Just yesterday, I announced to Winnetka Presbyterian Church that my call as their Designated Associate Pastor will conclude at the end of my two-year term (which is the end of July). This is not the timeline we had planned, but I believe it is a faithful response to whatever it is that God has in store for me next.
It’s not a decision made lightly – especially since I don’t know what I’ll be doing after July 31, 2015. Sarah is now the Acting Associate Pastor at the Winnetka Congregational Church, so we are planning on staying in the area. But the Presbytery of Chicago is a large one, I feel pretty connected to folks around here, and am hoping that something might become available. At this point in my ministry career, I’m really open to anything (parish work, college ministry, something innovative and creative) and I look forward to seeing where God leads me next.
Dear Members & Friends of Winnetka Presbyterian Church,
I want to let you know that I recommended to the church Session, and they have agreed, that my call as your Designated Associate Pastor will conclude at the end of my two-year term, effective July 31st. There are always many factors that go into a difficult decision like this. While I had been open to the possibility of extending this call for a longer period, I’ve decided to seek other avenues of service and ministry to which God may be calling me.
David, the Personnel Committee, Session, the Youth Committee and I will all work together for a smooth transition and to ensure that my last five months are a positive experience for the church and me.
I’ve enjoyed being your pastor, and am grateful I could share some of my unique gifts and skills for ministry with you. I am grateful for all that I was able to participate in and accomplish while I’ve been here, from preaching and teaching, to hosting Tavern Talks and alternative worship, to engaging in service in Cuba and Rogers Park, to working with WPC’s youth and so much more.
This has been a great place and a wonderful community. It has meant so much to us that you welcomed our family, watched out for Caleb as he ran around after church, and supported Sarah as she began her own ministry. We will remain in the North Shore as Sarah continues to enjoy her call as Acting Associate Pastor at Winnetka Congregational Church.
This news may come as a surprise, so I am happy to answer any questions you might have.
Grace & Peace,