“You Will be a Great Pastor One Day”

I have received this comment more than once in my time serving as a pastor at Resurrection. It makes me wonder…

What does the individual think of me as a pastor now?

When does the transition from “will be” to “are” happen?

Does this have to do primarily or exclusively with my age? (27)

Is there any other way to respond other than with, “Thank you”?

Speedlinking – July 31, 2008

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.

United Methodist Young Clergy

If you are a young clergy person in the United Methodist Church, I want to make you aware of these links and upcoming video project (Project started by Jenny Smith):

If you are a young United Methodist clergy in Kansas make sure and check out:

I am excited about the potential for renewal within the United Methodist Church and I believe that projects like this – grassroots and potentially viral – can help make a positive impact.

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (2 of ?)

As Judy Long O’Neal transitions to Shawnee Heights on July 1, there is an open associate clergy position at Resurrection.

Jeff Clinger has been appointed to Resurrection beginning July 1. The transition has been announced to the conference and to the congregation and on Jeff’s blog.

I have come to know Jeff through the blogosphere. We first met in person at Leadership Institute 2007.

Welcome to Resurrection, Jeff!

Clergy Transitions at Resurrection (1 of ?)

On March 21, it was announced to the Resurrection congregation that Judy Long O’Neal will be appointed to Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church in Topeka beginning July 1.

I have learned a lot from Judy and her ministry at Resurrection. She is passionate about care for each person, the environment and dialogue among persons of different faiths. Through her example, she has helped me to be able to more often ask the discerning question, “What is mine to do?”

Judy has also helped me to better understand this portion of Jesus’ teaching:

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31, TNIV

Judy has taught me that you cannot love your neighbor without first loving yourself. One is called to have a healthy self-understanding before being sent out to be in relationship with others.

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