Well it’s a new year and the Bishop and DS’s are in the midst of the Cabinet Retreat. This retreat is the time when the “appointment season” begins. That is a bit of a misstatement because the reality is that Superintendents are always thinking about appointments! But this is the time we begin to actually make appointments by having conversations with pastors and churches about changes that will occur in July.
This is my sixth year of doing this work and I am always amazed at how the task looks as we begin. The room is literally filled with newsprint around the walls listing names of churches and pastors. As we begin on Monday the work before us seems almost impossible.
But I have always been comforted and encouraged by the amount of time we spend in prayer as we engage each of the sheets of newsprint representing a congregation of people loved by God, and pastors who have given their lives to serve Christ. There truly is always a sense of the Holy as we give ourselves to the task of putting pastors in churches.
I am grateful for the incredibly gifted people with whom I have the privilege to work. I am grateful for a gifted and kind Bishop who provides wisdom and humor and guidance as he leads us forward. I am grateful for my Cabinet colleagues who bring creativity and faith and so much knowledge to this process. And I am grateful for pastors and congregations who go and come and receive through the appointments that are made.
Ours isn’t a perfect system for the work of matching together churches and pastors for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. No “system” is perfect. But I can tell you that so often, so very often, I have seen God work in wonderful ways through this imperfect system.
I am humbled to be a part of it. Please continue to pray for us and particularly for the Bishop as we all move together through this season. May God bless and guide us all.