In the last week, I’ve shared some thoughts with the Church Staff and Session that I’d also like to share with the congregation (and anyone else on the email list who wants to follow along). I titled the thoughts “Reflections after a Year at Westminster,” or less formally, “Here’s what I’ve been thinking lately.”
There are five parts:
1. The Joy of Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian
2. Some Dominant Themes from the Past Year
3. Reflections about the Future of Westminster
4. Possible Landmines
This week: The Joy of Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian.
In most cases, no matter how well the Nominating Committee describes the church and no matter how well the candidate represents him or herself, calling a new pastor is still a bit like a blind date. Thankfully, God is good, and WPC feels like a great match. After a year of being your pastor, I can find no better way to express my feelings for you than the way Paul wrote to the Philippian Church:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart… Philippians 1:3-7
The words joy and partnership stand out to me. Joy because God has given me that gift- I love my job, the church, and this calling. Partnership because I’ve discovered ministry at Westminster is not pastor-dependent. There are so many good people using their gifts together for the advancement of the Kingdom. We’re still at the beginning of the relationship (embarrassingly for me- there are still many people I need to get to know), but God has done something wonderful in the last year for me and for my family. As Paul says, you are in my heart!
I’m so thankful, and I look forward to sharing more thoughts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Yours in Christ,