Once again, I want to thank all of you who are continuing to pray for God’s clear direction and fierce protection regarding this merger between Coral Ridge and New City. Both sides have been hard at work now for exactly 42 days (not counting today) seeking hard after God as we work through all of the meticulous details that accompany making two churches one (legal, financial, structural). As I mentioned this past Sunday at New City, obstacles that we originally thought might be too big to overcome have evaporated before our eyes. To a man, all of us agree that God is doing something big and great. For me, it has been a deep privilege to work with these men. Both sides love their respective churches and are working hard as diligent elders “to protect the unity, peace, and purity of the church.”
Tonight, we have our final merger team meeting. We will be going over the LOA (letter of agreement) that our attorney drafted. This seven page document reflects all of the decisions the merger team has made. Please pray that tonight’s meeting will go well.
And then next Tuesday night (March 10th) the merger team will meet with the elder boards (sessions) of both Coral Ridge and New City to carefully go over, explain, and answer questions about the LOA. Both elder boards will be getting a copy of the LOA (along with the amended By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation) ahead of time so that they will be properly and thoroughly informed prior to our meeting. Both elder boards will then vote on whether or not to approve the LOA. If they do, we move forward. If they don’t, we stop.
Moving forward would then mean that I would go to Coral Ridge one Sunday morning and preach. Following the worship service, the members of Coral Ridge (since they are the ones needing a pastor–not the New City side) would then be called together for a congregational meeting where they would vote on whether or not to approve the Pulpit Nominating Commitee’s invitation to me to become their next Senior Pastor.
So that’s the latest.
To those at Coral Ridge who have not yet had the opportunity to visit New City, please do so this upcoming Sunday. You can also download all of my sermons for free here. Ever since my name was announced back in January, New City has had the privilege of hosting many, many Coral Ridge members and officers at our worship services. I have also had the delight of meeting and talking with many from Coral Ridge over the last month and a half. It has been wonderful to watch God begin to build relationships and make the two churches one.
If any person from either church has any questions that have not already been answered regarding the merger (its process or its details) please contact someone on the merger team from your church. As I have mentioned before, the CRPC elders on the merger team are Clark Cochran, Ron Kovack, and Dan Westphal. Those from New City are Mark Kriesel, John Laudadio, and Scott Spell. These men will be more than happy to help you in any way that they can.
Don’t speculate. Don’t gossip. Instead, humbly ask questions to those who can provide you with informed answers. There are no secrets.
Please don’t stop praying. Keep fasting. Continue begging God to work and protect and even shut this down at the last minute if this is not what he wants. Since both churches belong to God he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. Our repsonsibility is to faithfully follow his lead.
I’ll let you know how things go tonight.
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About Tullian Tchividjian
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace. When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children—Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.
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