From what I have learned and experienced over the years, churches either thrive or decline during an interim period. Some congregations are able to maintain or even grow in wholeness, harmony, and unity. Others become quarrelsome and divisive. First Christian is definitely on the good side of the options. This is a good way to welcome Pastor Kara to our church, but there are others ways. As the church grows the importance of our lay leaders increase. Therefore, lay leaders should redouble their efforts to perform their responsibilities excellently, and don’t forget to let Pastor Kara know what is occurring on your watch.
We have a lot of wonderful people here at FCC and Pastor Kara wants to learn who you are and what your ministerial needs are. The first step is to learn your names, wear name tags for at least a month. In conversation with one another when Pastor Kara is participating, identify each other by name. This will help her learn who you are.
Most importantly, as we welcome Pastor Kara, let’s remember to keep her and her family in prayer. The four of them need to get adjusted to new places and new routines. Keep them in prayer and respect their family time.
Pastor Kara’s first Sunday in the pulpit will September 3. I know some of you have long standing Labor Day weekend plans, but I hope many of those without such plans will attend that Sunday and many more. Those with Labor Day weekend plans can attend many Sundays after that weekend.
Let’s join our hearts and spirits together to welcome Pastor Kara and Mark, Annie, and Luke to our congregation and community and into our hearts. God Bless You!