The theme at our church lately has been about waiting and I’m starting to get little tired of waiting for a new theme. I’m not big on waiting…I want answers and I want to see progress.
Our church is in the midst of a year and a half transition since our lead pastor retired. Since then the care/children’s ministry pastor also retired and there has been a change with the junior high and high school program as a leader stepped down. It feels like the remaining pastors and the transition team members are getting a little beat up over when a new pastor(s) are going to be hired. I say take your time.
Change in a church or in general the church is slow to change and I mean really s…l…o…w, so I am puzzled why there is this rush to hurry things in this situation. Not to diminish that finding a new leader is important but should we just fill the position with the first person available even if they are not the best fit? Sure we can do that in the corporate world but it is never ideal and is that what we really want for the church?
It seems to me that our focus needs to be finding ways to reach out, support/serve others and be the people we are supposed to be rather than worrying about the tasks that others have been elected or appointed to worry about.
All this talk of waiting dredges up reminders of all the waiting we do with Grace…we waited for the daily steroid injections to be over and we waited for her immune system to no longer be compromised. We’ve waited through medications, surgeries, and dietary restrictions; we wait for schools to respond, for respite to come through, we continue to wait for her to say her first word and we wait for a cure. We waited for the church to realize we were not there for the first year of her life and we waited for someone to say ‘hey you shouldn’t have to sit alone in the narthex for the next year all while we attempted to keep Grace content and quiet to not disrupt everyone else. I’m not complaining. But messages like the one last Sunday bring these thoughts to the front of my mind when we waited for the church alone.
What I am trying to say is that the church waiting together as a body should not be too difficult. We have others to rely on; we have two pastors that are remaining in addition to a specially trained transition pastor along with a number of leaders, deacons, and elders. We should be relying on the community around us a not pinning everything on one singular person. Waiting together has to be better than waiting alone, doesn’t it?
So for now I’m going to just try to continue to wait on a time that I will no longer have to wait.