This past Sunday I stepped into a new role in my current church. For the past 4 years I have served as the youth pastor and worship leader @LovingtonNaz. Today — I sit in my really low sitting thrift store office chair as the lead pastor of the same church. WHAT!? When I really think deeply about the whole process, it is truly unbelievable. 4 years ago I never could have imagined living in New Mexico. I told pastor Jaron “NO” at least three times before coming to interview and visit. But he was persistent. The Holy Spirit was definitely speaking through him and Lovington is where God was having us go. A few months ago Jaron spoke to me again. He had received a call from a far away land, New Zealand, to become missionary/pastors. Once it was clear that this was where God was leading the Graham’s, the conversations started quickly about what was going to happen here in Lovington.
It was close to 4 months ago that I had a pretty good idea that I would transition into being the next lead pastor. Over those 4 months a lot of things happened during the craziness of the summer schedule. We had a family trip back home to Kansas, VBS, District Assembly, #NYC15 in Louisville, teen camp @Bonita Park, a month of city league softball, and the beginning of a new school year. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, dream, and think about what it will be like to step into this new role.
I’m a thinker. I’m kind of a dreamer. I love to come up with ideas. I’m not so much of a doer or implementer. It has been easy to think and dream about what being a lead pastor will be like.
It’s kind of like how Rachelle and I have thought about getting a dog for many years. We love the idea of owning a dog (English Bulldog or Great Dane!) But then reality sets in and we realize we would have to take care of this dog which is a lot of work. Someday…
…Someday is now! (not for the dog) The time has come. I am the lead pastor! It’s going to be a lot of work. The thinking and dreaming will continue for sure, but now it’s time to do it! There are people to care for and minister to and with! I’m sure things will get messy. But I know this is a beautiful calling. I’ve built relationships with these same people for 4 years already and this is a blessing. Most new pastors are not this fortunate. I’m sure there will be times of loneliness now that Jaron and Elizabeth won’t be sharing the same office, but I know that God is right here in the midst of it all. I trust that God will be faithful as we walk into this calling.
The time has come. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 4 months and 4 years!
To hear the 3 part sermon from this past “Transition Sunday” you can click here.