A Message From Pastor Dennis


“My idea of vision is less about looking forward as it is about looking backward - looking at our legacy and what God has done in and through our church”
— Pastor Dennis Diaz
 
 

I know it is all the rage in books on leadership and true leaders are supposed to have lots of it, but I don’t do the “vision thing” very well. My last vision turned out to be a Benadryl-induced hallucination. My idea of vision is less about looking forward as it is about looking backward - looking at our legacy and what God has done in and through our church. Seeing what He has blessed and used to touch and change lives and to then to do it even more. My vision is to honor and imitate the great faith and sacrifi ce of those who preceded us – who vowed: “We will do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ.” My vision is to keep doing this – to be faithful every year, every month, every week, every day so that God can bless us and entrust us to do more and reach more for His glory. TJ and I had no idea when we were called here by the small group of feisty, faithful, mostly senior adults back in 1993 how God would use and grow this church. We could not have envisioned growing from 38 individuals to the over 1000 who join together in our 5 services to worship and serve Jesus every weekend.  We could never have imagined the ministries to our community, surrounding areas, and into Mexico - demonstrating the love of Christ to thousands with shoes, coats, blankets, meals, Bibles and invitations to be part of Christ’s family. We did not foresee the thousands of lives changed, families healed, restored and strengthened, or the hundreds baptized as new followers of Jesus. This has all happened and more – not because of great leadership or vision. It has been the hand of God blessing a community of real people who are committed to doing more than just play church - who are passionate about honoring Christ by growing in real faith and meeting real needs. I don’t have all of the details, but I am excited about our future. I am excited about what God has done, is doing and will do through our church. I am excited to pass on the legacy that we have been given. I am excited to relocate to larger facilities that will enable us to reach more for Christ and offer even greater ministries that will change our community and world. I am excited to leave for future generations a church campus that will allow them to grow, launch new ministries and reach even more people for Christ. It’s our turn to leave a legacy. I am excited about this. And I am excited to be on this journey with you.

DENNIS DIAZ
Senior Pastor, Mesilla Park Community Church