Three weeks ago we let you know that our Senior Pastor, Steve Cree, had been placed on sick leave by his doctor until the end of June. On Sunday (23 June) our church’s Elders and Managers provided the following update to the church on Steve’s sick leave. This update also includes information that Steve himself has asked be conveyed to the church, as Steve wishes us to be accurately informed about the reasons for his sick leave:
Steve Cree’s doctor has given Steve an extension of his current sick leave until 30 September 2019 in order to continue his efforts to focus on personal healing. The church board is supportive of Steve as he does this. With professional help, Steve has recently identified that at the core of some of his struggles is unidentified and unaddressed trauma that began early in childhood. Steve will be working with a coach to guide him through a structured time of healing so that Steve will most effectively use this time and return to Living Church strengthened and encouraged. During this time, Steve asks that you pray for him and his family as the next few months also contain some unique and special family events.
Here is the prayer the church prayed on Sunday for Steve and his family, and for the staff and people of Living Church:
Dear Heavenly Father, as we place ourselves again in your hands, we acknowledge that there is no safer, no more secure place, than in Christ.
You, Lord Jesus, are our comfort, our peace and our joy in all and in every situation. You have given us your Spirit and it is by his power we come to you to pray for Steve and Ros and their family, for the Staff at Living Church and for ourselves.
Lord we pray for Steve and Ros and their family. We pray especially for Steve that you will continue to work in him to lean upon you more and more, that Steve will find ways forward in health and wholeness. We pray for Ros and the family as they support Steve; may there be wonderfully rich times in this season.
Jesus our King, we pray for the ministers and staff of Living Church, at all three campuses. Uphold and strengthen them as they seek to serve us. May they too know your presence and sustaining power. We thank you for them. We pray also for the church board as it meets to guide and guard our campuses.
Lord Jesus Christ, you our great Shepherd king, we pray for ourselves. Keep us hopeful, loving and confident in you. You are our king and that has not changed, help us to see opportunities large and small where we can share our hope and love with our brothers and sisters, and with those who don’t yet know you. Amen.