A Message from the Transition and Call Committees
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
The process of transitioning to new pastoral leadership is a time of insecurity within a congregation. We love what was, but we have to let the past go. We have dreams for what we want in a pastor and a church community, but what if those aren’t the things God wants for us? God doesn’t tell us to build a community in serving ourselves, he calls us to build a community of serving others as the Body of Christ. If God is working to this end, it is no wonder He calls us to cooperate with Him. “Follow me,” He says. “Imitate me.” These solid directions from Christ aren’t always as easy as they seem.
We found through our studies and interviews with All Saints members that we have some work to do. In our meetings, we were repeatedly discussing: How do we become more Christlike and continue developing our own faith? How do we become more welcoming to visitors and not just members? How do we revitalize our existing congregation? Will we grow? Or, will our church die off in a few years and close the doors?
We determined between the Transition committee and Call committee that sharing the information we learned with our congregation, the Body of Christ at All Saints, was not only important, but necessary. One of the definitions of “Become” from Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “to undergo change or development.” We have to become new in Christ repeatedly in our faith journey as individual members. This continuous development of ourselves deepens our relationships with one another and reflects on our congregation and community.
We invite you to join us in daily prayer, scripture based lessons, and reflection as a member of Christ’s body at All Saints. Over the next several months, we will share a faith based process that we have summarized from four books by Thom S. Rainer, a pastor and church consultant. He guides churches through self-assessment, adoption of healthy change, and revitalization of existing members. We believe this will help us as individual members and as a congregation as we work on “Becoming All Saints” for the future.
We don’t know in any detail what All Saints will be like tomorrow, next month, or even a year from now, but we do know that we will be like Christ if we choose to be.
Click below for Part 1 of the Becoming All Saints series.Becoming-All-Saints-Part-1