Recognition Service for Mike Judge

(l-r) Richard Clark, Matthew Cox, Mike Judge, Dan Peters, Walter Johnston

(l-r) Richard Clark, Matthew Cox, Mike Judge, Dan Peters, Walter Johnston

Chorlton Evangelical Church has recently been pleased to call Mike Judge as our new pastor and so on 18th January 2014 a recognition service was held to give joyful thanks and praise to God for his gracious provision. More than 120 people attended the service and we were greatly encouraged to welcome friends from other churches in Manchester and even further afield. It was especially encouraging to welcome members and friends from Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church, where Mr. Judge had previously been a member and also some of Mr. Judge’s former colleagues from The Christian Institute.

Two of our church elders – Matthew Cox and Richard Clark – led the service and the preachers were Dan Peters (pastor of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church) and Walter Johnston (elder and retired pastor at Chorlton Evangelical Church).

Mr. Cox first spoke of God’s goodness in leading the church in Chorlton to call Mr. Judge as the new pastor less than a year since Mr. Johnston had retired. He also took the opportunity to publicly thank all the men from other churches who had visited us to preach in the interim period.

Mr. Judge then told how he had been led to consider pastoral ministry and then how he had been called to the pastorate in Chorlton after working for The Christian Institute for 14 years as Head of Communications. We would encourage all believers to continue to support the important work of The Christian Institute in these challenging days.

Mr. Peters preached a message for the new pastor using several New Testament passages to speak of the importance of the gift of teaching, but emphasising that there is no room for pride, for complacency, nor for defeatism.

Mr. Clark then led as first Mr. Judge and then the members of the church in Chorlton made vows before God. After this, he led the congregation in prayer for Mr. Judge.

Following on from this, Mr. Johnston preached and reminded the members at Chorlton that the Church is at the centre of God’s eternal purposes. It is therefore a great privilege to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ and so, as members, they were to be like Christ in putting others before themselves.

Alan Thomas (elder at Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church) then closed the service by leading the congregation in a time of prayer.

The service was followed by refreshments, allowing chance for all to renew fellowship with existing friends and get to know new ones.

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