On behalf of my family I want to thank you all for welcoming us into this local body of Christ. The love that we have felt from many people has been a blessing. While I am glad we took time to say goodbye to our old Church last weekend, if felt very unnatural not being with our new family at FBC DeWitt.
Over the next few months, you will probably see some changes around the church. Very few of them will be intentional, most of them will be because I am a different person than your previous pastors. I have different expectations, skills/abilities and passions. If a change is disagreeable to you, come talk with me. Maybe I can explain why I feel something should change. Maybe you can explain why it shouldn’t change. Maybe together we will come up with a new solution that is better than any of us imagined.
There will be two very intentional changes in the coming months. The Pastor Search Committee and Leadership Council have asked that we work on rewriting the church constitution. The current constitution is at least 8 years old and does not fully address how our church operates right now. I will be talking to some of you to ask you to participate in rewriting the constitution. THIS WILL NOT BE A SMALL TASK. Participating in this will likely entail a meeting at least every other week for at least a year. It will entail prayer. It will entail working with others. It will entail seeking input from the congregation. While this task will not be easy, it is critical. If you are interested, feel free to contact me, as a new pastor, I don’t fully know who would be interested or qualified, I have some people I will contact, but if I leave you out, it is my oversight as a new person, not a reflection on how I view you. The qualifications are 1) being a Christian and member of FBC DeWitt with a love for Jesus, 2) being active in the church (an average of 75% of church services or more per month), 3) willing and able to commit to the time required and regular meetings with the rest of the committee.
The second intentional change will be a small but significant change to our Sunday morning services. Each week we will recite a verse of scripture together (you can read off the screen/bulletin). Since we will repeat the same verse for a prolonged period of time, hopefully you will have memorized the verse without even trying. I will be introducing this verse in my sermon on July 12th, but by reading this you get a preview.
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)
I plan to have this verse as our theme throughout our upcoming study of the Book of John. It is the focus of the book and a reminder of why God wanted this book in our Bibles. I am excited about studying John with you and hope you will join us.
Thank you again for welcoming us into your church. If I can in any way help you, please call me (517-281-8189) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Christ and On the Journey