The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update Fall 2015

The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update                          Dr. Joel Tetreau

Fall 2015                                                    “Ministry Leadership in the West”

Arizona Greetings from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau. The Barnabas Chronicle is our quarterly attempt to communicate the various details of life and ministry from the Tetreau home, the ministries of Southeast Valley Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ (www.sevbc.org), as well as from IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership – www.iblministry.com). As most of you know, in addition to serving SVBC as the lead pastor, the congregation of SVBC shares me for four days a month with IBL as the western regional coordinator. The mission of IBL is to encourage Christian leaders (and the ministries they serve) in a variety of ways such as leadership training, coaching, consulting, counseling, and crises response. The staff at IBL is presently serving fifty ministry cases between these various IBL wings.

 

It was refreshing during the front end of the summer to have our sons home. We were able to enjoy several weeks of travel and rest together as a family. We loved every second together. Jeremy left us in June to work up at a Christian camp in up-state New York. He is now back at Liberty University enjoying the beginning of his sophomore year. Jonathan is continuing his studies at ASU this year as a senior. Jonathan continues to also work hard at his job and he has taken over the sound ministry at church, which has been a blessing. Joshua will finish up his high school as a senior this year at TCA near us in Chandler. Joshua also helps in the ministry of SVBC. Most Sundays he helps with leading some of the congregational singing in our worship service. Toni of course continues to serve selflessly at church in a variety of capacities as well as working full-time as a music teacher out of our Gilbert home.

 

As I write this ministry update we find ourselves ramping up for a great new season of ministry here at Southeast Valley Bible Church. This Sunday we start our “kick-off” for our fall through spring ministry line-up. First we have a new Sunday schedule for our services. Each Sunday begins early with 8 am practice for the sound booth personnel, music leaders as well as others of us from the leadership of SVBC. The choir meets every Sunday morning from 8:30 – 9:30. Following choir practice we have our Sunday bible classes that meet from 9:30 – 10:15. Following our teaching sessions we will enjoy our coffee and donut fellowship (called “Fellowship Café”) from 10:15-10:40. Our Worship service will go from 10:45 until noon. We are excited about our new schedule and hope many of you will not only be faithful to our services in the months ahead but that you’ll work hard at bringing friends with you to our services. I am excited to announce that beginning September 20, we will begin a new Sunday Bible Class aimed at adults who (typically in their 30’s and 40’s) have children at home or perhaps just leaving the nest. I will be teaching this class that will meet to begin with in the foyer.

 

Looking ahead to the fall months we are excited to once again start our small group ministry. Our senior saints and Tuesday study group begins again meeting each Tuesday at 10 AM. Our 20 year old ministry continues to meet on Tuesday night at 7 pm at the missions’ house (next to the church). Our Chandler and Gilbert small groups will be combined on Thursday nights during the fall months at 7 pm usually meeting in our home (starting Thursday night, September 17). Several times each quarter I will once again be leading a theological lecture and discussion group. This semester we will be dealing with anthropology (the doctrine of man) and hamartiology (the doctrine of sin). Our first lecture will be Wednesday evening, September 30. The youth small group will continue to meet on Sunday evenings under the leadership of Ross Rector. Ross also teaches the junior and senior high Sunday morning Bible class that meets from 9:30 – 10:15. Most months the youth will meet the first and third Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30. September will be different. The teens will meet at the Tetreau home from 6:30-8:30 on Sunday night, September 27. We have appreciated Brian and Emily Conley’s service to our young people over the last several years. With the Conley’s move to North Mesa and the changes associated with starting a family, the Conley’s believe it is a good time to transition out of the youth ministry.

 

Looking over the coming months in addition to our regular fellowship café time we are looking forward to several special events and other church fellowship opportunities. You will notice our Church calendar roars back to life. The ladies monthly Bible Study will start off this Sunday evening (September 13) meeting at the Tetreau home on the second Sunday of the month (on most months). The ladies will enjoy a “ladies night out” to Tucson on Friday night, September 18th. Additionally any of the gals who would like to, can go with Toni (October 1 – 3) up to Grand View Camp for the GV ladies retreat. Most months the men will meet at church on the second Saturday of each month with John Cefola for our monthly men’s study and prayer time. We will also enjoy a church wide “no-injury-allowed” softball fellowship the afternoon of October 8th. On Friday night, October 30, we are planning another movie and snack night. The movie will be family appropriate with a great message and is not only a good opportunity for us to enjoy one-another but a great opportunity to invite a friend. Then on December 13th we will enjoy our annual hayride activity from 3:00 in the afternoon into the evening at the “ponderosa” (John and Ruth Hill’s place in Coolidge). Important to the heart of SVBC has been our commitment to missions. This year is no different. Our “Missions Emphasis Sunday” will be November 15. We look forward to have Pastor Shekar from India with us. He has been a dear friend and partner in the ministry for many years and we praise God for his leadership and work. Pastor Shekar in addition to establishing many churches has also helped to establish a Christian College and an orphanage near Mumbai. We then will end the calendar year in December with a Christmas presentation on December 20, a Christmas Eve service on December 24 (at 5 pm), and a New Year’s Eve fellowship and game night the evening of December 31.

As noted, I work bi-vocationally for a ministry called IBL about four days a month. Those days each month are full beyond imagination. My IBL ministry schedule will include travel here in the west, the mid-west, the east-coast and perhaps two international ministry trips in the coming year. These IBL activities include leadership training, consulting with ministry leadership teams, as well as helping local Christian leaders with specific coaching and counseling situations. Usually I’m able to be back home in the pulpit for Sunday ministry after my IBL trips. On the occasion I can’t make it back, we continue to be blessed by the preaching ministry of the other elders at SVBC. We will be encouraged on October 18 to have my father preach while I’m on an IBL trip to Michigan. My father, Dr. Jerry Tetreau, serves as the Chancellor of International Baptist College and will be a blessing to all those who can make it on this Sunday. He and my mother have logged about 50 years of faithful ministry. My IBL travel schedule was full in 2015. 2016 looks as if it may be just as full. We praise God for the doors He is opening up for us.

 

My next significant international ministry trip is back to Africa in late November and early December to speak at the graduation of Nairobi Baptist Bible College. Additionally I am traveling with the IBL staff to do IBL leadership training to a different group of African pastors several hours outside of Nairobi. In route to Africa I will be stopping off in Oslo, Norway to touch base with several ministries, a few of whom have suffered through a very hard season in ministry. On the way home I will stop off in Madrid to touch base with a dear missionary friend and discuss the possibility of doing IBL Leadership training to a group of ministry leaders in Western Europe. Please pray that I can be an encouragement to all these dear brothers. If you are willing to help with the expenses of this trip, please make your checks payable to Southeast Valley Bible Church and just put in the memo section of your check “Pastor Joel’s Norway – Africa ministry trip.” We have two significant needs for this trip. The first is the expense of the airline ticket and incidentals in travel. The second is I need to purchase another 100 copies of my book on church decision-making from Wipf and Stock Publishing to give away to the dear ministry men we will be working with. $1100 would cover the cost of the books and the shipping. The mailing address for Southeast Valley Bible Church is 710 E. Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85295. Any size gift will help with this need. If you cannot give please pray for our safety and effectiveness as we travel. If you are getting this note it means you are “family” to us. We love you and are so very thankful for your friendship and the various ways you support our ministry. God bless you as you faithfully plow in your corner of the Lord’s vineyard! Straight Ahead!

 Pastor Joel Tetreau

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