It's that time of week again! Who's a part of Reliance Wednesday! Today we will meet Joel Hastings!
My name is Joel Hastings and I am from Owasso, Oklahoma. I grew up in a Christian family, which helped lead me to put my faith in Jesus at a young age. While following Christ has not always been easy, and I have made many mistakes; God has always kept bringing me back to Him. I eventually went to Liberty University to study the Bible and better learn how to minister. It was there I met my beautiful wife Bethany, and the rest of the team (they are beautiful too, just not as much).
Danny first approached me about the church over a year ago while we were sitting in a seminary class together. We began talking, planning, and praying what God had us to do. God made it clear that this is what He had for us. We are so excited to be moving down in a week (I can’t believe it’s so close)!
In Reliance Church, I will be overseeing the leadership development of the church for the first few months. Specifically, I will be helping lead and coordinate the small group leaders and ministry team leaders. It has been said that everything rises and falls on leadership. We would agree with that, but our mindset is slightly different from normal. We want leaders who are followers. We want to be raising up leaders who passionately follow Jesus. By December, we want to have a small group, with a passionate leader, for every 15 people in the church.
We definitely appreciate your prayers. Bethany and I will be moving to Saint Petersburg then looking for jobs and permanent housing. We know he will provide, but when these doors open up then we can focus more on the ministry that God has called us to. Most importantly, pray that we can quickly and effectively meet people and start reaching the city for Jesus.
Thank you so much for your love and support!