Monday, June 23, 2014

new churches

This is the week that some pastors are appointed to new churches.  The last time I was appointed to a new church was June 9, 1994.  Sometimes pastors ask me, "what should they work on first?" Or, what is a game plan for a new appointment?

To answer those questions, I would say this:
1.  love the people
2.  preach good sermons
3.  chart the course - what will the church be about?
4.  build a team
5.  work like a dog

In my opinion, all 5 of these things need to be present.  If any one of them is missing, the results can be very problematic.  These five things are what I tried to do when I moved to every church I was assigned to by the Bishop.  It is still what I am trying to do.

At Annual Conference this past June 9th, Pastor Shawn was assigned to North Cross UMC.  Let's keep Shawn in our prayers.  Pastors Wendy, Sherri and Jeff were all reassigned to Woods Chapel.  We also welcome to our staff Pastor Dave Hackett.   

Thanks for all that you do to be the church and to follow Jesus Christ.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Okay Jeff, you should write a book on these five principles, and then from its sales, you could kick back and do retirement earlier.