I have been appointed to serve as the lead pastor at First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, KS beginning July 1. I am writing a series of posts about this transition.
One of the more common questions that I have received is: What is Nicole going to do?
My wife, Nicole, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She and I were appointed full time to Resurrection in 2006 and we have both served here since then. After our son was born and taking maternity leave, Nicole transitioned to a part-time, 20 hour / week role.
We will be moving as a family to El Dorado and Nicole has requested a 20 hour / week appointment in the El Dorado area. It would not be at First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, but it may be at another church in the area, in Wichita or some other flexible possibility. We have been told that the Bishop and District Superintendents are still in the discernment process for her. (I will write more about how this whole process works in the days ahead.) We hope to know within the next few weeks.
One of the best adventures in ministry as a young clergy person is to just be young sometimes. My wife, Nicole, and I camped out along with Dave, Dagney, Jeff and Heather for the chance to get free wings for a year at the Buffalo Wild Wings which opened yesterday at 10:00 AM. Some great links:
We missed the 100 person cutoff by about a dozen, but had an amazing time hanging out and building relationships.
Last for this non-comprehensive blog journey and certainly not least is my wife, Nicole Conard. She is an amazing woman, wife and pastor. I am proud of the way that she lives out her calling to ministry. The way that she cares for people and the passion that she has for renewing the church are inspirational.
I could not be more proud of her as my wife. She cares for me, allows me to care for her and helps make my life more joyful. She keeps me guessing when I need to take it easy and holds me accountable when I need that as well. She is a fine cook and I am glad to be married to her.