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Monday, September 14, 2009

Shepherd Staff 2009

This morning, I met with the staff here at Shepherd and shared with them the plans for 2010. They need to know before January 2010 because they need several months to prepare their individual ministries for the direction that we are headed.

We had a GREAT MORNING of sharing, and they are currently meeting with their team leaders to come up with some ideas that they can implement that coincide with their particular ministry. It's always a rich time, and I enjoy sharing with them the thoughts and ideas that I have for the next year.

Whenever we have this yearly planning meeting I am always humbled by how wonderful our staff is and the sacrifices and commitments they make here at Shepherd. We are a BLESSED church and one of the KEY reasons for our church being so blessed is the quality of the staff that the Lord has gathered here.

These folks do NOT work for the applause of man and they do NOT work for financial gain. They work because they feel CALLED OF GOD and together they are making a difference in the LIVES of many people here in the valley and around the world.

There has never been a greater or sweeter group of staff people in any other church. I TRULY believe that. I want to thank EACH of them for their time, effort, sacrifices and their commitment to you and to the Lord.

If you get a chance, make sure you THANK THEM. They will be humbled by your gratitude.

In love
Pastor Dudley


Fred Blattner said...

Pastor Dudley,
It was an honor to take part today. God is doing great things through this church. Thanks for your leadership and passion.
Fred Blattner

Thankfull4hisGrace said...

They really are the best, we are so lucky. Thanks to every one of them.

Aileen said...

Pastor Dudley:

I would personally like to take this time to thank you and all of the many staff members at Shepherd.

I'd like to name Pastor Kevin Pisano and Pastor Abe especially.

In July, my family suffered a great loss of a beloved family member. Joe was only 54 years old and his life was taken from him by some very terrible circumstances.

When I called the church to see if we could possibly have a Pastor of Shepherd to do the service at Forest Lawn for us, I had the pleasure of speaking with Pastor Shawn. Pastor Shawn himself was leaving that moment for a trip but assured me that a Pastor would call me back.

The circumstances were as such that we only had 4 days to find a Pastor that could help us. I being a member of Shepherd wanted a Christian burial for my beloved brother-in-law and the Sheperd Pastors Kevin and Pastor Abe came through for us.

Pastor gave a beautiful sermon at my husband's only brother's service and spoke of the story of Joseph which fit the circumstances perfectly.

It was truly a blessing to see my brother in law off this way and I praise God that you are correct, Pastor Dudley, these people you have on your staff truly love Christ and only want to serve him because their presence there was a huge blessing to us all and we are forever greatful for the message they brought.

Thank You, Pastor Shawn for arranging it, thank you Pastor Kevin for the beautiful sermon and thank you Pastor Abe for being there for our non-English speaking members.

God is Love and his Love and Peace and presence was there that day!

God Bless,
The Ibarzabal Family

David Macer said...

Shepherd of the Hills - Antelope Valley opens it's new building this Sunday! (The building looks incredible after all the work that our team of dedicated volunteers has done! Pictures will be posted next week at or at

Services are at 8:30 am and 10:00 am at 43437 Gadsden, Lancaster, CA 93534

Directions: 14 Freeway exit Ave K, head east for 0.7 miles turn right (just past Lowe's). The church will be on the right hand side. We look forward to worshipping with you!

David Macer

PS - Vision day 2010 was a great day and we're looking forward to the best year ever at all of the Shepherd of the Hills campuses. God is continuing to bless Pastor Dudley and this anointed church!

Vicki said...

I alway want to thank the staff for there commitment to God's calling on their life and the sacrifices they make in order to reach the world for Jesus. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have definitely been blessed by your hard work and effort.