I have significant news to announce, and my blog readers get it first!
Many of you by now have heard of CityNet, a network of churches and ministries, most of whom are PCA or Reformed, dedicated to furthering the kingdom in Philadelphia. (Click the City Net link on the right column for more info.) MercyNet is an arm of this network whose focus is to encourage mercy ministry in the churches and throughout the city. MercyNet has been desiring for the past year or so to take on a full-time coordinator who would do basically what David Apple does at Tenth - come alongside churches and help them develop mercy ministries and strengthen their diaconate ministries. MN had hoped by now to hire a director, but has been hampered by lack of funds. One obstacle in fund raising has been not having a coordinator who could set the vision and demonstrate what a coordinator could do. To meet that need, the Session has offered to loan David to MercyNet for one year beginning August 1. David would remain on Tenth's payroll and staff and his office remain here, but his duties would be shifted to MercyNet. In essence, what is happening now while he is on sabbatical would take place for that year.
We think this is a win-win situation for everyone. It enhances David's ministry and makes good use of his experience and expertise. It certainly benefits MercyNet. Because David is already involved with CityNet, is known among the other churches, and furthermore knows how to establish the position, he can get the ministry position set up quickly on a solid foundation. Finally, we benefit by strengthening our connections with our sister churches. This is an exciting unexpected development and we trust is the moving of the Spirit.