It’s good to have a break, but it’s also good to be back.
Many thanks to Bob Bahr for his sermons and general support in the past weeks, and his friendship with WVBC and to me. It’s also always encouraging to be reminded that every church at times goes through periods of change. Through my friends in England, I learnt of 5 churches of which three were going through significant change, either of staff or governance.
At WVBC, I’ve been very impressed by the conscientious work of our Pastoral Search Committee. Also, as you may know, we had a very helpful Council retreat last weekend, ably led by Gerry Teichrob, where we reflected on clear church governance. It focused particularly on the respective roles of the Lead Pastor and Council. The word ‘retreat’ rather implies a relaxed time of fellowship and contemplation. Well, whilst we experienced good fellowship, this was a very focused working session! It was very useful work in preparation for the new Lead Pastor.