This Journey is a Gift from God
When it comes to calling a new Pastor many churches are anxious to jump right in. The faster they can see resumes and begin interviewing, the better. “Slow down?” they often say. “We know what kind of a pastor we want. Let’s get the new pastor here as soon as possible.”
The time between pastors, the Interim journey, is a gift from God. It is a time for so many things: to give thanks and to grieve; to remember and to celebrate; to listen and to talk; to study and ask questions; to forgive and be forgiven; to grow in faith and to be filled with hope for the future. How can we possibly decide what kind of a pastor we want, if we haven’t taken the time to discover who we are as a congregation right now, and what our congregation and community’s current and future needs are?
Pastors do not come in “one size fits all”, just as churches aren’t pressed from “a cookie cutter.” Taking the time to understand your needs, the community and congregation’s needs is helpful way to begin to recognize what a community of faith needs to become a healthier congregation. Listen carefully to God, to the congregation and community, and to the present day reality. When you take this time you will discover just how unique St. Martin’s and its mission is.
Now is the time to listen to God, to your fellow believers, and to the community of Cross Plains. Ask questions and make it a point to become reacquainted with those who join with you in worship and service. Life at St. Martin’s right now is a challenging and yet an exciting and hopeful time. When the time is right, you will recognize the person you’ve been praying for, the pastor God has prepared to walk with St. Martin’s into the future.
Interim Pastor Jeff Tomberlin