Change is never easy. Even good change can take us by surprise. And bad change leaves us feeling insecure and uncertain about the future. But sometimes change isn’t about what’s good or bad- it’s about growth, opportunity and realising that God plants people in a certain place for a certain time.
As you all know, change will be happening next year. Pr James and his family will be leaving- as will I. This means that there will be a time of transitioning and an element of uncertainty as the new pastor takes his place here in Geraldton. But let me assure you, that this is a time to be encouraged by all the great things God will do. Just as God did an amazing work in the past, and just as God has done a good work this year- He will continue to do a great work next year.
I’m reminded of a story in Scripture where there was a major transition between the leader who had died and the one who would take his place. In Joshua 1 we find the story of Moses and Joshua. Moses had served the Lord and His people faithfully for 40 years until his final end at 120 years of age (Deuteronomy 34:7). But with his death came the dawning of a new era for the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua. To make the transition easier, God made Joshua a promise and that promise was not dependant on who Joshua was- it was dependant on the nature of God and His love:
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you”- Joshua 1:5.
God blessed Joshua. In a similar way, God will bless the new pastor who comes. So this is a time to be strong in faith and understanding. Let’s do what we can to make the transition for the new pastor a smooth one and let’s remember that God has a plan for those who go, for those come and for those who stay. His promise is to all.
Thought for the week...
Leadership and Training Corner
Some books that will help in various areas of leadership such as: how to gain decisions for Christ when giving Bible studies; vision casting, church growth, evangelism, and how to be a humble leader, etc.
- Gaining Decisions for Christ by Louis Torres (A How To Manual)
- The Big Four by Joseph Kidder
- Humility by Andrew Murray
- Creating Healthy Adventist Churches through Natural Church Development
We wish to thank...
Thank you to our team of elders. Elders are very important when it comes to the life, health and growth of the church. So thank you for all that you do in leading meetings, visiting church folk, preaching, teaching and more. May God bless all your efforts as you continue to lead our church.