I am disappointed that Randy Tate fell short of the required number of votes for election. Randy is a qualified man and demonstrates strong characteristics of leadership. I look forward to God continuing to use him and Lyndia mightily at Oak Crest.
Both Mike Holt and Israel Arguello were elected with vote percentages above 90%. I am thankful for these men. As I said Sunday evening, I hope you will begin to look to them for all of the ways a pastor serves a flock. They will pray with you and for you. They will minister in your joy and in your pain. Above all, they are a crucial part of all of us growing in our understanding and service to Christ.
Anytime there is a mixed vote, there is a necessary time of healing. We must strive for unity in the Spirit at Oak Crest. We must not give the enemy a foothold through the development of a divisive spirit. We must not have factions or political parties in the church. We must each guard our hearts and pray for God to continue to be glorified in the church. Our conversations must be seasoned with love and understanding. I am thankful for each of you and love you deeply.