This Sunday, July 9th, we will pray for Matt and Stacy Smith and ask God’s blessings on them as Matt prepares to enter Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX. We hope you can join us then. Following the second service that Sunday, join Matt, his family and others who plan to move to Texas to visit, ask questions and send them off.
The Pastoral Leadership Team (PLT) wants to express our appreciation for Matt and his ministry. Matt is uniquely gifted to reach millennials for Christ and to disciple young adults. Speaking the truth in love, with grace, Matt has both challenged and encouraged others. His willingness to give his all, opening up his home and his life to others, has earned him loyalty and appreciation from those involved in Rhema. The strong sense of community, support and love for each other in Rhema is unique and reminds us of the early New Testament churches.
About 5 years ago Matt Smith met with the PLT, requesting that the group of young adults he was working with become part of our church. He requested that the elders provide oversight and help mentor him in ministry. That began our journey with Matt.
Since that time, Matt became a full time unpaid intern at LCC. After they experienced a financial setback, the PLT invitedmembers to contribute into a fund to help support Matt in ministry. Later, he was offered and accepted a full time ministry position at Life Right where he remained for some months. During this time, Matt continued serving in Rhema and finished his degree from Crown College in Christian Ministry.
Matt has supported and encouraged other potential leaders in Rhema, resulting in John Hedine emerging as a leader to help continue this ministry in Matt’s absence. (John will also be pursuing a ministry degree.) Matt also helped bring Christ to clients while in ministry at Life Right.
Matt is planning to continue ministry while in seminary, beginning with a home church group. In God’s timing, Matt hopes to form a church, particularly targeting millennials and their families. He has expressed his desire for prayer as he prepares to move into this new season of life. Please join us in lifting up Matt, Stacy and their family, seeking God’s guidance and blessing on them.
The PLT highly values the Rhema ministry and the young adults involved in it. Their involvement inspires us and encourages us. We deeply desire that Rhema continues as a vibrant and ongoing ministry. We ask for your prayers for Johnny Hedine as their leader and for this important outreach to our community.
Matt will soon enter Dallas Theological Seminary to pursue an advanced degree. He plans to continue ministry while in seminary, beginning with a home church group. In God’s timing, Matt hopes to form a church, particularly targeting millennials and their families.