For the past 3 years or thereabouts (2009-2012), it has been my privilege to be the Pastor of a Church where I was entrusted with the role of teaching, training, caring for and leading a congregation that ranged in age from new born through to octogenarian and everything in-between. It has been both a thrilling challenge and wonderful adventure. I was fortunate to be part of seeing lives changed for the glory of God and to start a number of outreaches that benefited both the local community and global missions.
Providentially, the Lord shut the door on this ministry opportunity earlier this year and since then, after wrestling with the idea of having to move and many discussions, interviews, appraisals, exams, reference checks and reviews with several different Churches, one in particular stood out for us and we to them.
A few weeks ago the leadership team of that Church asked their congregation to prayerfully consider voting to call and appoint me as their next Pastor. They voted, unanimously, to do so and I have accepted their invitation. I will begin in a new pastorate from 1 July.
This transition time held, for my family, many challenges and opportunities, not the least of which involves saying farewell to some dear friends. There were a number of people God used to support, strengthen, pray for and encourage us throughout. I cannot overstate my appreciation for God and you. Thank you! The next ministry is both an immense privilege and solemn charge and I am excited to move into the next proving ground that God has prepared. My first request of our new Church was a 3-fold one I would ask of you as well, please pray for me, my family and our new Church. Specifically that:
– God is honoured and glorified in our ministry together;
– Our hearts are united to God’s Word, His Purpose and to each other as co-laborers in the gospel;
– God would give us great strength and enthusiasm to approach the task of the great commission Jesus has given us.
By the way, so long as you’re not wagging your own local/home church, please, welcome each Sunday at 10:00am for worship. And if you are not a Christian or the idea of an evangelical church seems a bit odd, or you have questions about Jesus, the Bible and Christianity, then the same goes for you ;)