Of Bridges, New Horizons, and What's Next for St. John's
Dear St. John’s Family,
What a wonderfully powerful day we had yesterday celebrating Renée’s ten years of ministry with us! As we send her forth into her new ministry opportunity please join me in prayer for her.
Renée’s leaving has prompted several questions about what’s next for St. John’s.
Here’s an update on where we are and next steps we’re pursuing.
The SPRC has been clarifying and updating the ministry profile for the position that is now open. Certain realities make it necessary to do this review and updating work, not least of which is that over the 10 years Renée was with us, her ministry changed dramatically. I’ve been working with SPRC to fine tune the work an associate pastor could expect to take on.
I have conveyed to SPRC that at this point my recommendation is to cast wide the net across the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC. Right now our focus is on an ordained Deacon who might fit the profile we’re seeking and be of the same spirit as St. John’s. We are very near ready to post the position eyeing a start date no later than July 1.
Between now and then to help bridge us in administrative and ministerial matters, we are blessed to have reached an agreement with John Barker who will offer his leadership skills in teaching, training, and coordination of ministry teams and staff, and assisting me in pastoral concerns as needed.
John’s deep love for St. John’s and his unique skillsets in strategy and visioning will help position us to onboard a new associate pastor in such a way that she/he will be up and running swiftly.
In the meantime, John Kilzer and I will be collaborating on the worship moments on Sunday morning as well as on Friday nights, of course.
In the midst of transitions, new horizons and the “what next?” the need of our witness to the community does not abate. We adapt, we pull together, and we move forward.
Let’s do it together.