June 16, 2013
Take Some Time...
...By the time you read this article you shall have received notification of a congregational meeting for the purpose of electing an installed pastor for First Presbyterian Church. At that moment you will break irrevocably your ties with those who have been pastors and commit to different leadership. It is time to give thanks for what has been and to turn toward a new and different ministerial emphasis that can be fashioned by the Pastor, the Session and the other entities that make up the mission planning apparatus for this congregation.
It well may be that the first thoughts are of what we are leaving behind. How do we complete the process of recognizing that our twenty-eight year experience with Bobby Wilkes is really finished? How do we begin to shift allegiances to a person whom we do not yet know? What is required to adjust our thinking to where we will be over against where we have been? We begin with a moratorium on what has been. From now on we will decide based on need and not on previous action.
This is our opportunity to hit reset and chart a course for the new First Presbyterian. When Pope John XXIII was selected he called for a council to chart the future. He called it aggiornamento which means to throw open the windows and move into tomorrow. That is precisely what we will be doing with the calling of a new Pastor. God's guidance has been good. It is time to celebrate.
Take some time