Good Folks, it is Friday, January 20, 2017. The forecast for Duncanville is bright and sunny, with a high temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yesterday, I was in a training session with pastors from the conference whose churches are also going through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) program. We met at the conference building all day, which is located in Plano. In preparation for the session, we were to have read the first book entitled, “Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission.” The book is authored by Bob Farr (Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference) with Kay Rotan. Well worth the read for church leadership and pastors.
This is the second time I have read his book, the first time with a group of lay folk some two years ago. I remember an individual asking if my intent for these sessions was to have “corporate change.” I understood her question because I understood where she was in “Corporate America.”
Change is conflictual, challenging and does not make a great deal of friends in the process. Again, I have another piece of paper on my bulletin board that mentions change in this fashion: “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” (Charles Kettering, engineer and inventor)
I am thankful for change. Because of change in medical science and technology, I have a greater life expectancy, my family members as well, plus those that are reading this epistle. Change can be brutal at times. In May, when I turned 62 years young, I said to myself that I had to have a change in eating habits, which was a lifestyle change, which meant that I had to consciously do things differently. I did these changes for my health. The church is no different. Because of change, I have more energy, new found clothes that went unworn for years. Getting healthy, staying healthy and finding a new strength is not for self-serving purposes, but to be involved in community and “loving God and God’s people.”
I am committed to praying for the folks that have volunteered to read and be part of the six-month session of HCI. As part of the process, I will be meeting with this group before their next session on the first Saturday of February.
My prayer, “Lord, empower them with faith and courage to be leaders, faithful to what your mission is for the church.” Faith and courage are big words, which will be deconstructed in future epistles.
Everyone changes. Everyone makes change. Everyone is part of ongoing change. And God is right there in the midst with you when it happens. Thank God that we are not ever alone.
See you Sunday. Blessings from Duncanville… Pastor Frank
PS: Tomorrow, we celebrate a great church member’s life, Ruth Houser. The service begins at noon in our sanctuary. Pray for her family: Bobbie, David and Kirk. Sunday’s sermon will be from Matthew 4:12-23, on the calling of disciples of Jesus Christ.