Transition is a normal part of life. As we change our spiritual leadership with the retirement of our congregation’s founder Pastor Marion, we should remember that the Bible has countless examples of transitions, starting with the Hebrew exodus from Egypt that changed their entire way of life but gained freedom, to the transition of spiritual leadership when Jesus delegated his mission of spreading his message to his disciples, to the transition of individual character conversion when Saul of Tarsus became St. Paul.
Change is with us in our lives, every day in every place. As we gather together as people of God and followers of Jesus, let us remember one thing. God and Jesus are constant, the same yesterday, today and forever. Transition is simply the process of changing from one situation to another.
Transition scares us because we do not know what lies ahead, and from that anxiety, conflict may arise. The impact of that conflict is directly related to how the transition is handled. The most successful transitions with the least conflict occur together with careful planning over some time.
As our search goes on for a new pastor, members of our congregation are leading the two worship services, in addition to other church duties. The biggest problem is to keep the pulpit filled every week.
Although LCMC is all about congregation members rising to the challenge of service leadership including administering Holy Communion, many in the congregation feel an ordained minister should administer the sacraments, The leadership of our church respect that feeling and will attempt to fill the pulpit with an LCMC sanctioned ordained minister for Holy Communion. We are working with LCMC who maintain a list of pastors willing to accept either an interim call for a short term or a permanent call for the long term.