Who knew? Certainly not me. When Pastor Rob asked me to supply for him while he went on vacation two and half years ago, I had no idea where God was leading. As you know, just a few months later Pastor Rob asked me to be a consistent supply on the Sundays that he wasn’t there since he was now part time. In February of 2017, Pastor Rob announced that he was leaving for another call. At that point, I had no idea what the Synod was planning for Friedens or for me. But, I believe the Holy Spirit was moving, because I was delighted when I was told that I would be assigned as your “Interim Pastor”.
It has been a bit of a daunting task at times because Friedens is so much bigger (literally three times the size) than the last congregation I served. Yes, you read that correctly. And, being part time, it is a challenge to serve a busy congregation. BUT, all that being said – I love it here! It is a wonderful fit for me. I have come to love all of you so much.
So, this is supposed to be an annual report. I looked at Pastor Rob’s report last year and realized that it doesn’t give you a complete appreciation of all that goes into being a pastor of a church. I would like to share a snapshot of what that looks like. Remember, this is only seven and a half month’s worth of ministry.
Pastoral Visitations – 39
This includes, but is not limited to, Hospital visits, Sick visits, Shut-in visits, Pastoral visits,
Member visits, Baptism visits and Funeral visits.
Pastoral phone calls – 25
These are not just 5 minute check-ins. These lengthy calls. I find that phone calls are helpful to keep up on how people are doing without always visiting (because I live a bit far away and travel time can take up a lot of my time – I love in person visits, but this allows me to check in with more people).
Pastoral Emails and Texts – I have no idea, but it’s a lot more than you think
In today’s world of booming technology, this has become part of a pastor’s ‘toolbox’, if you will, as this is sometimes the most comfortable or easiest way to communicate for some.
Baptisms – 4
How exciting for me to baptize 4 children in my first eight months.
Funerals – 0
Although I did attend some funerals of relatives of congregational members, and participated in one funeral.
Meetings – 44
As you can see there are a lot of meetings, but, that’s because there is a lot happening.
Daily Church Work Emails and Texts – I don’t keep count, but knowing how many I get a day, it is in the
thousands. Welcome to the 21st century.
This is a pastor’s life. This is not a boast or brag. This is not a plea for pity. My goal is to show you how much I care about Friedens Church and how deeply I care about all of you. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you, and I thank God every day that He is allowing me to walk with you on this journey.
Your Servant in Christ,