Tony Miltenberger is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He is currently serving as the lead pastor at Restoration Church Centerville, ohio.

We Are Both Scared of the Same Thing

During this past month I’ve heard the joys, the fears, and the incredible memories of Centerville UMC. Wow! I’ve been blown away by the whole experience. Besides the fantastic desserts and the amazing company, what has really taken my breath away is how open you’ve been with me. 

I’ve been humbled by the vulnerability of this church and that so many of you shared your deepest fears about what breaks God’s heart in our community.  That sharing allows me to safely say this: We are both scared of the same thing.

I share the fear that so many of you expressed that we will not fill the pews, reach out to the lost, or expand the Kingdom. 

After some time in prayer and discernment, I came to this conclusion: We have a Savior and I’m not Him.

So with this blog I want all of us to do one thing -- rally around Jesus. Rally around the one true Savior of our church and our community. The road ahead is somewhat uncertain, and we don’t know all the changes that will occur.  But we do know that because of Jesus the road ends in victory. 

Thank you for everything you do for the Kingdom and for our church. I am excited to be serving Jesus with you!

1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

What are you scared of?

How can you give that fear to Jesus?

Who can hold you accountable in that area?

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