Two and a half years later …

Today marked the end of a two year commitment that 25 of our churches made to transformational ministry.  As I picked up our leader from the airport yesterday, he commented how nearly two and a half years ago, I was one of many pastors and their local teams sitting the the fellowship hall of Grace Presbyterian.  He remembered I and my team were sitting up front and to his right, and we were struggling over whether or not Westminster, Baytown, would participate in the two year initiative … not because we didn’t want transformation, but because in many ways we had been on that track for four years already.  We decided to join in the initiative.  And now, two and a half years later …. I found myself in a totally different position … instead of being one of the 25 pastors recieving the commemorative gift with my team, I was the one handing out the gifts and shaking their hands.  I led the churches and their teams through a communion service and stressed how this isn’t the end of transformation, but really the beginning … and I handed two uniquely crafted communion plates to the team from First-Westminster, Baytown, with tears in my eyes.  Then I explained … it was this initiative that spurred these two churches into conversation and a realization that they could be much more effective in the ministry God was laying out before them working together than they could as separate congregations.  It was a healing moment for me, over a year after leaving Westminster.  I am beginning to see how God was really in it all along.  God was not only calling me to a new career path, but calling the congregation I served to a new future, as well.  All is good.