Pastor’s Friday Comments (10.23.20)

I don’t think we need to dwell at this point on the announcement I made Sunday regarding my plans for retirement. However, sometimes, when you hear something for the first time, you might hang onto a particular detail or miss something important, so I’m printing the statement here.

I hope that what you heard, either in person or through the video that was released shortly after Sunday’s outdoor worship service was that I want to do everything I can to provide ministry and leadership until someone else is in place to take on that privilege.

Here is the text of my announcement:

Seventeen years ago, the family of faith at Parkway gave me the honor of allowing me to serve among you as your pastor. I have been blessed beyond measure by our relationship. You have truly become family to my family.

It should come as no surprise to any of you that it is time for me to plan for my retirement. After a great deal of prayer and consultation with my family, church leaders, and other trusted advisers, I believe it is time to begin that process.

However, I would like to make the transition between my tenure and that of the next pastor as smooth as possible. Therefore, I would like to continue to serve until shortly before your next pastor assumes the office, or until the end of 2021, whichever comes first.

This unusual and challenging period in which we have found ourselves for the past seven months has been difficult for all of us, and, unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight to this time that is far from normal. I want you to know that, though I am prepared to retire whenever you have found a new pastor, I’d like to give you enough time to find that person so you would not be in an interim period and a pandemic period at the same time. I believe fourteen months should be more than adequate for that.

We still have a lot to do together, most importantly continuing to be family to one another. For as long as I am your pastor, I promise to do all I can to minister to you, love you, and strive to keep us all connected even when we are far apart. I know all of you will join me in asking for God’s continuing blessings on this incredible family of faith.