- Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter
Click here to read our latest newsletter.
- Love Serve Lead
Speaking Series – January 17 to 28, 2018
Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 AM as Pastors Jonathan and Ronald Burgio roll out what we call: Our Process.
Also see Our Process for more information.
- Men’s Breakfast
Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, January 20, 9 AM
M2M Men’s Breakfast meets once a quarter at 9am in the Love Joy Cafe. Come join us on Saturday January 20th at 9am. Enjoy breakfast, music and a great message. Offering taken. RSVP in the lobby and see Tony Baldi or Rob Schott for more information. We hope to see you there!
- Discover your Ministry
DISCOVER YOUR MINISTRY – January 20, 9 am to 11 am
Who God made you to BE determines what He intends for you to DO. You will understand the purpose you were created for when you understand the kind of person you are. Come learn how you can serve at Love Joy Church. Snacks and childcare provided.
Questions, call Uta Milewski (651-0400)
Register at Welcome Center in church lobby or online
- 20 Somethings – Canalside Ice Skating
20 Somethings – Ice Skating – January 28, 12 PM at Canalside
Ice Skating at Canalside for the 20 Somethings with after party at Greg Hirtzel’s place! Sunday, January 28, carpooling from Love Joy Church at Noon. New people are welcome! Email Greg to let us know you’re coming or for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Women’s Coffee Hour
Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 PM
A safe, confidential place where women dealing with difficult or harmful issues in their home or relationship, can come and be supported by other women. Last Monday of each month in the church café, 6pm-7:30pm.
- Football Sunday
Football Sunday, February 4 at 10 AM
Join us on Super Bowl Sunday during our regular morning service to get an inspiring inside look at faith in the NFL in a way that’s relatable to all people. Hosted by CBS host James Brown, it’s a 30-minute video event with Christian pro football players Carson Wentz, Matt Forte, Demario Davis, and others who share their personal stories of how Jesus has changed their lives. It’s fun, football, and faith wrapped into a high-quality video event.
- FirstWedensday: Team Night
FirstWednesday: Team Night – February 7, 7 PM
Our First Wednesday of each month starts back up in February. This will be a special Team Night and every-one is invited! This is for everyone who serves on a ministry team or who is interested in joining a team. Pastor Jonathan will talk about our goal as a church and share more about how we can influence the culture of Love Joy as we serve.
Lead Pastor Transition
After over three decades as Lead Pastor, Dr. Ron Burgio transitioned the leadership of Love Joy Church to his son Jonathan Burgio.
Interested in how this came to be and where we’re going from here?
Pastor Ron asks guidance and prayer from apostolic leaders such as Terry King and Tommy Reid regarding succession planning and to provide spiritual insight.
At the age of 69, Pastor Ron begins to prepare a document of transition for succession planning. Simultaneously Jonathan and Nicki begin praying for guidance of what to do after they fulfill their commitment to lead BASIC College Ministry.
Jonathan receives several exciting job offers to become lead pastor at other churches but decides that his place is at Love Joy Church.
Pastor Ron presents the first draft of a succession plan to the Love Joy Council of Elders for their prayerful input. The agreement is unanimous that Jonathan should come back on staff. The topic is discussed at each successive elders’ meeting as the succession plan is fleshed out.
Pastor Ron announces to the church that Jonathan will be joining the pastoral staff in the fall of 2017.
The Love Joy Spring 2017 Newsletter communicates the details of the plan to the congregation. The elders unanimously approve the final draft of the Succession Plan.
The Annual Communication meeting is held where active members will be able to vote in affirmation of Jonathan Burgio.
The Love Joy Summer 2017 Newsletter gives an update on the transition. Jonathan’s official ordination will take place at Love Joy Church.
Jonathan and Nicki have their first baby: Jonathan David Burgio Jr. born August 24, 2017.
Jonathan joins the pastoral staff as executive pastor, assuming full responsibility for the church business affairs including a review of the staff handbook, a review of all policies and procedures and preparing the operating budget for 2018.
The Love Joy Fall 2017 Newsletter is released.
Transition process is progressing as planned.
The Love Joy Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter is released.
On January 7, 2018, Pastor Ron hands over the Love Joy Church lead pastor role to Jonathan.
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the process for hiring Pastor Jonathan?Besides growing up at Love Joy Church as the son of the pastors, Jonathan is currently an elder and the treasurer of Love Joy Church. He has been a guest speaker many times and has been known to some of our members and elders his whole life. At elders’ meetings he has shared his vision and passion for the growth of the church. Over a period of five months our elders met, prayed and sought the Lord for confirmation of the transition process.
What distinguishing factors led to Pastor Jonathan being selected as Pastor Ron’s successor?
Track record of biblical character & integrity.
Healthy marriage and family life.
World-class preaching and teaching gift.
Doctrinal orthodoxy and maturity.
Organizational leadership capacity.
Strong value for global missions.
Philosophy of ministry for evangelism, discipleship, small groups and leadership development.
Ministry leadership experience as executive director of BASIC College Ministry.
Honor for his parents and a desire to continue their vision to Work Together to Win Buffalo to Christ.
What are Pastors Ron & Judy doing next?They will continue to lead the church throughout the transition period until January 1, 2018.
After Pastor Jonathan is installed as lead pastor what will be Pastors Ron & Judy’s roles?Pastor Ron continues as senior pastor with a focus on pastoral care, Pastor Judy as associate pastor, overseeing Kids’ Church and adult education. Pastor Ron continues to use his apostolic authority and influence, not just in the Buffalo area but throughout the nations, ministering to pastors and leaders.
What kind of changes should I prepare for?Pastor Jonathan’s desire is to simplify and clarify the process of discipleship at Love Joy Church.