Those who know me well might want to sit down for this one.
The co-chairs of the preacher search committee at our church announced this morning that my name has been proposed as the church’s new full-time preaching minister. This is most definitely not a done deal since I (and the rest of the elders) insisted on feedback from the congregation this week. If the proposal proceeds, however, I am willing to transition into that full-time role in March.
(Pause for friends and family who didn’t listen to the suggestion to sit down.)
Both my current work (law school administration) and my church find themselves in important times of transition, and I have struggled for the past several years with serving in effectively pastoral roles in both places and the accompanying feeling that I am unable to do justice to either one. And I care a lot about doing justice. At one point during the past year I tried to step back from church leadership but circumstances simply would not allow that to occur. Maybe that was a sign. Now, through lots of late-night talks and prayers with my sweet wife, it seems right that I focus full attention on church.
Those who don’t know me well may not know that I served as full-time preaching minister for a wonderful group of people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for nearly a decade (early 1999 to late 2008). Some preachers take a sabbatical after such a run. Apparently, I went to law school for nine years instead.
This is a big week for me and for us. My law school years have been fantastic, but this may be a time for transition. I do hope that the congregation will share their thoughts with the church leadership so that the proper decision is clear. If the time isn’t right, then, well, who would want that? But if it is, I am ready to dive in.
My blog is titled, Starting to Look Up. Looking up is surely how I will spend this week.