I write from Hatteras, North Carolina, sitting in a lazy boy and looking at the Atlantic Ocean. It has been a great vacation. I have gotten caught up with my prayers and much needed physical exercise. I feel renewed in body, mind, and spirit. I look forward to serving FCC as we transition to a new pastor.
The anticipated arrival of our new pastor is a good time to improve our personal relationship with God. We can’t improve our relationship with God if we are at odds with others. Let this be a time to make peace with anyone with whom we are not in a good relationship. Pray for ourselves, our congregation, our new pastor and family, and the congregation which is losing a wonderful pastor. Recognizing that God gave us the ability to earn our income, let’s remember to honor Him with our tithes and offering. In our prayers, let’s remember to ask God what new ministry God has for us to do and then taking the time to listen while God responds.
This is also a good time to make sure all aspects of our congregational life are functioning as they should. We don’t want our new pastor to spend the first few months of ministry fixing what should not be broke. Please evaluate what you do for God and FCC. I have already talked with several committee chairs about this transition period and will speak with others shortly. Let’s welcome our new pastor by honoring God and making this the best functioning congregation we can be.
Churches, like individuals, do not like to change. But we can and do. New pastors always mean changes. Let’s pray regularly and work hard to make the next months as wonderful as God would want them to be.
God Bless You!