Coffee Lovers: Raise Your Mugs!

There is an exciting project underway at Elijah’s Harbor. Mark Ferguson and his crew at Ferguson Builders have been donating their time and resources to build the Harbor a custom coffee bar.

coffee_cupAnd, this coffee bar will offer more than just coffee with cream and sugar. “Cappuccinos, lattes, Americano, Espressos are all on the menu,” said Joe Gatas, ministry director at the Harbor, “along with the future goal of smoothies and frozen drinks.” Continue reading Coffee Lovers: Raise Your Mugs!

Newness of Spring

Elijah’s Harbor is filled with newness in so many ways! Our new Ministry Directors Joe and Pati Gatas and initiating many new and exciting programs.

We now have a full-fledged Bed and Breakfast program at the mansion. Many couples are enjoying the suites, pools and spa, special dinners as a part of the new activity calendar.

The new Sikkelee Pools and Spa is in full operation. Families are jumping and bobbing in the new stone and brick pools. Continue reading Newness of Spring

From Checkers to Elijah’s Harbor

Joe and Pati Gatas were on the fast track. Owning 25 Checkers Franchises and COO of 25 Burger King and 47 Pizza Hut restaurants was just a small part of their portfolio of enterprises. But God had even bigger plans for this dynamic driven couple.

Joe and Pati were key members of Open Bible Baptist Church in New Jersey. Pastor George Riddell and his wife Desiree were invited by Dr. Tom Farrell as guest at Elijah’s Harbor Christian Retreat. Along with four other couples in Ministry, George and Desiree had a week of fellowship, rest and retreat.

“I was speaking with Retreat owner Mike Jackson about the future of The Harbor. Mike was looking for a couple to take over the retreat. I immediately thought of Joe and Pati, but was conflicted because the Gatas family is very important to our church.” Continue reading From Checkers to Elijah’s Harbor

Pressure in the Pulpit

I went to Bible College in the late 70’s.  I learned allot of Bible knowledge but decided being a pastor was not my calling.  Over the years, I have watched those in leadership roles in the church and observed their lives and families.  The numbers are pretty disturbing.

American church statistics have reported:

  • In America, 3500 – 4000 churches close their doors each year
  • Half of all churches last year did not add one new member through conversion growth
  • Churches lose an estimated 2,765,000 people each year to nominalism and secularism
  • 1,400 pastors in America leave the ministry monthly.
  • Only 15% of churches in the United States are growing and just 2.2% of those are growing by conversion growth.
  • 10,000 churches in America disappeared in a five-year period.

Continue reading Pressure in the Pulpit