Transition happens

On April 15, 2018, the Congregation Council formally accepted the resignation of Pastor Rick Weidman as pastor of our church effective May 15.  This constitutes a pastoral vacancy on the effective date. While we search for a new spiritual leader, we are working with LCMC who will supply us with an intentional supply pastor who will perform all the duties of a pastor for the length of their contract, which we expect to be six months.  

From our Constitution: (page 10, C12.05) “When a pastoral vacancy occurs, a Call Committee of seven voting members shall be appointed by the congregation council.  No more than 50% of the call committee shall be made up of the congregation council members.  Term of office will terminate at installation of the newly called pastor.”

For reference and LCMC guidance, see:   http://www.lcmc.net/files/Change_Happens.pdf

As the search goes on for a supply pastor and an interim pastor, members of the congregation are conducting the two worship services, in addition to other duties.  The biggest problem is to keep the pulpit filled on a weekly basis. 

Although LCMC is all about congregational members rising to the challenge even to administering the Holy Sacraments, many in the congregation feel an ordained minister should administer them.  The leadership respects that feeling and will try to fill the pulpit with an LCMC sanctioned ordained minister for Holy Communion.  We are working with Shalom ministries who maintains a list of pastors willing to accept an interim call for both short term and long term. Pastor Warren Baker (chair) of the Shalom Ministries team  (Word of Life LC, Belview, MN) [cell:712-330-2018 or 507-856-4742]

Transition is a normal part of life for individuals, families and congregations.  As we change our spiritual leadership with the retirement of Pastor Marion, we should remember that the Bible has countless examples of transitions starting with the Hebrew exodus from Egypt which changed their entire way of life but gained their freedom in the process, to the transition of spiritual leadership when Jesus turned over the task of spreading his message to his disciples, to the transition of individual character and conversion when Saul became St. Paul. Change is with us in our lives, every day in every place.  As we gather as the 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.  From that anxiety, conflict may arise.  The impact of that conflict is directly related to the manner in which the transition is handled. 

The most successful transitions with the least conflict occur simultaneously with careful planning over a period of time.