One more step in the call process is almost done. The Ministry Site Profile is being completed. The council is seeking to appoint six members to the call committee.
It’s a good time to step back and remind ourselves of the bigger picture. The calling of a pastor is unlike any other process. It is one where we seek God's will above our own personal will. We do not ask, "What do I want?" but, rather, "What does God want?" The question is not what will make me happy but what will please God.
Know what God wants you to be and do! During this transition time, we’ve been asking questions such as these: what does God want for the ministry of Living Lord? What does God want for those who are not here yet? You have been asking these questions about your mission. You have shared your thoughts in listening sessions and our monthly meetings. Thank you for doing this. We believe that the Holy Spirit works through these kinds of reflections and discussions.
We are to be a mission-driven church and not a pastor-driven church. The church is more than a pastor. The call process is not about what pastor do I like but it is about our particular mission in Jesus Christ. That mission should drive who you call as pastor.
The Bible says the church is the body of Christ working in the world. Together we are muscles, nerves and ligaments in that body. We all have gifts and talents that can be used for God’s service through the church. Our mission is to make disciples for Christ. Our vision is to connect to God, to each other, and to what God is doing in the world.
During the season of Epiphany beginning in January we will recommit to our mission in weekly worship. We will hear inspiring mission moments of how Christ is revealed through our work to all nations and people. And every week we will see the expanding light of Christ in the world symbolized by a progressive display of lights.
Thank you for how much you care about Christ’s mission through the church. You are doing important ministry that touches lives for Jesus Christ. Know that I love you and keep you in my prayers. See you in church!
Pastor Lanny Westphal
P.S. God has created a beautiful world - so I'm determined to explore as much of it as possible while I’m here with you! Since my last newsletter article, I’ve taken a short Mississippi cruise on the Tom Sawyer, seen urban redevelopment in Old North St. Louis, and looked with wonder at the holiday -lit streets of St. Charles and the Katy Depot filled with Christmas traditions. I’ve learned about the local historical figures Lewis and Clark, Jacob Zumwalt, and Daniel Boone. And I was amazed by the Christmas lights and sounds at Branson! Thank you for sharing your hometown with me.