Pastor Jim Mitchell, Interim Staff Leader
So, here we are. We have been praying together throughout all of 2013 that God would be shepherding us into the future He has for us. We have been making every effort to live in the “radical both” of forging ahead as a church that has important stuff to do for the sake of the gospel, and yet waiting patiently on our Good Shepherd to guide us out of transition and into our next season. It was just about one full year ago—November 2012—Pastor Paul Sartarelli notified us that he was being called away to something new. Now, as we enter November 2013, God has been faithful to guide our search process to the point where we have invited someone to officially come and candidate before the congregation. If you missed the update from last Sunday given by our board chairman, Dale Bissonette, you can see it HERE. As I write this note, we are still prayerfully awaiting the response to our invitation from this candidate, and we hope to be able to update the congregation either this week or next Sunday regarding his response and the next steps. Please join us in prayer for these critical days of decision-making. Here are some of the ways to be praying:
For the candidate and his family who are considering this gigantic decision about whether to move from a thriving ministry they love and join us at The Chapel to lead us. They need wisdom and courage to make the right choice as directed by Christ.
For us, The Chapel’s family, to be prepared both personally and corporately for what God has for us next.
For everyone involved to move forward with faith rather than fear—just like we all studied last Sunday from the Gospel of Mark!
For the church where this man currently serves to be prepared for what God has for them next should our candidate decide to come to us.
Two other things. First, no matter what happens next, God is still on the throne and Jesus is shepherding us well. We have prayed earnestly for His guidance all these many months. If the candidate comes—that’s an answer to prayer. If he declines, that also is an answer we will receive in faith. We have full confidence that Christ is our Head and Bridegroom and He is leading and protecting us. No need to fear! Secondly, we should be preparing ourselves for what’s next with a posture of heart that is ready to follow a new leader into what God has next for us. Hebrews 13:17 says “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Let’s prayerfully prepare our hearts that we may be a JOY to our next leader as God has clearly called us in His Word.