11,603 Pounds

Last week, I worked with a representative of our moving company to get an estimate of how much our belongings weigh. We had the conversation over FaceTime and I went through every room in our house, garage, shed, backyard – everywhere – opening cabinets and describing what was there. The next day, I received an email detailing our possessions and providing an estimate of their weight.

11,603 pounds

It was fascinating and sobering. I was amazed at the inventory that was able to be completed in just a short time and the specificity with which the estimate was made. I was sobered by the realization that this was an estimate of the totality of things that we have in our home. All the stuff that we have accumulated in our life together as a family. Much of it with memories attached, some items of utility and somethings leaving us wondering – why in the world do we own that?

I hope that we will be able to shed some of this physical weight before the moving truck arrives on June 18. We are planning to join the neighborhood garage sale on June 1 and 2, so stop by 502 S. Denver Street if you are looking for some bargains. Of course, the things from Nicole’s office and mine will be added to the total weight. I wonder how much that will add …

The moving van may be full and our hearts will be full, as well. Our hearts and souls are filled with memories, experiences, and relationships that will last longer than much of what can be found in the boxes currently stacking up in our living room.

And those travel light.

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (9 of 9)

Dagney Pullin will be appointed as a part of the Discipleship team on July 1. She has been appointed as an associate at Leawood United Methodist Church. Her husband, Dave, leads Saving Grace Productions. Dave and Dagney are both bloggers.

I have come to know Dagney through the connection of young adult clergy in the conference. Dagney will bring a fresh approach and innovative spirit to the discipleship team. She is not afraid to try new things and I believe will be a strong positive leader within the congregation.

Welcome Dagney!

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (8 of 9)

Laurie Barnes is transitioning from the Discipleship to Care team as pastor of prayer ministries.

Laurie has been on staff at Resurrection for nearly 10 years and will bring a valuable level of experience on Resurrection staff. Her excitement to be on the Care team has been infectious. I have experienced her willingness to help and lend a hand where needed to be generous and without question. Her gifts for ministry are distinct and will bring another perspective to the Care team.

Welcome Laurie!

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (7 of 9)

Nicole Conard is transitioning within the Care team from prayer ministries to pastor for those whose last names begin with S-Z.

Over the past two years, Nicole has worked passionately to take prayer to the next level at Resurrection. She has lead the way in developing a class for Praying Out Loud and a DVD based prayer curriculum. Her passion for doing the right things well is an inspiration. I am looking forward for the leadership that she will provide for the S-Z pastorat. Last and certainly not least, I am proud to say that she is my wife – a great blessing.

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (6 of 9)

Molly Simpson is transitioning from associate to the campus pastor at Resurrection West.

Molly is a great leader and is unmatched in energy for God’s work in the world. Her creativity and innovation in ministry is an inspiration. My wife, Nicole and I, are blessed to be good friends with Molly and her husband, Ben. I am excited about seeing Resurrection West continue to thrive with her leadership.

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (5 of 9)

Russell Brown is transitioning from Resurrection West to the Congregational Care team on Central Campus as pastor for those whose last names begin with J-M.

Russell has moved in to the new Care office space and I have enjoyed officing next to him thus far. Russell is passionate about caring for others and I am excited for him to be on the team. I am looking forward to the contributions that he will bring to the team with his perspective, passion and gifts.

Welcome Russell!

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (4 of 9)

This past weekend was the final weekend in worship for fellow pastors Judy Long O’Neal, Connie Wilson, and Nancy Pauls.

Connie will begin ministry at Baldwin City First United Methodist Church on July 1. I have learned a lot from Connie and her ministry at Resurrection. She has a distinct approach to ministry through the lens of spiritual direction that I have found to be helpful in my own life and in the life of the congregation. Wholeness and personal care are integral to Connie’s life and her life in ministry.

Connie, thanks for all that you have done and all that you are going to do.

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (3 of 9)

This past weekend was the final weekend in worship for fellow pastors Judy Long O’Neal, Connie Wilson, and Nancy Pauls.

Nancy will begin ministry at KC Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church on July 1. I have learned a lot from Nancy and her ministry at Resurrection. Her light hearted approach to ministry reminded me to not take things too seriously. Nancy’s focus on the connection between personality, ministry and faith was deeper than most and challenged me to think more about the implications in my own ministry.

Nancy, thanks for all that you have done and all that you are going to do.