Saturday, July 11, 2009

BETWEEN CHURCHES

A strange place and process to be in at this point in life

I really don't like being in this place, between churches. It's a little more complicated than that, but that's what it comes down to. I'm in my second week in a new ministry assignment and two weeks out of serving as Senior Pastor to good urban congregation that was also our church home prior to my service as its pastor for the past six and half years. Last weekend, our family visited our daughter and son-in-law in Kansas City, so this is the Sunday to be a local visitor somewhere.

I've mostly avoided thinking about this challenge over the past two weeks. It's a precarious and strange place to be. I know our family is welcome at the church where I was assigned, but I think a transition to new leadership is best without a former pastor around in any capacity. My heart's prayer for the church is to know the fullness of God's intention for all in a faithfulness to its unique mission. Some of the best people I've ever known and been in relationship with are part of the congregation. For these and all I pray grace.

As we consider new fellowship, we'll make a family decision over some time, I suppose. Personally, I would love to immerse in strong Anglican liturgy on one hand and contemporary worship on the other. Not a hybrid, but both. Go figure. In any congregation, a bottom line for me will be its challenge to genuine service to the poor and a theology and practice that embraces the whole city, inside and out. Who knows where this goes? Prayers for our weeks and months ahead are appreciated. I am confident we will be guided well if we are earnest in our seeking, asking and following Jesus as our present Teacher, Guide and Lord.

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