It is my privilege to officially announce that after much laboring, Christ Church has hired a new Student Minister. Michael Bowman will be joining our staff, as Jody Hooven has moved into an Associate Pastor position at Christ Church. You will have the opportunity of meeting Michael as he will be preaching in all three Christ Church worship gatherings on Sunday, July 22. We are delighted to welcome Michael and his wife, Sara, to Birmingham and into the Christ Church family! In order for you to get to know Michael, here is a little more about Michael in his own words . . .
All over the world, people are moving into cities. As this trend continues to take on momentum, many American cities are experiencing a renaissance. My hometown of Birmingham is not an exception. This city is experiencing an emergence of refurbished high-rise apartments, beautifully designed green spaces, trendy restaurants and a brand new sports stadium.[i] As the city center buzzes with new life, more people continue to move into the city.
While urban renewal remains a robust trend throughout North America, the renewal does not translate into solving all the problems of our inner cities. Vast areas with overwhelming, chronic needs remain. Poverty, drugs, prostitution, addiction, and violent crime continue to thrive. Behind it all stands a long line of broken lives.
Can God move among a people called Methodists? Hear the testimonies . . .
“Refreshing.” “Renewing.” “Liberating!” “I had a breakthrough moment with Jesus.” These are some of the phrases expressed coming out of Day 2 of the Christ Church Spiritual Renewal Conference. The conference continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the Christ Church Birmingham campus.
The text for last evening’s gathering was Acts 19:2, where the Apostle Paul asked the question, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”