Greetings from the Vision Council.
I want to give you an update of the past month's events; but before I do, I'll start again with scripture.
From Romans 12:12 (ESV) Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. I love this verse because it has three simple, short statements that we can do during this time. Rejoice in hope – be joyful in the hope that is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Be patient in tribulation – during this time of transition in our church family; there is much work being done and much work to do.
You may feel at times things are moving slowly, and I can understand that feeling. The pace at which Vision Council moves allows time for prayer and discernment, ensuring we are following God's guidance. We know God is with us during this time and will provide the people and resources needed to move through this transition timeframe continuing to do God's work!
Lastly be constant in prayer – prayer for discernment, prayer for staff, prayer for Vision Council, prayer that God's will would continue to be done in and through our church, and finally prayer for our Call Committee and the individual they will eventually call.
Over the past month, we have issued calls for individuals to serve on the Call Committee. Those who received calls, prayed about it to discern if God was indeed calling them to serve. Those who have currently accepted the call are Jim Neumiller, Erinn Dosch, Troy Bradley, Kari Knudson, John Wangen, and Shirley Hanson.
On Saturday, March 18, we had Pastor Steve Lien from LCMC in to conduct training for the Call Committee. The training laid out the steps the Call Committee will take as they work through the process of calling a pastor. It was comforting to hear someone who has a good understanding of the process and provided insight and guidance on various areas of a call. The scale of the tasks in front of the Call Committee identified during the training cannot be ignored, and I have the utmost faith that God has placed them in this position to do His work for Charity.
One statement Pastor Lien made during the training has stuck with some us - "The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent." As it relates to the call process, his message was to be patient and thorough - there is something worse than no pastor, and that is the wrong pastor. I ask all of you to please keep the Call Committee in your prayers as they take on this important process.
The next item we have been discussing is identifying individuals to be on a governance team. We are currently in prayer about the members of that team and expect to have them identified by the end of April. This team generally will be charged with investigating any potential changes to our existing governance model to improve our ability to do God's work moving forward.
Finally, I'd like to invite you to informational forums we will be having downstairs during the 9:15 and 10:45 services on Sunday, April 23. The intent of these forums is to provide you with an overview of the Call Committee training we had as well as other activities within Vision Council over the past month. Hope to see you there!