One of the steps that I must take before being allowed to leave for Germany is a commissioning service from my sending church. As part of my recent trip to Maryland, the church I went to for the seven years I lived there (South Potomac Church) commissioned me. For those who don’t know a commissioning service is nothing new. It is a time for a church or group of people to send someone to fulfill the great commission. Moses commissioned Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land in Deuteronomy 31:7-8. In Acts Barnabas and Saul are commissioned as well.
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. – Acts 13:1-3
To be honest I had no idea what to expect for my commissioning service.. I had never gone through a commissioning before and couldn’t quite remember seeing one either. I invited all of my ministry partners to come be a part of this service. The service was great. It was simple, but it was great. During each of the services they called me up along with any elders and missions team members that were there. Pastor Dave Huffman then gave a brief introduction into what I was doing and then I was prayed for by some of the most Godly people in the church. It felt good to know that the people in the church were joining me on this mission. I am proud to be serving God in Europe and being a part of South Potomac’s missionaries. I am also excited about seeing the amazing things God has in store for the people of Europe!