Michael Veitz IS THE THE HEAD PASTOR FOR New River Fellowship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH HIM AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY BEGINNING IN 2018.
How have you seen God working in your life?
Growing up, my life was driven by the desire to be "successful" and to gain the approval of man. Whether it was athletics, academics, or relationships, I was motivated to do well so that many would view me as a success. That began to change when I came to understand how Jesus had won the approval of God the Father on my behalf.
Ministry, however, can feed into this idol.
- How many people?
- How many dollars?
- How big of a facility?
These questions have been acceptable measurements of success within American Evangelicalism for some years and can be helpful. But they can wreak havoc on the life of a man who seeks to be viewed by his peers as successful. I have seen God continue to work in my life, freeing me from seeking the approval of man. Instead, he has given me a desire to be faithful to what He has called me to do, knowing that because of Jesus, I am fully accepted by God
How have you seen God working in your family?
God has been working in my family in mighty ways. I see my daughters recruiting their friends to come to church, to believe in Jesus, and they are eager to help me plan for church worship. They have bought into what we are doing because they believe that it is of upmost importance for people to believe in Jesus.
Suzanne and I see God at work in our marriage as we labor together to see God's Kingdom grow in our home and in Fort Lauderdale. God has given us unity in the midst of busyness. He has provided us with peace in the midst of uncertainty and confidence that our God will provide and that we will see Him change lives through our work.
How have you seen God working in your church?
We have see God bring many people who do not go to church to New River Fellowship. One gentleman told Mike's friend, "Mike has taught me more about God than any other person in my life."
Suzanne and I do not take this lightly. God has given us an incredible opportunity to meet and find favor with people who do not know Jesus in Fort Lauderdale. We are asking God to build a church around people who are coming to know Jesus for the first time. We have begun to see God do this. People are coming to faith, others are growing in their faith, and many are getting questions answered. We praise God for His faithfulness.
To make, equip, and send followers of Jesus for the glory of God and the good of Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and the world.
If you would like to reach out to Michael, you can visit the church's website at www.newriverftl.com.