Ordained elders in the United Methodist Church serve as itinerant pastors. During ordination, we promise to go wherever the bishop sends. It’s like signing a blank check with the currency of your life, trusting another to spend it wisely.
This past Sunday Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson announced the pastoral appointments for the North Georgia Annual Conference. In June, she has appointed me to serve as the senior pastor of Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
The opportunity to serve Northside fills me with both excitement and humility. The church’s website highlights a community of faith that invests in the congregation and community. I am excited about the fresh opportunities and challenges, and I am humbled to follow other pastors who have led so capably.
I also grieve over the prospects of leaving First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. God has richly blessed during the years here, and it has been my privilege to serve such a grace-filled church. My gratitude for the church’s graciousness and support goes beyond words.
Although Methodist elders take formal vows of itineracy, God calls ALL Christians to go where they are sent. Faithful disciples walk in the footsteps of Jesus. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
We serve the God who is and was and is to come. So we enjoy the present, cherish the past, and embrace the future.
Go where you’re sent, and you’ll find the Holy Spirit there.