If it’s up to me …

Have you ever wondered how you would do if it was up to you? I remember standing on a foul line at the end of a basketball game with a one-and-one situation. I was ten years old. Make the first free throw, you get a second. Make ‘em both, we win. No pressure, right?

You want to know what happened? Sit up close on Sunday morning and I’ll tell you.

In settings far more important, people have wondered what would happen if it was up to them. An airline pilot in horrific weather … a surgeon in the midst of a life-or-death procedure … an executive with the fate of the company at stake … a combat soldier with comrades in danger.

For most of us, life might not be so dramatic but there are those moments. Parents wonder if they can get it right when raising their kids … teachers who yearn to challenge students to excel … friends who know they need to tell someone they really care about the truth about destructive behavior … pastors who need to be bold enough to lead with conviction … voters who know a ballot represents a stewardship of freedom.

Leaders find themselves in critical moments all the time. This weekend some of Wieuca’s best leaders will gather for important sessions to improve their ability to influence and guide others. By now, you know that our special guest, Dr. Doug Dortch, will be leading our “All In” leadership retreat. He will also be preaching on Sunday. Please pray for how God might use His messenger and these opportunities to strengthen our leadership culture at Wieuca and to enrich our worship on Sunday. When leaders get better, we all benefit.

We launch our fall stewardship campaign this week, “Press On.” In our Covenant Groups and in worship services for the rest of November, we will challenge each other with generous, gracious, and giving spirits to fulfill our call to mission and ministry. What will our future look like if it is up to you , to me , to us? Will we be faithful stewards of our time, talent, and treasure? What steps will we take, each of us, to assist this church in moving forward, in pressing on?

I am proud of Wieuca. I am thankful for the privilege to serve among this people. But I am not satisfied. There is so much we can accomplish together. It begins and it continues and it will be completed as we sincerely pray. There might be things you cannot do but this one thing is up to you. Let us bend our knees in adoration, in thanksgiving, in confession, and in supplication.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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