcome two new shepherds to lead and guide us.
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tim 2:2)
Senior Pastor Bob Beverley opened the meeting by announcing that he and P Chris Allen would be stepping down from their official roles. But as P Chris said, they can hardly stop doing the work of the Lord.
Pastor Bob shared that it has been on his heart for a long time that he wants to be assured of that the work of the Lord in Canberra and Vanuatu, will continue to be in good hands.
And he’s glad that it is – two faithful men, Michael Till and Chris Brown, with their wives Liz and Cynthia have stepped forward to answer the call to be pastors and ‘helpers of our joy’. P Mike Nagy who has been a pastor for over 20 years will assume the role of Senior Pastor in Canberra and will also represent us on the worldwide church council.
The whole Fellowship then joined together in prayer to ask the Lord’s blessing on these men and all the oversight as we look to see the God’s word continue to work across Canberra.
P Mike Nagy (renamed from P Michael to avoid confusion with the new P Michael) acknowledged over 35 years of faithful and committed service from now Emeritus P Bob, particularly the work in Vanuatu.
Taking inspiration from Isaiah 41:10, the new P Michael, urged us not to fear but to take hold of God’s hand and DON’T let go. P Chris B encouraged us to rejoice in whatever role God chooses for us, because what else can ever come close to serving the living God?
Finally Emeritus Pastor Bob set out the vision for our fellowship in 2018: ‘God’s Power, Purpose, Family’. He reminded us that we have had a revelation of the living Christ, and the challenge for us is to fulfil God’s power and purpose. God will give us the strength to meet the challenge. We want and need our lives to be fired by the Spirit and the Word of God together, so that we can do His work as a family – as a united body of Christ.