Pastoral Transition Announcement
11 December 2016
Today is not a day you plan for as a pastor, because generally you come to a church believing you will always be there. Nevertheless, while this isn’t my official resignation statement, it is an announcement of our intent to transition. We have been praying about this and talking with Chairs of Deacons and Personnel. There isn’t ever a good time to transition, or a good time to announce, so, today will seem rather sudden, but that is because the holidays are approaching, Lisa and I are scheduled to travel on the 26th, we will be voting to approve the 2017 budget next Sunday, and then we have Christmas Day. If you have listened to my message today, perhaps you understand how the Lord made it clear to me that it was time to trust him and move into the next thing he has planned for us. Remember that I prepared today’s outline months ago, and as I came to it this week, at the top of my page were the words, “Sometimes the greatest things come in the worst of circumstances”. God was asking me to trust him. If you did not hear today’s message, you will want to watch it as soon as it is posted.
I will have much more to say later, but please let me say these
First: Faith Baptist Church needs a time of refreshing, and so do we. We say we are a church that values welcoming, equipping and sending, so now it is time for us to be sent. There are other considerations as well that we have. We would ask for your prayers as we have discovered in the last couple of weeks that Lisa’s mother has cancer, and they are not treating her because of her age and other health concerns. We also are approaching 60 months of service here in Germany which has limitations to it that we had to consider, if we didn’t believe we would be here for say 15 years.
Second: Having spoken with Jess Harvey and John Budd, they have assured me that they will help us transition in a timely fashion and be sure that we can do what the Lord is telling us, but can take care of ourselves during this transition. They have committed to helping us in every way possible.
Third: Faith Baptist Church will continue as it has for over 55 years, ministering in this community, providing a home away from home for the greatest heroes the world has ever known. If you have been here a long time, FBC needs you. If you have just come into this community, or just found your way to FBC, we need you. You are here for such a time as this. This church has faced challenges over the last months and years, some of these were necessary to prepare us for the days ahead. So, we need our hands lifted high, face to the wind, entering the plans of God.
Lastly: There are generally three types of people in an announcement like this, those who are Mad, those who are Sad, and those who are Glad. Wherever you are in that, let’s all fall under a common denominator of being The Committed, committed to the plans of God, committed to Faith Baptist Church. Let that commitment guard and guide our responses, words, and actions. We believe God is good in all things. We believe that God is in all things. He is behind us, beside us, and before us. So, we will choose destiny in the darkness, greatness in adversity.
In the coming days, we will have more details about exactly the timeline. Don’t ask us what we are doing next, because we don’t know yet the specifics, but we know we will keep following and proclaiming Him. Pray for us, pray for Faith Baptist Church.
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