Last month, I accepted the role of Lead Pastor of our church in Muscatine, Iowa. I’m excited, humbled, and a little nervous, too ?
Accepting this role was something I wrestled with for a long time. But when it came time to move forward with it, it was easy. I finally felt like I had clarity about it. And the church was ready. The pastor I who’s shoes I would step into (my father!) was ready.
These first few weeks have been a rush of new emotions, an increase in busyness, some spiritual opposition we have sensed in our family and church (and I have felt it myself personally).
I will be bi-vocational, which I think is great, and it will work well as long as we have good teams in place to help with the work, both in the church and at our web design agency. We also manage some rental properties, so we are pretty full these days and I have to make sure to remember to take time to rest.
I always want to be brutally honest on this blog, so I will say this: I do feel overwhelmed, and I know that I’m stretched too thin. But I also feel confidence that I am doing the right thing. I think that in due time I will be able to make some adjustments to my responsibilities to lighten my workload in a few areas.
I’m honored and humbled to take this on. I’m not alone–the church is extremely supportive, and my father will stay on to help. (Which will likely be a little bit tricky for both of us as our relationship adjusts to our new roles.)
Our main prayer right now is for God to send workers to help us in the work.
Please pray for me, for my family, and for our church.