I am turning 65 this April – thank you to those who wouldn’t have guessed I am about to be that age – and have decided to retire from pastoral ministry at the end of this April.
You have made a great impact on my life, and I feel as Paul did when he wrote,
“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.” -Phil. 1:3-6
I have treasured you and our time together, and will miss partnering with you, our staff, and our leaders in the creative ways the vision “We Reach – Christ Restores” came alive and went into action to bless our medical professionals and students.
In the time remaining to me, I intend to equip and inspire the congregation with ways to take the next step while embracing that vision, which is not valid only so long as I’m your pastor but rather a reflection of who Christ has made you, where he has placed you, and what he’s pointing you toward until he points to something else.
When I accepted the call to serve at St. Luke, I had planned to serve longer than this, but circumstances have served to change my plans. During my retirement, I’m going to:
- Serve as a “professional volunteer” for endeavors that lead people to healing, in the name of Christ;
- Help people who are lost in addiction find spiritual recovery;
- Guide people in the midst of loss and trauma to hope.
Your very capable leaders are dedicated to discerning what’s next for the congregation. I invite you not to think of this development as “just one more transition,” but as an opportunity to move forward with renewed strength and confidence.
Feel free to connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and thoughts.