The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose…. For we are God’s servants, working together
I Corinthians 3:8, 9
Dear Church family,
On January 7th I announced that I am retiring. I will be turning 65 in April and will have completed 43 years in pastoral ministry in June. My last Sunday will be in June, and your new pastor will begin in July.
The Apostle Paul talks about such times of transition, citing that ministry is a team effort with a single purpose. That purpose is to witness God bringing transformation and spiritual growth out of our mutual efforts. The Apostle says some of us will plant and some water; some will lay a foundation and others will build upon it. This effort is meant to be ongoing without the need to say who did what, but to give God thanks for the outcome.
Decades, even centuries ago, Methodist circuit riders were constantly on the move planting and watering so that congregations would latch onto the message, and not the one proclaiming it. Over time pastors and congregations enjoyed the benefits of a lengthier appointment: first a year, then two years, then three years, then four. Now there are many factors determining the length of an appointment. Paramount among them is the missional vitality of the church.
In the months ahead we have more planting and watering to do together, and getting ready for your next pastor who will join you in the same. An abundance of God’s miracles awaits us!