Kyle now has more time to do what he loves!

By HiloICoC•org Webserver.

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2.

Soon Kyle can focus more on his ministry of God’s word. (photo by Chris Directo)

Just six months ago, in September 2006, the church set a goal of having Kyle Bartholomew work for the church full time as its lead minister.

For a number of reasons, that goal was a lofty one. The church had been unable to support any paid staff for the previous several months. To make matters even more challenging, the church membership decreased significantly when a majority of the membership separated and formed their own congregation. This left only a handful of members to accomplish a goal that could not be reached with a larger number.

But as the Bible shows time and time again, God can do a lot with just a little.

Beginning in April, Kyle Bartholomew will become the Hilo Church of Christ’s new full-time minister.

“It’s a dream coming to fruition,” Kyle said last night about his becoming a full-time minister. “I’m looking forward to working full-time for the church.”

Kyle became our lead minister on a volunteer basis back in August 2006. He then started working half time for the church four months later in December.

Jim, our Financial Administrator, announced Kyle’s future during church service. (photo by Chris Directo)

Since August, Kyle has been working hard to develop a stronger church. He has excelled in ministering the word of God to strengthen the church membership and to help people outside of our church to hear the gospel, mostly while still holding a secular job.

“I hope to be able to create a healthy fellowship, healthy spiritually. I’m looking forward to helping other people to become Christians, spread the word [of God],” Kyle added.

Kyle knows that being full-time, while advantageous, will also have its challenges. “The main [challenging] thing is trying to figure out how to do things for the first time [as full-time minister].”

The challenges will not be Kyle’s alone. The church members have their share of the ministry responsibility, including the financial obligation and leadership duties.

Most of the members have been doing their own budgeting and planning in order to help the church. Although there has been no significant focus on the monetary collections of the church, members have showed their support by giving voluntarily, generously and responsibly.

“It’s just awesome to see Kyle on campus and around town sharing his faith and studying the Bible with people,” a member said recently. “Just think what he’ll be able to do with even more opportunities.”

Now that he is a full-time minister, Kyle can now make the most of his opportunity.

Six months ago, the church had a lot of reasons to be faithless about having a full-time minister. And six months ago, the church responded by making a faithful goal.

And with the faith of the church membership, the church was able to meet that goal.

Now that faith will enable our new full-time minister, Kyle Bartholomew, to share his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ with others — the same faith that others have put in him.

Click here to see the formal announcement. (Windows Media video).

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