Seasons of change and a season for all activities under heaven are summed up simply and eloquently in Ecclesiastes. While simply and eloquently stated in those verses, in reality we sometimes lose sight of God’s heart. What is at the heart of God’s hope for our congregation, for our pastor, and for ourselves? How can we ground ourselves in God’s heart at this time? What do we need to let go of in order to fill our hearts with God’s love? How can we ensure that our hearts are as full as possible with God and how can we help each other stay focused on God’s heart though our transition? These thoughtful questions come from a reference for Methodists facing transitions such as change of pastors.
Some definitions of itinerancy and appointment are important so that we are all on the same page: “Itinerancy refers specifically to that elders in the Methodist tradition have a commitment to go and serve wherever their bishops send them. Appointment is the action taken by bishops after reviewing the church’s yearly profile and conference wide inputs.”
District Superintendent, Nola Anderson, conveyed to the SPRC that Pastor Brian accepted an appointment to another church, the appointment made by Bishop Mark Webb.
Colossians 3:12 “Therefore as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Please know that all SPRC members are willing to listen patiently and understand your concerns. We offer a prayer to our loving God to give us patience and let us believe in possibilities, let us respect each other and accept God’s plan. Help us to remember that each of us is defined, ultimately, not by the flaws we discover in each other’s views and actions, but by our relationship with You, and each other. We pray this in Your name, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)