Every year in May we have an Annual Meeting where our pastors update everyone of the life of their congregation. See below for this year’s update from Senior Pastor of Resurrection Park Slope, Chris Brown.
In September, I took over for Matt Brown as lead pastor of Resurrection Park Slope— which allowed Matt to devote all of his time and attention to his role as Senior Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn. In February, our congregation said goodbye to the Van Horn family. Ryan completed his two-year church planting residency and moved to Chattanooga, TN to begin work on a new church plant. We had the privilege of commissioning the Van Horns as they embarked on their new journey.
In March we celebrated our thirteenth anniversary. At our anniversary party we celebrated the Browns’ service to us and went back to where it all begin, John Jay High School. Even though the familiar mural in the cafeteria was gone we looked back with great fondness at God’s faithfulness to us over the years and especially this past year. In the midst of all these transitions, God continues to bless our congregation with growth, new ministry opportunities and deep friendships.
Throughout the year, we’ve welcomed new members and celebrated many baptisms. We continued our Easter Week tradition of worshiping with other churches in our neighborhood. On Good Friday, we worshipped with Old First Reformed Church and Greenwood Baptist Church, and on Holy Saturday, we held a joint Easter Vigil with Old First and All Saints’ Episcopal Church. We’re in the process of reorganizing Life Groups and introducing six-week discipleship groups that will help us incorporate a “rule of life” for our congregation.
With an eye towards outreach, justice and service, we’ve been seeking new neighborhood partnerships and congregants have been meeting monthly to live into the Gospel call for racial reconciliation. We are grateful for God’s faithfulness to us during this time of transition and we look forward to what He will do in the months to come.